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Levon Aronian To Compete With Vladimir Kramnik In 12th Round

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  • Levon Aronian To Compete With Vladimir Kramnik In 12th Round


    09:38, 29 March, 2013

    YEREVAN, MARCH 29, ARMENPRESS. Armenia's strongest chess player Levon
    Aronian will compete with Vladimir Kramnik in the 12th round of the
    Candidates Tournament, which is being held in London.

    As reports "Armenpress" after the 11th round Levon Aronian occupies
    the third position with 6,5 points. Magnus Carlsen solely tops the
    ranking list of the tournament. The leader has scored 7,5 points.

    Russia's Vladimir Kramnik climbed up to the second position. The
    Russian Grand Master has 7 points in his active.

    Peter Svidler occupies the fourth place with 5,5 points. Boris
    Gelfand and Alexander Grischuk occupy the fifth and sixth positions
    respectively. Ukraine's Vassily Ivanchuk has 4 points in his active.

    And Azerbaijan's Teimour Radjabov has only 3,5 points.

    The FIDE Candidates Tournament launches in London. The world's eight
    strongest chess players will compete with each other from March 15
    to April 1. This is the final contest to determine the challenger for
    the World Chess Championship. The winner of the Candidates Tournament
    will earn the right to a match for the World Championship against
    the incumbent World Champion Viswanathan Anand.

    Levon Aronian - Levon was born on 6 October, 1982. On the May
    2012 FIDE list he had an Elo rating of 2908, making him number
    three in the world. 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. 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 "Honoured Master of Sport of
    the Republic of Armenia" in 2009.

    Vladimir Kramnik - Vladimir Kramnik was born on 25 June, 1975
    Kramnik is a Russian chess grandmaster. He was the Classical World
    Chess Champion from 2000 to 2006, and the undisputed World Chess
    Champion from 2006 to 2007. He has also won the two strongest chess
    tournaments (by rating strength) in history: the 2009 Mikhail Tal
    Memorial and the 2010 Grand Slam Masters Final. He has won three
    team gold medals and three individual medals at Chess Olympiads. In
    October 2000, he defeated Garry Kasparov in a match played in London,
    and became the Classical World Chess Champion. In late 2004, Kramnik
    successfully defended his title against challenger Peter Leko in a
    drawn match played in Brissago, Switzerland. In October 2006, Kramnik,
    the Classical World Champion, defeated reigning FIDE World Champion
    Veselin Topalov in a unification match, the World Chess Championship
    2006. As a result Kramnik became the first undisputed World Champion,
    holding both the FIDE and Classical titles, since Kasparov split from
    FIDE in 1993. In 2007, Kramnik lost the title to Viswanathan Anand,
    who won the World Chess Championship tournament ahead of Kramnik.

    Kramnik qualified for the Candidates Tournament which determined
    the challenger to face World Champion Anand in the World Chess
    Championship 2012.