Levon Aronian 3rd in FIDE Rankings

Review of September 30 – October 7 sports events.

Chess: Armenian men and women’s team finished 7th and 12th respectively at the World Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Men tied the last round with France, while women scored a victory over Slovenia.

PanARMENIAN.Net - Levon Aronian ranks 2nd in the individual event, with 5 wins and 5 draws. Gabriel Sagissian and Arman Pashikyan rank 13th and 9th on the third and fourth boards respectively. Elina Danielyan ranks 11th, followed by Lilit Mkrtchyan (10th). Lilit Galoyan and Nelly Aghinyan rank 15th and 10th on the third and fourth boards respectively.

Aronian improved his FIDE ranking, moving up from the 4th to the 3rd position, leaving Veselin Topalov behind with 2793 points to his score. Magnus Carlsen tops FIDE list with 2810,7 points, followed by Viswanathan Anand (2800 points

Upon the results of the World Chess Olympiad, the World Chess Federation (FIDE) has decided to confer the title of Grand Master on Elina Danielyan, who won 6, lost 2 and tied 3 games, finishing 11th at the first playing board. Armenian women’s team was 11th with 15 points, of which 7.5 were won by Danielyan.

Football: Yerevan will host an UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier between the Armenia and Slovakia on October 8, 2010. Italian Daniele Orsato will referee the match.

Armenia chief coach Vardan Minasyan said rainy weather did not prevent from holding training sessions according to the schedule.

Slovak midfielder Miroslav Karhan doesn’t expect an easy match against Armenia.“We have won in Russia and our fans expect the same success in Armenia. However, it will not be easy as we heard that Armenians have good halfbacks,” he said. “We should be ready for everything.

Another midfielder Miroslav Stoch said: “Our team has 6 points as of today and it would be great if we could gain 6 more points. We want to win but I don’t know what to expect from Armenian players, they are dangerous. Ireland scratched a 1:0 victory in Yerevan while the match with Macedonia ended in a draw.”

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FC Pyunik beat FC Mika 3:1 in the 23rd round of Armenian League 1. FC Banants defeated Impuls 1:0. FC Shirak scored a 2:0 victory over FC Kilikia while FC Ulisses beat FC Gandzasar 2:1. FC Banants tops the standings with 55 points, followed by FC Pyunik (52 points) and FC Ulisses (45 points).

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Shakhtar Donetsk, which has recently contracted Armenian halfback Henrikh Mkhitaryan, beat Dynamo Kyiv 2:0 in round 12 of the Ukrainian championship. Thanks to the victory, FC Shakhtar tops the Ukrainian championship standings with 31 points, being 5 points ahead of Dynamo.

Tennis: Argentine Armenian David Nalbandian has pulled out of Tokyo Open and Shanghai Masters, to focus instead on preparing for the European fall indoor season in Stockholm. Nalbandian's spokesman said David grew physically exhausted during the Washington, Toronto and Cincinnati tournaments and intends to get into top form for the European indoor swing.

Bulgarian tennis player of Armenian origin Magdalena Maleeva-Berberian returned to competitive tennis after a five-year absence and won the Bulgarian championship. On October 1, Maleeva-Berberian beat Izabela Shinikova 6-4 6-4 in the final in the southern town of Plovdiv. "I had a great desire to compete once again and I'm happy with my participation here," the 35-year-old tennis player said. "But I don't think I achieved something special as some of the top names were missing." Maleeva, who reached a career-high ranking of fourth in the world in 1996, clinched her first Bulgarian title at the age of 13 in 1988 to become the youngest winner. She won 10 WTA titles before retiring in 2005.

Boxing: Showtime Sports hosted a press conference at The Conga Room, L.A. Live, to formally introduce and discuss Bantamweight Tournament: Winner Takes All that begins Saturday, Dec. 11. In attendance was Ken Hershman, Showtime Sports Executive Vice President and General Manager, the four world class boxers who will participate in the two-round, single-elimination tournament to determine the best fighter at 118 pounds – International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Yonnhy Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs), former world champions Joseph Agbeko (27-2, 22 KOs) and Vic Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs) and world-ranked rising star Abner Mares (29-0-1) – and their promoters. “I’m happy I’m fighting in Mexico. My style is a Mexican style, guys are coming to fight, coming for a show, so that’s what I’m going to do. Mexicans love my style. I am not against them, I am not against anyone. I’m just against my opponent. It just happens Mexicans have been my opponents, which is good. Mexicans are good fighters,” Darchinyan said.

Arthur Abraham has promised to bring Carl Froch back to reality. "He claimed to have problems with his back," Abraham said. "I think he has even bigger problems with his head. Judging from his dubious comments, it looks as if he has lost his senses. But I will be more than happy to put him back to reality. I look forward to fighting in Helsinki and will promise fight fans an explosive evening."

The Abraham-Froch super six series fight in Helsinki on November 27 will now be for the WBC world super-middleweight title.

Gohar Nalbandyan, Hasmik Babayan / PanARMENIAN News
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