during the crypto cup located at the Nobu Hotel on Miami Beach, i was fortunate enough to be able to travel there and meet up with all sorts of players from Anish, Tania, Prag. Hans, Liem and more with the exceptions of Firouzja (no picture or signature) and Carlsen (group picture but no signature). one of the more notable moments of the event while going back there for the weekend was meeting Levon Aronian, an Armenian-American warrior being one of the competitors for the crypto cup who was the most humblest and nicest player aside from Anish and some others. he had finished playing his games and when someone offered a game at the spectator chess board outside the playing hall, he agreed and i was super fortunate enough to be one of the few players to play him in a game (only 5 games happen).
the game despite my bad camera man powers was a good game for my level and i was kind of happy being able to at least say i took Aronian, one of the best players in our era to an Endgame. i lost of course but the fact that i managed to at least hold on before playing a bit inaccurately and then Aronian converted flawlessly with his Super GM technique. it was an Exchange caro kann and i had the black pieces so i was a bit more comfortable for the opening but did burn a lot of time and yeah just it was such an honor to play Aronian noting he is also the only super GM to do this with lots of fans outside.
so yeah pretty cool getting the chance to play him and also very nice having a 3 year chess24 membership, i am new to this so i don't know how to add the game but yeah have a nice night :)
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