Chessplayers from all quarters of the globe get together every February to participate in the great festival in Moscow, Aeroflot Open tournament.
Welcome to International Chess Festival "Aeroflot Open 2018" which will be held in Moscow from 19 February (the date of arrival) to 2 March 2018 (the date of departure).
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 our 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.
In addition to the Open Tournaments, a Blitz Tournament will be held within the festival.
The official accommodation for the participants and also the venue of the Tournament will be at the “Cosmos” hotel.
The Organizers of the Festival are the "Aeroflot-Russian Airlines", the Russian Chess Federation and the Association of Chess Federations.