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07 February 2011

Anniversary chess tournament ‘Aeroflot Open’ starts in Moscow

February 7, 2011, Moscow. From 7 to 18 February 2011 ‘Aeroflot - Russian Airlines’, the Association of Chess Federations, and the Russian Chess Federation will conduct the anniversary tenth chess tournament ‘Aeroflot Open-2011’.

Aeroflot being a supporter of the chess tournament as a national sport, is the general carrier of tournament participants and provides resources for the prize fund. In 2011, the prize fund is 160,000 Euros.

Three open tournaments (A, B, and C) will be conducted for participants with different ratings. The A group, where extra class chess players will compete, is most interesting. The contest is conducted on the basis of the Swiss system and involves nine rounds.

The opening ceremony of the tournament will be held at 9 p.m. on February 7, 2011. On the last day of the tournament, February 17, winners will be awarded and players will be selected for the world blitz chess championship of 2011.


Aeroflot, a leader of Russia’s air fleet, is a member of SkyTeam, the global airline alliance. Aeroflot’s overall flight network comprises 898 locations in 169 countries. In 2010, 11.3 mln passengers used Aeroflot’s services and about 13 mln used the services offered by the Aeroflot group.

Aeroflot was the winner in the contest between European members of SkyTeam in serving economy-class passengers in short- and medium-range flights and business-class passengers in long-range flights. “Onboard Survey,” the marketing survey conducted by SkyTeam from April to September 2009, confirmed Aeroflot’s leading positions.

Aeroflot belongs to 25 leading airlines of the world according to Air Transport World journal, based on the results of its financial and economic activities in 2009 (“operating profit” and “profit margin” categories).

Aeroflot was the first Russian carrier to be included in the IOSA operator registry and it continues to confirm the certificate in a regular way. The airline has successfully passed the Safety audit for ground operations (ISAGO). Aeroflot is a holder of the unified certificate of compliance with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008.

Aeroflot operates one of the youngest air fleets in Europe that consists of 101 aircraft. Aeroflot’s hub is Sheremetyevo international airport in Moscow. For more details please visit www.aeroflot.ru.


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