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Vladimir Eduardovich Akopian
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Number of games in database: 1,349
Years covered: 1984 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2667 (2707 rapid, 2654 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2713

Overall record: +390 -157 =636 (59.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 166 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (159) 
    B90 B30 B50 B40 B42
 Ruy Lopez (91) 
    C77 C65 C84 C95 C78
 English (51) 
    A15 A14 A13 A12 A10
 French Defense (40) 
    C07 C03 C09 C05 C10
 King's Indian (36) 
    E62 E67 E60 E63 E69
 French Tarrasch (34) 
    C07 C03 C09 C05 C04
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (87) 
    B32 B90 B30 B42 B84
 Slav (64) 
    D12 D11 D18 D17 D10
 French Defense (62) 
    C07 C18 C10 C11 C00
 Semi-Slav (58) 
    D45 D47 D43 D44
 Ruy Lopez (49) 
    C99 C67 C84 C65 C69
 Nimzo Indian (42) 
    E38 E45 E54 E42 E21
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Akopian vs Kramnik, 2004 1-0
   Akopian vs Kuzubov, 2007 1-0
   Akopian vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2008 1-0
   Akopian vs Kasparov, 2002 1-0
   Akopian vs Karjakin, 2009 1-0
   Bareev vs Akopian, 2000 0-1
   Korotylev vs Akopian, 2006 0-1
   Kamsky vs Akopian, 2009 0-1
   D Rozhko vs Akopian, 2013 0-1
   Akopian vs Lautier, 2009 1-0

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)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   Chigorin Memorial (2012)
   XXIV European Club Cup (2008)
   14th Dubai Open (2012)
   Ordix Open (2009)
   Aeroflot Open (2006)
   Gibtelecom Chess Festival (2006)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   Ordix Open (2007)
   Golden Sands (2012)
   Chigorin Memorial (2013)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Master the endgames II by eXodus
   1987 World Junior chess championship by gauer
   1986 WYCC (open) U-16 by gauer
   KERESOV's favorite games by KERESOV
   Madrid 1997 by suenteus po 147
   Dortmund Sparkassen 2000 by suenteus po 147
   Armenians trashing Azeris!!! by Davolni

   🏆 Dubai Open
   Akopian vs D Debashis (Apr-10-18) 1/2-1/2
   E Ghaem Maghami vs Akopian (Apr-09-18) 1/2-1/2
   Akopian vs J S Christiansen (Apr-08-18) 1-0
   K Saravana vs Akopian (Apr-07-18) 1/2-1/2
   Akopian vs V Pranav (Apr-07-18) 1-0

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(born Dec-07-1971, 46 years old) Azerbaijan (federation/nationality Armenia)

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GM Vladimir Eduardovich Akopian (1991). IM (1988); 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.


<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 Dimitrov 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 Aleksej Gennadyevich Aleksandrov. At the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004), he defeated Jose Gonzalez Garcia, Utut Adianto, Alexander Moiseenko, Michal 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 Alexei Igorevich 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 Levonovich 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, 6/9 at the Grand Europe Cup Albena 2014 in June and 6/9 at the Grand Europe Cup Golden Sands immediately afterwards, again in June. He finished 2014 with a par-for-rating 6/9 at the powerful Qatar Masters (2014). September 2015 saw a similar par-for-rating 6/9 at the Abu Dhabi Chess Festival. In December 2015, he scored a rating enhancing 6/9 at the Qatar Masters (2015) which returned him to the world's top 100 for the first time since April 2015.

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 XXIV European 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 Olympiad (2008) (team and individual gold), in the Chess Olympiad (2010), the 40th Chess Olympiad (2012) (team gold and individual silver for board 3) and in the Chess Olympiad (2014) held in Tromsø.

<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).


Akopian was in the world's top 100 from January 1991 until May 2015, reaching his peak ranking of #11 in the world in January 2003. He returned to the top 100 in January 2016. His peak standard rating was 2713 in July 2006 when he was ranked world #16 and again in October 2007 when he was world #18.


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:; 365 chess:; 10-way tie at the 1999 world Open:

Wikipedia article: Vladimir Akopian

Last updated 1 January 2016

Last updated: 2018-03-06 13:11:26

 page 1 of 54; games 1-25 of 1,349  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Akopian vs M V Golubev ½-½251984Baku jrB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
2. S Safin vs Akopian  0-1401985URS-ch U25A69 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
3. Akopian vs M I Sorokin  1-0351985URS-ch U25C42 Petrov Defense
4. M V Golubev vs Akopian  ½-½511985Klaipeda jr SU-qualB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
5. M Iailian vs Akopian  1-0541986Minsk ttE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
6. M Hofbauer vs Akopian  ½-½361986Wch U16B32 Sicilian
7. P Horn vs Akopian  0-1171986Wch U16C25 Vienna
8. Kasparov vs Akopian  1-0411986Botvinnik school clock simulE97 King's Indian
9. Akopian vs I Gurevich  ½-½471986Wch U16A07 King's Indian Attack
10. V Kontic vs Akopian  0-1401986Wch U16C55 Two Knights Defense
11. L Comas Fabrego vs Akopian  0-1211986Rio GallegosA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
12. Akopian vs Kamsky 1-0341986USSRB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
13. Akopian vs T S Ravi  1-0391986Wch U16B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
14. P Zarnicki vs Akopian  ½-½351986Wch U16C25 Vienna
15. Akopian vs Delchev  1-0761986Wch U16A07 King's Indian Attack
16. Akopian vs E Matsuura  ½-½231986Wch U16C77 Ruy Lopez
17. Sakaev vs Akopian  0-1391986Sochi Juniors-BD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Shirov vs Akopian  ½-½281986Sochi Juniors-BA45 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Akopian vs C Johnson  1-0931986Wch U16A07 King's Indian Attack
20. Akopian vs C Lutz  ½-½371986Wch U16A07 King's Indian Attack
21. Ivanchuk vs Akopian  1-0501987Wch U20E74 King's Indian, Averbakh, 6...c5
22. R Barcenilla vs Akopian  0-1601987Wch U20A89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
23. Akopian vs E G F Hellers  ½-½291987Wch U20B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. Akopian vs Piket  0-1691987Wch U20A04 Reti Opening
25. D Norwood vs Akopian  0-1571987Wch U20A00 Uncommon Opening
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Dec-09-08  DUS: <Eyal> Indeed he will play in Elista.

<GM Vladimir Akopian will participate in the FIDE Grand Prix tournament to be held from December 14 to 29, 2008, in Elista, Russia. Akopian's opponents will be GMs Leko (Hungary), Jakovenko, Grischuk, Inarkiev, Alekseev (Russia), Mamedyarov, Radjabov, Gashimov (Azerbaijan), Cheparinov (Bulgaria), Bacrot (France), Wang Yue (China), Kasimdzhanov (Uzbekistan), Eljanov (Ukraine).>

Dec-10-08  jamesmaskell: Congrats to Akopian for the shot. I think its due, being a fan of his play. The changes to the hosting cities is confusing. If my thinking is right then the schedule is Elista, Montreux, Yerevan and Karlovy Vary, but I thought Montreux was also in serious doubt?
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  Eyal: Montreux is definitely out of the picture, according to both chessdom source and an e-mail from FIDE quoted by Henrik Carlsen in his blog; also, its nominee - Pelletier - isn't playing in Elista and has been replaced. Going by chessdom, there may be problems with Karlovy Vary as well.
Dec-27-08  Cactus: He's not doing well in the Grand Prix at all, with 0 wins and 3 losses.
Feb-20-09  vonKrolock: this problem wa presented in the Corus playing hall, brought by Aronian, as a challenge to John Nunn - soon other players were also trying to solve (inclusive young A. Giri) - The problem with the problem was that Aronian forgot to place the ♙ in 'e4', then soon the question became "what's wrong here?" - Well, undone the mistake, a good puzzle arise, with a star variation created by a key that is not exactly classical, but with the charm of it's own, so to say, subversion

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#3 white to play and mate in 3

More (including photos in this article by F. Friedel - not the solution - try to solve until you find the time invested reasonable, then you can load the FEN in your engine and it will show the solution

Apr-26-09  Vakus: Great performance so far in Nalchik. Shared 3rd after 10 rounds. Kamsky, Karjakin and Bacrot overplayed very convincingly.
Apr-26-09  Udit Narayan: this guy is awesome !
Apr-27-09  arsen387: really, after the first 4-5 rounds scoring -2, who could've thought that he'll be +1 at round 10. nice wins against Kamsky, Bacrot and Karjakin, especially the latter. Hope he'll score another win in the remaining 3 rounds :)
Apr-27-09  Vakus: And he defended so easily with balck pieces against Svidler, Ivanchuk and Grischuk. No surprise GM Gleyzerov, a well known ChessPro commentator, made a special report on his game with Karjakin.
Apr-30-09  arsen387: heey, I was right, great win with blacks in the last round against Eljanov to clinch the shared second place. Congrats to Vladimir!
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  notyetagm: Akopian vs M Vachier Lagrave, 2008

This attacking masterpiece by Akopian just won the <Best Game Prize> for Chess Informant 104.

Aug-24-09  Davolni: I bet Vova feels some type of a guilt, that he couldn't hold Ivanchuk to a draw to have Levon, Gelfand and Ivanchuk at shared 1st place.
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  notyetagm: <Davolni: I bet Vova feels some type of a guilt, that he couldn't hold Ivanchuk to a draw to have Levon, Gelfand and Ivanchuk at shared 1st place.>

When Chucky is in form like he is now, no one can stop him.

Chucky will be back in the Top 5 in no time, mark my words.

Aug-25-09  Davolni: <When Chucky is in form like he is now, no one can stop him.

Chucky will be back in the Top 5 in no time, mark my words.>

As far as I can see, 9 people have stopped him from getting the full point. And that's what I had in mind, just a draw, as we all knew that 8.0 points would make 3 people shared 1st.

matter of fact he is #9 current live rating +52.8 points.

No doubt he will be in Top 5 or Top 10 very soon.

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  wordfunph: "Chess players are apt to superstitions. Many of them are attentive to the clothes. If they lose they put these clothes away. If the game is successful they go on playing the tournament in the same clothes. Some care about the pen. If the tournament is successful with one pen they write with it, if not they change it. I also care about clothes and pens. This tournament was not successful for me at the beginning, so I put away the suit I played in. Now I'm playing in other clothes. And it works for the time being." GM Vladimir Akopian
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  GrahamClayton: <chessgames>He was given the title of Vice Champion of the World.

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
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:

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]>

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  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Akopian!
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  Penguincw: He's played some good games.
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  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.

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