When you are playing or watching chess, what do we typically expect a chess player to wear? Perhaps, formal plain shirt, trouser and blazer, that’s most of the people would imagine. Now, here we have Levon Aronian (one of the strongest GMs over the last 15 years)! Many times, his opponent would be greeted with bright, colorful, floral and design pattern shirts.
“The chess world is a better place when Aronian is playing well!“ These words of Garry Kasparov in 2015! Isn’t this qualify as one of the best compliments a chess player can receive? Viswanathan Anand called Aronian “a very gifted tactician”. Gelfand described Aronian as “the most striking player around, with the highest creative level and original ideas.
Many chess GMs get visibly disturbed after a loss and it becomes evident in press conferences. Here, Levon stands class apart. His ability to maintain composure and calmness is praiseworthy. Sportsmanship he displays is regarded and has just added to his huge follower base.
Levon was born and raised in Armenia, led his country team at Chess Olympiad with 3 gold medals in 2006, 2008 & 2012. Aronian has also won the chess world cup twice (2005 & 2017)! Aronian is known for his patriotism and love for his country Armenia.
Recently, Levon decided to represent the United States of America for Chess. This came as a surprise to the world of chess but Aronian communicated from his twitter handle that nothing changes between him and Armenia. He stated that he would always be there for his country.
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