- Independent Journalism From Today's Armenia
June 11, 2004

Sports: Chess (Tigran Petrosyan Tournament)

The International Chess Federation (FIDE) continues to organize tournaments dedicated to legendary Armenian chess player and 9th World Chess Champion Tigran Petrosyan. The year has been declared the Year of Tigran Petrosyan by FIDE.
The man for whom the year is named.

Twelve grandmasters gathered in Moscow, Russia for participating at the tournament dedicated to Petrosyan’s 75th Anniversary that will be taking place through June 15 in “Ararat-Hayat” hotel.

Grandmasters are divided into two teams for the competition.

Tigran Petrosyan team includes such famous grandmasters as the current best chess player of the world Garry Kasparov (rating 2817). Peter Leko of Hungary (rank 4, rating 2741) and Boris Gelfand (rating 2714), representing Israel and ranked 13. There are also three best Armenian players in the team: Vladimir Hakobyan (rank 21, rating 2689), Rafael Vaganyan (rank 54, rating 2639) and Smbat Lputyan (rank 60, rating 2634).

The World team also has strong chess players such as second best in the world Indian Viswanathan Anand (rating 2774), Russian Peter Svidler (rank 6, rating 2733), Michael Adams of England (rank 8, rating 2731), Etienne Bacrot representing France (rank 27, rating 2675), Francisco Vallejo from Spain (rank 35, rating 2666) and finally Dutch chess player Loek Van Welly (rank 46, rating 2651).

After the first round, the World Team (WT) leads Tigran Petrosyan Team (TPT) 3-2.

First Round Results:

Garry Kasparov (TPT) - Loek Van Welly (WT) 1-0
Peter Leko (TPT) - Michael Adams (WT) ½ - ½ (draw)
Peter Svidler (WT) - Boris Gelfand (TPT) 1-0
Vladimir Hakobyan (TPT) - Francisco Vallejo (WT) ½ - ½ (draw)
Etienne Bacrot (WT) - Rafael Vaganyan (TPT) ½ - ½ (draw)
Viswanathan Anand (WT) - Smbat Lputyan (TPT) 1-0

Earlier this year another tournament dedicated to Tigran Petrosyan 75th Anniversary took place in Stepanakert, Karabakh, where ten chess players from Armenia, Russia, Switzerland, Poland, Latvia and Iran were competing for the trophy.

That was the first international sporting event organized in Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.


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