Armenian GM Levon Aronian feels sad about passing away of Azerbaijani player Vugar Gashimov.
“I knew from the Azerbaijani players that he was in a difficult health conditions. When someone passes away and at this age, and such a talented player, it is great grief. I feel very, very sad. We got along well and played a couple of interesting games,” Aronian said after the first round game at Tata Steel Chess.
Aronian ended his first game in a draw. Commenting on the game, he admitted “it was a strange game”, adding he will do what he is expected to do.
Grandmaster (GM) Vugar Gashimov, 27, one of Azerbaijan’s leading chess players, passed away in Germany.