Armenia Named European Chess Champ

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The team representing Armenia in the European chess championships was declared the winner at the culmination of the competition in Batumi–Georgian Tuesday.

The men’s chess group won the title following an even match with the German team.

Prior to the said match–the Armenia team was in the leading–after beating the Hungary.

In the first championship match–German chess player Arthur Jusupov tried his best to outsmart and beat Armenia’s Smbat Lputyan. Armenia’s Artashes Minasyan–Ashot Anastanian and Levon Aronyan–each masterfully defeated counterparts from Hungary. Despite the latter’s ability to beat the Bulgarian team–its efforts to beat Armenia were unsuccessful.

The Armenia contingent took part in the championship without reserve players. Also absent from the competition were chess champs Rafael Vahanian and Vladimir Hakobyan–as well as this year’s champion Karen Assryan.

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