Leading Armenian chess player Levon Aronian competed with world champion, Norwegian chess player Magnus Carlsen with black figures during the fourth round of the blitz match of the 2020 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz online chess tournament and was defeated at the 34th step.
Aronian scored 5 out of 8 points and shares the 3rd to 5th places along with Carlsen and Indian chess player Pentala Harikrishna. The top players are Russian’s Yan Nepomnyashchi and US chess player Wesley So, each with 6 points.
On September 16, Aronian will also compete with Harikrishna and Jeffrey Sion.
During the first round, Aronian outscored Iranian chess player Alireza Firuja with black figures at the 40th step, beat Russian chess player Aleksandr Grishchuk with white figures at the 68th step during the second round, and he tied the match with Russia’s Yan Nepomnyashchu with black figures at the 56th step.
The prize fund comprises $250,000, and the winner will receive $50,000. The ten participants will play 9 rounds of rapid chess (25+5) and 18 rounds of blitz chess (5+3). The tournament will end on September 19.