SMBAT LPUTYAN: "ARMENIAN CHESS PLAYERS WILL BE ABLE TO REPRESENT ARMENIA AS A POWERFUL AND LEADING CHESS COUNTRY"

ARMENPRESS
1 June, 2012
YEREVAN

YEREVAN, JUNE 1, ARMENPRESS: World chess Olympiad will take place
in Istanbul in September-October. On this occasion Armenpress begins
special series dedicated to this event opening it with interview with
Vice President of Armenian chess federation, grandmaster Smbat Lputyan.

- Mister Lputyan, how are Armenian chess players planning to prepare
for World chess Olympiad?

- All members of Armenian national chess team are experienced sportsmen
they also have great experience in World chess Olympiad and they will
prepare for Olympiad in personal programs before they all gather in
Dzermuk and Chaghadzor just before the tournament.

Levon Aronyan, Sergey Movsisyan, Vladimir Hakobyan, Gabriel Sargsyan,
and Tigran Petrosyan: these are the members of our national team;
they plan themselves in which tournaments they will take part. All
players realize that our team must heve good performance in Istanbul.

- In which preliminary tournaments our chess players take part?

- Today our chess players take part in different international
tournaments - in Albena where Armenia is represented by Vladimir
Hakobyan, Tigran Petrosyan and others, in Chicago where the victory
was after Gabriel Sargsyan. They may also take part in international
tournament in Dzermuk after Karen Asryan.

- Armenia is one of the leading countries in chess having the 4th
position after Russia, Ukraine and China. How are ready our future
chess players to continue the tradition of present team?

- Armenian chess federation pays great attention to the popularization
and development of chess. First our national chess team I hope will
play for a long time keeping our good traditions and besides, we have
several talented young chess players.