Levon Aronian gains first victory in “London Chess Classic”
YEREVAN, DECEMBER 12, ARMENPRESS. Leader of the national chess team of Armenia Grandmaster Levon Aronian scored his first victory in “London Chess Classic”. “Armenpress” reports the aforementioned, referring to the press service of the National Olympic Committee of Armenia.
Aronian played vs Bulgarian Veselin Topalov in the 7th round of the tournament. Three-time Olympic Champion Levon Aronian played with white pieces and made the opponent surrender at the 27th move of the match.
Aronian will play with Alexander Grischuk in the next round. Aronian has 4 points and currently occupies the 2nd position in the tournament.
Levon Grigori Aronian is an Armenian chess Grandmaster. On the March 2014 FIDE rating list, he was ranked number two in the world and had an Elo rating of 2830, making him the fourth highest rated player in history.
Aronian won the Chess World Cup 2005. He led the Armenian national team to the Gold medals in the 2006 (Turin), 2008 (Dresden) and 2012 (Istanbul) Chess Olympics and at the World Team Chess Championship in Ningbo 2011. He won the FIDE Grand Prix 2008–2010, qualifying him for the Candidates tournament for the World Chess Championship 2012, where he was knocked out in the first round. He was also World Chess960 Champion in 2006 and 2007, World Rapid Chess Champion in 2009, and World Blitz Chess Champion in 2010.
Aronian has been the leading Armenian chess player since the early 2000s. His popularity in Armenia has led to him being called a celebrity, and a hero. He was named the best sportsman of Armenia in 2005 and was awarded the title of Honoured Master of Sport of the Republic of Armenia in 2009.
Aronian was born on 6 October 1982 in Yerevan, Armenia (then part of the Soviet Union), to SedaAronova-Avagyan, an Armenian mining engineer, and GrigoryLeontievichAronov, a Jewish physicist. Talking about his background, Aronian stated in an interview, "I feel much more Armenian than Jewish, although there are sides to me which are more Jewish culturally, involving the arts and music."
He was taught to play chess by his sister, Lilit, at the age of nine. His first coach was the Grandmaster MeliksetKhachiyan. An early sign of his ability came when he won the 1994 World Youth Chess Championship (under-12) in Szeged with 8/9, ahead of future luminaries Étienne Bacrot, RuslanPonomariov, Francisco Vallejo Pons, and Alexander Grischuk.
Aronian holds a diploma from the Armenian State Institute of Physical Culture.
Aronian played for Armenia in the Chess Olympiads of 1996, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. He took team bronze medal in 2004 and team gold medal in 2006, 2008 and 2012. In the 2010 Chess Olympiad he won the silver medal for his individual performance on board one. In the 2012 Chess Olympiad Aronian won the gold medal on board one. Aronian was a member of the gold-medal winning Armenian team at the World Team Chess Championship in 2011, where he won the silver medal on board one. Aronian again competed for Armenia in the 2013 World Team Chess Championship, where he won the gold medal on board one.