Arianne Caoili, Pinay chess player and wife of Armenian GM, dies after car crash

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 31 2020 02:41 PM

Arianne Caoili, a Filipina chess player and the wife of Armenian grand master Levon Aronian, has died after being involved in a car accident in Yerevan.

She was 33 years old.

Aronian, the top-ranked chess player in Armenia and No. 7 worldwide, confirmed the news on his Twitter account.

"I have no words to express the grievance over my wife Arianne's death. She was intelligent, hard working and joyous person that lived a beautiful life," he said.

It was reported that Caoili was in an accident last March 15, when her vehicle "crashed into a supporting column under the bridge near the intersection of Sebastia Street and Isakov Avenue."

Caoili reportedly underwent several operations before passing away.

Caoili was a Woman International Master who represented the Philippines until 2004, when she switched federations to play for Australia. She and Aronian were married in 2017.

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