Levon Aronian is an Armenian chess hero. He has been the leading Armenian chess player since the early 2000’s and has enjoyed great success on the international level. Aronian was the winner of the Chess World Cup in 2005. He has also led the Armenian national team to three gold medals in Chess Olympiads (Turin 2006, Dresden 2008, Istanbul 2012) as well as to gold at the World Team Chess Championship in 2011. He won the FIDE Grand Prix 2008–2010. He was also World Rapid Chess Champion in 2009 and World Blitz Chess Champion in 2010. Recently, Aronian tied for first and became a co-champion of the 2018 Sinquefield Cup, and won the 2019 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz in clear first place.