Nations Cup: Armenia’s Aronian becomes hero of the day with two wins

Posted on May. 16. 2020

Armenian GM Levon Aronian became the hero of the day scoring 2 out of 2 with wins over Vidit Gujrathi from India and Leinier Dominguez from Cuba in the 3rd and 4th rounds of the FIDE Online Nations Cup.

China continues to dominate the field. However, in round 3 they were on a verge of losing against Russia after Artemiev defeated Wei Yi in mere 25 moves. Ding Liren saved the day winning against Nepomniachtchi to level the score. In round 4 the rating favorite convincingly defeated India and are leading the event by two match points, FIDE reported.

The rough start continues for team India. They lost both matches and sit in the cellar of the tournament table. Europe, on the contrary, bounced back winning both matches, most importantly against the US team in round 4 which helped them climb to the shared second spot.

The FIDE Nations Cup is being played on May 5-10. Six teams – Europe, Russia, India, China, USA, and the Rest of the World – play an online rapid team competition featuring some of the world’s leading chess players.

Aronian plays for the European team together with Garry Kasparov, Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Anna Muzychuk, Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Nana Dzagnidze.

The Superfinal is played on May 10.

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