Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan defeated FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhivov in an unforeseen blitz chess game, Narek Nikoghosyan, Assistant to the Press Secretary of the President of the Republic of Armenia, said in a Twitter post.
The game took place on the sidelines of the Candidates Tournament in Moscow.
President of Armenia, Chairman of Armenia’s Chess Federation Serzh Sargsyan attended the official opening ceremony.
Armenia’s leading chess player Levon Aronian participates in the tournament along with eight other acclaimed contenders. The winner of the tournament will compete for the World Champion’s title in New York on November 11-30.
As the Chess Federation of Armenia is a sponsor of the event, the opening ceremony was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Armenia’s independence.