Mika women’s club wins bronze medals at European Chess Club Cup, Levon Aronian climbs second in world rankings

Review of October 21-28 sports events.

Chess: Armenian Mika women’s club gained 18 points, finishing 3rd at the European Chess Club Cup in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The Armenian club won 4, tied 1 and lost 2 out of 7 rounds. Men’s club showed the same result, finishing 11th with 28,5 points. Monaco’s Cercle d'Echecs de Monte Carlo women’s and Russia’s Economist- SGSEU-1 men’s clubs won the tournament.

PanARMENIAN.Net - Levon Aronyan and Lilit Galoyan won individual gold. Lilit Mkrtchyan and Arika Dronovali won silver medals. Zaven Andreasyan won bronze.

Levon Aronian went up to the second place in the world chess rankings, leaving behind world champion Viswanathan Anand. The top three are: Magnus Carlsen (2811,5), Levon Aronian (2801,4) and Viswanathan Anand (2801). Anand and Carlsen are currently participating in an international tournament in China¸ so their ratings can change any moment. The new official rating will be published by FIDE on November 1.

Chigorin Memorial chess tournament in St. Petersburg is hosting Armenian grandmasters Zaven Andreassian and Hrant Melkumyan. After 5 tours, Andreassian is leading the Memorial with 4,5 points. Melkumyan has 4 points to his score.

Football FC Pyunik defeated FC Ulysses 1:0 in the 25th round of the Armenian top division championship. Banants Yerevan crashed Gandzasar Kapan 5:0. The match between FC Mika and FC Shirak ended 5:1. FC Impuls defeated FC Kilikia, scoring two unanswered goals.

FC Salzburg, which contracts forward Joaquin Bogossian, and Juventus were both left searching for their first wins in UEFA Europa League Group A following a 1-1 draw at the Stadion Salzburg.

Scoring the only goal for Randers, forward Yura Movsisyan didn’t secure a win over Brondby, the match ending 1:2.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has missed the training session of FC Shakhtar due to acute respiratory disease. According to Shakhtar’s medical officer, Mkhitaryan will withdraw from some matches.

Armenia U19 finished 3rd at European Championship Group 11 qualification round, winning the only victory over Lithuania. Before, the team suffered defeat by Israel and Spain, both matches ending 0-3.

The friendly match between Armenia and Yemen scheduled for November 17 in Yemen has been cancelled. Chief coach Vardan Minasyan explained it by tiredness and injuries of Armenian footballers after a difficult season.

Tennis: Eighth seeded Argentine David Nalbandian defeated Spain’s Marcel Granollers 6-4, 6-4 to book his place in the second round of Open Sud de France. Fifth seeded John Isner edged past French wild card Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-2. The American fired 10 aces to set up next round clash with another Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, who arrowed 15 aces to down Slovakian Lukas Lacko 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-4. Taylor Dent of America overcame first set deficit to beat Romain Jouan of France 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4. In other matches of the day, German qualifier Mischa Zverev scored a 7-6 (7), 7-6 (5) win over Dutchman Robin Haase, Belgian Steve Darcis ousted Argentine Eduardo Schwank 6-2, 7-5.

Boxing: Undefeated rising junior middleweight prospect Vanes Martirosyan (28-0, 17 KOs) has received word that he will begin sparring with Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao next week. “I just got the phone call and I can’t wait to get in there with Manny,” Martirosyan said.

Kharkiv, Ukraine, is hosting the EUBC European Cup with participation of five Armenian boxers: Hovhannes Danielyan (48kg), Derenik Gizhlaryan (52kg), Volodya Hayrapetyan (64kg), Andranik Hakobyan (75kg) and Arthur Khachatryan (81kg).

Basketball: Hatis Yerevan suffered a defeat by Dinamo GUVD 50:79 in the group stage of Euro Cup 2010/2011 in Novosibirsk. On November 4, Hatis will rival Elitzur (Israel) in its next Group F match in Yerevan.

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