Knarik Mouradian

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Lebanon's Knarik Mouradian Makes Chess History

--Becomes 'Mens' Champion

LEBANON--Lebanese Armenian Knarik Mouradian clenched her spot in chess history as she won the championship title in the national men's chess tournament in Lebanon on July 26, 2005--a feat completed by a marginal number of female chess players. Mouradian, a HMEM member from Antelias, defeated her male opponent during the last round, while her main competitor Ahmed Najjar was defeated. Not a newcomer to championship titles, Mouradian won the women's title at the Arab Chess Championships in August 2004. She told reporters then: "I like these trophies. They look so nice and attractive and I am getting used to collecting them."

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