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Play Like Levon

Play Like Levon

Levon Aronian has been one of the top Grandmasters in the World in the 21st century. He's the only player to have won two FIDE World Cups, in 2005 and 2017. He's been World Champion in blitz, rapid and Chess960. His peak rating of 2830 in 2014 is the 4th highest ever achieved. In this course you can play along with five of Aronian's greatest games, including wins against World Champions Carlsen and Anand.

  • Play Like Levon: Sokolov vs Aronian

    Ivan Sokolov is a strong Grandmaster and author, who has beaten many of the top players in the world, including Garry Kasparov. Yet, in this game from the 2006 Olympiad, Sokolov couldn't handle Aronian's preparation and beautiful attacking play.

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  • Play Like Levon: Aronian vs Carlsen

    Magnus Carlsen might be the greatest player of all time, but Aronian has beaten him seven times in classical games, and knocked him out of the World Championship candidates cycle in 2007. This game is one of the best wins anyone has against the reigning...

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  • Play Like Levon: Aronian vs Anand

    Aronian has fought many sharp battles with World Champion Anand. Although Anand has won a couple of famous games, Aronian has a solid lead in their head-to-head results. Here's one of his best wins, from the Grand Slam Chess Final in 2011.

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  • Play Like Levon: Aronian vs Rapport

    Richard Rapport is one of the most creative Grandmasters in the world. He loves to get new and interesting positions, and carry out amazing attacks. However, in this game from the Tata Steel Masters in 2017, Aronian demonstrated the downside of his opponent's...

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  • Play Like Levon: So vs Aronian

    In the 2015 Sinquefield Cup, Aronian took clear first by beating all three players from the USA, the host country of the event. This is Levon's game against Wesley So, a top Grandmaster, who failed to finish development against Aronian's active play.

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