Chess: Aronian in bottom place after Day 3 in Baden-Baden

Top Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian is behind all his competitors after three days of play at a prestigious international tournament in Baden-Baden, Germany.

After drawing against reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and David Baramidze (Germany) in the first two rounds, Aronian went on to lose to Italian American Fabiano Caruana on Wednesday.

With one point, Aronian is currently in eighth place. Among other participants in the eight-man tournament to be held till February 9 are Vishy Anand (India), Michael Adams (UK), Etienne Bacrot (France) and Arkadij Naiditch (Germany).

Aronian, 32, was ranked ninth on FIDE’s top player list updated on February 1 – a drop by three positions over the previous release. The regression also reflected the Armenian grandmaster’s poor performance at an annual prestigious tournament in the Dutch city of Wijk aan Zee in January.

Aronian stayed as number two in the FIDE ratings until last September.