On 26th of July Martuni Culture Palace hosted the closing ceremony of the “Lake Sevan - 2016” International Chess Tournament. The Vice-president of the Armenian Chess Federation, the Founder and President of the Chess Academy of Armenia Smbat Lputian, the Governor of Gegharqunik region, the President of Gegharqunik Region Chess Federation Rafik Grigoryan and the Mayor of Martuni Bagrat Harutunyan were present at the ceremony. Before the start of the awards ceremony a video was presented telling about the 9-day history of the tournament - from tensed competition to everyday activities. On the occasion of this solemn ceremony the governor of Gegharqunik region Rafik Grigoryan congratulated all ten participants and all the guests. "Another tournament came to its end. It passed in the atmosphere of fair competition, we all witnessed tensed, interesting and rare games with productive outcomes as it was predicted. The 9-day games were very popular not only among the chess lovers of the region but also throughout the whole republic. I value the fact that during the tournament young chess players of the region had chance to get to know the international grandmasters. It had its important educational role for them and was also memorable. In the near future we will start preparations for "Lake Sevan - 2017" and I hope next year the participants will also have chance to visit the sights of the region. I want to congratulate the winners of "Lake Sevan - 2016", and emphasis once again that the only winner of this tournament is friendship which I think is the best accomplishment" - noted the head of Gegharqunik region.
During the closing ceremony the Vice-president of the Armenian Chess Federation, the Founder and President of the Chess Academy of Armenia Smbat Lputian, the Mayor of Martuni Bagrat Harutunyan, chief arbiter of the tournament IA Norayr Kalantaryan also delivered speeches. Vidit Santosh Gujrathi from India and Vladislav Artemev from Russia scored 6 points in "Lake Sevan - 2016". But with numbers of ties won Vidit Santosh became the winner and Vladislav Artemev took the second place. Polish GM Jan Krzysztof Duda became the third prize holder scoring 5.5 points. Samuel Sevian presenting the USA scored 5 points and took the fourth place. Ter-Sahakyan with the same 5 points was the fifth, David Anton Guijarro from Spain showed the 6th result with 4.5 points. The 7th place with 4 points took Robert Hovhannisyan, the 8th with 3.5 points was Arman Pashikyan. The 9th place took Vladimir Onishchik from Ukraine and finally the last place took Hovhannes Gabuzyan. The closing and awards ceremonies of "Lake Sevan - 2016" International Tournament were accompanied with musical performances. All participants and arbiters were awarded with medals, certificates and souvenirs by Armenian Chess Federation, Gegharqunik Regional Administration, the region's Chess Federation and Martuni Municipality.