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Levon Aronian
Number of games in database: 1,932
Years covered: 1993 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2770 (2830 rapid, 2816 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2830
Overall record: +498 -192 =714 (60.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      528 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (89) 
    D15 D10 D11 D12 D17
 King's Indian (71) 
    E60 E61 E63 E62 E90
 Sicilian (64) 
    B23 B90 B50 B30 B40
 Queen's Pawn Game (63) 
    E10 A45 A41 E00 D01
 Queen's Indian (54) 
    E15 E17 E16 E12 E18
 English (53) 
    A15 A13 A14 A18 A11
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (242) 
    C67 C65 C89 C88 C84
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (104) 
    C89 C88 C84 C87 C90
 Sicilian (100) 
    B22 B90 B70 B51 B76
 Queen's Gambit Declined (79) 
    D37 D38 D31 D39 D30
 Grunfeld (63) 
    D85 D91 D76 D94 D77
 Queen's Pawn Game (52) 
    A45 E00 A46 E10 D02
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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
   S Iuldachev vs Aronian, 2004 0-1
   McShane vs Aronian, 2012 0-1

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 (2012)
   Tata Steel (2014)
   Gibraltar Masters (2005)
   Tata Steel (2013)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   5th Individual European Chess Championship (2004)
   16th Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2007)
   World Chess Cup (2007)
   FIDE World Cup (2005)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)

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   Guess-the-Move Chess: 2000-2010 (Part 1) by Anatoly21
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   Exchange sacs - 2 by obrit
   Book of Samurai's favorite games 3 by Book of Samurai
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   D45 QGD: Semi-Slav [White] by chess.master
   Match Carlsen! by amadeus
   GP by acirce
   Art of War's favorite games by Art of War
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   Levon Aronian Great Games by Bufon

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(born Oct-06-1982, 32 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.


<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.


<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. 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.

<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 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 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 - 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 seven players to officially cross the 2800 boundary, the others being Garry Kasparov, Kramnik, Anand, Topalov and Carlsen, and Fabiano Caruana. 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 has been world #2 for a total of 26 rating periods covering 29 months.

His FIDE ratings as at 1 February 2015 are:

<Standard>: 2777 (his lowest rating since September 2009), making him Armenia's top player, and the world #9 (his lowest ranking since January 2009);

<Rapid>: 2821 (world #5); and

<Blitz>; 2816 (world #6).

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 20 February 2015

 page 1 of 78; games 1-25 of 1,932  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. E Kobylkin vs Aronian  0-149 1994 EU-ch U12D86 Grunfeld, Exchange
13. Bacrot vs Aronian 0-140 1994 WYFWC Szeged B12(8)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
14. Aronian vs O Kondarevich  1-048 1994 EUch U12 DisneyC16 French, Winawer
15. G Szabo vs Aronian  0-129 1994 EU-ch U12B22 Sicilian, Alapin
16. H Geanta vs Aronian  1-042 1994 Wch U12C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
17. Aronian vs D Mastrovasilis 0-116 1994 EU-ch U12B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
18. C Mamedov vs Aronian 0-145 1994 EUch U12 DisneyB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
19. Aronian vs D Bunzmann  1-025 1994 Wch U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
20. Aronian vs N Shavtvaladze 0-141 1994 EU-ch U12B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
21. Aronian vs J Mont-Reynaud  1-052 1994 Wch U12D01 Richter-Veresov Attack
22. E Khalilov vs Aronian  0-133 1994 EU-ch U12A07 King's Indian Attack
23. Aronian vs P De Bortoli 1-021 1994 EUch U12 DisneyD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
24. Ponomariov vs Aronian 0-155 1994 Wch U12B53 Sicilian
25. Aronian vs A Bokros  1-037 1994 Wch U12A45 Queen's Pawn Game
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Aug-31-14  Everett: <May-31-14 SimonWebbsTiger: The surgery was to help Levon breathe easier. So it might help simply because it removes an extraneous, physical factor.>

I'm curious about the surgery, and the recovery. The cranial nerves and bones are pretty interesting things to mess with.

Ever since the above picture has been up, I've noticed that the right side of his face is shorter than the left. His chin and mouth are almost parallel with the bottom of the frame, yet his eyes look tilted to his right.

I wouldn't be surprised if it was indeed his structure that caused him to lose focus late in games. I also would not be surprised if his surgery did not address all of the issues he may have going on in his cranial bones.

Sep-01-14  cplyakap: Dropped 2800.Current rating is 2793.6.
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  wordfunph: "To lose all my hair."

- Levon Aronian (when asked for his greatest fear)

Source: NIC Magazine 2007 #3

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  MissScarlett: I wish someone would burn his wardrobe.
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  offramp: <Everett: I'm curious about the surgery, and the recovery. The cranial nerves and bones are pretty interesting things to mess with.>

Ever since he had the nip/tuck rhinoplasty his rating has been in freefall.

I think he is annoyed that for the duration of a chess game he can't take any selfies.

Er, HALLO Leaveme Alonian!! Chessies before selfies!!

Oct-18-14  vkk: Yo Kim k wants to have sex with him

As a chess player and all the negative stereotypes that comes with being one I'd say he's done well for himself

Oct-31-14  spysfi: Aronian and his cat!

... Just kidding, Levon is like the twin brother of Joe Dassin!

Nov-25-14  jphamlore: So the plans are for Aronian to play at FIDE World Cup 2015 in Baku?

<Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's recent visit to Yerevan has revealed the fact that Levon Aronian has agreed to take part in the FIDE World Cup 2015 despite it will take place in Baku, according to Ilyumzhinov's assistant Berik Balgabaev. The latter says in his Twitter that Aronian has confirmed that in person during the lunch given by President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan.>

Jan-13-15  JointheArmy: Hope Aronian gets out of his slump. Can't believe he was 2835 FIDE on the live ratings list almost exactly one year ago.
Jan-15-15  Poisonpawns: What exactly is wrong with Aronian? Does he have health issues? I watch his play now; and there is a definite drop off from 2 years ago. Morozevich; I understand Aronian,no
Jan-18-15  fisayo123: <Poisonpawns> Maybe he just fell off and is showing a natural decline. He has been and is still a fantastic chess player, but he was never in the same class as an Anand, Kramnik or even an Ivanchuk. Those players had an incredible dominance spanning two plus decades at the very top of chess and had the extra oomph factor that Levon doesn't. I remember reading somewhere a couple of years ago Karpov not being too convinced by him in terms of being WC material.

Aronian has also had many failures in the Candidates tournament's he's been involved in, failing to deal with the pressure of being favourite. That's bound to have a negative effect on his chess.

I hope he bounces back though. He and Navara are arguably the nicest guys in the chess circuit.

Jan-18-15  Everett: Aronian had facial surgery. It is a big deal, and can really mess somebody up if he doesn't have the right people looking at him.
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  offramp: I now believe that Leaveme Alonian's massive conk was the source of his chess strength; like Samson's hair.

I am sure that the nose will grow back after a while - do noses grow back? - and Alonian's chess talent will return.

Feb-03-15  HeMateMe: I've been telling girls for years that my massive conk is a source of strength, but I can't seem to drum up much interest...
Feb-04-15  cplyakap: Unbelievable collapse.A year ago,his rating was 2830.But now 2771.He lost 59 points.
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  Appaz: <<HeMateMe> I've been telling girls for years that my massive conk is a source of strength, but I can't seem to drum up much interest...>

Try switching a consonant.

Feb-04-15  john barleycorn: cokn?
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  Appaz: <jb> You are such an innocent little creature.

I bet you have never heard that before.

Feb-04-15  john barleycorn: <Appaz> never heard it before. will send it it to #askAbdel.
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Aronian for beating Anand for the 15th time in his career today (and 9 in classical time controls).

GRENKE Chess Classic (2015)

This win is allowing Aronian to return to the Top 10 on the live ratings.

Feb-13-15  Whitehat1963: Aronian sure has come down in the world rankings. For whatever reason, I don't think he's ever had what it takes to succeed at the highest level. I don't think he'll ever be a threat to Carlsen. Caruana, Giri, and So are much more likely to become Carlsen's headache for the next 15 years.
Feb-13-15  Whitehat1963: Meanwhile, I suspect that much like Aronian, guys like Nakamura, Karjakin, Vachier-Lagrave and some others are at their peak and still can't manage to put a dent in Carlsen's armor. And I think it's now safe to write off Anand, Kramnik, Topalov, Ivanchuk, Svidler, Gelfand, and Adams as any kind of threat, (if the later four were ever a threat to take the championship). Carlsen will continue to lose the occasional game to all of these guys, but in Carlsen we may very well be looking at the greatest player ever to push a chess piece so far. It remains to be seen how some other guys like Wei Yi and Richard Rapport develop, but so far, they don't look like much of a threat. For the foreseeable future, it's all about Caruana, Giri, and So. I expect Aronian to continue to resist decline for a while, but I'm afraid he won't ever be a significant threat to take the title.
Feb-17-15  Estoc: <Whitehat1963> What about Radjabov?
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  Catfriend: The new, rejuvenated, Grischuk must be mentioned. Ding Liren, #14 at 22, is also a promising talent. Yu Yangyi is #30 at 20. As for peaking - Karjakin is 25, MVL is 24 (and has a positive score against Carlsen in the recent years). It might be just a little bit early to write them off.
Feb-17-15  Whitehat1963: <Estoc>, I was a big fan of Radjabov's back in 2007, when he was winning with black and earning results like these: Corus (2007), but lately that Radjabov is nowhere to be found. Today, he seems far too eager to draw because he can no longer find the path to victory. I hate to say it, but I think Radjabov's days among the top 10 are over.
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