Time in Yerevan: 11:07:36,   18 August

Levon Aronian plays draw with Nakamura in Saint Louis


YEREVAN, AUGUST 28, ARMENPRESS. The leader of the Armenian men’s chess team Levon Aronian played draw in the first round of the Saint Louis tournament.

Levon Aronian faced with Hikaru Nakamura representing the United States in the first round of this major chess tournament. Aronian played with the whites and the GMs shared a point on the 40th move.

At the same time, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and the reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen also ended their match in a tie. While Fabiano Caruana celebrated victory over Veselin Topalov.

Reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen returns to Saint Louis to defend his crown at the second annual Sinquefield Cup, scheduled to be held August 27 through September 7.

Last year's event was the strongest chess tournament ever held on U.S. soil. This year, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is bringing the strongest tournament in the history of chess. Six of the top nine players in the world compete in a 10-round, double round robin for the $100,000 top prize and the right to hoist the coveted Sinquefield Cup.

The 2014 installment of the Sinquefield Cup once again features live play-by-play and analysis from three different teams of grandmaster commentators. Spectators have the option to watch the players in the tournament hall or to enjoy commentary at Lester’s sports bar, adjacent to the club, and also to the World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF), located directly across the street.

Levon Aronian is an Armenian chess Grandmaster. On the May 2012 FIDE list, he was ranked number two in the world and had an Elo rating of 2825, making him the third highest rated player in history.

Aronian won the Chess World Cup 2005. He led the Armenian national team to the Gold medals in the 2006 (Turin), 2008 (Dresden) and 2012 (Istanbul) Chess Olympics and at the World Team Chess Championship in Ningbo 2011. He won the FIDE Grand Prix 2008–2010, qualifying him for the Candidates tournament for the World Chess Championship 2012, where he was knocked out in the first round. He was also World Chess960 Champion in 2006 and 2007, World Rapid Chess Champion in 2009, and World Blitz Chess Champion in 2010.

Levon Aronian was declared the best sportsman of Armenia in 2005 and was awarded the title of "Honoured Master of Sport of the Republic of Armenia" in 2009.

Levon Aronyan is an Armenian chess Grandmaster. On the May 2012 FIDE list, he was ranked number two in the world and had an Elo rating of 2825, making him the third highest rated player in history. Aronyan won the Chess World Cup 2005. He led the Armenian national team to the Gold medals in the 2006 (Turin), 2008 (Dresden)and 2012 (Istanbul) Chess Olympics and at the World Team Chess Championship in Ningbo 2011. He won the FIDE Grand Prix 2008–2010, qualifying him for the Candidates tournament for the World Chess Championship 2012, where he was knocked out in the first round. He was also World Chess960 Champion in 2006 and 2007, World Rapid Chess Champion in 2009, and World Blitz Chess Champion in 2010.



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