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Levon Aronian


Chess Masters Compete In The World Chess Championship Candidates Competition Oli Scarff/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Born: October 6, 1982 in Yerevan, USSR (now Armenia)

Playing Style:

Levon Aronian is the best of a talented group of Armenian grandmasters, and is a fixture in the top ten of the FIDE ratings list. Aronian's style shows a willingness to go into complex and original positions, where his aggressive play can shine.

Notable Accomplishments:

  • Won the 2002 World Junior Championship
  • Won the 2005 FIDE Chess World Cup
  • Won the 2006 Linares tournament
  • Two first place finishes at Corus (2007, 2008)
  • Three time Chess960 World Champion
  • Won the 2009 World Rapid Chess Championship

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