GM Levon Aronian

Full name
Levon Aronian
Born
Oct 6, 1982 (age 36)
Place of birth
Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union
Federation
Armenia
Profiles

Levon Aronian learned to play chess from his sister at the age of 9. His first coach was Grandmaster Melikset Khachiyan and he helped him to become a much stronger chess player in a short amount of time. Aronian’s first notable success came when he won the 1994 World Youth Chess Championship Under-12. He accomplished this win ahead of future world class players such as Ruslan Ponomariov and Alexander Grischuk.

Aronian became an International Master in 1997 and a Grandmaster in 2000. After becoming a Grandmaster, Aronian began to win a wide variety of tournaments. Just a few of these tournaments are mentioned: In 2002 he won the Armenian Chess Championship and also became World Junior Champion in the same year. In 2005 he reached a rating high enough to rank him as 5th best player in the world. In 2006 he won the Linares and Tal Memorial tournaments. In 2008 he tied for first place with Magnus Carlsen in the Corus tournament and won the Melody Amber tournament as well.

In 2012 he played in the Tata Steel tournament and won it ahead of Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura and Veselin Topalov. He holds a plus score against every notable Grandmaster except for Magnus Carlsen, Vassily Ivanchuk, Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov. 

The 10th highest rated chess player in the world at the moment (2765 - December 2018), Levon Aronian is shooting for the stars. This super-GM has countless accomplishments throughout his fairly short career so far, winning numerous tournaments. Described by other super-GMs as a “very gifted tactician” and “the most striking player around, with the highest creative level”, Aronian has impressed everyone with his rise. Although he has yet to play for the World Championship, he surely will become an incredibly strong challenger within the next few years.

Levon Aronian

Levon Aronian at the 2018 Candidates Chess Tournament. | © Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com

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White Pieces
Giuoco Piano Game (17) : C50 C53 C54
Petrov's Defense (6) : C42
Bishop's Opening (3) : C24
Queen's Pawn Opening (33) : D00 A40 D02 A41
Pirc Defense (8) : B07 B09
Italian Game (5) : C55
Reti Opening (34) : A04 A06 A05 A09
Old Benoni Defense (3) : A44 A56
Bogo-Indian Defense (6) : E11
Queen's Indian Defense (52) : E18 E15 E17 E16 E12 E14
Catalan Opening (47) : E01 E00 E05 E04
Queen's Gambit Accepted (22) : D20 D22 D27 D25
London System (2) : A48
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (2) : A40
King's Indian Attack (50) : A07 A08
Semi-Slav Defense (54) : D43 D47 D45 D44 D48
Modern Defense (3) : B06 A42
Torre Attack (3) : A48
Benoni Defense (11) : A56 A60 A61
Old Indian Defense (2) : A53
Budapest Defense (1) : A52
Tarrasch Defense (3) : D32 D34
Undefined (3) : A00
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (2) : A57
Blumenfeld Countergambit (1) : E10
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (2) : D73
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (1) : D44
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (1) : A58
Trompowsky Attack (3) : A45
Hungarian Opening (3) : A00
Bird's Opening (1) : A03
Van Geet Opening (1) : A00
Scotch Game (3) : C45 C44
Scandinavian Defense (2) : B01
Nimzowitsch Defense (2) : B00
Alekhine Defense (4) : B04 B05
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (2) : B06
Four Knights Game (1) : C46
Richter-Veresov Attack (13) : D01
Black Pieces
Four Knights Game (19) : C47 C46 C48 C49
Giuoco Piano Game (60) : C50 C53 C51 C52
King's Indian Attack (44) : A07
Bogo-Indian Defense (11) : E11
Saragossa Opening (1) : A00
Queen's Pawn Opening (22) : D02 D03 A41 D00 A40 A43
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (6) : A01
Bishop's Opening (7) : C28 C24
King's Pawn Opening (2) : C20 C44
Vienna Game (5) : C25
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (4) : B06
Reti Opening (16) : A06 A09 A04 A05
Catalan Opening (33) : E05 E00 E01
Modern Defense (11) : B06 A41
Trompowsky Attack (18) : A45
Center Game Accepted (2) : C22
Benoni Defense (12) : A56
Scotch Game (16) : C45
Italian Game (4) : C55
Hungarian Opening (6) : A00
Van Geet Opening (1) : A00
Colle System (1) : D04
Caro-Kann Defense (9) : B13 B15 B12 B10
King's Gambit Accepted (1) : C36
Lion Defense (1) : B07
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (3) : D44
King's Indian Defense (19) : E60 D70 E62 E61 E77
Semi-Slav Defense (46) : D45 D43 D44 D47
Benko Gambit Declined (1) : A57
Queen's Indian Defense (28) : E16 E17 E15 E12 E14
Pirc Defense (1) : B09
Dutch Defense (1) : A89
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (16) : D78 D73 D71
Queen's Gambit Accepted (1) : D21
London System (1) : A48
French Defense (3) : C03 C04 C00
Philidor Defense (3) : C41
Richter-Veresov Attack (1) : D01
Alekhine Defense (1) : B04
Old Indian Defense (10) : A53 A54
Torre Attack (2) : A48
Bird's Opening (1) : A02
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense with 3...d5 (1) : D73

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