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Johanath
04-02-2007, 11:54 PM
Just had a look at the list of participants in the upcoming Aeroflot Open tournament. We have at least three representatives attending: David Smerdon is on the list of participants in the 2nd A group. Manuel Weeks is on the list of participants for the B group and James Attwood is in the C group. Here is the link:

http://www.aeroflotchess.com/results/listconf.htm

All the best to David, Manuel and James!

Metro
05-02-2007, 09:40 PM
http://www.aeroflotchess.com/results/listconf.htm

All the best to David, Manuel and James!

:)

Johanath
12-02-2007, 12:04 AM
The opening ceremony for the 6th Aeroflot Festival is set for tomorrow! (13th Feb)

Johanath
14-02-2007, 04:53 PM
In round 1: (The player mentioned first plays with the white pieces.)

IM David Smerdon, 2460 (sd 65) faces WGM Gu Ziaobing of China, 2369 (sd 135) in A2
FM Manuel Weeks, 2229 (sd 126) faces WFM Valentina Gunina of Russia, 2347? (sd 43) in B
Ekaterina Beshakova, Unr (sd 160) of Russia will play James Attwood, 2125 (sd 59) in C

Good luck to these players! (I hope I haven't missed any other Ozzies?)

Johanath
14-02-2007, 10:28 PM
Games have now started. Unfortunately, only the top boards from the A1 group are being broadcasted...

Johanath
15-02-2007, 09:16 AM
The results from Rd1:

Smerdon-Ziaobing = 0.5-0.5
Weeks-Gunina = 0-1
Beshakova-Attwood = 0-1

Johanath
15-02-2007, 07:34 PM
Pairings Rd2:

IM Smerdon [0.5] plays IM Husein Aziz Nezad of Qatar [0.5], 2336 (sd137)
IM Vladimir Onoprienko of Russia[0], 2354? (sd35) plays FM Weeks [0]
Attwood [1] plays Bowen Xie of China [1], UNR (sd199)

Johanath
16-02-2007, 08:07 AM
Results Rd2:

Draw for Smerdon, loss for Weeks, win for Attwood

Johanath
16-02-2007, 06:58 PM
Pairings Rd3:

FM Arkadiusz Leniart, 2329 (sd137) [1] of Poland vs IM Smerdon [1]
FM Weeks [0] vs FM Klaus Neumeier of Austria, 2324? (sd60) [0.5]
Sergei Volkov of Russia, 2180 (sd16) [2] vs Attwood

James is now playing on board 3!

Kevin Bonham
16-02-2007, 08:25 PM
Thanks for the updates Johanath.

Leonid Sandler
17-02-2007, 07:10 AM
Hello all,
This morning I had a good look at Aeroflot 2007 website and tournament is just fantastic!In all groups is very hard to score points.James Attwood deserves full credit to be on 3 points out of 4 in Tournament C.By the way his colourful photo appeared on www.64.ru website
David Smerdon is on 1 point out of 3(he lost yesterday) in Tournament A2. and Manuel Weeks is on 0,5 out of 4 games in Tournament C.
Its an excellent chess school for all our players participating in the strongest chess festival in the world.

Johanath
17-02-2007, 09:47 AM
Pleasure Kevin! It's great to hear that James is doing so well!

Results Rd3:
Loss for Smerdon and Attwood, draw for Weeks.

Pairings Rd4:

Smerdon [1] vs IM Sanan Sjugirov, 2396 (sd122) of Russia [1]
FM Yasin Emrah Yagiz of Turkey, 2319? (sd63) [0.5] vs FM Weeks [0.5]
Attwood vs Roman Sapozhnikov of Canada, UNR (sd190) [2]


Seems like I've missed out on a round for groups B and C! These two groups have apparently played 1 more game than groups A1 and A2.

Results Rd4

A loss for Manuel and James.

Pairings Rd5:
FM Weeks [0.5] vs WFM Karina Ambartsumova of Russia, 2179 (sd161) [0.5]
Aydar Hamidullin of Russia, 2195 (sd2) [3] vs Attwood [3]

Johanath
18-02-2007, 10:59 AM
Results:

David won in Rd4, now on 2/4
Manuel lost in Rd5, on 0.5/5
James lost in Rd5 on 3/5

Pairings:

GM Sergey Kudrin of the USA, 2543 (sd2) [2] plays IM Smerdon [2]
Antonio Villa Nieves of Spain, 2204 (sd146) [0.5] plays FM Weeks [0.5]
Attwood [3] plays Alexander Alken of Russia 2054 (sd100) [3]

This is the first GM that David will be playing in the first 5 rounds.

Johanath
19-02-2007, 09:14 AM
Results:

Draw for David, Win for Manuel, Loss for James.

Pairings:

IM Smerdon [2.5] plays GM Alexei Iljushin, 2510 (sd27) of Russia [2.5]
FM Weeks [1.5] vs FM Ishaq Saeed, 2128 (sd166) United Arab Emirates [1.5]
Erkki Korhonen of Finland, 1978 (sd128) [3] plays Attwood [3]

Johanath
20-02-2007, 08:56 AM
Results:

David drew and now has a RP of 2414, with a score of 3/6
Manuel drew and now has a RP of 2107, with a score of 2/7
James lost and is on a score of 3/7

Pairings:
IM Gorbatov, Alexej of Russia, 2385 [3] plays IM Smerdon [3]
FM Veliev, Gasan of Russia, 2271 [2] plays FM weeks [2]
Tkachev, Grigory of Russia, 1986 [3] plays Attwood [3]

Johanath
20-02-2007, 09:00 AM
Additionally, I believe the games for all the divisions (as opposed to only group A1) are available online now. To go through these games, simply visit:

http://www.aeroflotchess.com/results/

Johanath
21-02-2007, 08:18 AM
Results:

Loss for David and Manuel, win for James.

New Pairings:

IM Smerdon [3] vs FM Tonoian, Armen of Russia, 2402 [3]
FM Weeks [2] vs FM Ahmed, Ishaq of United Arab Emirates, 2120 [2]
Grillon, Alexandre of Sweden, 1942 [4.0] vs Attwood [4]

pax
22-02-2007, 08:52 AM
What a weird tournament in A1. Top seeds Sasikiran and Akopian on 4/8 and 5/8, Harikrishna, Naititsch and Dreev on 3.5, Bologan on 3. Wunderkinds Kuzubov and Yifan Hou on 2.5, Negi on 2. Is there something in the water?

four four two
22-02-2007, 09:07 AM
What a weird tournament in A1. Top seeds Sasikiran and Akopian on 4/8 and 5/8, Harikrishna, Naititsch and Dreev on 3.5, Bologan on 3. Wunderkinds Kuzubov and Yifan Hou on 2.5, Negi on 2. Is there something in the water?

Is there something in the water?...hmm...maybe a few chessplayers like this..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVtYA8trxuI

Johanath
22-02-2007, 10:14 AM
Results:

Win for David and James, loss for Manuel.

Tournaments B and C have now concluded.
Manuel has ended up on 2/9 and James on 5/9.

Pairings:
GM Adly, Ahmed of Egypt 2507 [4] plays IM Smerdon [4]

This is David's 3rd GM of the tournament. However, it is unlikely he will make his 2nd GM norm here.

pax
22-02-2007, 11:33 AM
This is David's 3rd GM of the tournament. However, it is unlikely he will make his 2nd GM norm here.

It's beyond unlikely. He probably needs a last round win to avoid losing rating points.

Johanath
22-02-2007, 03:29 PM
It's beyond unlikely. He probably needs a last round win to avoid losing rating points.

True. [Grin] However, I didn't want to be the one to say it out aloud.

Garvinator
23-02-2007, 03:30 AM
Iranian Player in Aeroflot Open Jailed in Moscow


Former Iranian junior champion Afshin Tehrani has been jailed in Moscow. The Iranian Chess Federation representative requests the assistance of the Russian Chess Federation or any other official organization to get their player out of jail. He travelled to Moscow on an Aeroflot Open ticket and was arrested by police at the Sheremetyevo airport when he was returning to Iran.

Mr. Haj Afshin Abolghasem Tehrani went to Moscow on an Aeroflot Open chess tournament ticket to register about 28 Iranian players in the Aeroflot Open. On his way back he was caught by the Moscow police and is now in jail.

Now we need the help of the Russian Chess Federation or any other official organization to get the Iranian representative out of jail.

We had the same problem last year when we could not send money normally by bank transfer to European banks. We had to send money with Mr. Tehrani and he registered Iranian players. The organizer sent tickets for our players and they participated in the 6th Aeroflot Open Chess Tournament.

This year we decided to do the same. We informed the organizer of the Aeroflot Open that we will send between 20 to 30 players to the 7th Aeroflot tournament. We received one advice on 31st January 2007 that the last day to send the list of players is 1st February 2007. We sent the email to them 20:00 HRS of 1st February but after four days they informed us that it is too late and we should have sent it in the morning of 1st February. They said the only way is to come to Moscow by tourist visa.

They sent one ticket for Mr. Tehrani and he went to Moscow with a tourist visa and on the 11th of February he went to the organizer`s office with the list of players and paid the money.

But unfortunately there was not enough accommodation for all the Iranian players and we could only register 18 players. However, the Russian consulate refused to issue tourist visas for Iranian players and the whole group could not go to this tournament.

Mr. Tehrani said he felt guilty to play when his colleagues could not play and he decided to return to Iran. He then asked Mr. Alexander Bach, director of the Aeroflot Open and Executive Director of the Russian Chess Federation to refund the money. Mr. Bach kept $2,000 as penalty and informed him that carrying money in the Moscow airport is dangerous.

But Afshin continued to the airport not knowing that it is a crime to carry money in the Russian airport.

At the airport, the police found money in his clothes and caught him. They kept him for two days in the police station in the Sheremetyevo 2 airport and then sent him to `Piaty izoliator` prison and they said that maybe he should stay for two years in the prison.

Mr. Tehrani is also chairman of the Training Committee of the Iranian Chess Federation. We ask the help of the Russian Chess Federation to explain the circumstances to the police.

By Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh
Delegate, Iran Chess Federation

Leonid Sandler
23-02-2007, 06:17 AM
Young russian champion grandmaster E.Alekseev won the strongest tournament in the world! Fantastic result showing depth of russian chess!
David Smerdon drew his last game in Tournament A2 and finish on 4,5 points out of 9 games which is in my opinion are very solid result indeed.I hope that David will get a lot out of this tournament and it will help him in the future.
My company Chess Australia PTY.LTD are planning to take some chess players to Aeroflot 2008! It would be a very valuable experience for any aussie players who want to improve their chess skills.
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Johanath
23-02-2007, 08:35 AM
Yes, David ended up with an even score - his final TPR is 2420. I think he stands to lose 5 rating points?