Chess: Aronian second in Rapid, fourth overall at Zurich Challenge

Top Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian improved his final position at Zurich Chess Challenge after the concluding Rapid event held at the prestigious tournament on Thursday.

Finishing second among six players in the one-day event, Aronian’s secured a fourth place in the overall final standings despite his bottom place after the Classical Games stage.

Indian grandmaster Viswanathan Anand finished first in the Classical but lost to Hikaru Nakamura (USA) in Armageddon tiebreak.

This is the third international tournament in which Aronian has participated this year. He finished fifth among eight participants in the tournament in Baden-Baden, Germany earlier this month, and 10th among 14 contestants at Tata Steel in the Dutch city of Wijk aan Zee in January.

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