Levon Aronian and four other Armenian Chess Grandmaster will represent the Republic of Armenia at the FIDE World Cup, reports the World Chess Federation.
Levon Aronian, Hayk M. Martirosyan, Shant Sargsyan, Hovhannes Gabuzyan, and Gabriel Sargissian will participate in the FIDE World Cup which will take place in Sochi from July 10 to August 8. The prize fund is $1,892,500.
These top-rated event is part of the World Chess Championship cycles. The two finalists of the open event will qualify for the 2022 FIDE Candidates Tournament..
The rating favorites of the open event are the current World Champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway, rated 2847 in the June 1st list), Fabiano Caruana (USA, 2820), Levon Aronian (Armenia, 2781), Anish Giri (Netherlands, 2780), Alexander Grischuk (Russia, 2776), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan, 2770), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France, 2760), Alireza Firouzja (FIDE, 2759), Leinier Dominguez (USA, 2758), Sergey Karjakin (Russia, 2757), alongside many other well-known chess players from all over the world.
In February 2021, Aronian mentioned he’d be switching allegiances to the USA after disagreements with Armenia’s administration.