The International Chess Festival Aeroflot Open 2020 launched yesterday and takes place from 19th-28th February in Moscow, Russia.

The event is played in 3 groups: A (for players rated over 2550, with a number of extra players allowed), B (for players rated from 2300-2550) and C (for players rated less than 2300).

The 18th edition of Aeroflot Open gathered more than 300 players, and 97 players from 21 federations compete in the strongest A tournament.

The very strong line-up of the A tournament is led by the European Chess Champion Artemiev Vladislav (RUS, 2728), Sargissian Gabriel (ARM, 2689), Maghsoodloo Parham (IRI, 2674), Sjugirov Sanan (RUS, 2674), Sarana Alexey (RUS, 2656), Adhiban B (IND, 2654) and others.

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Many of top seeds suffered upsets, loss and draws in the round one of the event, which took place yesterday. Second round starts today and LIVE transmission is available through the Official Website of the event.

Pairings, results and standings are available here.

The official venue and Hotel of the event is Cosmos Hotel, located in the capital of Russia, Moscow.

The Aeroflot Open 2020 features the total prize fund of 140 000 EUR, with 18.000 EUR reserved for the Winner of the main A event.

Besides the main event, and three open tournaments, children’s chess festival “Anatoly Karpov Open” simultaneously takes place in Moscow, with the main aim of popularization of chess to the youngest.

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