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Levon Aronian Is Still a Fantastic Chess Player, In Case You’ve Forgotten

Just like in the old times, Levon Aronian dominated at the Armageddon Playoffs and won Tata Steel Chess India 2021 Blitz. The Armenian GM, who conspicuously missed from the latest headlines, managed to win the strong tournament on tie-breaks. Thank you Levon, we missed you!

Photo: World Chess

Arjun was completely winning in both Playoff games, a fact that Aronian himself mentioned after his win: “Of course I was very lucky to be able to play in the tie-break. My games were very poor, and also I have to admit I should have lost in maybe both games, definitely in one in the tie-break”

Then Aronian added: “It’s a wonderful experience because you have such fans and such devoted people to chess that organize such an event. I am extremely grateful to everybody who is following and making this tournament happen, to Tata Steel, Anand who I witnessed for the first time as an organizer and as a person who doesn’t actually want to hurt me!

You know a country like India has so much knowledge, wisdom that you can learn every day. The most of the things I have learned here was from the young players. They are incredible, and also the lady players were giving us a hard time. The only reason I got this cup, I think Arjun is a very strong player in chess, but he is not physically so strong to carry two cups. So that’s why he thought about this and said, okay, one is enough for me!”

Photo: Amruta Mokal

One of the big highlights of the tournament was the battle between Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa and Vaishali in the first round. That was the first face-off between the phenomenal siblings of Indian chess in such a mega event!

Watch the last day of the Tata Steel Chess India 2021 Blitz with us here: link

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