Aronian Wins World Blindfold Chess Championship

Armenian Grandmaster Levon Aronian

BEIJING—World Chess Champion Levon Aronian won the blindfold chess championship Wednesday in Beijing, where the World Mind Games have been taking place since December 12.

The Chess Federation of Armenia told “Armenpress” that in the final day of the tournament Aronian played draw with Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan and Peter Leko of Hungary and defeated Wang Hao representing China.

In a final result Aronian scored 5.5 points and topped the ranking list of the tournament. Hikaru Nakamura representing the United States came in second place and Azerbaijani Shakhriyar Mamedyarov was third.

At the female competition Armenian Grandmaster Elina Danielan scored 3.5 points coming in at 11th place. China’s Hour Yifang led the female ranking list.

Blindfold chess (also known as sans voir) is a form of chess play wherein the players do not see the positions of the pieces or touch them. This forces players to maintain a mental model of the positions of the pieces. Moves are communicated via a recognized chess notation.



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