Chess: Armenia’s Aronian wins at World Blitz Championships

Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian celebrated his second success in less than a week by taking the top prize at the World Blitz Championship in Moscow, Russia.


With 24 ½ points gained in the three-day tournament (Nov 16-18) that had brought together two dozen grandmasters Aronian finished half a point clear of second-placed Teimour Radjabov from Azerbaijan and with a one-point advantage over third-placed Magnus Carlsen from Norway.

The 28-year-old Armenian grandmaster, who currently ranks third on FIDE’s November top player list and enjoys a career-high personal rating of 2801, has added the rank of the World Blitz Champion to his collection of the highest titles that also includes: twice Olympic Champion, World Cup-Holder, World Rapid Champion, World Chess960 (Fischer Chess) Champion, Winner of Grand Prix and Grand Slam.

Aronian’s latest success comes only days after he tied for the top prize at Tal Memorial, a prestigious tournament also held in Moscow.

The two top finishes stand out in a mostly “off-the-target” season for Aronian and are likely to boost his confidence in the lead-up to the Candidates Matches early next year to decide the challenger for the World Chess Crown currently held by India’s Viswanathan Anand.