Aronian Wins Tata Steel Chess Championship


WIJK AAN ZEE, Holland (Armenpress) — The leader of the Armenian national men’s chess team, Levon Aronian, this week celebrated his victory in the Tata Steel Tournament.

Aronian won the elite Dutch tournament for the fourth time.

Aronian is an Armenian chess Grandmaster. On the May 2012 FIDE list, he was ranked number two in the world and had an Elo rating of 2825, making him the third highest rated player in history. Aronian won the Chess World Cup 2005. He led the Armenian national team to the Gold medals in the 2006 (Turin), 2008 (Dresden) and 2012 (Istanbul) Chess Olympics and at the World Team Chess Championship in Ningbo 2011. He won the FIDE Grand Prix 2008–2010, qualifying him for the Candidates tournament for the World Chess Championship 2012, where he was knocked out in the first round. He was also World Chess960 Champion in 2006 and 2007, World Rapid Chess Champion in 2009, and World Blitz Chess Champion in 2010.

Aronian was declared the best sportsman of Armenia in 2005 and was awarded the title of “Honored Master of Sport of the Republic of Armenia” in 2009.

Aronian learned to play chess from his sister Lilit at the age of 9. His first coach was the Grandmaster Melikset Khachiyan.

Armenpress reports that Aronian wrote in his Twitter feed: “We are celebrating my victory in the Tournament with my Armenian friends, who have come from different parts of Europe to support me.”