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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    Detailed chess.com obituary:

    https://www.chess.com/news/view/arianne-caoili-obituary

    I did not know Arianne was a singer as well. The EP she recorded is online here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUi...iuLjXXe7ynhWLw
    Her song "On a String" appears strongly inspired by Janis Joplin's 'Ball and Chain" at Woodstock. I may have led her astray on this one.
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    When she was around 12, I thought she was as talented as some of the boys around her age who later became GMs. Perhaps wisely, she did not pursue this and instead focused on her academic career, her many other interests, and learning to speak a number of languages.
    “The history of the 20th century is full of examples of countries that set out to redistribute wealth and ended up redistributing poverty.”
    “There’s no point blaming the tragedies of socialism on the flaws or corruption of particular leaders. Any system which allows some people to exercise unbridled power over others is an open invitation to abuse, whether that system is called slavery or socialism or something else.”—Thomas Sowell

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    I am deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved Arianne.
    Remembering her wonderful and joyful soul will forever remain in our hearts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by biki View Post
    I am deeply saddened by the loss of our bellowed Arianne.
    Remembering her wonderful and joyful soul will forever remain in our hearts.
    Great first post. So agree. Her death is such devastating news. My thoughts and prayers are with GM Lev and their family.
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    Re her talents: Her language acquisition ability was totally outstanding. Some years ago (when she was moving to Armenia) she mentioned that she was interested in Learning some Russian...only a short while later....she was sending fairly fluent FB voice messages in Russian!

    RE her chess talents: I played her when she was 16yo and she destroyed me completely!

    I have not replayed the game now but from memory: It was an extremely convincing smash. That tournament - I lost only one other game and finished half point short of an IM norm and Arianne with first equal first with 2 IMs - all at the age of 16!

    Today, 16 yo getting IM norms is not a big deal...but at the time a 16yo (and a girl!) - It was amazing achievement by the Australian Standards!

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    For the Spanish reading chess friends ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by machomortensen View Post
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    maaate, what an attack!
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    New York Times obituary

    Arianne Caoili, Chess Master, Is Dead at 33
    A former model, she stood out in the chess world for her glamour in what is often thought of as an unglamorous game
    By Dylan Loeb McClain, NYT, 2 Apr 2020

    She was fluent in several languages and had studied for a Ph.D. in economics.

    In recent years, she had concentrated on business more than on competing. When she was 29 she started Champord, a free weekly newspaper for commuters in Yerevan; the same year, she founded a consultancy firm called Akron, which focused on public policy, economics and sovereign wealth funds.

    Ms. Caoili was also known for her charity work. In 2018, she raised $6,100 for children’s education by riding a bicycle nearly 1,900 kilometers (about 1,180 miles) over a period of two weeks from Ayas, Turkey, to Agarak, a village on the Armenian-Iranian border.

    Arianne Bo Caoili was born on Dec. 22, 1986, in Manila, the second daughter of a Dutch mother and a Filipino father who was a minister. In 1989 the family moved to Australia, where she learned to play chess at age 6.

    She and Mr. Aronian first met in 1996 at the World Youth Chess Championship in Las Palmas, Spain; they married in 2017 in Armenia, where she had moved in 2013. Among the 300 guests at their wedding was Serzh Sargsyan, then the president of Armenia.
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    Funeral. Shows the high esteem in which she was held in Armenia.

    Armenia chess grandmaster Levon Aronian's wife is laid to rest (PHOTOS)
    2 Apr 2020

    The funeral of Arianne Caoili, the wife of Armenia's leading chess grandmaster and FIDE World Cup champion Levon Aronian, was held Thursday in Yerevan.

    Third President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, President of the Constitutional Court Hrayr Tovmasyan, members of the Armenian national chess team, and Caoili's close friends were attended the funeral.

    “The history of the 20th century is full of examples of countries that set out to redistribute wealth and ended up redistributing poverty.”
    “There’s no point blaming the tragedies of socialism on the flaws or corruption of particular leaders. Any system which allows some people to exercise unbridled power over others is an open invitation to abuse, whether that system is called slavery or socialism or something else.”—Thomas Sowell

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    Sad to hear this.

    She is honoured with one of her games here:
    [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yeyEIlS_7E9
    Last edited by ElevatorEscapee; 04-04-2020 at 07:45 PM.
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