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Sunday, September 15, 2013

World Chess Championship Anand vs Carlsen Clash of Generations: Chief Arbiter Ashot Vardapetyan

Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013

Hi everyone, 
Chess lover and chess arbiter Armenia’s Ashot Vardapetyan will be the chief arbiter at the forthcoming World Chess Championship in November in Chennai, India. Reigning World Chess Champion, Viswanathan Anand will try to win the title for the sixth time. We will have to see whether World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen can stop him. In either case, this is going to be a very special chess match.

Ashot Vardapetyan says, in an e-mail interview to Indian newspaper, The Hindu, "I would prefer not to discuss the players. I respect them equally and think that they both have their worthy place in the history of chess. All are anxiously awaiting this championship, the main feature of which is a clash of generations."

Ashot also said, "It’s been a long time since I stopped playing chess. The last time I played was in 1984. I have a title of Candidate of Masters of the former USSR. I have been an arbiter for 39 years. During these years I held many FIDE top events though for many years I was considering it as my hobby."

"I am an economist and an engineer filling different high level positions in the field of urban development in Armenia, but gradually they were pushed to the background yielding their place to chess in my life."

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