Armenia’s leading GM Levon Aronian defeated Shakhriyar Mammadyarov of Azerbaijan 2.5: 0.5 in the first match of the quarterfinals of the Chessable Masters online rapid chess tournament – the eights event of the Champions Tour.
The opening game ended in a draw with Aronian winning the other two.
Levon Aronian is thus leading1: 0. The return match will take place tomorrow.
To reach the semifinals, Aronian must not lose in the upcoming match, otherwise the winner of this pair will be decided in a tie-break.