Chess: Another setback for Aronian at Candidates Tournament

Top Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian suffered his second defeat at an ongoing Candidates Tournament in Moscow, losing to Russia’s Peter Svidler in Round 11 on Thursday.

The defeat leaves Aronian in sixth place with 5.5 points, a point behind leaders Fabiano Caruana (USA/Italy) and Viswanathan Anand (India).

In the remaining three rounds of the double-round robin tournament featuring eight participants Aronian is scheduled to play against Caruana, Russia’s Sergey Karjakin and Hikaru Nakamura (USA).

The winner of the tournament, which ends on March 28, will play a chess title match against reigning champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway) in New York on November 11-30.