Chess Candidates Tournament: Aronian in 4th place, lead pack stays tight

Top Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian played a draw with Bulgaria’s Veselin Topalov in Round 10 of an ongoing Candidates Tournament in Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday.

With only four rounds left to go in the double-round robin tournament featuring eight leading grandmasters of the world, Aronian has 5.5 points and is in fourth place. The lead pack, however, stays tight.

After beating Indian Vishy Anand, Fabiano Caruana (USA/Italy) got to the top of the standings with 6 points, followed by Russia’s Sergey Karjakin, who also has 6 points. Anand is currently in third place with 5.5 points.

The tournament continues today, with Aronian playing with white pieces against sixth-placed Peter Svidler from Russia.

Before the end of the tournament on March 28, the Armenian chessman is also scheduled to play against Caruana, Karjakin and Nakamura.

The winner of the tournament, which is sponsored by Armenia’s Chess Federation and has a prize fund of over $450,000, will play a chess title match against reigning champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway) in New York, USA, on November 11-30.