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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Aeroflot Chess Blitz 2013: Congrats to Ian Nepomniachtchi for Clear First; GM Alexandra Kosteniuk Best Among Women

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Hi Everyone,


Winner of the 2008 Aeroflot Chess Open and the 2010 Russian Chess Champion Ian Nepomniachtchi has won the 2013 Aeroflot Blitz Chess event today. Taking home $10,000 as the first prize, the Russian Grandmaster showed a steady performance in a Swiss system of 9 rounds paired. This means each player played nine matches of two games against every opponent of a round. 12th Women's World Chess Champion Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk was leading the tournament after four rounds with a perfect score of 8.0 points and Ian Nepomniachtchi was in second place with 7.5 points. The two were paired in the fifth round. That's when the 2010 Russian champion put on speed and went on to win the title. A nice report is available at the Russian Chess Federation website.

The time control was 3 minutes per game plus two seconds per move starting from the first. A total of 270 participants were in attendance at the tournament that began with a different format instead of the traditional open chess tournament. 

Ian Nepomniachtchi scored 15.5 points out of 18. Peter Svidler came in second with 14.5 points and third was Alexander Grischuk with 14 points. 

If the Russian men Grandmasters were sweeping the top slots, the Russian women chess divas were not far behind. 

12th Women's World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk proved to be the best woman chess player at the event scoring 11.0 points. That gave her the 48th position in the final ranking. GM Kosteniuk earned 31 elo points for her strong performance and her next official blitz chess rating will be 2612!

Second among women was India's GM Dronavalli Harika in 72nd place with 10.5 points. In 92nd place was Russia's GM Tatiana Kosintseva with 10.0 points. GM Kateryna Lahno was one place below in 93rd place also with 10.0 points. GM Natalia Zhukova was in 117th place with 9.5 points.

Top women's standings at Aeroflot Blitz Chess 2013 


Pts Perf
48 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra RUS 2581 11.0 2632
72 GM Harika Dronavalli IND 2397 10.5 2444
92 GM Kosintseva Tatiana RUS 2480 10.0 2458
93 GM Lahno Kateryna UKR 2519 10.0 2466
117 GM Zhukova Natalia UKR 2531 9.5 2355

Top men's standings at Aeroflot Blitz Chess 2013 


Pts Perf
1 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian RUS 2723 15.5 2897
2 GM Svidler Peter RUS 2697 14.5 2834
3 GM Grischuk Alexander RUS 2860 14.0 2835
4 GM Korobov Anton UKR 2700 13.5 2810
5 GM Karjakin Sergey RUS 2901 13.5 2759

Full results are now available at Chess-Results. You can read a personal update by GM Alexandra Kosteniuk at as well. A nice report on the Aeroflot Blitz Chess 2013 is also available at Chessdom. (All photos in this Chess Blog post are by Eteri Kublashvili)

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  • At February 14, 2013 at 3:53 PM , Anonymous alexis cochran, nz said...

    woohoo congrats Chess Queen!

  • At February 14, 2013 at 4:00 PM , Anonymous Olga, Moscow said...

    Great news. Russia is the best.

  • At February 14, 2013 at 5:15 PM , Anonymous Chris, NY said...

    Nice result for Valentine's Day :)

  • At February 15, 2013 at 10:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    You never fail to delight your fans dearest Alexandra Have a super strong chess year. I personally feel that blitz requires a nerve that women cannot possess. Unlike classical chess now we know which woman chess player can hold her own citadel among the men. You should be a science study. Cheers, Terrence, London

  • At February 15, 2013 at 12:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Dear Chess Queen, I hope it is not real fur what you are wearing on the picture, while playing Nepomniachtchi. Poor animals... and congratulations of your terrific performance!


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