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Aronian 
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Levon Aronian
Number of games in database: 1,870
Years covered: 1993 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2793 (2813 rapid, 2850 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2830
Overall record: +494 -186 =688 (61.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      502 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Slav (88) 
    D15 D10 D11 D12 D17
 King's Indian (69) 
    E60 E61 E63 E62 E92
 Queen's Pawn Game (63) 
    E10 A45 A41 E00 D01
 Sicilian (61) 
    B23 B90 B50 B33 B30
 Queen's Indian (54) 
    E15 E17 E16 E12 E14
 Semi-Slav (50) 
    D45 D43 D44 D47 D48
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (237) 
    C67 C84 C89 C88 C65
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (106) 
    C84 C89 C88 C87 C90
 Sicilian (100) 
    B22 B90 B70 B51 B76
 Queen's Gambit Declined (74) 
    D37 D38 D31 D39 D30
 Grunfeld (59) 
    D85 D91 D76 D94 D77
 Semi-Slav (47) 
    D45 D44 D47 D43
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Aronian vs Anand, 2007 1-0
   A Giri vs Aronian, 2012 0-1
   I Sokolov vs Aronian, 2006 0-1
   Shirov vs Aronian, 2006 0-1
   Aronian vs V Popov, 2005 1-0
   Aronian vs Morozevich, 2006 1-0
   Anand vs Aronian, 2008 0-1
   Aronian vs Svidler, 2011 1-0
   McShane vs Aronian, 2012 0-1
   Aronian vs Nakamura, 2010 1-0

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Candidates Match: Aronian - Carlsen (2007)
   Linares 2006 (2006)
   41st World Junior Championships (2002)
   4th FIDE Grand Prix (2009)
   20th Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2011)
   FIDE Grand Prix (2008)
   Tata Steel (2012)
   Tata Steel (2014)
   Gibraltar Masters (2005)
   FIDE Jermuk Grand Prix (2009)
   Tata Steel (2013)
   5th Individual European Chess Championship (2004)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   16th Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2007)
   FIDE World Cup (2005)

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   Aronian's Games 4 Study by jakaiden
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 2000-2010 (Part 1) by Anatoly21
   Match Aronian! by amadeus
   English: Levon Aronian Collection by chess.master
   Exchange sacs - 2 by obrit
   ARONIAN: TACTICAL GENIUS by notyetagm
   Book of Samurai's favorite games 3 by Book of Samurai
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   D45 QGD: Semi-Slav [White] by chess.master
   GP by acirce
   Match Carlsen! by amadeus
   Art of War's favorite games by Art of War
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LEVON ARONIAN
(born Oct-06-1982, 32 years old) Armenia

[what is this?]
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.

Championships

<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 Candidates that were held in March 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.

Tournaments

<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 D 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 Wijk aan Zee (2006), he won in the last round of Linares (2006) to take first place by half a point ahead of 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.

<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.

Olympiad

Aronian played for Armenia 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.

Teams

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 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 also won an individual gold playing top board for Armenia in the FIDE World Team Championship (2013).

Match

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).

Rapids

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).

Awards

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".

Rating

Aronian's FIDE ratings as at 1 October 2014 are:

<Standard>: 2793, making him Armenia's top player, and the world #5. He is only one of seven players to officially cross the 2800 boundary, the others being Garry Kasparov, Kramnik, Anand, Topalov and Carlsen, and Fabiano Caruana;

<Rapid>: 2813 (world #4); and

<Blitz>; 2850 (world #4).

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.

Other

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

Sources and references

Live rating: http://www.2700chess.com/; Extended interview on WhyChess on 21 Sep 2011: http://whychess.org/node/1960; Wikipedia article: Levon Aronian

Last updated 2 Oct 2014


 page 1 of 75; games 1-25 of 1,870  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Aronian vs I Khamrakulova 1-034 1993 Wch U12A45 Queen's Pawn Game
2. N F Nur vs Aronian  0-134 1993 Wch U12B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
3. Ngo Ngoc Quang vs Aronian 0-132 1993 Wch U12E60 King's Indian Defense
4. D Kozlenkov vs Aronian 1-042 1993 Wch U12C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
5. Aronian vs M Sitnik 1-041 1993 Ch World (cadets) (under 12)C55 Two Knights Defense
6. Aronian vs S Munizaba 1-038 1993 Wch U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
7. A Horvath vs Aronian 1-056 1993 Wch U12B78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
8. Aronian vs Das Neves 0-158 1993 Wch U12D01 Richter-Veresov Attack
9. E Shaposhnikov vs Aronian 1-060 1993 Wch U12B55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
10. A Boldyrev vs Aronian  ½-½45 1993 Wch U12B20 Sicilian
11. Aronian vs A Zabojlovich 1-034 1993 Wch U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
12. H Geanta vs Aronian  1-042 1994 Wch U12C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
13. Aronian vs D Mastrovasilis 0-116 1994 EU-ch U12B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
14. C Mamedov vs Aronian 0-145 1994 EUch U12 DisneyB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
15. Aronian vs D Bunzmann  1-025 1994 Wch U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
16. Aronian vs N Shavtvaladze 0-141 1994 EU-ch U12B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
17. Aronian vs J Mont-Reynaud  1-052 1994 Wch U12D01 Richter-Veresov Attack
18. E Khalilov vs Aronian  0-133 1994 EU-ch U12A07 King's Indian Attack
19. Aronian vs P De Bortoli 1-021 1994 EUch U12 DisneyD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
20. Ponomariov vs Aronian 0-155 1994 Wch U12B53 Sicilian
21. Aronian vs A Bokros  1-037 1994 Wch U12A45 Queen's Pawn Game
22. V Shinkevich vs Aronian  ½-½25 1994 EU-ch U12A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
23. M Adnani vs Aronian 0-122 1994 Wch U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
24. Aronian vs H Geanta  1-041 1994 EU-ch U12C17 French, Winawer, Advance
25. P Kirjak vs Aronian 0-118 1994 Wch U12B22 Sicilian, Alapin
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Mar-09-06  Resignation Trap: <ARMENIA> "They are still Armenian because their mother is Armenian... This fact can not be changed."

So let me get this straight, if my maternal-maternal-maternal-maternal-maternal-maternal-- maternal-maternal-maternal-great-great-great-great-gre- at-great-great-great-grandmother was Armenian, and my other 1023 ancestors from ten generations back were of other ethnicities, I would still be Armenian?

Mar-09-06  ARMENIA: <Resignation Trap> I think you need to get yourself a cold beer...

In Armenia, as in many other countries, the nationality of a person is established by his or her mother's nationality.

Example: If your father is Chinese and your mother Spanish you would be Spanish.

I was talking about his mother not great ancestors.

Same token... Garry Kasparian is Armenian because his mother is Armenian...

Now if you still have problems understanding this, get another cold beer and that might ease things up for you.

And another thing... Levon Aharonyan isn't going to play for a draw against the French because he is half point behind of the leader and he has the white pieces... I hope this you can grasp.

God Bless Armenia

Mar-09-06  Keshishian: <ughaibu: Somebody seems to think that Linares is the Olympics, well weird.>

Please re-read my post. In no place did I assert this. I simply said, that anytime a person my name is mentioned, a country is listed next to their name. Other than seeing "USA", I personally don't care what country is represented.

I made an analogy of Linares to olympic athletes to businesspersons and presidents. I didn't mention chess/linares in the olympics - and I do not think chess should qualify as an olympic sport, but that is another discussion.

Mar-09-06  brankat: <ARMENIA> <..Levon Aharonyan isn't going to play for a draw against the French because...>

Why "the French"? You could just say: "against Bacrot", to avoid possible confusion, if nothing else. "The French" is a Plural, so if You still insist, then it should read: "the Frenchman", which, on the other hand, doesn't sound very polite.

Mar-09-06  Akavall: In fact, Aronian will most likely avoid the "French" by playing 1. d4 :)
Mar-09-06  Resignation Trap: <Akavall> is right, Aronian usually plays 1.d4 against elite competitors, at least in recent years.
Mar-09-06  brankat: <Resignation Trap> I assume You are not a beer-drinker, hehehe :-)
Mar-09-06  Akavall: <ARMENIA> Did you ever have any of those beers: http://www.armenianbeers.com/beer.htm?

The site is not that impressive, but I heard that Armenian beer was good, especially "Eribuni".

Mar-09-06  Resignation Trap: <ARMENIA>, <brankat>, <Akavall> I don't drink beer because beer contains female hormones.
Mar-09-06  Akavall: <Resignation Trap> I heard the joke on the this subject and it goes something like this:

After a guy had some beer he couldn't drive and was talking none-sense. I thought it was kind of crass, though.

Did you have something better in mind? I am assuming you do, simply because of your name, <"Resignation Trap" is an anagram for Tigran Petrosian.> I thought that was pretty smart :).

Mar-09-06  Resignation Trap: My version of the joke goes like this: If you drink a lot of beer, you'll put on weight, you'll do a whole lot of talking, you won't make any sense, and you can't drive a car.
Mar-09-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Appaz: <ARMENIA> I think you are bit to much focused on nationality and ethnicity. The spectators in the chess community, compared to other sports/game-communities, tend to be less focused on things like nationality; and more focused on the beauty of the game, and admiration of the players.

In this case I misunderstood your <Aharonyan isn't going to play for a draw against the French because> and thought you meant the French Defence, until I read <brankat>s posting :)

Mar-09-06  tsyer: <Akavall> I personally prefer Kotayk
Mar-09-06  Petrosian63: Has Aronian being contemplating switching his nationality to German?
Mar-09-06  ARMENIA: <Akavall> Armenia has the best beer in the world... It has won the best prize few years in a row now... I am talking about Kotayk...

<Appaz> and <brankat> I am sorry if I caused confusion in your ranks... I meant the Frenchman... Or should I say Bacrot to clear everything for you people...

Any other concerns? I think that was the most irrelevant part of the statement I presented...

Yes Armenia is behind Aharonyan when he brings down the Frenchman... I say he will fight for a win because he is aware that Topalov is going to play for a win as well... A win against Bacrot will give Aharonyan the first and if he draws Leko and Topalov wins, Aharonyan will get the deserved second place. I don't think anyone would want to argue this because he has clearly demostarted that he belongs in this tournament and should get the second place because of his performance!

Of course I would love for him to bring the Gold to Armenia!

God Bless Armenia

Mar-09-06  ARMENIA: I think you people should start discussing 5th Amber Rapid and Blindfold tournament...

It would be a great challenge for Aharnoyan to once and for all to shut the faces of ones who don't think he deserves to be in top 5 in the world!

If you ask me, he has be to the first just because he is playing for Armenia!

But of course that is my humble opinion.

God Bless Armenia

Mar-09-06  Akavall: <tsyer><ARMENIA> Thanks. You are talking about Kotayk Lager, right?

Does it taste anything like some of the more popular beers? I know it can be kind of tricky...but roughly?

Mar-10-06  ARMENIA: <Akavall> I couldn't tell you... I am not a big beer drinker... All I can tell you that it has a very unique taste and of course because of secret formula it keeps winning the best award over and over again...

God Bless Armenia

Mar-10-06  Akavall: <ARMENIA> Thanks. If Kotayk has unique taste, than I probably got Kotayk and Eribuni mixed up. I was told that both were good, but a better one had a very unique taste. I wasn't 100% sure on the name.

<I couldn't tell you... I am not a big beer drinker... > Even if you were it's hard to explain, and it the beer is really unique it is simply impossible :).

Mar-10-06  ughaibu: Keshishian: It wasn't you I had in mind.
Mar-11-06  ARMENIA: Very disoppointing game against Bacrot... He had all in his hands... He just kissed the Gold medal for Armenia bye-bye... This might be because of young age and inexperience but there can be no excuses because opportunities like this do not happen often... Well, if was an impressive climb up but unfortunately yours nerves couldn't hold it... You had a rest day to prepare a win with white against an opponent you had beaten few times in previous but you failed...

I am very disoppointed...

No man is a man until they can finish what they have started.

God Bless Armenia

Mar-11-06  LancelotduLac: <Armenia> Do not despair. He is currently tied for first place, and no matter what happens in the final round, he has proven and confirmed his status among the most elite players in the world, performing above his already high rating -- and in classical time controls, something a few people (*ahem, truthhurts*) thought he could never do. He did have a good game for a while against Bacrot, but after all, Bacrot is no fish, and he deserves credit for fighting hard to salvage the draw. In any event, to be tied for first in the penultimate round is something he can feel very proud of, regardless of what happens now. Remember that this is only his second closed supertournament and he has risen to the challenge, playing exciting, fearless, creative, and relentless chess. He is still young, too, and will undoubtedly continue to improve. Aharonyan has a bright future ahead of him.

I predicted before the tournament on the Linares page that Aharonyan would finish in the top three (after Topalov and Leko, in that order), while <truthhurts> predicted that he would get his ass kicked and perform far below his rating. Well, I guess it's good that <th> abandoned this site before witnessing yet another stinging defeat :)

Mar-11-06  brankat: <LancelotduLac>

Very perceptive. Looks like <TH> has not been around for about 10 days, could be a nervous breakdown. On the other hand he's got everybody on his ignore list, so there is really noone to post for:-) Come to think of it, something similar could happen to <pazzed paun> soon, hehehe.

And, yes, Aronian has performed quite admirably!

Radjabov, a very pleasant surprise!

Mar-11-06
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  ahmadov: The other day, on the official web site of Linares I saw someone called Armen harshly criticizing Aronian for his German citizenship. It seems like not every Armenian happy of this fact.
Mar-11-06  Akavall: <ahmadov> If Aronian is a German citizen, than why is he playing under Armenian flag?
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