Aronian Levon (06.10.1982)


Armenian Grandmaster. World Blitz Champion 2010. World Cup winner in 2005, World U20 Champion in 2002, World Champion U12 in 1994 and World U14 Champion in 1996, Chess960 World Champion in 2006 and 2007, FIDE Grand Prix winner in 2009. European U12 vice champion in 1994 and European U14 vice champion in 1995. Champion of Armenia in 2002.

Best results: Karabakh International 2005, 1st; European championship, 2nd; Linares-Morelia 2006, 1st; Wijk aan Zee (shared) 2007 and 2008, 1st; Melody Amber Nice 2008 and 2009, 1st; Asrian Memorial 2008, 1st; Sochi FIDE Grand Prix 2008, 1st; Nalchik FIDE Grand Prix 2009, 1st; Tal Memorial 2011, 1st; Melody Amber Monaco 2011, 1st; Wijk aan Zee 2012, 1st;  Alekhine Memorial 2013, 1st; Wijk aan Zee 2014, 1st; 3rd Sinquefield Cup, 2015, 1st; Grenke Chess Classic 2017, 1st; 5th Norway Chess 2017, 1st.

In the match, he defeated Vladimir Kramnik (rapid chess) 4-2 in 2007, Magnus Carlsen 3-3 (win after tiebreak), Alexy Shirov 3½-2½. Lost after (tiebreak) 4-5 to Alexander Grischuk at the Candidates in 2011 and drew with Vladimir Kramnik 3-3 in 2012.

A member of the national team since 1996 and the undisputed leader of the teams which won the 2006, 2008 and 2012  Olympiads and the 2011 World team Championship.

Peak rating: 2830 in 2014, he was then the 3rd  best world rated player.