- Independent Journalism From Today's Armenia
 December 13, 2002 

Sports Digest

Football (best football player)

Arman KaramyanStriker Arman Karamyan, of Pyunic FC's league-winning side has been named Player of the Year.

Karamyan scored 36 goals in 22 matches this season.

It is the first time the 23-year old striker has received the honor, which is given each season by the Armenian Football Federation and the local newspaper weekly "Football Plus".

Chess (FIDE rankings)

After successful performances of the Armenian men's and women's chess teams at the 35th Chess Olympiad taking place in Bled, Slovenia the rankings of Armenian chess players have changed.

According to FIDE (Federation Internationale des Echecs) rankings for December there are three Armenian men and two women players among the best 100 chess players in the world.

The best Armenian chess player is still Vladimir Hakopyan, ranked 20th with 2,678 points.

Rafael Vahanyan is 28th in the world, with 2,664 points and Smbat Lputyan is 56th with 2,634 points.

The best Armenian woman chess player is Elina Danielyan, at 40th with 2,411 points, followed by Lilit Mkrtchyan at 49th place.


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