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GM Shant Sargsyan wins Lichess titled arena

The March Lichess Blitz Titled Arena was won by GM Shant Sargsyan, a young Armenian super GM who is a former World U16 champion. In what was one of the closest Titled Arenas ever, Sargsyan was only really able to clinch the tournament in the final few minutes as he won two games back-to-back. Two other young and rising stars, GM Mahammad Muradli and Aravindh Chithambaram Veerappan, finished in second and third place, respectively. The anonymous GM BMWHero came in fourth while GM Vahap Sanal took fifth place.

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Under 10 Arena points separated 1st place from 5th place. Thus, in the final few minutes, it was all a battle of nerves! Sargsyan had the best nerves as he amassed nine points out of his last four games, though he did get some cement to build his lead. Muradli, instead, only got seven points out of his last four games, while Veerappan got six, and BMWHero and Sanal only got three.

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