Chess: Aronian wins at Tata Steel

Chess: Aronian wins at Tata Steel

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Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian has won the top prize at a prestigious international competition that ended in the Netherlands on Sunday.

In the 13th and final round of the annual Tata Steel tournament in Wijk aan Zee Aronian earned a draw against Azeri grandmaster Teimour Radjabov to score 9 points overall and finish on top of the 14-man standings.

Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, Italy’s Fabiano Caruana and Radjabov shared 2nd-4th places, each scoring 8 points.

This year Tata Steel stood out for Aronian in terms of the impressive record of victories that he had. The Armenian grandmaster scored seven wins in 13 games, tying four and losing two. One of those two defeats for Aronian came early on from Carslen, the leader of FIDE’s current classification and the other favorite to win the tournament. But Aronian recovered quickly and managed to reach the finish line first despite an unfortunate Round 11 defeat to less experienced Czech grandmaster David Navara.

Among Aronian’s victories were those against such well-established players as Israel’s Boris Gelfand, who is the challenger at the next FIDE World Championship later this year, Russian Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura from the United States and others. Aronian’s win over American Gata Kamsky was recognized as the best win of the tournament’s Round 4.

The other Armenian player, Elina Danielian, who took part in the tournament’s grandmaster Group C, finished ninth among 14 participants.

For all results and final standings at Tata Steel visit the tournament’s official website: