Aeroflot Open

The Aeroflot Open is an annual open chess tournament played in Moscow and sponsored by the airline Aeroflot. It was established in 2002 and quickly grew to be the strongest open tournament; in 2013 it was converted to a rapid and blitz event, while in 2014 it wasn't held. The first event had around 80 grandmasters, while in the second event 150 grandmasters participated. The tournament is played using the Swiss system and the winner is invited to the Dortmund chess tournament held later in the same year, a tradition begun in 2003. Beside the main tournament (A Group), there are also B and C-class tournaments.



Aeroflot Open

# Year Winner(s) Points Rounds
1 2002
 Gregory Kaidanov (USA)
 Alexander Grischuk (RUS)
 Aleksej Aleksandrov (BLR)
 Alexander Shabalov (USA)
 Vadim Milov (SUI)
9
2 2003
 Viorel Bologan (MDA)
 Aleksej Aleksandrov (BLR)
 Alexei Fedorov (BLR)
 Peter Svidler (RUS)
7 9
3 2004
 Sergei Rublevsky (RUS)
 Rafael Vaganian (ARM)
 Valerij Filippov (RUS)
7 9
4 2005
 Emil Sutovsky (ISR)
 Andrei Kharlov (RUS)
 Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR)
 Alexander Motylev (RUS)
 Vladimir Akopian (ARM)
9
5 2006
 Baadur Jobava (GEO)
 Viorel Bologan (MDA)
 Krishnan Sasikiran (IND)
 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE)
9
6 2007
 Evgeny Alekseev (RUS)
7 9
7 2008
 Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS)
7 9
8 2009
 Étienne Bacrot (FRA)
 Alexander Moiseenko (UKR)
9
9 2010
 Lê Quang Liêm (VIE)
7 9
10 2011
 Lê Quang Liêm (VIE)
 Nikita Vitiugov (RUS)
 Evgeny Tomashevsky (RUS)
9
11 2012
 Mateusz Bartel (POL)
 Anton Korobov (UKR)
 Pavel Eljanov (UKR)
9
12 2013
 Sergey Karjakin (RUS) (Rapid tournament)
 Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS) (Blitz tournament)
2–1[1]15½ K.O.18
13 2015
 Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS)
 Daniil Dubov (RUS)
7 9
14 2016
 Evgeniy Najer (RUS)
 Boris Gelfand (ISR)
9
15 2017
 Vladimir Fedoseev (RUS)
7 9
16 2018
 Vladislav Kovalev (BLR)
7 9