Another Grandmaster moving to St. Louis where 'chess players are loved'

Levon Aronian
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The number of Grandmasters living in the St. Louis area continues to grow. Levon Aronian, currently ranked fifth in the world, has announced he's relocating to St. Louis – the chess capital of the US.

He also announced that he will be representing the US in future competitions.

“I love playing in the city of St. Louis, where chess players are proud to be chess players and we're loved," Aronian says.

He joins dozens of others who've moved here because of the chess environment. Now, six of the top 20 chess players in the world call St. Louis home.

The 38-year-old, Armenian player particiapted in the first-ever Sinquefield Cup in 2013 and won the 2019 St. Louis Rapid & Blitz. He is a world champion in three formats; he is a former Chess960 World Champion (2006, 2007), World Rapid Champion (2009), and World Blitz World Champion (2010). He first made a name for himself by winning the 1994 World Youth Chess Championship.

He will join fellow world top-20 players Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Leinier Dominguez and Hikaru Nakamura to represent the US.

St. Louis is home to the World Chess Hall of Fame, located in the Central West End.

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