ST LOUIS — Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian has won prestigious Sinquefield Cup held in St Louis, USA, a 10-man tournament that has brought together leading chess players of the world.

The Sinquefield Cup, the second leg of the three-tournament 2015 Grand Chess Tour, boasts a strong lineup — half of the field is rated above 2800, and Aronian, at 2765, is the second lowest rated entrant in the 10-grandmaster field.

With six points out of possible nine Aronian placed ahead of reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and FIDE’s current number four Hikaru Nakamura (USA).

Other grandmaster participating in the tournament were: World #2 Viswanathan Anand (India), #3 Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria), last-year’s winner and World #5 Fabiano Caruana (USA), #6 Anish Giri (the Netherlands), #8 Wesley So (USA), #9 Alexander Grischuk (Russia) and #26 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France).

Aronian will leave for Baku, Azerbaijan next week to participate in the World Chess Cup 2015, that will be held from 10 September to 4 October 2015.

It will be a 128-player knockout chess tournament. The finalists will qualify for the 2016 Candidates Tournament.

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