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Le Quang Liem wins Aeroflot Open

Wesley So defends his junior title

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A few months ago we published a detailed article about the young chess talent GM Le Quang Liem and as we predicted since then he just does not stop winning. His last success came this Wednesday, when he conquered the top Russian open – Aeroflot Chess 2010. In the presence of 80 GMs and IMs over 2550 ELO, Le Quang Liem finished with 7,0/9, half a point ahead of competition. He started with 3 important wins against some of the top players of the event – GM Ragger, GM Bacrot, and GM Bu Xiangzhi. Keeping a stable performance he drew with Topalov’s second GM Ivan Cheparinov, with his fellow friend GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, with GM Boris Grachev, and with the Corus B participant GM Naiditsch. With a final sprint and victories against GM Savchenko and GM Nepomniachtchi, Le Quang Liem became the sole winner of the event. The final tournament performance was also impresive – 2872!

The success of Le Quang Liem completes a strong month for him in Russia – he shared first position in Moscow open and with the victory at Aeroflot he has qualified to the Dortmund 2010 competition.

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Among the women players at Aeroflot GM Yifan Hou, GM Tatiana Kosintseva, and IM Nadezhda Kosintseva shared places 45-64 with 4,0/9. IM Javakhishvili and GM Sebag were a point behind with 3,0/9.

The 16-year-old So, the Philippines highest-rated player with an Elo of 2656, made a short draw in the ninth and final-round match against Venezuela’s GM Eduardo Iturrizaga (Elo 2616) to finish in a tie for 7th to 19th places with 5.5 points on three wins, five draws and one loss in nine outings. After the tie break point was applied, the 2009 Corus C champion Wesley So finished 11th in the final standings. This guaranteed Wesley So the top junior position and the junior champion title.

In group B, IM Pridorozhni, GM Glek, GM Dvoirys, IM Pavlov, and GM Panarin finished with 6,5/9 and shared the first position, with the gold going to IM Pridorozhni on better tiebreak.

Standings

1 GM Le, Quang Liem 2647 7

2 GM Korobov, Anton 2648 6.5

3 GM Motylev, Alexander 2697 6

4 GM Zhou, Jianchao 2632 6

5 GM Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son 2616 6

6 GM Grachev, Boris 2653 6

7 GM Cheparinov, Ivan 2660 5.5

8 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2730 5.5

9 GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2658 5.5

10 GM Bu, Xiangzhi 2673 5.5

11 GM So, Wesley j 2656 5.5

12 GM Sargissian, Gabriel 2680 5.5

13 GM Savchenko, Boris 2638 5.5

14 GM Bacrot, Etienne 2713 5.5

15 GM Timofeev, Artyom 2652 5.5

16 GM Bareev, Evgeny 2643 5.5

17 GM Najer, Evgeniy 2665 5.5

18 GM Iturrizaga, Eduardo 2616 5.5

19 GM Dreev, Alexey 2650 5.5

20 GM Mamedov, Rauf 2640 5

21 GM Novikov, Stanislav 2557 5

22 GM Salgado Lopez, Ivan 2584 5

23 GM Volokitin, Andrei 2692 5

24 GM Zvjaginsev, Vadim 2642 5

25 GM Kobalia, Mikhail 2637 5

26 GM Khairullin, Ildar 2605 5

27 GM Khalifman, Alexander 2616 5

28 GM Grigoriants, Sergey 2560 5

29 GM Belov, Vladimir 2595 5

30 GM Sasikiran, Krishnan 2653 5

31 GM Melkumyan, Hrant 2583 5

32 GM Pashikian, Arman 2647 5

33 GM Naiditsch, Arkadij 2687 5

34 GM Vescovi, Giovanni 2660 5

35 GM Kamsky, Gata 2693 5

36 GM McShane, Luke J 2616 5

37 GM Amonatov, Farrukh 2634 5

38 GM Predojevic, Borki 2642 5

39 GM Tregubov, Pavel V. 2628 5

40 GM Sjugirov, Sanan j 2610 4.5

41 GM Safarli, Eltaj j 2594 4.5

42 GM Moiseenko, Alexander 2677 4.5

43 GM Ragger, Markus 2568 4.5

44 GM Van Wely, Loek 2641 4.5

45 GM Shabalov, Alexander 2611 4.5

46 GM Ehlvest, Jaan 2600 4

47 GM Potkin, Vladimir 2611 4

48 GM Lenic, Luka 2595 4

49 IM Danin, Alexandre 2519 4

50 GM Feller, Sebastien 2579 4

51 GM Hou, Yifan w 2590 4

52 GM Smirin, Ilia 2668 4

53 GM Maletin, Pavel 2591 4

54 GM Volkov, Sergey 2623 4

55 GM Zhigalko, Sergei 2668 4

56 GM Bocharov, Dmitry 2594 4

57 GM Rodshtein, Maxim 2622 4

58 GM Kosintseva, Tatiana w 2515 4

59 GM Shomoev, Anton 2559 4

60 GM Rakhmanov, Aleksandr 2591 4

61 IM Kosintseva, Nadezhda w 2533 4

62 GM Andriasian, Zaven 2613 4

63 GM Zhou, Weiqi 2600 4

64 GM Efimenko, Zahar 2657 4

65 GM Khusnutdinov, Rustam 2513 3.5

66 IM Papin, Vasily 2548 3.5

67 IM Krylov, Mikhail 2511 3.5

68 GM Ajrapetjan, Yuriy 2525 3.5

69 IM Javakhishvili, Lela w 2493 3

70 GM Iljushin, Alexei 2551 3

71 GM Sebag, Marie w 2510 3

72 GM Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan 2589 3

73 GM Lopez Martinez, Josep Manu 2593 3

74 GM Vazquez Igarza, Renier 2563 3

75 GM Morovic Fernandez, Ivan 2561 3

76 GM Salem, A.R. Saleh j 2484 3

77 GM Romanov, Evgeny 2599 3

78 GM Svetushkin, Dmitry 2573 2.5

79 GM Yudin, Sergei 2573 2

80 GM Laylo, Darwin 2556 0.5

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