YEREVAN, MARCH 7, ARMENPRESS. Armenia believes in Levon Aronian’s victory in the Candidates’ Matches of the FIDE. In a conversation with “Armenpress” the prominent masters of the chess superpower assessed Levon Aronian’s chances. The First Vice President of Armenian Chess Federation Smbat Lputyan noted that he is hopeful about our strongest chess player. The Director of the Armenian Chess Academy Lputyan stated: “Levon can win the Candidates’ Matches.”
The acting champion of Armenia Tigran Petrosyan shares the opinion of his elder friend. Tigran Petrosyan noted: “The main struggle will flare up between Aronian and Carlsen. I do not want to underestimate the other competitors, but they will be the best players. It has already been declared that in the first round Levon will play against Carlsen. I am confident that he will not lose.”
The Candidates’ Tournament will launch in London on March 14 and will be over on April 1. 8 Grand Masters will participate in the tournament. Among them are: Levon Aronian (ARM), Magnus Carlsen (NOR), Boris Gelfand (ISR), Alexander Grischuk (RUS), Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR), Vladimir Kramnik (RUS), Teimour Radjabov (AZE), and Peter Svidler (RUS).
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