Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Aeroflot Open 2009 begins yesterday


The International Chess Festival "Aeroflot Open 2009" will be held in Moscow from 16 February (the day of arrival) to 27 February 2009 (the day of departure).

The Aeroflot Open Chess Festival, which is popular throughout the world, will be held in February 2009 for the eighth time running. This major event is open to chess players of most varied qualification: from unrated to having a very high rating. As before, the festival is held “under the wings” of our leading air company – Aeroflot. For the fourth year running the festival will take place in the major tourist complex “Izmailovo” - hotel “Gamma – Delta”, where the participants of the previous festivals so liked to stay and to play. This time the festival has the largest prize fund in the entire history of Aeroflot Open Festival - EUR 180 000 (taking into account the prizes for the World Blitz Qualification Tournament).

Four Open Tournaments (A1,A2, B and C) are made up according to the rating of the participants. Naturally, the most interest is aroused by A1 tournament, requiring from a participant a rating above 2550 and usually boasting a number of extra class players.

This time, within the festival the Qualification Tournament for the World Blitz Championship will be held in addition to four open tournaments.
The official hotel and tournament venue is hotel "Gamma-Delta" belonging to the Tourist Complex "Ismailovo".

In the A1 category we will see Etienne Bacrot, Evgeny Bareev, KL Open Champion Anton Filipov, Rauf Mamedov, Tigran Petrosian, the Acropolis winner Ilia Smirin and Dutch champion Loek Van Wely. The young stars will also have solid presence at the upcoming Aeroflot 2009. They are led by the Corus C winner GM Wesley So who surely has chances for the top positions at the event. Other young talent participants are Malaysian Open Champion Li Chao B, Eltaj Safarli, Sanan Sjugirov. There are also a few ladies taking part whom are IM Nadezhda Kosintseva, IM Tatiana Kosintseva, and WGM Shen Yang.


Arrival and Registration of the Players  Feb.16:
Opening Ceremony  Feb.16: 21.00 
Round 1  Feb.17: 15.00 
Round 2  Feb.18: 15.00 
Round 3  Feb.19: 15.00 
Round 4  Feb.20: 15.00 
Round 5  Feb.21: 15.00 
Round 6  Feb.22: 15.00 
Round 7  Feb.23: 15.00 
Round 8  Feb.24: 15.00 
Round 9  Feb.25: 15.00 
Closing Ceremony 

Feb.26: 18.00 

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