14 February 2017, Moscow. – The Aeroflot Open International Chess Festival traditionally supported by PJSC Aeroflot is to kick off on 20 February at the Moscow Cosmos Hotel for the 15th time. The festival will run until 3 March 2017.
The opening ceremony along with a draw will take place on the eve of the first tournament at 21:00 20 February.
Top-ranking Russian and foreign chess players will attend the competition, including: Alexander Motylev, Ernesto Inarkiev, Vladimir Potkin, Eugeniy Naer, Nikita Vitugov, Baadur Jobava, Yuy Yagnyi and Chzhou Tzangzao.
The prize fund totals Euro 140 000 (including lightning tournament prize money).
The festival encompasses classical chess tournaments held over nine rounds, with three groups of players (A, B and C) based on players’ ratings in a Swiss-system tournament, and a lightning tournament. Entrance for public is free.
The Russian Chess Federation and the Association of Chess Federations have joined Aeroflot in the organization of this prestigious competition. Aeroflot Open enjoys a long-standing reputation of a world-class chess event being highly accessible and popular. In 2004 it was listed in the World Guinness Records as the chess competition with the highest number of chess grandmasters.
Aeroflot is Russia’s flagship carrier, a proud member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. Aeroflot and its partners serve 1,062 destinations in 177 countries worldwide. In 2016, Aeroflot carried 29 million passengers (43.4 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries).
In 2016 Aeroflot became the first Russian airline to be awarded Four Star Airline status by Skytrax in recognition of the high-quality of its customer service, and was also named Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the fifth time at the Skytrax World Airline Awards.
Aeroflot operates one of the youngest fleets in the world with 190 aircraft. Aeroflot is based in Moscow, in Sheremetyevo International Airport.
Aeroflot is among the global leaders in aviation safety, with a European Community Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) Index, the main globally recognized safety parameter, comparable to global peers.
The first Russian carrier to enter the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) register, renewing its registration for the sixth time in 2015, Aeroflot has successfully passed the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and is fully ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 compliant.