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Hrant Melkumyan becomes Armenia’s Chess 960 champion of 2012

Hrant Melkumyan becomes Armenia’s Chess 960 champion of 2012

PanARMENIAN.Net - Scoring 6 points out of 7, grandmaster Hrant Melkumyan became Armenia’s Chess960 (Fischer Random Chess) champion of 2012.

With 5 points Zaven Andriasian came 2nd, while Levon Babujyan came 3rd with 4 points.

Chess960, or Fischer Random Chess, is a chess variant invented by former World Champion Bobby Fischer. It uses the same board and pieces as standard chess but the starting position of the main pieces is chosen at random.

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This took the Armenian's tally to 5.0/6, a full 1.5 points ahead, providing him an early victory in the German-hosted tournament.
Vasil Gospodinov of Bulgaria and Arkadiusz Michalski of Poland claimed silver and bronze, respectively.
Also competing in the same weight category, Spain’s Lidia Valentin won her third gold medal at the Championships.
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