Aeroflot is not like every other chess tournament. One very special aspect of it is the blitz tournament on the last day. Blitz in Russia is no joke, and the opposition is going to be significant. If I understood Wesley (So) correctly, he finished 40th last year – and he’s a very decent player! The last time I played blitz, I got crushed pretty severely by Magnus. Oh well, it’s just a matter of trying your best and see how it goes. After all, it’s just blitz – just a bonus. The main goal is to regain my focus and show that I can do better than in Wijk. What better place to do that than a 2550+ only tournament?!
There are pro and cons to everything. The problem with Moscow is my very limited Russian vocabulary and the freezing cold. Just check this long term weather forecast! The windy shores of Wijk aan Zee is a walk in the park by comparison. Oh well, at least I start with 0/0 – anything could happen from there.