One of the most talented Grandmasters Levon Aronian has recently celebrated victory in the Grand Slam 2009 in Bilbao, Spain.
“Frankly, I did not expect to win straightly, especially after losing to Grischuk in the first round. This game was very challenging, it’s a pity I was short of time to attain all ideas. But when feeling that my opponents are geared up for playing with me, I braced myself and improved the situation,” Aronyan confessed.
For the second time Aronian participates in Bilbao tournament. Armenian Grandmaster underlined that last year’s tournament was much more thrilling, as chess players like Anand and Topalov participated were in. In 2008 Aronian was one of the six participants who got 13 points. This time he got the same points edging four rivals.
Speaking of further projects, Aronian said he “intends to take part in the traditional tournament dedicated to renowned Mikhail Tal in Moscow, November 4-19, 2009, expected to the extremely gripping.”
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