Team introduction: Armenia

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Team introduction: Armenia

armenia_logoThe introductory tour of players from the 35 nations that will compete in the 2015 European Team Chess Championship continues.

It is worth mentioning that the participating nations have until October 12th to confirm the exact team lists with all names; the player lists might change until that date.

Today we introduce the Armenian teams.

The former ETC Champions, winning the Open section in 1999 and the Woman’s in 2003, will boast two strong teams this year. The Open team being led by GM Levon Aronian (2765) and the Woman’s team by GM Elina Danielian (2474).

The fourth highest rated player in history (2830), GM Levon Aronian (2765) needs no introduction. He has led the Armenian team to three Chess Olympic gold medals (2006, 2008, 2012) and once to victory in the World Team Chess Championship (2011). Additionally he is the former World Rapid Chess Champion (2009) and World Blitz Chess Champion (2010), Chess World Cup Champion (2005) to mention only a few of his greatest accomplishments. He recently won the 2015 Sinquefield Cup, a super-tournament boosting most of the top 10 strongest players in the world. He is accompanied by strong and experienced players, all belonging to the top 9 highest rated in the country.

Armenia’s six times Women’s Champion, GM Elina Danielian (2474), is leading the Woman’s team. She has represented Armenia in no less than 10 Chess Olympiads!, as well as playing in the ETC Championship winning team in Plovdiv in 2003. The Woman’s team consists of the top 4 highest rated in the country, accompanied by the 19-year-old Susanna Gaboyan (2107).

The open team

  1. GM Levon Aronian (2765)
  2. GM Gabriel Sargissian (2679)
  3. GM Sergei Movsesian (2658)
  4. GM Hrant Melkumyan (2622)
  5. GM Karen Grigoryan (2609) 1995

Captain: GM Arshak Petrossian

Women team:

  1. GM Elina Danielian (2474)
  2. IM Lilit Mkrtchian (2440)
  3. IM Lilit Galojan (2298)
  4. WGM Maria Kursova (2307)
  5. Susanna Gaboyan (2107)

Captain: GM Artur Chibukhchian

We wish our Armenian friends best of luck in the championship!

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