World Chess Federation Rates Armenian Chess Team Third

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–According to the World Chess Federation’s (FIDE) April 2005 Rating List–five Armenian chess players are among the world’s top 100 players. The rankings are effective April 1 to June 30–and include Vladimir Hakobian–Levon Aronian–Smbat Lputian–Rafael Vahanian–and Gabriel Sarkisian. Aronian is ranked in the 21st position–while Armenia’s top player Hakobian–a three-time former world champion–is ranked 70th.

Armenia’s national team has moved from sixth in the world to the third position–after Russia and Ukraine.

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