Chess: Aronian upset over ‘tournament of missed opportunities’

Top Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian regrets his latest setback at the Candidates Tournament in Moscow where he finished behind leaders and missed another chance of challenging the world chess crown.

The double-round robin tournament bringing together eight leading chess players ended in the Russian capital on Monday, with Russia’s Sergey Karjakin taking the first place in a dramatic finish and getting the right to play a chess title match against reigning champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway) in November.

Aronian was in the lead until losing to ex-champion Viswanathan Anand (India) in Round 9 of the tournament followed by another defeat from Russia’s Peter Svidler in Round 11. The Armenian never came round after the setbacks and finished in sixth place.

After drawing against Karjakin in the penultimate round of the tournament, Aronian spoke about his “missed” chances.

“Today, I missed a victory like during many previous days. I didn’t do well at the tournament in Moscow. It was a tournament of missed opportunities for me. I am very upset,” said Aronian, according to Russia’s sport publication, R-Sport.

Aronian participated in the Candidates Tournament as a player invited by the organizing party.

The tournament in Moscow was sponsored by the Chess Federation of Armenia. Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, who also heads the federation, attended the tournament’s opening that was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Armenia’s independence.