Armenia to send 5 grandmasters to compete in world men's team chess tournament

10:01, April 14, 2011      

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Traditional chess-playing nation Armenia is to send five grandmasters to attend the World Men's Team Chess Championship to be held in July in China.

The Chess Federation of Armenia told local media on Wednesday that Levon Aronian (currently ranked third worldwide), Sergey Movsisyan (29th), Gabriel Sargsyan (65th), Vladimir Hakobyan (67th) and Robert Hovhannisyan (412th) would travel to Ningbo for the world championship slated for between July 16 and 27.

The federation said that the Armenian team would play nine other teams in Ningbo from such countries as Azerbaijan, China, Egypt, Hungary, India, Israel, Russia, Ukraine and the United States.

Though a small nation with a population of 3.5 million, Armenia has finished third in the World Men's Team Chess Championship three times in a row from 1997 to 2005.

The world championship, inaugurated in 1985, has been held seven times so far, with Russia winning three championship titles. The former Soviet Union took two titles while Ukraine and the United States each earned a title.

Source: Xinhua
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