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Akopian 
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Vladimir Akopian
Number of games in database: 1,242
Years covered: 1984 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2655 (2684 rapid, 2654 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2713
Overall record: +369 -150 =608 (59.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      115 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (139) 
    B90 B30 B50 B31 B40
 Ruy Lopez (85) 
    C77 C65 C95 C78 C88
 English (50) 
    A15 A14 A13 A12 A11
 French Defense (36) 
    C07 C03 C09 C10 C05
 King's Indian (34) 
    E62 E67 E63 E60 E69
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (32) 
    C95 C88 C84 C92 C96
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (79) 
    B90 B32 B30 B42 B51
 Slav (60) 
    D11 D12 D17 D18 D10
 Semi-Slav (57) 
    D47 D45 D43 D46 D44
 French Defense (56) 
    C07 C11 C10 C18 C00
 Ruy Lopez (46) 
    C99 C65 C67 C84 C88
 Nimzo Indian (39) 
    E38 E45 E54 E42 E32
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Akopian vs Kramnik, 2004 1-0
   Akopian vs Y Kuzubov, 2007 1-0
   Akopian vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2008 1-0
   Akopian vs Kasparov, 2002 1-0
   Bareev vs Akopian, 2000 0-1
   Akopian vs Karjakin, 2009 1-0
   Akopian vs Sveshnikov, 1993 1-0
   G Kuzmin vs Akopian, 1993 0-1
   Akopian vs Kiril Georgiev, 1999 1-0
   A Korotylev vs Akopian, 2006 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   5th Gibraltar Chess Festival (2007)
   Euro Club Cup (2008)
   Ordix Open (2009)
   Gibtelecom Chess Festival (2006)
   Chigorin Memorial (2012)
   Ordix Open (2007)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   Golden Sands (2012)
   Albena Open (2012)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   Chigorin Memorial (2013)
   European Clubs Cup (Men) (2003)
   2008 Olympiad (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)

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VLADIMIR AKOPIAN
(born Dec-07-1971) Azerbaijan (citizen of Armenia)

[what is this?]
IM (1988); GM (1991); World U16 Champion (1986); World U18 Champion (1989); World Junior Champion (1991); Armenian Champion (1996 & 1997); vice-World Champion (FIDE) (1999).

Vladimir Akopian (Վլադիմիր Հակոբյան) was born in Baku in what is now the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Championships

<Youth and Junior> Akopian won the World Under-16 Championship in 1986, the World Under-18 Championship in 1989 and the World Junior Championship in 1991, the latter occurring in the same year he became a Grandmaster.

<National, Regional and Continental> He won the South Caucasus Men's Championship in 1986, the Armenian Chess Championship in 1996 and 1997. He placed =2nd (12th on tiebreak) at the 13th European Individual Championship (2012), scoring 8/11 and thereby qualifying for the 2013 World Cup.

<World> In 1999 he defeated Maia Chiburdanidze, Rogelio Antonio Jr, Evgeny Bareev, Kiril D Georgiev, Sergei Movsesian and Michael Adams in the earlier rounds of the FIDE knockout world championship in Las Vegas but lost to Alexander Khalifman in the final match 3.5-2.5. He was given the title of Vice Champion of the World. In the 2002 World Championship Knockout Tournament held in New Delhi and Tehran, Akopian was seeded directly into the second round but was beaten by Alexey Aleksandrov. At the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004), he defeated Jose Gonzalez Garcia, Utut Adianto, Alexander Moiseenko, Mikhail Krasenkow before he was defeated in the quarter-finals by the player he had defeated in the 1999 semi-finals, Michael Adams. He qualified for the FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005), but forfeited his first round to Gary W Lane in a walkover after his no-show. He fared better at the World Chess Cup (2007), defeating Anton Filippov, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami and Vladimir Malakhov before losing to Alexey Shirov in round 4. He also qualified to play in the World Cup (2011), and again lost in a walkover, this time to Parimarjan Negi due to a broken leg incurred before the start of the tournament. He lost to Ngoc Truongson Nguyen in the first round of the World Cup (2013), and exited the contest.

Classical Tournaments

Akopian's tournament victories include the U.S. Open of 1991 (shared with US GM Michael Rohde), =1st at Niksic 1991; 1st at Beersheba in 1992, 3rd at Ubeda 1999; =1st with Alexey Kuzmin at Dubai 1999; =1st (=8-10th after a blitz tiebreak in which he declined to participate) at the World Open at Philadelphia 1999 ; =2nd behind Gregory Kaidanov at Calcutta 2000; 1st at the 4th Enghien les Bains in 2001, =1st with Zhong Zhang at the US National Open in Las Vegas in 2001, 1st at the 5th International Open in Bavaria in 2001, =6th with 6/9, half a point behind the 5 co-winners at the Aeroflot Open Group A in 2004, =1st (5th on tiebreak) at the Aeroflot Open (2005), =2nd behind Pavel Eljanov at the Amsterdam Chess Tournament (2005); =5th, half a point behind the 4 joint leaders at the Aeroflot Open (2006), =8th at the Isle of Man 2006, 1st at the 5th Gibraltar Chess Festival (2007), and =2nd at the 4th FIDE Grand Prix (2009). He scored 6.5/9 in the 14th Dubai Open (2012), placing 5th, a half point behind the 4 co-leaders. Soon after, in May 2012, he won the Albena Open (2012) in Bulgaria with 7/9, on tiebreak ahead of Ivan Cheparinov, Tigran L Petrosian, Tamir Nabaty and Karen H Grigoryan. In November 2012, he came =3rd with 7/9 at the Chigorin Memorial (2012). He started 2013 with a par-for-rating 6.5/9 - a point from the lead - at the 15th Dubai Open. In October 2013, he scored 6.5/9, half a point behind 11 joint leaders at the Chigorin Memorial (2013).

Akopian started 2014 with a par-for rating 6/9 at the powerful Bronstein Memorial (2014). He followed up with 6/9 at the 16th Dubai Open Chess in April.

Team events

Akopian has played in various national team championships and has been a mainstay on Armenian chess teams for many years, racking up an impressive list of achievements:

<National Team Championships> He has had a spectacular run in the Russian Team Championships, including winning team gold and individual silver playing for Ladya Kazan in 2002 <and> ShK Tomsk-400-Yukos in 2004, before moving to play with Ural (Sverdlovsk). There he won team and individual silver in 2005, team gold in the Russian Club Cup (2006), team silver and individual gold in the Russian Team Championship (2007) and team gold and individual bronze in the Russian Team Championship (2008). He has also played in French and Spanish Team Championships, the Serbian League and most recently in 2012, the Chinese League (2012).

<European Club Cup>: His inaugural appearance in the ECC in 1995 was auspicious, helping his team Yerevan to a gold medal. He played for Yerevan once more in 1997 before taking a 5 year break from this competition, returning in 2002 to play for Ladya Kazan. Although he won individual gold with SK Alkaloid Skopje in the European Clubs Cup (Men) (2003), he moved on to play with South Ural Chelyabinsk in 21st European Club Cup (2005), his team placing 4th. In the European Club Cup (2006) and the European Club Cup (2007) he played for Ural (Sverdlovsk), scoring team bronze and team silver respectively. In Euro Club Cup (2008), he played for CA Magic Mérida, scoring individual silver, and then played for MIKA Yerevan in the European Club Cup (2009) and in the European Club Cup (2010), winning team silver in 2009.

<European Teams Championship> He has represented Armenia in the European Team Championships of 1992, 1997 (winning team bronze), the 15th European Team Championship (2005), the European Team Chess Championships (2007) (winning team silver), the 17th European Team Championship (2009), the European Team Championship (2011) (winning individual bronze) and in the European Team Championship (2013).

<Olympiad> He played in the Chess Olympiads of 1992 (winning team bronze medal), 1994, 1996 and 1998, in the Bled Olympiad (2002) (winning team bronze), the 36th Olympiad (2004) (team bronze), the 37th Chess Olympiad (2006) (team gold), the 2008 Olympiad (2008) (team and individual gold), in the Chess Olympiad (2010) and in the 40th Chess Olympiad (2012) (team gold and individual silver for board 3).

<Rest of the World> In 2002 he played in the Russia - The Rest of the World (2002) match in Moscow, representing the World team and in 2004, he played in the Armenia - The Rest of the World (2004) match, representing the home team.

<World Team Championship> Akopian also played for Armenia in the World Team Chess Championships of 1993, 1997 (team bronze medal), 2001 (team bronze medal), the World Team Championship (2005) (team bronze medal) and the World Team Championship (2010). He was a member of the gold-medal winning Armenian team at the World Team Chess Championship in 2011. He also represented Armenia on board 3 at the FIDE World Team Championship (2013).

Rating

As of 1 May 2014, his FIDE ratings were:

<Classical> 2667, #4 in Armenia and number #76 in the world;

<Rapid> 2684 (world # 55); and

<Blitz> 2654 (world #85).

Other

In 2004 Akopian was Peter Leko 's second in the Kramnik - Leko World Championship Match (2004) in Brissago and in 2005, he worked in Qatar helping the country's best chess players, in particular GM Mohamad Al-Modiahki and his wife, former women's world chess champion Zhu Chen. Akopian was awarded the Khorenatsi medal in 2006 and in December 2009, he was awarded the title of "Honoured Master of Sport of the Republic of Armenia".

Sources and references

Armenian Chess: http://armenianchessplayers.blogspo...; Chess Network Company Biography of Akopian: http://www.chessnc.com/biography/pe...; 365 chess: http://www.365chess.com; 10-way tie at the 1999 world Open: http://www.anusha.com/worldo99.htm

Wikipedia article: Vladimir Akopian


 page 1 of 50; games 1-25 of 1,242  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Akopian vs M Golubev  ½-½25 1984 Baku jrB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
2. M Golubev vs Akopian  ½-½51 1985 Klaipeda jr SU-qualB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
3. L Comas Fabrego vs Akopian  0-121 1986 Rio GallegosA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
4. Akopian vs C Lutz  ½-½37 1986 Wch U16A07 King's Indian Attack
5. Akopian vs T S Ravi  1-039 1986 Wch U16B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
6. Sakaev vs Akopian  0-139 1986 SochiJ-BD02 Queen's Pawn Game
7. M Hofbauer vs Akopian  ½-½36 1986 Wch U16B32 Sicilian
8. Akopian vs Kamsky 1-034 1986 USSRB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
9. Akopian vs Delchev  1-076 1986 Wch U16A07 King's Indian Attack
10. M Iailian vs Akopian  1-054 1986 Minsk ttE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
11. Akopian vs I Gurevich  ½-½47 1986 Wch U16A07 King's Indian Attack
12. Akopian vs C Johnson  1-093 1986 Wch U16A07 King's Indian Attack
13. P Zarnicki vs Akopian  ½-½35 1986 Wch U16C25 Vienna
14. P Horn vs Akopian  0-117 1986 Wch U16C25 Vienna
15. Akopian vs E Matsuura  ½-½23 1986 Wch U16C77 Ruy Lopez
16. V Kontic vs Akopian  0-140 1986 Wch U16C55 Two Knights Defense
17. Shirov vs Akopian  ½-½28 1986 Sochi (Russia)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Kasparov vs Akopian  1-041 1986 Botvinnik school clock simulE97 King's Indian
19. D Norwood vs Akopian  0-157 1987 Ch World (juniors)A00 Uncommon Opening
20. Akopian vs K Ninov  1-030 1987 Wch U20B44 Sicilian
21. I Sokolov vs Akopian  ½-½36 1987 Wch U20E92 King's Indian
22. Akopian vs Piket  0-169 1987 Wch U20A04 Reti Opening
23. Akopian vs M Ballmann  ½-½37 1987 Wch U20B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
24. Blatny vs Akopian  0-160 1987 Wch U20C55 Two Knights Defense
25. Ivanchuk vs Akopian  1-050 1987 Baguio CityE74 King's Indian, Averbakh, 6...c5
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Apr-21-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: <chessgames>He was given the title of Vice Champion of the World.

<chessgames>,
That is one of the most pointless titles in the history of chess! It reminds me when Tarrasch was given the title of "World Tournament Champion" after winning one of the Ostend tournaments in the first decade of the 20th century.

Aug-22-11  cbpatzer: Akopian has unfortunate accident and withdraws from world cup http://www.chessdom.com/vladimir-ak...
Aug-24-11  polarmis: Long excerpts from an even longer interview with Vladimir Akopian - he talks about studying at the Botvinnik-Kasparov school (where he was Botvinnik's favourite) and how modern chess players differ from their predecessors:

http://www.whychess.org/en/node/1517

Aug-24-11  Everett: <polarmis> Thank you for that, and the Alexey Dreev interview a few days ago.

I always like these quotes:

<Q: If you rate the classics so highly could you please name the ten best chess players of all time?

VA: The best, of course, was Fischer. The second is probably Alekhine, and the third is Kasparov. That top-3 is quite clear.>

<quite clear>!!! Love it!

Aug-24-11  Everett: As an addendum to my last post,lifted from Alekhine's Wikipedia page, here are some lines discussing Vladimir Akopian's top 3:

<Bobby Fischer, in a 1964 article, ranked Alekhine as one of the ten greatest players in history.[91] Fischer, who was famous for the clarity of his play, wrote of Alekhine, "Alekhine has never been a hero of mine, and I've never cared for his style of play. There's nothing light or breezy about it; it worked for him, but it could scarcely work for anyone else. He played gigantic conceptions, full of outrageous and unprecedented ideas. ... [H]e had great imagination; he could see more deeply into a situation than any other player in chess history. ... It was in the most complicated positions that Alekhine found his grandest concepts."[91]

Alekhine's style had a profound influence on Kasparov, who said: "Alexander Alekhine is the first luminary among the others who are still having the greatest influence on me. I like his universality, his approach to the game, his chess ideas. I am sure that the future belongs to Alekhine chess."[92]>

Dec-07-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Akopian!
Dec-07-11  Penguincw: He's played some good games.
Mar-28-12  Penguincw: Akopian is now in a three way tied for first at the 13th European Individual Championship (2012) with 6.5/8.

Tomorrow, he faces co-leader Vladimir Malakhov with white.

Mar-29-12  Paraconti: It's great that the Crown Prince of Chess has deigned to show us yet again what he can effortlessly do with the chess pieces.
May-27-12  blade2012: Akopian is the top seeded player in Albena Open, Bulgaria, from 26th May to 3rd June.

Official site
http://www.albenachess.com/

on 'Scacchi Internazionali'
http://biker60.wordpress.com/2012/0...

Jun-03-12  DUS: Akopian took the 1st prize at Albena open! It seems in the last round he won against Solak, and Petrosian-Cheparinov was 1/2-1/2.

http://www.armchess.am/

Jun-03-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: Well done, GM Akopian. Puts him back into the 2700 club as well. Not bad for an old feller.
Sep-09-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark:

Another well done: team gold and individual silver for board 2 in Istanbul.

Congratulations to GM Akopian for his enormous contribution to another fine team performance.

Oct-07-12  Conrad93: This guy is a World Chess Champion?
Oct-08-12  Troller: <Conrad93: This guy is a World Chess Champion?>

As part of the reigning World Chess Champion Team (from 2011), yes.

Oct-08-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jim Bartle: "This guy is a World Chess Champion?"

Not as an individual. He reached the finals of the FIDE knockout championship but lost to Khalifman. People differ as to whether those tournaments produced true world champions.

Oct-08-12  Conrad93: He definitely does not compare to the likes of Kasparov or Anand.
Oct-09-12  Troller: <Conrad93: He definitely does not compare to the likes of Kasparov or Anand.>

Ermh - why would he? and has anyone ever done that? He was on a team that won Team WC, just like e.g. Gabriel Sargissian. You can see the relevant page here: World Chess Team Championship (2011)

Oct-09-12  Conrad93: Well, since the World Championship was unified does the title have any real worth?
Oct-10-12  Troller: Not sure what you mean. The Team World Championship has not been "unified" with anything, so in that sense he is still a valid "World Champion", at least in regards of team play.

He is also a previous winner of the Junior WC and some age-group WCs, as can be seen in his profile. Those are titles you don't "lose", and they certainly have some worth, but normally only the reigning junior champ will be referred to as "World Champion", and even then as "Junior World Champion".

Oct-10-12  Conrad93: If he's a World Champion, he should have more posts.

I checked out some of his games. Amazing stuff.

Dec-07-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Akopian!
Dec-07-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: I confess, I used to confuse this fellow with an American GM with a similar name. Now that we've played GM Akobian in two Chessgames challenges, I for one will never confuse the two again.

Happy birthday GM Akopian.

Dec-07-13  JustAnotherPatzer: Many more happy returns Vladimir, one of my favourite players,
Dec-07-13  Penguincw: Happy 42nd birthday to GM Vladimir Akopian!
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