Araonian Defeats World Chess Champion

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The Aronian-Kramnik Rapid Chess Match in Yerevan from May 4 to 6 went over six games, played at the rate of 25 minutes for the entire game with an increment of 10 seconds per move. Levon Aronian defeated the World Champion Vladimir Kramnik 4-2 in a fine display of active play, tactics, and execution. After losing the first game, the young Armenian reeled off three wins in a row, and then held a dramatic game five draw to win the match. Kramnik is known to be an excellent rapid chess player, armed with fantastic opening knowledge as well as vast match experience. However, playing on his home soil, it was Aronian who appeared to be directing the style–and outcome–of the match. At a press conference Kramnik attributed his less-than-optimal performance to exhaustion, coming off of a busy schedule (in particular, the recent rapid match against Leko). The World Champion nevertheless acknowledged that Aronian is among the best in the world at rapid chess, an opinion with which few would disagree.

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