YEREVAN (Combined Sources)—Armenian chess Grand Master Levon Aronian will leave for Baku next week to participate in the 2015 World Chess Cup. His trip to Baku for the tournament will come just one week after winning at the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis, USA, yesterday.
“Unfortunately, it is hard for us—chess players—to help settle the discrepancies between the two countries,” Aronian said in an interview with chess-news.ru.
“However, musicians, representatives of different creative professions visit Azerbaijan as people carrying peace, and I will try to follow their example,” Aronian said.
“I’ll try to show my respect for the neighboring country, to play my best and please the local chess fans,” he said.
The 2015 Chess World Cup, organized by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan, from September 10 to October 4. It will be a 128-player knockout chess tournament. Finalists will qualify for the 2016 Candidates Tournament.
Yesterday, Aronian defeated Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria to seal a victory in the Sinquefield Cup held in St. Louis, USA. Aronian secured a solid lead by gaining 6.5 points out of 9.
The super tournament in St. Louis brought together eight of the world’s current top 10 chess players—the reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway), world #2 Viswanathan Anand (India), #3 Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria), #4 Hikaru Nakamura (USA), last-year’s winner and world #5 Fabiano Caruana (USA), #6 Anish Giri (the Netherlands), #8 Wesley So (USA), #9 Alexander Grischuk (Russia), #10 Levon Aronian (Armenia) and #26 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France).