The International Chess Festival “Aeroflot Open 2018″ will be held in Moscow from 19th February (the date of arrival) to 2nd March 2018 (the date of departure).

This major event is open to chess players of most varied qualification: from unrated to having a top rating. The festival is held “under the wings” of national leading air company “Aeroflot – Russian airlines”.

This time the festival has the guaranteed prize fund amounting to EUR 140.000 (taking into account the prizes for the Blitz Tournament). Top prize in the Open A is 18.000 EUR.

The festival will be held in the hotel “Cosmos”, which is one of the largest in Moscow (over 1700 rooms). The hotel is located in one of the most beautiful and environmentally pure Moscow districts within 20-minutes travelling from Red Square and only 200-m walking from the nearest subway station (VDNKh).

Three Open Tournaments (A, B and C) are made up according to the rating of the participants, and are 9-round Swiss – tournaments. Naturally, the greatest interest is aroused by A tournament, requiring from a participant a rating above 2550 and in which usually take part a number of extra class players.

In addition to the Open Tournaments, a Blitz Tournament will be held within the festival.

The Organizers of the Festival are the “Aeroflot-Russian Airlines”, the Russian Chess Federation and the Association of Chess Federations.

Official website

Top rated players:

1 GM Andreikin Dmitry RUS 2712
2 GM Mamedov Rauf AZE 2709
3 GM Matlakov Maxim RUS 2709
4 GM Artemiev Vladislav RUS 2697
5 GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2684
6 GM Najer Evgeniy RUS 2683
7 GM Kamsky Gata USA 2677
8 GM Sargissian Gabriel ARM 2677
9 GM Motylev Alexander RUS 2673
10 GM Sasikiran Krishnan IND 2671