Armenian GM Levon Aronian will leave for Baku next week to participate in the World Chess Cup 2015.
“Unfortunately, it’s hard for us – chess players – to help settle the discrepancies between the two countries,” Aronian said in an interview with chess-news.ru.
“However, musicians, representatives of different creative professions visit Azerbaijan as people carrying peace, and I will try to follow their example,” Aronian said.
“I’ll try to show my respect for the neighboring country, to play my best and please the local chess fans,” the Armenian GM said.
The FIDE Chess World Cup 2015 will be played in Baku, Azerbaijan, 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.