Today we will take a closer look at the most outstanding Armenian chess player these days – Levon Aronian. Aronian currently ranks 2nd on a worldwide scale and has achieved many great successes in his impressive career.
Sister teaches Aronian to play chess at 9 years old
On October 6th 1982, Lewon Aronjan was born in the Armenian capital Jerevan, has become a grandmaster in chess and a world champion in two disciplines. While his performance was never good enough for the actual World Championship title, the Armenian at least obtaines titles in Rapid Chess and Blitz Chess. Between October 2003 and May 2005, Aronian played for the German Chess Federation and had been active in the German Chess Major League.
As a boy of only 9 years, Levon Aronian was taught to play chess by his older sister. Three years later, he won the World Championship title of the U12 teenagers defeating the popular talents Ruslan Ponomarjov, Alexander Grischtschuk, and Francisco Vallejo Pons. Several other titles followed the first success, such as the Junior World Championship in Rapid Chess (U14), the European Junior Championship (U20), Junior World Championship (U20), and later on the European Championship as a member of the Armenian national team. In 1999, the Chess World Association FIDE honored Levon Aronian with the grandmaster title.
Numerous tournament victories – only success at World Championship fails
In 2004, the Armenian who actually lived in Germany to that time triumphed at the Internet – Championship. At the FIDE World Championship in Tripoli (2004) he failed to beat Pavel Smirnov after successfully defeating Magnus Carlsen and Qədir Hüseynov. Tournament victories in Gibraltar and Bergkarabach and the bronze medal at the European Championship in Warsaw followed in 2005. Also, Aronian obtained the FIDE World Cup in Russia. The next year, he won the World Championship Chess960 and the gold medal at the Chess Olympics 2006 with the Armenian national team. After that, the victory at the grandmaster tournament in Wijk aan Zee and the Chess960 World Championship followed. At the World Championship in 2007, Levon Aronian defeated Magnus Carlsen in the candidates’ tournament, but ended up as the second last of all participants.
Many more successes for Levon Aronian
In the following years, Levon Aronian was able to win a set of further tournaments, such as in Wijk aan Zee, the FIDE Grand Prix, the Grand-Slam-Finale, the Blitz Chess World Championship, and the gold medal at the Chess Olympics in 2008 and the Team World Championship 2011 with the Armenian national team. Until the summer of 2012, the Armenian world-class player was able to decide ten major tournaments to his favor.
Picture: Andreas Kontokanis @flickr.com
written by Michael, translated by Birthe