Chess: Aronian finishes fifth in Baden-Baden

Top Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian finished fifth among eight participants in a prestigious international tournament in Baden-Baden, Germany.

With 3.5 points in seven games the Armenian placed behind reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway), the winner of the tournament, and Germany’s Arkadij Naiditsch, both of whom scored 4.5 points. Michael Adams from the United Kingdom and Italian American Fabiano Caruana finished third and fourth, respectively, with 4 points each.

Bacrot Etienne (France), Vishy Anand (India) and David Baramidze (Germany) finished behind the Armenian grandmaster with 3.5, 2.5, and 1.5 points, respectively.

This is already the second tournament in 2015 in which Aronian fails to win a top place. In January, the Armenian finished only 10th among 14 participants at another prestigious annual tournament in the Dutch city of Wijk aan Zee.

Aronian is ranked ninth on the FIDE top player list as of February 1. The 32-year-old grandmaster was number two in the same rankings only as recently as last summer.