Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my daily chess musing for Saturday, February 27, 2021.

Chess grandmaster Levon Aronian announced that he is leaving Armenia and will represent the United States for chess, citing what he said was Armenian officials’ indifference to chess as one of the reasons.

“The past year has been very difficult for all of us with a pandemic, a war and in my case there was personal adversity and the state’s absolute indifference towards Armenian chess,” he wrote, referring to the Covid-19, six weeks of military fighting in his homeland, the tragic death of his wife following a car accident and the drop in government support for chess in Armenia.

Rated at 2781, Levon Aronian would be the number-two ranked American player behind Fabiano Caruana (2823) and just ahead of Wesley So (2770) and Leinier Domínguez (2758.) However, the process of transferring federations through FIDE requires a two year waiting period that starts from when the transferring player last competed in a FIDE event under their previous federation and also submitted proof to FIDE of residence in their new country. Because of these requirements, it will be some time before Levon Aronian is sporting the American flag at his chessboard. Still, it’s a huge victory for American chess to have acquired another player ranked in the top ten internationally.

So to celebrate, let’s take a look at Aronian’s brilliant victory over Grandmaster David Navara as explained by Woman Grandmaster and fellow Armenian-American Tatev Abrahamyan. 

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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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