Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Aronian wins Tata Steel

Despite his shock round 11 loss to David Navara, Lev Aronian has bounced back to win the Tata Steel tournament in Wijk aan Zee. He maintained his lead with a win over Boris Gelfand in round 12, before a 12 move draw against Teimour Radjabov secured a 1 point win. This draw left Radjabov in a share of second after Carlsen drew with Van Wely, while Caruana joined them with a win over Gelfand.
The short draw between Aronian and Radjabov did attract some comment, as the game finished in about 10 minutes. However the other players did not seem to mind, as Carlsen was the first to congratulate Aronian after his win.
I believe Aronian is now going to take a couple of months off from the tournament circuit for a little R&R, as well as to do some preparation for upcoming events. One event is a just announced match against Kramnik to take place in April. Early details of the match are here.

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