Aronian beats Mamedyarov to reach the Chessable Masters semifinals

August 5, 2021 – 12:40 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian beat Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan to reach the Chessable Masters semifinals on Wednesday, August 4, reports.

Mamedyarov had won four games with the black pieces in a row to defeat Aronian when they met in the 3rd place match of the New in Chess Classic, and he had a lot of pressure with black in their first game of the Chessable Masters quarterfinals. Levon held, however, and explained his strategy: “I was trying to calculate a lot and focus and keep my attention the whole time, because he’s a very tricky player.”

In the next game, however, it was Levon who emerged victorious in a tricky endgame.

Mamedyarov needed to hit back, but instead he went down in flames after a wild game in which queens disappeared and reappeared on the board. There were too many twists to summariզe, but Aronian noted it had been fun.

Since I was leading in the match it’s kind of a risk-free environment, so it’s pleasant just to try and score a win if possible. It’s a situation that of course it’s very pleasant to get.

He sealed victory in both the game and the match.

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