WGM Maria Kursova has won Armenia’s national chess championship among women less than half a year after joining the Armenian chess federation.
Kursova, 26, from Russia, came to Armenia for permanent residence last year after marrying one of the country’s leading grandmasters Arman Pashikyan. She became affiliated with the local chess federation and started to represent Armenia at international competitions beginning last September.
Top Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian lost a good opportunity of containing his prime opponent in current chess as he lost to Norway’s Magnus Carlsen on Monday in Round 3 of a major international tournament in the Netherlands.
Former Armenian world boxing champion Vic Darchinyan, who turned 36 earlier this month, will fight, on April 1, against Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka for the WBC bantamweight title, according to media reports.
Germany-based professional boxer Arthur Abraham (33-3, 27 KOs) stopped Pablo Farias (19-2, 11 KOs) of Argentina early in his comeback fight on Saturday to reassert his credentials as a once unbeaten “Abra-hammer”.
The win at Baden-Arena, in Offenburg, Germany, enabled the 31-year-old Armenian to capture the vacant WBO European super middleweight title.