Decent Proposal: Kardashian Wants Armenian Chess Champ to Teach Her the Game

On Fri., Jan. 11, when blockbuster hits such as “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Gangster Squad” hit theatres, Kim Kardashian was contemplating a more fruitful venture: learning the art of chess. The reality TV star tweeted that she wanted Armenian Grandmaster Levon Aronian to teach her how to play the intricate game.

“I want to learn how to play chess. Wondering if Levon Aronian can teach me.”
“I want to learn how to play chess. Wondering if Levon Aronian can teach me.”

“I want to learn how to play chess. Wondering if Levon Aronian can teach me,” she tweeted. These 15 words have been “favorited” by over 400 people and retweeted nearly 600 times on the social networking site Twitter, causing a stir among the chess community. The tweet has even prompted certain aficionados of the game to offer their services to the starlet, free of charge.

One such example is Erik Allebest, owner of Allebest was very “touched” by Kim Kardashian’s interest in the game, and offered to sponsor her chess training, recommending 21-year-old U.S. Grandmaster Sam Shankland as the “ideal tutor.”

Aronian also responded favorably to Kardashian’s proposal. When informed of the tweet by reporters, he beamed. “Oh, that’s funny. I am not under spotlights frequently. I guess it’s fun,” he stated. The world number 3 player is currently competing in the 75th Tata Steel Chess Tournament in the Netherlands, and will participate in the Chess Candidates Tournament in London in March.

The sportsman has received numerous titles and honors, most recently the 2012 “Person of the Year” award, established by the Armenian magazine “De Facto.” In 2009, Aronian was recognized as the “Honored Master of Sport of the Republic of Armenia,” and was declared the “best sportsman” of Armenia in 2005. He won the Chess World Cup of 2005, and led the Armenian national team to the gold medals in the 2006 (Turin, Italy), 2008 (Dresden, Germany), and 2012 (Istanbul, Turkey) Chess Olympics, and the World Team Chess Championship in Ningbo, China, in 2011. He won the FIDE Grand Prix 2008-10, was the World Chess960 Champion in 2006 and 2007, World Rapid Chess Champion in 2009, and World Blitz Chess Champion in 2010. His plethora of accolades continues to grow with each competition.

Lilly Torosyan

Lilly Torosyan

Lilly Torosyan is a freelance writer based in Connecticut. Her writing focuses on the confluence of identity, diaspora and language – especially within the global Armenian communities. She has a master’s degree in Human Rights from University College London and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Boston University, where she served on the ASA Executive Board. She is currently working on her inaugural poetry collection.


  1. Although I have never been one of this Armenian family’s fans (and will never be, nor do I wish for any female member of my family to be like them), I say kudos to this Kardashian. I have no doubt that she does NOT HAVE TO make her Armenianess public and I do not see how she could benefit from doing so in any case. But in this case, I find her making public her sympathy towards an ARMENIAN chess champion is great for Aaronian, for chess, and for Armenia’s reputation.
    Aprees Kardashian.
    Antoine S. Terjanian, Yeghegnadzor

  2. A.S.T. The answer is simple, that’s what André Aghasi did, the whole time that he was on the stage he never claimed his half “Armenianess” and if I’m not mistaking he even denied being one, where to me even not claiming constitutes denial, and now she is getting to that point and does the same thing, which to me still is Okay and she is free to do; but it shouldn’t be Trumpeted by our prestigious organizations and their front people at the “Breaking News” columns.

  3. AST.
    Suffering from a bit of cognitive dissonance are we not…?

    I think we should stop paying attention to what some star lust Hollywood caricature may prefer to learn or not, much less give any credence as to her purported National or Ethnic identity or even if she represents her compatriots, if at all.

    I really am sick and tired of hearing about this dysfunctional family all the time on the news and more and more now on the Armenian media.

    There really are more important figures for us to cover; oh let’s say some intellectuals, writers, painters, philosophers….

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