23:07  +04,  August 12, 2019

St. Louis Rapid & Blitz: Aronian begins third day with victory

Armenia’s leading chess player Levon Aronian began the third day of the St. Louis Rapid & Blitz of the Grand Chess Tour (GCT) by winning former contender for the world champion title, US chess player Fabiano Caruana. In the 7th round, Aronian played with black figures and won at the 51st step.

With 12 points (2 points given for victory, 1 point given for a tie), Aronian is the sole leader on the table. French chess player Maxime Vachier-Lagrave has 9 points and lost to world champion Magnus Carlsen in the 7th round.

In the first round, Aronian had won Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, in the second round — Russian chess player Sergey Karjakin, in the third round — Azerbaijani chess player Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, in the fourth round, Aronian tied the match with Ding Liren, in the 5th round, he won world champion, Norwegian chess player Magnus Carlsen, and he tied the match with Cuban chess player Leinier Dominguez (representing the USA) in the 6th round.

Hungarian and Chinese chess players Richard Rapport and Yu Yanji will be Aronian’s opponents in the last two rounds of the St. Louis Rapid and Blitz.

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