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Karen Ashotovich Grigorian
Number of games in database: 246
Years covered: 1964 to 1986
Highest rating achieved in database: 2500
Overall record: +48 -88 =109 (41.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1 exhibition game, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (19) 
    E38 E32 E54 E44 E46
 King's Indian (13) 
    E97 E80 E62 E83 E67
 Modern Benoni (11) 
    A56 A77 A61 A57 A58
 Grunfeld (11) 
    D92 D80 D87 D99 D89
 Queen's Indian (8) 
    E12 E15 E14 E17
 Queen's Gambit Declined (8) 
    D37 D38 D31
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (38) 
    B93 B51 B97 B84 B99
 Sicilian Najdorf (16) 
    B93 B97 B99 B92 B90
 English (13) 
    A15 A14 A17 A13
 Modern Benoni (10) 
    A57 A58 A77 A66
 Grunfeld (9) 
    D76 D91 D90 D85 D94
 Sicilian Scheveningen (8) 
    B84 B83 B80 B81 B82
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   K Grigorian vs Tal, 1973 1-0
   K Grigorian vs Gulko, 1975 1/2-1/2
   S Garcia Martinez vs K Grigorian, 1980 0-1
   K Grigorian vs Stein, 1971 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1973)
   USSR Championship (1976)
   USSR Championship (1974)
   USSR Championship (1972)
   USSR Championship (1971)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Baku 1980 by suenteus po 147

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KAREN ASHOTOVICH GRIGORIAN
(born Sep-07-1947, died Oct-30-1989) Russia (citizen of Armenia)

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Karen Ashotovich Grigorian was born in Moscow, Russia (formerly USSR). Awarded the IM title in 1982 he was Moscow Champion in 1975 and 1979. Sadly, problems of a personal nature lead him to take his own life by jumping from the highest bridge in Yerevan in 1989. Armenian champion in 1969 (=Levon Ashotovich Grigorian, his twin brother), 1970 and 1972 (=Levon Ashotovich Grigorian).

Wikipedia article: Karen Grigorian


 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 246  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Gipslis vs K Grigorian  ½-½69 1964 Ch URS (1/2 final)A66 Benoni
2. A Planinc vs K Grigorian  1-067 1965 URS-JUGC12 French, McCutcheon
3. K Grigorian vs A Planinc 0-126 1965 URS-JUGE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
4. K Grigorian vs M Ruderfer 1-021 1967 MoscowC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
5. Spassky vs K Grigorian  ½-½40 1967 USSRC12 French, McCutcheon
6. Bagirov vs K Grigorian  ½-½25 1967 URSD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
7. K Grigorian vs M Ruderfer  1-021 1967 MoscowC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
8. Balashov vs K Grigorian  1-022 1967 RigaB03 Alekhine's Defense
9. Balashov vs K Grigorian  1-037 1967 MoscowA04 Reti Opening
10. K Grigorian vs Geller  ½-½17 1968 GoriE60 King's Indian Defense
11. Timman vs K Grigorian  ½-½31 1969 Vilnius 8/302B40 Sicilian
12. Kholmov vs K Grigorian  1-041 1969 URS-ch sfD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
13. Vasiukov vs K Grigorian  1-040 1969 URS-ch sfC11 French
14. G Timoshchenko vs K Grigorian  1-045 1969 VilniusB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
15. Keres vs K Grigorian  1-026 1969 Tashkent SUttB02 Alekhine's Defense
16. K Grigorian vs Dzindzichashvili 0-114 1969 USSRC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
17. Razuvaev vs K Grigorian  1-033 1969 VilniusA22 English
18. K Grigorian vs Bagirov  1-030 1970 KievD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. K Grigorian vs Razuvaev  1-040 1971 URS-ch sfE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
20. Krogius vs K Grigorian  ½-½15 1971 USSR ChampionshipE10 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Gulko vs K Grigorian 1-040 1971 VilniusA55 Old Indian, Main line
22. K Grigorian vs Y Nikolaevsky  1-029 1971 USSR ChampionshipA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
23. K Grigorian vs Savon  ½-½16 1971 USSR ChampionshipD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
24. K Grigorian vs Lutikov  1-036 1971 URS-ch sfA77 Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2
25. K Grigorian vs M D Tseitlin  ½-½40 1971 USSR ChampionshipA22 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-16-03
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Another tragic figure in Soviet Chess. He was a friend of Tal and Alvis Vitolins ( why is there no infomation on this player ) and was a master at blitz play. He took his own life in Yerevan on the 30th of October 1989 by jumping off the city's highest bridge.

It seems very strange that Georg Illivitsky, Alvis Vitolins, Karen Grigorian and Lembit Oll all brilliant players, ended their lives in a similar manner by falling from a great height like Nabokov's Luzhin.

Nov-16-03
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: I must amend my previous post. It was Alvis Vitolins who was Tal's friend and the name should be Grigory Ilivitsky not Georg Illivitsky. Apologies for these oversights.
Nov-16-03
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessical: Vitolins is the subject of an informative and moving essay by Sosonko in his book "Russian Silhouttes". Grigory Ilivitsky came 5th in the extremely strong 22nd Soviet Championship and 10th in the Gothenburg Interzonal. It seems it was his bad luck that as with other strong players such as Aronin, Bannik, Borisenko, Nezhmetdinov never became a GM. They were all frustrated by a lack of opportunity to play in foreign tournaments. The Soviet authorities instead concentrated on the crop of post-war super-talents e.g. Averbakh, Petrosian, Korchnoi, Spassky etc. I believe that Illivitsky finished his days in poverty.
Mar-13-07  argishti: poor guy...
Mar-13-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: Here's another talented player who jumped to his death.

Lembit Oll

Mar-13-07  TrueFiendish: Vitolins was a truly brilliant player whose abilities received the highest praise from Tal.
Aug-19-08  sleepkid: Chessgames needs to fix their database. There is another Grigorian who plays and apparently his games are being linked here.

Either that, or this Grigorian has had a remarkable career ever since his tragic death.

Aug-19-08  Davolni: <sleepkid> thanks for bringing that up to chessgames, but no need to be sarcastic about someone's tragic death!!!

Karen Grigorian was a great player who has had nice victories in such a short time of his life.

Aug-19-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  BishopBerkeley: Several years ago, a fine acquaintance of mine ended his own life. He was a physician who had done some very beneficial work over the course of a long career. (My own life had been enriched by knowing him.) His family, friends, and acquaintances are still bewildered as to why he made this choice.

In thinking about him, I've tried to remind myself that suicide need not be the defining event of a person's life. Suicide may occur in a moment of uncharacteristic sadness, depression, or anxiety, perhaps the lowest emotional state a person has experienced in decades. It may be a very unrepresentative act in an otherwise very complex and often positive life.

I know almost nothing about GM Grigorian, Lembit Oll , or some other great Chessplayers who have ended their own lives, but I'm glad we have their games and other stories about them that can remind us that their lives were much, much bigger than the way they chose to leave them.

If you have had any friend or loved one who has ended their own life, perhaps you too have considered the vastness of their life compared with the brief, sad event of their death.

I hope we will always remember the former when we consider the latter.

Best wishes to all....

B Bishop Berkeley B

Sep-01-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  JohnBoy: If Grigorian died in 1989, the games under his name from then to 2007 must be from someone else. This needs to be corrected.
Sep-07-08  artyom2008: happy bday
Sep-11-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  maxi: Nobody wins a chess game by committing suicide.
Sep-11-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: Most of the games after 1989 can be credited to <Karen Grigoryan>, an IM from Turkmenistan born in 1954. See http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?.... He does not appear to have an entry in the chessgames.com database as yet.

The one exception would be the very last game from the World U-12 in 2007; that must be somebody else.

I've sent in a correction.

Sep-11-08  Avarus: <BishopBerkeley> Fine words there, fine words.
Oct-30-08  gambitfan: I am astounded at the not so negligeable number of chess players whosse life ends tragically (suicide, crime, madness,...)
Apr-17-09  stanleys: A photo of him :

http://www.e3e5.com/upload/articles...

Oct-09-10  Ostap Bender jr: The confusion about the Karen Grigorians is quite understandable, since the name and the given name are quite popular in that geographical area. Few years ago, I got paired against a certain Karen Grigoryan and could not really understand who I was going to play against. I vaguely knew that the GM with this name died some time ago, but my opponent was born in 1954 (only 7 years later than the late GM, practically the same epoque) which just increased my confusion. After the game, I asked my opponent about the whole matter and he made my thrills about having played against a legend vanish immediately. Anyway, coming back to GM Karen Grigorian, I am impressed about how he punished the premature e4-e5 in his games against Karasev 1976 and Pereszupkin in 1977, in positions that looked rather suspicious for him.
Apr-17-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Marmot PFL: The old Soviet nations have the world's highest suicide rates. Maybe they always did but the numbers were not formerly revealed.
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