Aronian Keeps 2nd Place in World Chess Rankings

Levon Aronian (right) and Dmitry Andreikin at a post-match press conference after the 6th round of the Candidates Tournament

YEREVAN—Armenia’s top chess player Levon Aronian has managed to hold on to his 2nd place world ranking despite coming in sixth at the international Candidates Tournament last week.

The World Chess Federation (FIDE) released its newest list of player rankings on Monday, following the conclusion of the international Candidates Tournament, in which India’s Viswanathan Anand won first place, earning the right to challenge world champion Magnus Carlsen.

Aronian dropped 18 points in his rankings at the conclusion of the tournament, bringing him to 2812 points. In comparison, Norway’s Magnus Carlsen is in first place with 2881 points, while Candidates Tournament winner Anand rose to 2785 points, but still shy of overtaking Aronian.

Aronian lost to Russia’s Dmitry Andreikin in the thirteenth round of the Candidates Tournament, losing his chances of taking first place at the tournament. Meanwhile, Anand finished the fourteen-day tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, unbeaten.


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