I am very surprised that I have won against Anand like that – Levon said
Armenian Grandmaster Levon Aronian revealed that his performance at the recently concluded Mikhail Tal Memorial was “uneven” due to illness. Armenia’s best player finished on shared 4-5th place with 5.0 points, together with the world champion Viswanathan Anand.
“After the 4th round game with Magnus Carlsen, I fell ill” – Aronian said. – “And my overall result, even if I hadn’t won the last game, would have been quite good. It is difficult to play with a headache, sore throat, when you have a cold. This situation makes it very hard to compete in a tournament. When I got sick – I didn’t feel like playing chess.”
In the final ninth round Aronian defeated the reigning world champion Viswanathan Anand with black pieces. Anand gave up already on the 25th move. “I am very surprised that I have won against Anand like that. We all have our bad days, there is nothing we can do about it.” – said Aronian.