In a previous article Previewing The Sinquefield Cup (1): Can Anybody Beat Magnus Carlsen?, I discussed the possibility of Carlsen being his own worst opponent. In this follow-up I want to take a look at the number two on the starting list, Levon Aronian.
In the database I found 48 encounters in classical chess between Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian. In the head to head Aronian is only a very slight underdog, he scores 47,9%.
The last encounter in a classical game between the two was during the Olympiad in Tromso earlier this year. I will annotate the game below.
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Considering their head to head count and their last encounter, I don’t think that Aronian is going to hurt Carlsen during the Sinquefield Cup.
To be continued…