Thursday, June 12, 2008

"Chess Giants" Rapid Chess from 8th to 15th June.

Asrian Memorial

Congratulations Levon Aronian, Winner of the Asrian Memorial, 2008.

1st place: Levon Aronian 8.5 points
2nd place: Peter Leko 8 points
3rd place: Alexander Morozevich 7.5 points
4th place: Boris Gelfand 7.5 points

Mount Ararat

The Republic of Armenia, covering an area of 30 000 square kilometers (11,600 sq. mi), is located in the north-east of the Armenian Highland (covering 400 000 km² or 154,000 sq. mi), otherwise known as historical Armenia and considered as the original homeland of Armenians. The terrain is mostly mountainous, with fast flowing rivers and few forests. The climate is highland continental, which means that the country is subjected to hot summers and cold winters. The land rises to 4095 meters (13,435 ft) above sea-level at Mount Ararat, and no point is below 400 meters (1,312 ft) above sea level.

Mount Ararat, which was historically part of Armenia, is the highest mountain in the region. Now located in Turkey, but clearly visible in Armenia, it is regarded by the Armenians as a symbol of their land. Because of this, the mountain is present on the Armenian national emblem today.

Live Games Should the Sophia Rule be MANDATORY in ALL GAMES? After looking at a game by GM Levon Aronian Vs GM Akopian who drew their game in 5 moves! Why not just mention I am going to play the Petrov before the game starts without moving a piece and say Draw! Post your comments.

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Anthony Miller said...

Draw by agreement shouldn't be allowed in, say, the first 15 moves I think.

VisionQuest said...

Right, it just does not do chess justice to draw in five moves! look a the games in the last round all were drawn. Nothing really exciting to watch, maybe the late Bobby Fischer was right about computers destroying chess.

VisionQuest said...

I would just like to comment that the draw between GM Aronian and GM Akopian was due to the untimely passing of GM Karen Asrian.

I would also like to say is there a rule apart from the Sophia Rule that says no chess GM could offer a draw at the opening and say I offer you a draw? NO! I would like to ask why not?