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Levon Aronian
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Number of games in database: 2,311
Years covered: 1993 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2799 (2794 rapid, 2794 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2830

Overall record: +541 -212 =824 (60.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 734 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (102) 
    D15 D10 D11 D12 D17
 English (82) 
    A15 A13 A14 A11 A18
 King's Indian (78) 
    E60 E63 E62 E90 E61
 Queen's Pawn Game (72) 
    A45 E10 E00 A41 D01
 Queen's Gambit Declined (70) 
    D37 D38 D30 D39 D31
 English, 1 c4 e5 (70) 
    A29 A20 A25 A21 A27
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (292) 
    C67 C65 C84 C89 C78
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (121) 
    C84 C89 C88 C87 C90
 Queen's Gambit Declined (108) 
    D37 D38 D39 D31 D30
 Sicilian (101) 
    B22 B90 B70 B51 B76
 Grunfeld (65) 
    D85 D91 D76 D94 D77
 Queen's Pawn Game (64) 
    A45 D02 E00 A46 E10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Aronian vs Anand, 2007 1-0
   I Sokolov vs Aronian, 2006 0-1
   A Giri vs Aronian, 2012 0-1
   Shirov vs Aronian, 2006 0-1
   Aronian vs V Popov, 2005 1-0
   Aronian vs Caruana, 2015 1-0
   W So vs Aronian, 2015 0-1
   Aronian vs A Volokitin, 2008 1-0
   Aronian vs Morozevich, 2006 1-0
   Aronian vs Carlsen, 2017 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)
   FIDE World Championship Tournament (2007)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   41st World Junior Championships (2002)
   20th Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2011)
   Linares 2006 (2006)
   FIDE Grand Prix (2008)
   Tata Steel (2014)
   Tata Steel (2012)
   Tata Steel (2013)
   Gibraltar Masters (2005)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   16th Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2007)
   World Chess Cup (2007)
   FIDE World Cup (2005)
   European Team Championship (2015)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)

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   Aronian's Games 4 Study by jakaiden
   Match Aronian! by chessgain
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   English: Levon Aronian Collection by chess.master
   A Players Announced to Fredthebear's Audience by fredthebear
   Power Chess - Aronian by Anatoly21
   Exchange sacs - 2 by obrit
   Book of Samurai's favorite games 3 by Book of Samurai
   Book of Five Rings' favorite games by Book of Five Rings
   GP by acirce
   Match Carlsen! by amadeus
   Art of War's favorite games by Art of War
   positionalgenius' favorite games by positionalgenius

   Aronian vs Nakamura (Aug-16-17) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   L Dominguez vs Aronian (Aug-16-17) 0-1, rapid
   Karjakin vs Aronian (Aug-16-17) 0-1, rapid
   Aronian vs Kasparov (Aug-15-17) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Le Quang Liem vs Aronian (Aug-15-17) 1-0, rapid

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(born Oct-06-1982, 34 years old) Armenia

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Levon Grigorievich Aronian was born in Yerevan and learned to play chess when he was nine years old. He is a former U12 (1994) and Junior (U20) World Champion (2002), became an International Master in 1996 at 13, and became a Grandmaster in 2000 at 17. He has been a Candidate on four occasions: 2007, 2011, 2013 and 2014. He is the wild card Candidate for the Candidates Tournament of 2016.


<Age> In 1994, he won the World Under-12 Championship in Szeged with 8/9, ahead of future top-ten players Ruslan Ponomariov, Alexander Grischuk, Etienne Bacrot as well as Francisco Vallejo Pons. In 2001, he was runner up in the World Junior Championship with 9.5/13 just behind Peter Acs and went one better in 2002, when he became World Junior Champion, scoring 10/13 and finishing ahead of Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Artyom Timofeev, Luke McShane, Bu Xiangzhi, and Pentala Harikrishna.

<Nationals> He was runner up in the Armenian Championship in 2001 behind Smbat Gariginovich Lputian before improving in 2002 by winning the Armenian Championship.

<Continental> A regular participant at the European Individual Championships since their inception, he came =4th in 2003 with 8.5/13 behind the winner Zurab Azmaiparashvili, and the joint runners up Alexander (Nenashev) Graf and Vladimir Malakhov; in 2004 he came =3rd a half point behind joint leaders Vassily Ivanchuk and Predrag Nikolic and in 2005 he came =3rd, a point behind Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu and a half point behind 2nd place getter Teimour Radjabov.

<World> Aronian took part in the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004) in Tripoli, eliminating Magnus Carlsen and Gadir Guseinov before losing his third-round match with Pavel Smirnov. He capped a highly successful 2005 by winning the FIDE World Cup (2005) in December, without loss of a single game. After beating Ali Frhat, Darmen Sadvakasov, Alexander Areshchenko and Francisco Vallejo Pons in the preliminary 4 rounds, he disposed of Mikhail Gurevich in the quarter finals and Bacrot in the semi finals before defeating Ponomariov in the final round. His World Cup victory qualified him for the Candidates Tournament of the World Chess Championship 2007, being played in May–June 2007. In this tournament he played Magnus Carlsen in the Candidates Match: Aronian - Carlsen (2007), and they tied 3-3 in the initial six games, then 2-2 in rapid chess, before Aronian finally prevailed 2-0 in the blitz deciders. In the finals, he won the Candidates Match: Aronian - Shirov (2007) by 3½-2½. This qualified him for the final stage of the championship, the FIDE World Championship Tournament (2007) in Mexico City. There, he scored only six points out of 14, finishing seventh out of eight players, with Viswanathan Anand becoming the World Chess Champion.

Aronian easily won the FIDE Grand Prix 2008–2010, qualifying him for the World Championship Candidates (2011). He was was eliminated from the latter contest in the first round when he fell to Alexander Grischuk in the rapid game playoff 1.5-2.5 (+1 =1 -2) after tieing the classical games 2-2 (+0 =4 -0). Aronian qualified via his rating for the right to play in the World Championship Candidates (2013) that was played in London in March 2013. He was in contention for first for most of the tournament, but he lost some games late in the tournament to place 3rd with 8/14, half a point behind the leaders Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik respectively. He was seeded into the World Chess Championship Candidates (2014) by rating, as he met the condition that he must first participate in the World Cup (2013), where he defeated Kyrgyzstani IM Mikhail Markov in the first round and Igor Lysyj in the second round but lost to eventual semi-finalist GM Evgeny Tomashevsky in the third round. At the World Chess Championship Candidates (2014) in Khanty-Mansiysk, Aronian was in strong contention for the lead until round 9, but then crashed to score only 3 draws in the last 6 rounds to finish 6th in the final standings.

He qualified by rating for the World Cup (2015). There he defeated Michael Wiedenkeller of Luxembourg in the first round to advance to the second round only to be eliminated from the tournament in the shock of the round when he lost in the first rapid tiebreaker to Alexander Areshchenko. Nevertheless he qualified for the Moscow Candidates Tournament 2016 as the event's wild card entry.


<Classical> At the International Open at Capelle-La-Grande in 2001, Aronian scored 7/9, half a point behind the joint leaders Einar J Gausel and Vladimir Chuchelov . At Lausanne a few months later, he won the Young Masters tournament ahead of Harikrishna. In 2002, he was equal first in the International Open in Bad Wiessee and was also =1st in the International Neckar Opens held in Deizisau in Germany in 2002 and 2003. In 2004, he was =1st in the Reykjavik Open and 2005 proved to be Aronian's most successful year thus far - it saw him gain over 50 FIDE rating points to claim a spot in the top 10 and a 2724 rating on the July list. He was joint first with Zahar Efimenko, Kiril Dimitrov Georgiev, Alexey Shirov and Emil Sutovsky at the Gibraltar Masters (2005), outright first at the Karabakh International (2005) and won the World Cup (see above). He went on to even greater successes in 2006: after achieving a modest result in Corus (2006), he won in the last round of Linares (2006) to take first place by half a point ahead of Teimour Radjabov and Veselin Topalov. Toward the end of the year he shared first place in the Tal Memorial (2006) 2006 with Peter Leko , and then followed up in 2007 with a joint victory with Topalov and Radjabov at the category 19 Corus (2007). The year 2008 started with a great success at Corus (2008) where he shared first place with Carlsen, scoring 8/13, and continued strongly as he came =3rd at Morelia-Linares (2008), and won the FIDE Grand Prix (2008) in Sochi and the 4th FIDE Grand Prix (2009) in Nalchik. Along with his joint second place score in the FIDE Jermuk Grand Prix (2009), Aronian secured his place in the candidates tournament by winning the FIDE Grand Prix series in just three of the four events each player was slated to attend. He also came =2nd behind Topalov at the Bilbao Grand Slam Chess Final (2008) tournament alongside Ivanchuk and Carlsen with 5/10 and finished 2008 with outright second behind Topalov with 5.5/10 at the Pearl Spring Chess Tournament (2008).

In 2009 he came =2nd with 7.5/13 at Corus a half point behind Sergey Karjakin and alongside Sergei Movsesian and Radjabov, took clear first place with four wins, one draw, and one loss in the 2nd Grand Slam Masters Bilbao Final (2009). In November 2009, he competed in the Tal Memorial (2009), at the time the strongest tournament in history (in terms of average Elo, 2763). He finished fourth with 5/9, and in the final round memorably demolished world champion Viswanathan Anand with the Black pieces in just 25 moves. He was 3rd at Linares (2010) behind Topalov and Grischuk and in September 2010, he played in the preliminary stage of the Bilbao Grand Slam in Shanghai, the Shanghai Masters (2010), against Vladimir Kramnik, Alexei Shirov, and Wang Hao, but could not qualify for the final tournament after losing to Kramnik in an Armageddon game after they drew the tiebreaker match. In November 2010, he finished shared first with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Karjakin at the category XXI Tal Memorial (2010). He started 2011 with a joint third with Carlsen in the Tata Steel (2011) (formerly Corus) super tournament behind Hikaru Nakamura and Anand, scoring 8/13 with a 2821 performance rating. In November 2011, he came second in the category 22 Tal Memorial (2011) with 5.5/9 (+2 =7 -0 and TPR of 2853) on tiebreak behind Magnus Carlsen, and in December 2011 he broke even at the London Chess Classic (2011) with 4/8 (+1 -1 =6). Aronian started 2012 with his first outright win at Wijk aan Zee scoring 9/13 (+7 -2 =4; TPR of 2891) at the category 21 Tata Steel (2012) and then placed =4th at the category 22 Tal Memorial (2012) with 4.5/9 followed by 3rd at the Bilbao Masters (2012) in October. He finished 2012 with a disappointing 3.5/8 at the London Chess Classic (2012), placing 6th out of 9 and losing his world number 2 ranking.

However, 2013 saw Aronian placing clear second behind Carlsen at the category 20 Tata Steel (2013) event, scoring 8.5/13 and signalling a strong return to form prior to the Candidates Tournament that was held in March 2013. Subsequent to the Candidates, Aronian won the category 20 Alekhine Memorial (2013) with 5.5/9 on tiebreak ahead of Boris Gelfand and then placed =4th at the category 21 Norway Chess Tournament (2013), scoring 5/9. In September he placed 3rd in the category 22 DRR Sinquefield Cup (2013) quadrangular tournament behind Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura, falling below 2800 for the first time since September 2010. However, he recovered his form and his 2800 rating in a major hitout in the lead up to the 2014 Candidates by winning the category XXI quadrangular DRR Bilbao Masters (2013) using the "soccer scoring" system wherein his +2 =4 translated into an outright first with 10 points ahead of the 9 points (+2 -1 =3) scored by runner up Michael Adams. Possibly the best result of his career came when he won the category 20 Tata Steel (2014) event with a round to spare, the final score being 8/11, a point and a half clear of the field. He placed 2nd behind Carlsen in the category 23 standard time Zurich Chess Challenge (2014), even after losing his 5th round game to Loek van Wely. Immediately before the standard time event he was =1st with Carlsen in the preliminary Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz) (2014) which determined the draw. He placed 3rd in the Zurich Chess Challenge (Rapid) (2014), which when combined with the results in the main event provided him with an overall placement of 2nd, again behind Carlsen. His next major event was the Sinquefield Cup (2014), and which produced a relatively poor result by his standards, 5th placement with 4/10. He performed better at the Bilbao Masters (2014), placing 2nd behind Anand on the 3-1-0 scoring system used for the event and at the Petrosian Memorial (2014), where he placed =3rd behind Grischuk and Kramnik.

2015 started poorly for Aronian with a relatively weak performance at Tata Steel (2015), scoring 5.5/13 (+1 -3 =9) and finishing toward the bottom of the field. He played in the category 20 GRENKE Chess Classic (2015), placing mid table. His form later in February did not improve, when despite a strong win in the Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz) (2015) curtain raiser, he placed =4th (6th and last on tiebreak) at the category 22 standard portion of the Zurich Chess Challenge (2015). A strong second place finish in the second part of the event, the Zurich Chess Challenge (Rapid) (2015), was not enough to put him on the leader board and he finished 4th overall. His woes deepened in June 2015 when he placed last at the category 22 Norway Chess (2015), dropping his rating to his lowest since July 2009, and resulting in him dropping out of the top 10 for the first time since January 2009.

However, he returned to form with a clear 6/9 (+3 =6) win at the category 22 Sinquefield Cup (2015), a full point clear of the four co-runners up including the World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Anish Giri. In December 2015, he placed fourth at the London Chess Classic (2015) with 5/9.

<Chess960> In 2003 Aronian won the Finet Chess960 open at Mainz; this qualified him for a match against Chess960 World Champion Peter Svidler at Mainz the following year, a match which he lost 4½-3½. He won the Finet Chess960 open tournament again in 2005 which earned him a rematch with Svidler in 2006, and this time he won the match this time 5-3 in an 8-game match to become Chess960 World Champion. In 2007 he successfully defended his title of Chess960 World Champion by beating Anand, but lost the title in 2009 to Nakamura.


Aronian played for Armenia 2 in the 1996 Olympiad in Yerevan, the 36th Olympiad (2004) in Calvia, the 37th Chess Olympiad (2006) in Turin, the 38th Olympiad (2008) in Dresden, the 39th Chess Olympiad (2010) in Khanty-Mansiysk, the Chess Olympiad (2012) in Istanbul and in the Chess Olympiad (2014) held in Tromsø. He helped the team to a bronze medal in 2004 and to gold medals in 2006, 2008 and 2012. In the 2010 Olympiad he won the silver medal for his individual performance on board one and in 2012 he went one better to win gold on top board.


Always a team player, Aronian has played in the German Bundesliga, the Israeli National League, in the Dutch, Spanish and French Team championships, in the European Club Cup as well as the World Team Championship (2005) and World Team Championship (2010). In the Russian Team Championship in 2005, he scored 7.5/9 with an Elo performance rating of around 2850, and in the World Chess Team Championship (2011) he lead Armenia to gold, scoring a personal silver for top board with his 5/8 (TPR 2826). He also won an individual gold playing top board for Armenia in the FIDE World Team Championship (2013). He has played for Armenia in the European Team Championships in 1999 (winning team gold), 2005, 2007 (individual silver), 2009. He lead Armenia to fourth place in the European Team Championship (2011) and in the European Team Championship (2013), winning individual silver and bronze on board 1 in 2011 and 2013 respectively. He won team and individual silver playing board one at the European Team Championship (2015).


In April 2012, Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik, as part of their preparation for the 2013 Candidates Tournament, played a six-game training match in Zurich. The Kramnik - Aronian (2012) match was drawn 3-3 (+1 -1 =4).


Aronian is a worthy successor to Anand in the rapid play versions of the game, and a fierce rival of Carlsen and Nakamura. In May 2007 he won 4-2 in the Kramnik - Aronian Rapid Match (2007). He also won the 2009 World Rapid Championship when he took out the Chess Classic Mainz (rapid) (2009), and then followed up by winning the World Blitz Championship (2010) with 24.5/38, clinching the title with a round to spare. In March 2008 he won the 17th Melody Amber blindfold/rapid tournament held in Nice, France, 2½ points ahead of the other nearest competitors. Apart from his first place win in the overall tournament, he also took sole first place in the Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2008) section of the tournament (winning by a margin of 1½ points) and shared first place in the Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2008) section with Kramnik, Alexander Morozevich, and Topalov. In March 2009 he again won at the Melody Amber tournament, scoring a combined 14 points in 22 games, and sharing the lead in both sections. In 2011, he won the 20th Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2011) with 8.5/11 by a clear point and a half, and came second behind Carlsen in the 20th Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2011) section with 7/11 to take the overall prize for the third time. In June 2008, Aronian won the Karen Asrian Memorial (2008) rapid chess tournament in Yerevan, finishing with 8½/14 ahead of second placed Peter Leko. In August 2010, he attempted to defend the World Rapid Chess title, but lost to eventual champion American Gata Kamsky.

In December 2013, he placed =1st at the SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Blitz) (2013) with 19.5/30. In June 2014, he was =2nd behind Carlsen at the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2014).


Aronian was declared the best sportsman of Armenia in 2005 and in December 2009 was awarded the title of "Honoured Master of Sport of the Republic of Armenia".


Aronian is only one of nine players to officially cross the 2800 boundary, the others being Garry Kasparov, Kramnik, Anand, Topalov and Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Nakamura and Grischuk. His highest FIDE rating to date was 2830 in March 2014 when he was ranked #2 in the world, also his highest ranking to date. He was world #2 for a total of 26 rating periods covering 29 months.

After Aronian's round 4 victory over US super-GM Hikaru Nakamura in the Zurich Chess Challenge standard time event on 2 February 2014, his live rating reached a new personal best of 2835.5.


His handle on the Internet Chess Club (ICC) is "L-Aronian".

Sources and references

Live rating:; Extended interview on WhyChess on 21 Sep 2011:; Wikipedia article: Levon Aronian

Last updated: 2016-08-05 22:11:13

 page 1 of 93; games 1-25 of 2,320  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Aronian vs N Das 0-1581993Wch U12D01 Richter-Veresov Attack
2. A Horvath vs Aronian 1-0561993Wch U12B78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
3. Aronian vs M Sitnik 1-0411993Ch World (cadets) (under 12)C55 Two Knights Defense
4. A Boldyrev vs Aronian  ½-½451993Wch U12B20 Sicilian
5. E Shaposhnikov vs Aronian 1-0601993Wch U12B55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
6. Aronian vs I Khamrakulova 1-0341993Wch U12A45 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Aronian vs A Zabailovich 1-0341993Wch U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
8. Ngo Ngoc Quang vs Aronian 0-1321993Wch U12E60 King's Indian Defense
9. N F Nur vs Aronian  0-1341993Wch U12B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
10. Aronian vs S Munizaba 1-0381993Wch U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
11. D Kozlenkov vs Aronian 1-0421993Wch U12C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
12. C Mamedov vs Aronian 0-1451994EUch U12 DisneyB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
13. Aronian vs P De Bortoli 1-0211994EUch U12 DisneyD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
14. Aronian vs A Khruschiov 1-0241994EU-ch U12A45 Queen's Pawn Game
15. F Langheinrich vs Aronian 1-0301994EUch U12 DisneyB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
16. Aronian vs O Kondarevich  1-0481994EUch U12 DisneyC16 French, Winawer
17. E Khalilov vs Aronian  0-1331994EU-ch U12A07 King's Indian Attack
18. Aronian vs N Shavtvaladze 0-1411994EU-ch U12B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
19. V Shinkevich vs Aronian  ½-½251994EU-ch U12A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
20. Aronian vs H Geanta  1-0411994EU-ch U12C17 French, Winawer, Advance
21. E Kobylkin vs Aronian 0-1491994EU-ch U12D86 Grunfeld, Exchange
22. V Raceanu vs Aronian  0-1431994EU-ch U12D74 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O
23. Aronian vs D Mastrovasilis 0-1161994EU-ch U12B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
24. G Szabo vs Aronian  0-1291994EU-ch U12B22 Sicilian, Alapin
25. M Adnani vs Aronian 0-1221994Wch U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
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  Octavia: congratulations!!!
Jun-17-17  yesnomaybeidontknow: Congratulations, Levon, on winning the 2017 Altibox Norway Tournament! Altibox Norway (2017)
Jun-17-17  Imran Iskandar: Well done Lev!
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  wordfunph: Altibox Norway Champ, congrats Levon!
Jun-17-17  Pulo y Gata: He knows how to play at this level AND he wins!
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  flightsquare: First off,whomever takes care of posting players' 'notable games', get last weeks win over Magnus at altibox up there!

I think there is little argument now that's Levon is the most exciting potential opponent for Carlson in a WC match. Caruana a close 2nd. They are the only 2 who have ideas that can surprise Magnus. Wesley So might last 50 draws but he is too timid, Kramnik and Vishy too old and Naka? Well, Magnus has his #. A match with Aronian would have real suspense and be most unpredictable. Here's hoping it happens!

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  keypusher: <flightsquare: First off,whomever takes care of posting players' 'notable games', get last weeks win over Magnus at altibox up there!>

Nobody is in charge of posting notable games. A notable game for a player is one that is featured in the most collections. It's an admirably objective system, but it doesn't work well for current players -- most of their "notable" games tend to be from the beginning of their careers. Aronian has only three from after 2008, it looks like.

Anyway, the best thing you can do to make Aronian-Carlsen "notable" is to put it in a collection. I suspect quite a few people will do that...

Jun-22-17  Chessinfinite: Congrats Aronian on your fantastic win at Norway ! I thought it was a very classy win. It is always a pleasure to watch your games, hope you challenge Magnus for an epic clash at the World Championships.
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  diagonal: In his chess career, Levon Aronian maybe hasn’t received (yet) the accolades of a Vladimir Kramnik, Viswanathan Anand, Magnus Carlsen or the mass media attention / community of Wesley So.

Aronian (*1982) never played Kasparov up until the forthcoming Sinquefield Cup Special Rapid & Blitz 2017, and never played Korchnoi, meanwhile later born GMs, let’s say Grischuk (*1983) or Ponomariov (*1983) already played Gazza & Vic frequently.

But for more than a decade, Aronian is now consistently seen at the very top of the chess world, winning supertournaments, leading Armenia to victory in team competition and being regularly in the World Championship discussion.

As pointed out, he didn’t show the meteoric rise associated with many of the young top players today, instead slowly working his way up the rankings.

His first notable successes as a Grandmaster came in 2002, when he not only won the Armenian Chess Championship, but also became World Junior Chess Champion.

Aronian’s real breakthrough year came in 2005. He finished off the year by winning the Chess World Cup (knock-out format) without losing a single game in any of the seven knockout rounds:

(to be continued with a brief overview of his accomplishments)

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  diagonal: Accomplishments and Notable Tournament Victories of Levon Aronian

<Official events>

Armenian Champion 2002

World Junior Champion in 2002 in Goa

Won inofficial Chess960 Championship 2006 and 2007 in Mainz

Won Grenkeleasing World Rapid Chess Championship 2009 in Mainz

Won FIDE World Blitz Chess Championship 2010 in Moscow

Won FIDE World Cup (k.o.-format) 2005 in Khanty-Mansiysk

Winner FIDE Grand Prix 2008-2010 (point scoring, consisting of six tournaments), winning the tournaments in Sochi 2008 outright and in Nalchik 2009 outright

Multiple Candidate, but never Challenger

<Major international invitation tournaments (supertournaments)>

Linares / Morelia 2006, first half of the tournament had been played in Morelia (Mex) / second half in Linares

Moscow, Tal Memorial, three-time winner
2006 (shared with Leko & Ponomariov), 2010 (shared with Karjakin & Mamedyarov), 2011 (shared with Carlsen)

Wijk aan Zee, Tata Steel, four-time winner
2007 (shared with Topalov & Radjabov), 2008 (shared with Carlsen), 2012, 2014

Bilbao Grand Slam Masters, twice winner
2009, 2013

Alekhine Memorial 2013, organised in Paris (first leg) & St. Petersburg (second leg), Aronian winner on tie-break above Gelfand

Sinquefield Cup 2015, Saint Louis, Missouri

Grenke Chess Classics 2017, in Karlsruhe (round 1-3) & Baden-Baden (round 4-7)

Altibox Norway Chess 2017, Stavanger area

<Team events>

Gold medal with Armenia at the Chess Olympiads 2006, 2008, 2012, Aronian always playing at board one, individual gold medal in 2012.

Gold medal with Armenia at the World Team Chess Championship in 2011.

Jul-29-17  Murky: New Yorker magazine just posted an article about Aronian:

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  chancho: <“I know that I deserve, one day, to become world champion.”>

<~ Levon Aronian ~>

Premium Chessgames Member
  ChessHigherCat: < chancho: <“I know that I deserve, one day, to become world champion.”>

<~ Levon Aronian ~>

How dare he quote me without giving me credit?: Aronian vs Kramnik, 2017

Aug-07-17  epistle: It is about time you win again, Levon.
Aug-08-17  Nonnus: I hope this guy gets to challenge Carlsen for the WCC
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  wordfunph: yodaman Levon, i love you!

Aronian-So 1-0

Aug-09-17  The Kings Domain: There's a strong possibility he can be world champ in his mid-late '30s. Interesting to see how his career will go in the next few years.
Aug-09-17  paavoh: First #1 in Norway and now doing very well in Sinquefield. And to me, his game has taken very creative turn. Hope he keeps it up!
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  MissScarlett: How strong?

Let's say his chance of beating Carlsen in a match would be 30%.

His chance of winning a Candidates tournament, say, 20%.

His chance of qualifying for next year's Candidates as the wildcard pick, say, 30%.

0.3 x 0.2 X 0.3 = 1.8% chance of being the 2018 world champion.

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  MissScarlett: I see now that he has a 1/64 chance, possibly higher, of also qualifying via the World Cup event in September. So let's say his overall chances are something of the order of 3%, but possibly as high as 4%.
Aug-13-17  KnightVBishop: Levon is the most creative player in chess at the moment

would you guys agree?

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  ChessHigherCat: : <KnightVBishop: Levon is the most creative player in chess at the moment would you guys agree?>

No, Aronian's only No. 2. The most creative player is the guy in Gilmoy's video:

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  john barleycorn: <ChessHigherCat: : ...

No, Aronian's only No. 2. The most creative player is the guy in Gilmoy's video ...>


Aug-13-17  KnightVBishop: >chesshighercat

I don't understand the video

what am I missing?

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  ChessHigherCat: <KnightVBishop: chesshighercat

I don't understand the video

what am I missing?>

Black has a pawn on the d-file, but he picks it up and then puts a queen down on the e-file. When she puts his queen back on the d-file, he warns her not to cheat because it's all being videotaped!

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