In the penultimate, 8th round of the Grenke Chess Classic ending in Germany leading player of the Armenia chess team Levon Aronyan playing black drew the game against world former champion Indian Viswanathan Anand on the 32nd move.
World current champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway) won Peter Svidler (Russia), Maxime Vachiev-Lagrave (France) overpowered 14-year-old Vincent Keymer (Germany) and Fabiano Caruana (USA) defeated Georg Meier (Germany). Francisco Vallejo (Spain) vs Arkadij Naidich (Azerbaijan) game had no winner.
On the eve of the last round Levon Aronyan shares 4-7 places with 4 points. Leading player Magnus Carlsen has gained 6,5 points and Fabiano Caruana placing second has 5,5 points. In the previous 7 rounds the Armenian GM had tied the games with Arkadij Naidich, Georg Meier, Francisco Vallejo, Maxime Vachiev-Lagrave and Vincent Keymer, had won Peter Svidler and lost to Magnus Carlsen.
On April 29 Aronyan will play the 9th round with black pieces with Fabiano Caruana.
Let us recall Levon Aronyan had become the winner of the Grenke Сhess Сlassic in 2017.
On the first day Armenia had 5 representatives.
I congratulate all the fans and say to wait for new wins.
Hrant Melkumyan and Sergey Movsisyan also secured a victory
If something special doesn’t happen I think it will be lighter in Rio