Armenia’s Arthur Aleksanyan won his second European champion’s title at the European Greco-Roman Wrestling Championship, held in the Georgian capital city, Tbilisi.
In the final round, Aleksanyan, the London Olympics bronze-medalist, defeated Vladislav Metodiev from Bulgaria. During the semifinals, Armenian wrestler defeated Shalva Gadabadze of Azerbaijan.
Altogether, Arthur Alexanian won the gold Medal in European Wrestling Championships after defeating the Turkish, Azeri and the Bulgarian competitors!
Furthermore, Armenian Greco-Roman wrester Vachik Yeghiazaryan (120 kg) won bronze at Tbilisi-hosted European championships. Yeghiazaryan faced off against Bulgaria’s Lyubomir Dimotrov in the struggle for bronze medal. However, the latter refused to continue the fight due to the injury he earlier received. As a result, the Armenian athlete for the first time in his career won European championships bronze.
Today, an Armenian wrestler named Davit Safaryan has taken the European champion’s title. In the final of the 66 kg category, he defeated (2-0) Yakup Gor from Turkey. The European Freestyle Wrestling Championship has been underway in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi.
Another Armenian won a chess championship, taking the title of the Campeonato Brasileiro Absolute Chess, at an event which ended on Wednesday (06/03) in Montenegro (RS). The chess player is a 26 years old International Grand Master. Sevag won seven games, drew three and lost just one out of 11 games played in the 79th edition of the tournament, with the participation of 12 players.
Armenian men’s chess team won the 40th World Chess Olympiad, this year hosted by Istanbul, once again cementing its reputation as a chess superpower. Armenian golden team became champion for the third time.
Rivaling Hungary in the last and decisive round, Levon Aronian, Gabriel Sargissian and Vladimir Akopian played in a draw against Peter Leko, Ferenc Berkes and Judit Polgar, coresspondingly. The crucial win for our team secured Sergei Movsesian, who celebrated a victory over Zoltan Almasi, thus finishing the final round 2.5:1.5. Russia defeated Germany 3-1, but fell behind Armenia. China lost its match against Ukraine 3-1, falling down to the fourth position. Interesting enough is the fact that Russia’s team’s coach is an Armenian named Yuri Dokhoyan.
Armenia has also won the 2006 and 2008 Olympiads. According to BBC, chess for Armenians is an extremely important sport. There are both male and female chess grandmasters. There are schools dedicated simply to chess. Levon Aronian, the most popular of current grandmasters, is said to be as famous amongst the girls in Armenia as Justin Timberlake is in Armenia (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p004j7zg/Assignment_Armenia_the_cleverest_nation_on_earth/). Those who love the game, play at least about 4 hours per day and up to 7 hours, in hopes of perfecting their skills. Furthermore, the government provides for the young promising players by allowing them to study free of charge and sponsoring their tournaments abroad. Those who reach master or grandmaster levels are also provided with a salary equalling that of the average earning in Yerevan. This investment in chess is seen as an investment in creativity, in innovation and in allowing for the country to be recognized on an international level as a formidable foe in this sport. In 1963, Tigran Petrossyan became a beacon of hope for the Armenians when he took the title of World Chess Champion. Armenians are strong individualists and looking through the prism of chess, you can see a nation of very clever individuals with the potential to be great.
Jokingly, Armenians speak of chess as being the battlefield on which they foster strategies for defeating all opponents. It’s definitely a smart and efficient way of training the mind to think in a manner that yields victory after victory. The fact that chess is a relatively inexpensive sport for the most part, it’s highly desirable to have thousands of the nation’s children training their minds to think outside the box and compete in something worthwhile, instead of worrying about daily woes.
Born in Iran to Armenian parents, Patrik Baboumian always knew he wanted to become an international strongman. One of his fondest memories with his father, now deceased, was watching the Incredible Hulk rip off his shirt and magically transform into a green robust monster. At the age of seven, the hopeful athlete moved with his mother and grandmother to Germany, where he began to cultivate his skill for strength.
Shortly after breaking the German heavyweight loglift record last year, Patrik Baboumian achieved the title of Germany’s “Strongest Man.” The current world log lift record-holder in the 105k-category (165 kg), Baboumian has plans to triumph in the World’s Strongest Man competition this month.