Chess: FIDE Top 100 players feature five Armenian grandmasters

Panorama, Armenia
June 1 2020

Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian maintained the seventh spot on the latest World Chess Federation (FIDE) ratings, the National Olympic Committee reported. Norwegian GM Magnus Carlsen continues to top the list of 100 strongest chess players of the world, the source said.

Four other Armenian chess players Gabriel Sargissian, Karen Grigoryan, Hrant Melkumyan and Sergei Movsesian rank 53rd, 71st, 77th and 99th on the list, respectively.

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Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS