Aeroflot Chess Open 2018 20-28 February 2018. Moscow, Russia
The Aeroflot Open Chess Festival, which is popular throughout the world, will be held for the 16th time.
This major event is open to chess players of most varied qualification: from unrated to having a very high rating. As before, the festival is held “under the wings” of the leading air company – "Aeroflot – Russian airlines".
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). This time the festival has the guaranteed prize fund amounting to EUR 140 000 (taking into account the prizes for the Blitz Tournament).
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.
Players have 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and 15 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1.