- Independent Journalism From Today's Armenia
 November 7 , 2003 

Sports: Six Armenians make FIDE list of world best

Acoording to FIDE Armenia's best chess player Vladimir Hakobyan is rated 22nd.

The World Chess Federation's list of top chess players for October 2003, include five Armenians among the Top 100 men and one woman in the Top 50.

Grandmaster Vladimir Hakopyan is ranked 22nd in the world, with 2,684 FIDE points. Grandmaster Levon Aronyan is 47th (2,649). Smbat Lputyan is 62nd (2,630), Rafael Vahanyan is 73rd (2,623) and Gabriel Sargsyan in 81st (2,614).

The best chess player in the world is Garry Kasparov, an Armenian who represents Russia. Kasparov has 2,830 points.

Despite victory at the European Team Chess Championships in Bulgaria last month only Lilit Mkrtchyan made the list among women, taking 43rd place with 2,413 points.

Both Armenian men and woman chess players are preparing for the 13th World Championship for Seniors 2003 that will be taking place in Bad Zwischenahn (Germany) November 16th-29th.



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The blessing of the territory for a new church in Masis took place this week. It will be the first dominical temple in this town (for years it has been populated by Azerbaijanis) and the second biggest after the St. Grigor Lusavorich in Yerevan. The construction is estimated at $1 million and is sponsored by "Vardanyan Family" foundation.


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