Chess Tourney Renamed for Karen Asrian

Aronian Wins Tournament

YEREVAN (Armenpress, Noyan Tapan) — President Serge Sargisian, Parliament Speaker Tigran Torosian and Prime Minister Tigran Sargisian joined thousands of Armenians on Friday, June 13 to bid farewell to chess player Karen Asrian, who died suddenly on June 9.

Asrian was only 28, but he was Olympic chess champion, three times champion of Armenia and winner of many international chess competitions.

The leadership of the country visited the Chess House in Yerevan, where Asrian’s coffin lay, to convey their condolences to his family and relatives.

Levon Aronian, Vladimir Akopian, Gabriel Sargisian, Peter Leko of Hungary, Michael Adams of the UK, Alexander Morozevich of Russia and Boris Gelfand of Israel, who were all in Yerevan participating in the Chess Giants International Tournament, were among the mourners who paid tribute to their late friend.

The tournament restarted in Yerevan after the two-day break on June 12, but renamed the Karen Asrian Memorial Tournament, which will become its permanent name.

Aronian defeated Adams to become the winner of the rapid chess tournament.

In the last two rounds, Leko of Hungary lost to Morozevich, Gelfand defeated Sargissian, Akopian and Xiangzhi Bu of China played a draw.

Leko came in second, with Morozevich and Gelfand in third and fourth position.

Xiangzhi Bu was fifth, Sargissian occupied the sixth position followed by Adams and Akopian (5 points).

“The irreversible loss of Karen Asrian will not prevent Armenian chess players from continuing their brilliant performances in international tournaments, and Armenian chess players will manage to keep high the national chess flag,” President Serge Sargisian said, who also is the head of the Chess Federation of Armenia. He congratulated all the participants of the tournament and thanked them for their participation.