Levon Aronyan played a draw with Russian Maxim Matlakov in the first game of the 1/16 finals of the FIDE World Cup underway in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.
The second games will be played on September 17.
The other three Armenian representatives at the World Chess Cup have dropped out of the competition.
Robert Hovhannisyan and Armenia’s current champion Arman Pashikyan failed to overcome the first round and Sergei Movsesyan lost to Chinese Ding Liren in the second round.
Levon Aronyan is the current winner of the FIDE World Cup.
Pashik Alaverdyan summed up the passing year and spoke about the 2016 European Championship
David Safaryan at 70 kg overcame Hungary’s Roman Asharin (8:4).
On the first day all-around champions became known.
The rankings’ leader at 98kg is Russia’s Nikita Melnikov