Armenian chess player Levon Aronian wins Norway tournament
Levon Aronian, a Grandmaster, won the Altibox Norway Chess tournament which is held annually in the Norwegian city of Stavanger. It is regarded as the most prestigious tournament according to the participants’ rating.
In the 9th and final round of the tournament, playing black, the Armenian chess player ended in a stalemate with the USA representative, Wesley So, thereby gaining 6 points.
Hikaru Nakamura, a U.S. chess player, who was Aronian’s only rival in the struggle for first place, lost to another U.S. representative, Fabiano Caruana in the final round, thus earning second place with 5 points.
This year, the tournament winner will be awarded EUR 70,000.
During the tournament, Levon Aronian gained the upper hand against Magnus Carlsen (Norway); ex-World Champion Vladimir Kramnik (Russia); and former favorite for the World Champion title, Sergey Karyakin (Russia).