Arianne Caoili

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Arianne Caoili
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Full nameArianne Bo Caoili
CountryPhilippines (until 2004)
Australia (since 2004)
Born (1986-12-22) 22 December 1986 (age 32)
Manila, Philippines
TitleWoman International Master
Peak rating2309 (October 2002)
Caoili (left) stomping grapes during the 3rd Annual Wine Festival in Artsakh (2016)

Arianne Bo Caoili[1] (born 22 December 1986) is an Australian chess player. She was awarded the title of Woman International Master (WIM) by FIDE. She won the Oceania women's chess championship in 2009 and competed in seven Women's Chess Olympiads.


Born in Manila, Philippines, Caoili began playing chess at the age of six years. On 22 December 2000, she won the Asian girls under 16 championship in Bagac, Philippines.[2] The following year, she scored 5½/9 points in the strong Conca Della Presolana tournament in Italy.[3] In the FIDE rating list of October 2002, Caoili achieved her peak rating of 2309. In 2004 Caoili transferred chess federations to represent Australia.[4] In 2009, she won the London Chess Classic Women's Invitational tournament with a score of 8/9, two points ahead of the runner-up.[1] In the same year, Caoili won the Oceania Women's Zonal Championship[5] and as a result qualified to play in the Women's World Championship 2010. However, in this competition she did not show up.[6]

Caoili played for the Philippines in the Women's Chess Olympiad in 1998 and 2000. She represented Australia in the same competition in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012.[7]

TV appearances[edit]

Caoili was one of the celebrity dancers in the fifth season of Dancing with the Stars.[8] Her professional dance partner was Carmelo Pizzino and she finished series runner-up behind Anthony Koutoufides.

In an episode of the TV show Deal or No Deal she won a car for the home competition entrant.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Caoili has been in a relationship with one of the world's top chess grandmasters, Levon Aronian, since 2008.[10][11] They first met in 1996, at the World Youth Chess Championships in Las Palmas, and became friends in 2006, being introduced by their mutual friend Alex Wohl.[12] Aronian and Caoili got officially engaged in 2015[11] and got married on 30 September 2017 at the 13th-century Saghmosavank Monastery, with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and his wife Rita Sargsyan in attendance.[13][14]

She speaks several languages fluently, and studied for a Ph.D. at a German university on "Russian foreign policy, especially its economic and business relations with Armenia on a state and individual level". She works as a consultant for a global consultancy firm.[12] Since 2013, Caoili has lived and worked in Armenia.[15]


  1. ^ a b Saunders, John (2009-12-19). "London: Arianne wins Women's Invitational by two points". ChessBase. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Severino, Caoili cop Asian U-16 chess titles". 22 December 2000. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  3. ^ 21 Conca Della Presolana. Tournament report FIDE. Retrieved 11 December 2015
  4. ^ Player transfers in 2004. FIDE.
  5. ^ Brion, Ian (2009-06-29). "Reigning supreme in Oceania". BusinessMirror. Retrieved 2016-09-30 – via Susan Polgar Global Chess Daily News and Information.
  6. ^ Mihailov, Anton (2010-12-07). "Women's World Chess Championship Round 1". Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  7. ^ Bartelski, Wojciech. "Women's Chess Olympiads: Arianne Caoili". OlimpBase. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
  8. ^ "Champ has all the right moves - TV & Radio - Entertainment -". 2006-09-21. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
  9. ^ "Player Profiles - Chess - Arianne Caoili". Philippine Sports News and Updates. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
  10. ^ 2008 Pearl Spring Chess Tournament, Nanjing, China, Chessbase, 21 December 2008
  11. ^ a b "Levon Aronian's girlfriend happy for engagement". Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  12. ^ a b "I am not so stupid to play against Levon Aronian - Arianne Caoili". 22 August 2012. Retrieved 2014-03-09.
  13. ^ "Горько. Президент Армении благословил Левона Ароняна и его избранницу (ФОТО, ВИДЕО)". (in Russian). 2017-09-30. Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  14. ^ Aronian and Caoili tie the knot, Chess Base News
  15. ^ Arianne Caoili, Armenianization. Let the process begin,, 25 October 2013

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