Top World Chess Player Praises Aronian ahead of Tournament


LONDON (ArmeniaNow) — International Chess Federation (FIDE) current number top player Magnus Carlsen sees Armenia’s Levon Aronian as his main rival at a Chess Candidates Tournament to be open in London later this week, according to The Guardian.

“He has supreme confidence and belief in himself, is very well prepared, can evaluate non-standard positions very well and never backs down,” said the Norwegian of Aronian, who is ranked third by FIDE.

Aronian and Carlsen square off in the opening round of the competition to be held in the British capital from March 15 to April 1.

The eight-player double round-robin tournament will decide challenger for the world chess crown to play against its current holder Viswanathan Anand from India later this year.

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