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Armenian Championship Tournament

Tigran Levonovich Petrosian6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[view games]
Smbat Gariginovich Lputian6/10(+3 -1 =6)[view games]
Samvel Ter-Sahakyan5.5/10(+4 -3 =3)[view games]
Ara Minasian5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[view games]
Zaven Andriasian5/9(+2 -1 =6)[view games]
Karen Asrian5/8(+3 -1 =4)[view games]
Tigran Kotanjian5/9(+5 -4 =0)[view games]
Artashes Minasian4.5/8(+2 -1 =5)[view games]
Arman Pashikian4/8(+2 -2 =4)[view games]
Ashot Anastasian3.5/7(+3 -3 =1)[view games]
Arsen Yegiazarian3/9(+1 -4 =4)[view games]
Levon Babujian2/9(+1 -6 =2)[view games]
Tigran Nalbandian1.5/8(+0 -5 =3)[view games]

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 57  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. K Asrian vs Lputian  ½-½10 2008 Armenian ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
2. A Minasian vs T Nalbandian 1-042 2008 Armenian ChampionshipA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
3. Z Andriasian vs A Pashikian  ½-½18 2008 Armenian ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
4. A Minasian vs A Yegiazarian  1-026 2008 Armenian ChampionshipA13 English
5. S Ter-Sahakyan vs L Babujian 1-050 2008 Armenian ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. T L Petrosian vs A Anastasian 1-041 2008 Armenian ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
7. T Kotanjian vs K Asrian 0-1101 2008 Armenian ChampionshipE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
8. Lputian vs A Minasian  ½-½11 2008 Armenian ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
9. T Nalbandian vs Z Andriasian 0-136 2008 Armenian ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
10. A Pashikian vs A Minasian  ½-½47 2008 Armenian ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
11. A Yegiazarian vs S Ter-Sahakyan  ½-½59 2008 Armenian ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
12. L Babujian vs T L Petrosian 0-130 2008 Armenian ChampionshipE91 King's Indian
13. A Anastasian vs L Babujian 1-028 2008 Armenian ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
14. T L Petrosian vs A Yegiazarian 1-068 2008 Armenian ChampionshipB83 Sicilian
15. S Ter-Sahakyan vs A Pashikian 1-039 2008 Armenian ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
16. A Minasian vs T Nalbandian 1-064 2008 Armenian ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
17. Z Andriasian vs Lputian  ½-½89 2008 Armenian ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
18. A Minasian vs T Kotanjian  1-034 2008 Armenian ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
19. K Asrian vs A Minasian  ½-½49 2008 Armenian ChampionshipB07 Pirc
20. T Kotanjian vs Z Andriasian  1-067 2008 Armenian ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Lputian vs A Minasian  ½-½61 2008 Armenian ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. T Nalbandian vs S Ter-Sahakyan ½-½55 2008 Armenian ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
23. A Pashikian vs T L Petrosian  ½-½37 2008 Armenian ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
24. A Yegiazarian vs A Anastasian  0-146 2008 Armenian ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
25. L Babujian vs A Yegiazarian  ½-½62 2008 Armenian ChampionshipE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
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Jan-11-08  Riverbeast: I'm surprised to see 2430 ELO players in this tournament (Babujian), I thought Armenia was stocked with 2600+ players.

Maybe he was a qualifier of some sort?

Jan-11-08  hovik2003: I think traditionally they include one or two IMs in the players list to make the event more popular and entertaining, or could be as you mentioned they have won regional championship other than Yerevan district.
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  Honza Cervenka: <So having this said, if you see somebody with the ending at the last name, 99% he/she is armenian.>

Well, I was always wondering where all those O'Brians or McGillians came from....:-D

Still, I have some doubts that Jaroslav Fabian is an Armenian.:-D

Jan-12-08  BIDMONFA: Armenian Championship (2008)

Round 4, leader Tigran L. Petrosian 3'5 points.

Jan-12-08  hovik2003: Round four over 4 draws and 2 decisive games, Petrosian still on the lead , and young Sahakian is going strong. The ranking after 4th round:

1. Petrosian T. L. 3,5
2. Minasian Art. 3
3. Minasian Ara 3
4. Ter-Sahakyan 3
5. Lputian 2
6. Asrian 2
7. Andriasian Z. 2
8. Anastasian 2

Jan-12-08  Bobsterman3000: What, no Armen Tanzarian?

Jan-13-08  arsen387: <Honza> They are in that 1%.
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  Stonehenge: Petrosian won again today.
Jan-15-08  BIDMONFA: Armenian Championship (2008)

Round 7, leader Tigran L. Petrosian 6 points.

Jan-17-08  BIDMONFA: Armenian Championship (2008)

Round 8, leader Tigran L. Petrosian 6 points.

Jan-17-08  pawnofdoom: Petrosian loses his 8th game, but he's still in the lead by 1/2 a point.
Jan-18-08  BIDMONFA: Armenian Championship (2008)

Round 9, leader Tigran L. Petrosian 6'5 points.

Jan-18-08  DUS: <Young chess player Samvel Ter-Sahakyan after completing an International Master norm also fulfilled a Grandmaster norm after the 9th round of the 68th Armenian Championship.

This is an unprecedented case in the rich history of Armenian chess, when a 14-year-old player fulfills a GM norm.>

Jan-19-08  BIDMONFA: Armenian Championship (2008)

Round 10, leader Tigran L. Petrosian 6'5 points

Jan-19-08  pawnofdoom: Wow, at round 7 Petrosian had 6 points. And now its after roudn 10 and Petrosian has only gotten a draw to get to 6.5. Yet he still leads!
Jan-20-08  BIDMONFA: Armenian Championship (2008)

Round 11, leader Tigran L. Petrosian 7'5 points

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  Chnebelgrind: GM Petrosian Tigran L. lost to Ter-Sahakyan Samvel

standing after round 12:
GM Asrian Karen, GM Minasian Artashes and GM Petrosian Tigran L. 7.5 points

Pairings last round:
GM Nalbandian Tigran - GM Asrian Karen
GM Pashikian Arman - GM Minasian Artashes
GM Petrosian Tigran L.: free

So Asrian Karen and Minasian Artashes
will fight out the championship

Jan-21-08  BIDMONFA: Armenian Championship (2008)

Round 12, leaders Karen Asrian, Artashes Minasian and Tigran L. Petrosian 7'5 points

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  Chnebelgrind: winner: GM Asrian Karen

Jan-22-08  BIDMONFA: Armenian Championship (2008)

Champion - Karen Asrian

Sub-Champion - Artashes Minasian

History Championship


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  jamesmaskell: From official website:

"Due to ill health, GM Ashot Anastasian left the tournament. Also, GM Tigran Nalbandian missed his game in Round 9 due to family reasons."

Jan-23-08  Harvestman: No criticism of anyone here, but Nalbandian's withdrawal from the last round seems to have given Karen Asrian a free point, which was enough to ensure that he won the championship.

That seems a bit unsatisfactory for all concerned. Or am I missing something?

On the other hand Tigran L. Petrosian, having led almost all the way, finished 5th, having scored very poorly in the latter rounds. Must be a huge disappointment for him.

Jan-24-08  arsen387: Nalbandian withdrew not in last round. He played only some rounds(less than 7, I just dont remember the exact number) in the beginning of the tounament and then because of health problems didn't play last rounds and in all that games that he didin't play defeat was registered. So not only Asrian was awarded with that easy point. For Tigran L. Petrosian this of course must be a great disappointment but I hope he will overcome it and will have a good performance in Gibraltar tournament. Congratulations to Karen Asrian for becoming Champion of Armenia. Great performance in last rounds.
Though I think the revelation of this tournament was Samvel Ter-Sahakyan who has fulfilled the GM norm at such a young age. Hope he'll keep on moving towards Chess Olymp with this same speed.

Jan-24-08  Harvestman: Thanks very much for the extra information <arsen387>. It makes things much clearer.

Withdrawals for things like health and family problems can't always be avoided, even if they do sometimes unbalance the scores a bit.

Jan-26-08  Murphyman: I believe Tigran Nalbandian has a member of his family (his father perhaps) who is very unwell and this probably explains his playing some rounds and not others. Interestingly Grandmaster Anastasian is reported to be on the mend, having slipped on ice and broken his cocxyk (tail bone) - but many years ago it was complications after fracturing his leg when slipping on snow/ice that killed GM Isaac Boleslavsky
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