Chess: Aronian setback against Anand at Candidates Tournament

Top Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian suffered his first defeat in the ninth round of the ongoing Candidates Tournament in Moscow, Russia, losing to former world champion Vishy Anand on Monday.

The Indian chess ace played an admittedly flawless endgame with white pieces, beating the Armenian after 66 moves.

After the defeat Aronian yielded his second spot to Anand, who now heads the standings jointly with Russian grandmaster Sergey Karjakin.

In Round 10 scheduled for March 23, Aronian will play against Bulgaria’s Veselin Topalov.

A total of eight leading grandmasters are participating in the double-round robin tournament whose winner will play a chess title match against reigning champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway) in New York, USA, on November 11-30.