YEREVAN, March 25. /ARKA/. Chess grandmaster Levon Aronian of Armenia said he can feel the support of the Armenian folk while playing at Candidates Tournament 2013 in London.
Magnust Carlsen of Norway and Aronian faced each other over the board on Sunday and drew a Catalan game in just an hour and a half. Both candidates are still tied for first place, the official website of Tournament reports.
Aronian told reporters he feels his motherland supports him. He receives letters and text messages, when he has time he responds them. He added it is really good to feel people care about his game
After eight rounds, Carlsen and Aronian are still tied for first place with 5.5 points. Vladimir Kramnik is one point behind with 4.5 while Grischuk is in 4th place with 4 points. Gelfand and Svidler are shared 5th with 3.5 points, Radjabov is in 7th place with 3 points and Ivanchuk is last with 2.5 points. Monday, March 25th at 14:00 GMT the ninth round will be played: Kramnik-Carlsen, Svidler-Grischuk, Ivanchuk-Radjabov and Gelfand-Aronian.
Levon Aronian was World Chess champion in 2005. He is a winner of three Olympiads (2006, 2008, 2012), super tournaments in Linares, Wijk aan Zee. He was a member of the gold-medal winning Armenian team at the World Team Chess Championship in 2011. -0-
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