Thursday, September 10, 2009

Levon Aronian (Левон Аронян)

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Levon Aronian (6 October 1982) is an Armenian Grandmaster of chess (2001).
He is the winner of the 2005 World Cup, 2009 World Rapid Championship and the FIDE Grand Prix 2008–2009. In May 2007 he defeated World Champion Vladimir Kramnik 4-2 in a rapid chess match. In 2006 and 2007 Aronian won World Fischer Random Chess Championship. Aronian played in the Chess Olympiads of 1996, 2004 (team bronze medal), 2006 (team gold medal) and 2008 (team gold medal). He also played in the FIDE World Chess Championship of 2004 and in the World Men's Team Chess Championship of 2005 (team bronze medal). In 2002 he won the Armenian Chess Championship. Came =3rd in European Individual Chess Championship of 2005.
Other results include: 1st at Szeged 1994; 6th at Morso 2002; 1st at Goa 2002; =7th at Mainz 2003; =2nd at Deizisau 2003; =1st at Gibraltar 2005; 1st at Stepanakert 2005; 1st at Linares 2006; =1st at Moscow 2006; =1st at Wijk aan Zee 2007; =1st at Wijk aan Zee 2008; 1st at Nice 2008; 1st at Yerevan 2008; 1st at Nice 2009; 1st at Bilbao 2009; =4th at Moscow 2009.
On the September 2009 FIDE list, Levon Aronian has an Elo rating of 2773, making him number three in the world and Armenia's number one.
He was announced as the best athlete of Armenia of 2005. All the 37 journalists who participated in the survey mentioned him the first in their variants. Thus Levon Aronian achieved 370 points of 370 possible. He was awarded the Khorenatsi medal in 2006 and the title of "Honoured master of sport of the Republic of Armenia" in 2009.