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Karen Ashotovich Grigorian
Number of games in database: 250
Years covered: 1964 to 1986
Highest rating achieved in database: 2500
Overall record: +49 -88 =112 (42.2%)*
   * 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.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (20) 
    E38 E32 E54 E44 E46
 King's Indian (13) 
    E97 E80 E66 E96 E84
 Modern Benoni (11) 
    A56 A57 A77 A61 A58
 Grunfeld (11) 
    D92 D80 D87 D78 D89
 Queen's Gambit Declined (9) 
    D38 D37 D31
 Queen's Indian (8) 
    E12 E15 E17 E14
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (39) 
    B93 B51 B84 B92 B97
 Sicilian Najdorf (16) 
    B93 B92 B97 B99 B90
 English (13) 
    A15 A14 A17 A13
 Modern Benoni (9) 
    A57 A77 A58 A66
 Grunfeld (9) 
    D91 D85 D94 D74 D83
 Sicilian Scheveningen (8) 
    B84 B83 B81 B80 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
   Karpov vs K Grigorian, 1973 1/2-1/2

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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(born Sep-07-1947, died Oct-30-1989, 42 years old) Russia (federation/nationality 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 led 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 250  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Kurajica vs K Grigorian  1-050 1964 URS-JUGB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
2. K Grigorian vs G Antunac  ½-½39 1964 URS-JUGA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
3. K Grigorian vs G Antunac  ½-½46 1964 URS-JUGA36 English
4. Gipslis vs K Grigorian  ½-½69 1964 Ch URS (1/2 final)A66 Benoni
5. K Grigorian vs Kurajica  1-029 1964 URS-JUGD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
6. I Bojkovic vs K Grigorian  1-040 1964 URS-JUGB32 Sicilian
7. A Planinc vs K Grigorian  1-067 1965 URS-JUGC12 French, McCutcheon
8. K Grigorian vs A Planinc 0-126 1965 URS-JUGE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
9. K Grigorian vs M Ruderfer 1-021 1967 MoscowC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
10. Spassky vs K Grigorian  ½-½40 1967 USSRC12 French, McCutcheon
11. K Grigorian vs N Kasimov  1-034 1967 URS-chT Moscow ()E40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
12. K Grigorian vs M Ruderfer  1-021 1967 MoscowC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
13. Balashov vs K Grigorian  1-022 1967 RigaB03 Alekhine's Defense
14. Balashov vs K Grigorian  1-037 1967 MoscowA04 Reti Opening
15. Bagirov vs K Grigorian  ½-½25 1967 URSD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
16. K Grigorian vs Geller  ½-½17 1968 GoriE60 King's Indian Defense
17. Razuvaev vs K Grigorian  1-033 1969 VilniusA22 English
18. Timman vs K Grigorian  ½-½31 1969 Vilnius 8/302B40 Sicilian
19. Kholmov vs K Grigorian  1-041 1969 URS-ch sfD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
20. K Grigorian vs Dzindzichashvili 0-114 1969 USSRC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
21. Keres vs K Grigorian  1-026 1969 Tashkent SUttB02 Alekhine's Defense
22. Vasiukov vs K Grigorian  1-040 1969 URS-ch sfC11 French
23. G Timoshchenko vs K Grigorian  1-045 1969 VilniusB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
24. K Grigorian vs Bagirov  1-030 1970 KievD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Smyslov vs K Grigorian  1-045 1971 USSR ChampionshipA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  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.

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  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.
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  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...
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  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.

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  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....

♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗

Sep-01-08  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  maxi: Nobody wins a chess game by committing suicide.
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  Phony Benoni: Most of the games after 1989 can be credited to <Karen Grigoryan>, an IM from Turkmenistan born in 1954. See He does not appear to have an entry in the 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 :

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  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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  offramp: Another death by jumping suicide, one of the strangest, was Carl Theodor Goering.
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