Chess: Aronian-Carlsen standoff continues at Tata Steel

Chess: Aronian-Carlsen standoff continues at Tata Steel

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Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian is still neck and neck with Norwegian Magnus Carlsen at a major international tournament in the Netherlands.

After eight rounds of play in Group A at Wijk aan Zee’s Tata Steel both grandmasters have a joint lead with 5 ½ points each, half a point clear of the closest rival Teymour Radjabov of Azerbaijan.

Aronian’s results in the latest three rounds of the tournament included a victory over Azerbaijan’s Vugar Gashimov as well as draws against two strong grandmasters – Ukraine’s Vassily Ivanchuk and Buglaria’s Veselin Topalov – over the weekend.

The tournament takes a break on Monday to resume the next day, with Aronian scheduled to play Italian Fabiano Caruana and Carlsen facing Russian Sergey Karjakin.

The other Armenian player at the tournament’s grandmaster group C Elina Danielian has 2 ½ points after eight games and is currently 12th among 14 participants.

For the latest scores and standings at Tata Steel visit the tournament’s official website: