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Levon Aronian
Number of games in database: 1,793
Years covered: 1993 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2830
Overall record: +489 -184 =670 (61.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      450 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (81) 
    D15 D10 D11 D12 D17
 King's Indian (65) 
    E60 E61 E63 E92 E62
 Queen's Pawn Game (63) 
    E10 A45 A41 E00 D01
 Sicilian (61) 
    B23 B90 B50 B33 B30
 Semi-Slav (50) 
    D45 D43 D44 D47 D48
 Queen's Indian (49) 
    E15 E17 E16 E12 E14
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (227) 
    C67 C84 C89 C88 C65
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (104) 
    C84 C89 C88 C87 C90
 Sicilian (100) 
    B22 B90 B70 B51 B76
 Queen's Gambit Declined (69) 
    D37 D38 D31 D39 D30
 Grunfeld (59) 
    D85 D91 D76 D94 D77
 Semi-Slav (47) 
    D45 D44 D47 D43
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   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 Nakamura, 2010 1-0
   Aronian vs Svidler, 2011 1-0
   Anand vs Aronian, 2009 0-1

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

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   41st World Junior Championships (2002)
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   FIDE Grand Prix (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   20th Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2011)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Tata Steel (2012)
   Tata Steel (2013)
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(born Oct-06-1982) 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.


<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 vs Shirov (2007) by 3˝-2˝. 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.


<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 (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.

<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 4˝-3˝. 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 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 and in the Chess Olympiad (2012) in Istanbul. 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 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).


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 vs 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, 2˝ 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 1˝ 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 8˝/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.


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's FIDE ratings as at 1 March 2014 are:

<Standard>: 2830, making him Armenia's top player, and the European and world #2 behind Carlsen. He is only one of six players to officially cross the 2800 boundary, the others being Garry Kasparov, Kramnik, Anand, Topalov and Carlsen, although Fabiano Caruana achieved a live rating for of 2800;

<Rapid>: 2785; and

<Blitz>; 2863.

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

 page 1 of 72; games 1-25 of 1,793  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Boldyrev vs Aronian  ½-½45 1993 Wch U12B20 Sicilian
2. Aronian vs A Zabojlovich 1-034 1993 Wch U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
3. Aronian vs I Khamrakulova 1-034 1993 Wch U12A45 Queen's Pawn Game
4. N F Nur vs Aronian  0-134 1993 Wch U12B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
5. Ngo Ngoc Quang vs Aronian 0-132 1993 Wch U12E60 King's Indian Defense
6. D Kozlenkov vs Aronian 1-042 1993 Wch U12C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
7. Aronian vs M Sitnik 1-041 1993 Ch World (cadets) (under 12)C55 Two Knights Defense
8. Aronian vs S Munizaba 1-038 1993 Wch U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
9. A Horvath vs Aronian 1-056 1993 Wch U12B78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
10. Aronian vs Das Neves 0-158 1993 Wch U12D01 Richter-Veresov Attack
11. E Shaposhnikov vs Aronian 1-060 1993 Wch U12B55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
12. V Raceanu vs Aronian  0-143 1994 EU-ch U12D74 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O
13. Aronian vs C Ovezov 1-025 1994 Wch U12C41 Philidor Defense
14. Bacrot vs Aronian 0-140 1994 WYFWC Szeged B12(8)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
15. E Kobylkin vs Aronian  0-149 1994 EU-ch U12D86 Grunfeld, Exchange
16. Aronian vs O Kondarevich  1-048 1994 EUch U12 DisneyC16 French, Winawer
17. G Szabo vs Aronian  0-129 1994 EU-ch U12B22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. H Geanta vs Aronian  1-042 1994 Wch U12C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
19. Aronian vs D Mastrovasilis 0-116 1994 EU-ch U12B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
20. C Mamedov vs Aronian 0-145 1994 EUch U12 DisneyB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
21. Aronian vs D Bunzmann  1-025 1994 Wch U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
22. Aronian vs N Shavtvaladze 0-141 1994 EU-ch U12B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
23. Aronian vs J Mont-Reynaud  1-052 1994 Wch U12D01 Richter-Veresov Attack
24. E Khalilov vs Aronian  0-133 1994 EU-ch U12A07 King's Indian Attack
25. Aronian vs P De Bortoli 1-021 1994 EUch U12 DisneyD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
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Mar-30-14  Mr. Bojangles: <I have to say, Geller was probably the best player of the modern era not to win the World Championship.>

No, it is Korchnoi

Mar-30-14  dx9293: If we amend <kalamakanta>'s statement to say "best player of the modern era not to PLAY FOR the World Championship," Geller would be hard to top.

The argument would be Larsen, but to me he seemed to lack a Championship level, no matter how many tournaments he won and how high his ranking (peaked at #3 I believe).

Geller was a real threat to everyone who he played, but was stopped by Spassky in a pair of Candidates matches.

Larsen of course had a most unpleasant trip to Denver in 1971, but still I don't think he would have gotten past Petrosian or Spassky.

Maybe it's just my impression, though.

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  Reisswolf: Aronian is definitely a great player. But it seems that there is that "something" missing in his game. He seems to lose at the most inopportune of times. He does not appear to be a crunch player.

In a normal tournament featuring all the top players, I would give Aronian at least as much of a chance as any of the other top players (but less than Carlsen). But in a tournament in which the stakes are raised, I would give people like Kramnik and Anand a better chance of finishing ahead. (Yes, I am aware that Kramnik did not do very well in this tournament.)

That said, I still think Carlsen is considerably stronger than anyone else playing today. (I am still amazed at his game against Caruana in Zurich.)

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  visayanbraindoctor: Aronian is a great player. At his best his games dazzle and awe. Yet I feel that he is weaker compared to his great Armenian predecessor Petrosian. If he had lived in the 70s and 80s, he would never have made it past Fischer, Korchnoi, Karpov and later on Kasparov. In the 60s, I don't think he would have survived Petrosian, Spassky, Korchnoi, Fischer; and I would say he would have been fairly even with or slightly worse than Geller, Larsen, Portisch, Polugaevsky. In the 50s, I would opine that Botvinnik, Keres, Bronstein, Smyslov, Tal, were all clearly better than him.

This assessment won't sit well with Aronian fans and even myself because I like watching Aronian's games, almost always alive and exciting. He could turn out to be one of those all time chess greats who are always near the top but never make it even to Challenger level.

On the other hand if his block is purely psychological, he could still find ways to overcome it; and then and only then shall we see a much awaited Carlsen vs Aronian WC match in the future.

Mar-30-14  SirRuthless: Aronian feasts on out-preparing his opponents as his 1.d4 prep has been unreal for the past several months but he is vulnerable with the black pieces moreso than many of his contemporaries in crunch situations and he doesn't doggedly defend certain positions as well as he could. He is a magician with the initiative but he seems to suffer from the Topalov/Nakamura impulse of doing radical things like shoving pawns unnecessarily when things arent going his way or when he cant make sense of what is going on.

I feel like he would have had a much better tournament if he had a better start and he really deserved to finish in the back of the pack with the way he played Anand in their second game with colors reversed.

All that being said, he is a great player and I do think that if he sticks around for another 10 years so so he will have his day in the WCC. Will he be able to win that match vs say, Carlsen? Who knows but I doubt it.

Mar-31-14  torreAC: Aronian is chocker.... does he deserve more chances ?
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  Gazman5: He's a shoe-in to qulaify for the next Candidates tournament on rating and still has a lot of good years ahead of him. What is slightly more in question is whether he will ever again be such a huge pre-tournament favourite to become the eventual challenger as he was this time around.
Mar-31-14  Refused: Relax, Anand was the heavy favourite for the First FIDE DRR tournament in Mexico. Topalov won it. A few years later Anand won the title.

Aronian still has quite a few years of chess left in him. Next time he will be again one of the favourites.

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  devere: If Aronian intends to become World Champion he should hire a sports psychologist to train him how to handle high-pressure moments. Some people come by that skill naturally, but others can be trained. It might also be a good idea for Aronian to review his chess style for its suitability for succeeding at the highest level of competition. I recall that Alekhine only defeated Capablanca by changing his style completely for their 1927 match.
Mar-31-14  kia0708: ARONIAN SUCKS
What a disappointment.

Congrats to Old Man Anand

Mar-31-14  Petrosianic: <torreAC>: <Aronian is chocker.... does he deserve more chances ?>

What's a chocker? Somebody who puts wooden wedges in front of tires?

Apr-01-14  thepesimist: Don't get mad at Aronian for chocking it was preordain for him to be a chocker. He has no say in the matter. Fate is not on his side.
Apr-01-14  Lambda: I'm not convinced it's anything to do with conventional notions of "choking". My instinct is that Aronian just doesn't quite enjoy the same level of chess talent and understanding that Carlsen, Anand and Kramnik have. That he can generally play at the same level even so due to additional qualities like imagination, hard work and understanding his opponent, but it nevertheless doesn't come as easily to him, so he's more likely to falter under conditions of unusual pressure and tiredness, because he's closer to his limit to start with.
Apr-01-14  Petrosianic: <thepesimist>: <Don't get mad at Aronian for chocking it was preordain for him to be a chocker. He has no say in the matter.>

Well, once again, what's a chocker? Are you sure you don't mean chalker? Maybe he was playing too much pool during the tournament?

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  Jambow: Waht's wrong with pool?
Apr-01-14  SugarDom: His results are still well within the probabilities.

By the law of averages, he will have his day in the WC cycle.

I don't believe it's a psychological problem.

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  Ulhumbrus: <visayanbraindoctor: ...Aronian is a great player. At his best his games dazzle and awe. Yet I feel that he is weaker compared to his great Armenian predecessor Petrosian...> Bobby Fischer said in the early 1960s - these were Petrosian's best years - that Petrosian was stronger than Tal, Spassky or even Botvinnik and that Fischer liked Petrosian's play more than that of Tal, Spassky or even Botvinnik. This suggests that Fischer's reply to your comment is that during Petrosian's best years anyone at all was weaker than Petrosian. Perhaps if Aronian studies Nimzovich's chess praxis and learns its lessons as well as Petrosian did he will become as strong as Petrosian.
Apr-10-14  diceman: <Reisswolf:

Aronian is definitely a great player. But it seems that there is that "something" missing in his game.>


Apr-10-14  RedShield: <Armenia is the only country in which chess is part of the compulsory school curriculum — and its grandmasters are paid a salary by the state. As Levon explained to me, this is one reason why he uses an Armenian surname, rather than his father's name of Aronov. He adds: "I feel much more Armenian than Jewish, although there are sides to me which are more Jewish culturally, involving the arts and music.">

Apr-10-14  fgh: <Armenia is the only country in which chess is part of the compulsory school curriculum — and its grandmasters are paid a salary by the state.>

I thought Icelandic GMs get a salary from the government of Iceland.

Apr-11-14  RedShield: I think the presence of <-> indicates it was a separate point. But I wanted to return to Lawson's reference to the alleged Hitler quote about the Armenian genocide. Unfortunately, it comes from a document of, to say the least, more than dubious provenance.
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  Appaz: <<diceman> <Reisswolf: But it seems that there is that "something" missing in his game.> Wins?>

If you look at his results, the number of wins is definitely not the problem.

Try again, you still have a 50% chance of guessing right.

Apr-11-14  RedShield: <Some great news! Going to be the lead instructor for the 2014 Metropolitan Chess & American Chess Academy summer camp in LA. Very excited to be going to Glendale, CA in July! Despite being a major Armenian hub, I've never actually been. Lots of people to meet up with, but I might need to brush up on my "Armglish"!>

More details:

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  Ulhumbrus: Aronian said at one press conference that he could not explain some of his decisions during the tournament.

Bent Larsen has indicated one possible reason: too much nervous tension.

In his book on the 1978 match between Karpov and Korchnoi at Baguio City Larsen says that the standard of play in all world championship matches is rather poor because of too much nervous tension. Perhaps this applied to the present candidates tournament as well.

Nervous tension may have affected some of the other players as well, such as Kramnik and Shirov.

Apr-13-14  RedShield: It affected Shirov so badly, he didn't even turn up.
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