January 30, 2012 – 11:03 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net – Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian said he is extremely happy to have shown a perfect result at the 74th Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee.
In the 13-round tournament, Aronian won 7 games, tied 4 and lost 2, to claim his 3rd Tata Steel title. “This is the best tournament in my career, as I managed to control the situation almost all the time,” the GM confesses.
He also said that his next match will probably be against Russia’s Vladimir Kramnik in April.
Kramnik signs friendly match contract with Aronian
Vladimir Kramnik announced he has signed a contract for a six-game match in classical chess against Levon Aronian. The match is scheduled on April 21-29. Though a ‘friendly’ match, it is also a serious one, aimed to help both prepare for the upcoming Candidates tournament. This is also the first time in history in which two players rated 2800 will play a classical match.
The first game is scheduled for April 21st, 2012, with a rest day scheduled after rounds two and four, and the last game will be played on April 28th. In the event of a draw that ends with less than three hours of play, the players will play a rapid game at 25 minutes plus 10 seconds increment that same day for the spectators. Note that this will not count toward the score of course.
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