Belarusian capital hosted the European Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships on December 17-20.
Armenian grandmaster Hrant Melkumyan finished second at the European Rapid Chess Championship, gaining 9.5 points out of 11 possible, ArmSport.am reports.
Russia’s Ivan Popov beat the Armenian chess player by only half a point to score the 1st place, with Ukraine’s Vadim Razin (9 points) taking the third spot.
At the European Blitz Championship, Melkumyan ranked sixth.
Other Armenian players also participated in the championships: Tigran L. Petrosyan finished 7th in the Blitz and 6th in the Rapid, Zaven Andreasyan – 5th and 19th respectively, Sergei Movsesian – 22th and 12th, Gevorg Harutyunyan – 64th and 57th, David S. Gevorgyan – 187th and 357th.