Levon Aronian

Chess Grandmaster Aronian at the Mikhail Tal Memorial 2009 Moscow a show house of Main Department Store(GUM). The last day of a World Blitz Championship. Date: 18.11.09. Marina_Bogumil/bigstock.com

Birth Name: Levon Grigori Aronian

Place of Birth: Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union (now Armenia)

Date of Birth: 6 October, 1982

*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – Armenian

Levon Aronian is an Armenian chess grandmaster. A chess prodigy, he earned the title of grandmaster in 2000, at 17. He held the No. 2 position in the March 2014 FIDE world chess rankings with a rating of 2830, becoming the fourth-highest rated player in history.

Levon is the son of Seda Avagyan, a mining engineer, and Grigory Leontievich Aronov, a physicist. His father is Jewish, from Vitebsk Oblast, Belarus. His mother is Armenian. Levon was married to Filipino-Australian Woman International Master chess player Arianne Caoili, until her death.

1 Response

  1. Oaken05 says:

    Was this his surname from birth, or did he/his family later Armenianize it?

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