Levon Aronian currently third in Tata Steel Chess Tournament standings

Review of January 20-27 sports events.

Chess: Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian tied his 10th round game vs. Anish Giri (Netherlands) and is now third in the standings of Tata Steel Chess Tournament. Gabriel Sargissian is currently 5th in tournament B, after defeat by Le Quanq Liem (Vietnam).

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Meanwhile, defeating Ashot Anastasyan round 8, Robert Hovhannisyan keeps the lead at the Armenian Chess Championship with 5.5 points. Avetik Grigoryan, Zaven Andriasyan, Arman Pashikyan and Samvel Ter-Sahakyan have 4 points each. The championship winner will receive AMD 1 million 200 thousand and will be included in the national team.

Football: Halfback Hovhannes Grigoryan, previously a part of Banants and Gandzasar teams, has signed a 1-year contract with Shirak FC. Currently, he is participating in Shirak’s team practice session in Tsaghkadzor.

FC Slask won’t contract Armenian fullback Robert Arzumanyan. Although Arzumanyan showed a good game during the casting and the coach was pleased with him, his agent demanded too much money, according to the club management.

Latvia beat Armenia 2-1 in the last Group B qualifier of UEFA Futsal EURO 2012. The only goal for the Armenian team was scored by Vladimir Mkhitaryan. Earlier, Armenians were defeated by Iceland 1-6 and played in a draw with Greece 2-2.

The transfer of Armenian team forward Yura Movsisyan to Krasnodar Russian FC will cost around USD 2,7 million, with information as to the contract term unavailable so far. In 2010, Movsisyan played as a part of Danish Randers.

Boxing: Former IBF/WBC/WBA champion Vic Darchinyan, currently in Armenia after a long absence, shared his impressions in a conversation with PanARMENIAN.Net reporter. “I’ve missed Armenia. Despite the cold weather, I, as always, feel perfect in Armenia. I plan to leave for Australia in early February to start training.” As the boxer noted, the fight against Abner Mares, where the latter was announced a winner, was appealed against by his team. “I was certain of the victory, and attempted to show a more technical combat, yet the arbiters were unfair in giving the victory to Mares,” Darchinyan said. The boxer is, however, full of spirit, planning to take best efforts in preparing for a combat with Johnny Perez at the second half of the bantamweight tournament.

Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs: Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Arthur Petrosyan briefed on the priority trends of 2011, these being elaboration of the concept of financial development of physical culture, organization and conduction of “Best Sporting Family” and development of your sports policy. The Ministry was allocated AMD 4 bln from the national budget for the purpose.

Gohar Nalbandyan, Hasmik Babayan / PanARMENIAN News
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