Armenia's Martirosyan beats top Azeri player to reach FIDE World Cup R4

Armenia's Martirosyan beats top Azeri player to reach FIDE World Cup R4

PanARMENIAN.Net - Armenian grandmaster Haik Martirosyan defeated Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Azerbaijan's top player and the world No. 6, to reach Round 4 of the FIDE World Cup, the International Chess Federation reveals

Martirosyan beat Mamedyarov 1-0 in the first game, and the exact opposite happened in the second game. In the tiebreak, however, the Armenian grandmaster snatched victory in a stunning 1.5-0.5 upset.

Several other favorites, like Anish Giri of the Netherlands or Fabiano Caruana of the United States, have been knocked out of the tournament too.

Armenia's top chess player and world No. 5 Levon Aronian had to withdraw from the FIDE World Cup 2021 earlier, citing health issues.

 Top stories
Superheavyweight lifter Gor Minasyan lifted a total of 464 kg to become the vice champion on April 1.
Armenia won their first three World Cup qualifying matches and are now ahead of Group J opponents Germany and North Macedonia.
Midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will reportedly stay with Roma at least by the end of summer.
Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has said that he wants to enjoy every minute of playing football.
Partner news