Sport: Aronyan’s FIDE rating drops after fiasco in Mexico

Chess

Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronyan dropped from the fifth to ninth position on the latest FIDE rating list (with a coefficient of 2741) after an unimpressive performance in the Mexico world championships where he finished seventh among eight participants.

Viswanathan Anand from India, who achieved a solid victory and became the new world champion in Mexico, is leading the rating list (2801), followed by Ukrainian grandmaster Vasiliy Ivanchuk and dethroned champion Vladimir Kramnik from Russia. Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria), Peter Leko (Hungary), Alexander Morozevich (Russia), Shahriyar Mamedyarov, Teimur Rajabov (both Azerbaijan) are respectively ahead of Armenia’s best chess-player. Another Armenian grandmaster, Vladimir Hakobyan, is in the 18th place. Armenia’s Gabriel Sargsyan (40th) and Smbat Lputyan (94th) are also among the top hundred FIDE players.

The FIDE rating list is effective October 1 through December 31, 2007.

Meanwhile, the World Juniors and Girls Championships started in Yerevan on October 3 and will run through October 17. The world championships that are held in the Armenian capital for the second consecutive year have brought together more than 100 chess-players from 44 countries. Armenia is represented by 12 juniors and 10 girls. The players will decide the winners in 13 rounds.

The World U-20 Championships’ games can be followed online beginning 15:00 (Yerevan time) on the Armenian Chess Federation’s website www.armchess.am.

Weightlifting

World and European record-breaker in weightlifting Khachatur Kyapanaktsyan died in a car accident on September 30. Quoting rescue services, Regnum.ru reports that shortly after midnight the former Armenian weightlifter lost control of his Mercedes car and plunged into a 70-meter-deep gorge on the Gyumri-Vanadzor highway. The 39-year-old former champion died on the spot and his passenger, identified as 29-year-old passenger Sargis Tadevosyan, was badly injured in the crash.

Kyapanaktsyan (up to 77 kg) was a member of the USSR national team for a decade. After Armenia gained independence, Kyapanaktsyan became a Team Armenia member to participate in the newly independent nation’s first Olympic Games in Atlanta, USA, in 1996. After leaving sport, Kyapanaktsyan embarked on a coaching career and was among the Armenian team’s coaches since 2005.

In a statement issued early this week Armenia’s Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports offered its condolences to the family and friends of the former athlete and emphasized Kyapanaktsyan’s contribution to the sport, in particular to the achievements of Armenian weightlifters at the European championships in Strasbourg this year.

Football

Armenia’s female footballers ended the U-19 European championship qualification tournament in a draw with their Azerbaijani counterparts 2-2 emerging from two goals down. Before their October 2 match in Lviv, Ukraine, both teams had already lost all hopes for qualification having been defeated by group opponents Scotland and Ukraine that will progress to the next stage.

Meanwhile, Armenia’s U-17 men’s team, started their European championship qualification campaign with defeats to Italy 1-2 and the tournament host Czech Republic 1-5. Armenia have no chances for qualification after these defeats and will strive for a consolation result in the Sunday match against Cyprus.