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Karen Asrian
K Asrian 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons 
Number of games in database: 441
Years covered: 1993 to 2008
Last FIDE rating: 2625
Highest rating achieved in database: 2646

Overall record: +106 -53 =275 (56.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 7 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (113) 
    B90 B33 B92 B84 B83
 Ruy Lopez (42) 
    C77 C90 C67 C84 C65
 Sicilian Najdorf (33) 
    B90 B92
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (19) 
    C90 C84 C92 C87 C99
 Sicilian Scheveningen (18) 
    B84 B83
 Caro-Kann (15) 
    B12 B17 B18
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (66) 
    B12 B18 B10 B13 B15
 Queen's Gambit Declined (25) 
    D35 D37 D30
 Semi-Slav (24) 
    D45 D47 D43 D44
 Orthodox Defense (20) 
    D58 D52 D59 D50 D55
 Nimzo Indian (15) 
    E54 E32 E34 E21 E37
 French Defense (15) 
    C18 C15 C07 C05 C02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   K Asrian vs A Pashikian, 2006 1-0
   K Maslak vs K Asrian, 2007 0-1
   Kasimdzhanov vs K Asrian, 1999 0-1
   Sadler vs K Asrian, 1999 1/2-1/2
   K Asrian vs Sveshnikov, 2004 1/2-1/2
   K Asrian vs Khenkin, 2001 1/2-1/2
   G Sargissian vs K Asrian, 1999 1/2-1/2
   B Savchenko vs K Asrian, 2007 1/2-1/2
   S Vijayalakshmi vs K Asrian, 1999 0-1
   K Asrian vs T Kotanjian, 2007 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Armenian Championship (2007)
   Armenian Championship (2005)
   Petrosian Memorial (2004)
   66th Armenian Championship (2006)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   Armenian Championship (2008)
   World Team Championship (2005)
   6th Aeroflot Festival (2007)
   Aeroflot Open (2008)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   5th Individual European Chess Championship (2004)
   European Individual Championship (2007)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   6th Dubai Open (2004)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)

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(born Apr-24-1980, died Jun-09-2008, 28 years old) Armenia

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Karen Asrian was one of Armenia's leading grandmasters. He was awarded the title in 1997 and won the Armenian Championship in 1999, 2007, and 2008, and the tournaments of Dubai 2001 and Stepanakert 2004. In 2006, Asrian won a gold medal at the Chess Olympiad in Turin, playing on board #3 for the Armenian team.

Asrian died of a heart attack in 2008 at the age of 28.

Wikipedia article: Karen Asrian

Last updated: 2017-05-21 00:17:54

 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 441  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Tirard vs K Asrian  1-0351993Wch U16B12 Caro-Kann Defense
2. K Asrian vs Kasimdzhanov  0-1431993Wch U16B83 Sicilian
3. Vasiukov vs K Asrian  ½-½501994Moscow opB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
4. A Yegiazarian vs K Asrian  1-0441995ARM-chA14 English
5. K Asrian vs Savon  ½-½151996Petrov memC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
6. V Tukmakov vs K Asrian  1-0611996Yerevan opE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
7. K Asrian vs A Yegiazarian  ½-½471996Yerevan opB58 Sicilian
8. K Asrian vs Razuvaev  ½-½181996Yerevan opB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
9. A Yegiazarian vs K Asrian  ½-½311996ARM-chA07 King's Indian Attack
10. K Asrian vs Aronian  ½-½231996ARM-chB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
11. K Asrian vs Movsesian  ½-½801996ARM-chB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
12. K Asrian vs Gulko  ½-½171996PCA Qualifier g/25 Moscow RUSB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
13. Fedorov vs K Asrian ½-½691997Chigorin mem openB12 Caro-Kann Defense
14. Razuvaev vs K Asrian  ½-½281997RUS-Cup9D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. K Asrian vs Kharlov  ½-½421997RUS-Cup8C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
16. K Asrian vs Tseshkovsky  ½-½341998RUS-CupB08 Pirc, Classical
17. K Asrian vs Xu Jun 1-0471998Linares Anibal opB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
18. Zhong Zhang vs K Asrian  1-0331998OlympiadB10 Caro-Kann
19. G A Timoshenko vs K Asrian  ½-½401998Ubeda op 3rdE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
20. K Asrian vs Xu Jun  ½-½431998Ubeda opB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
21. Piket vs K Asrian  ½-½301998Groningen Invitational (Men)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. K Asrian vs Z Almasi  0-1481998Groningen Invitational (Men)C67 Ruy Lopez
23. Yermolinsky vs K Asrian  ½-½381998Groningen Invitational (Men)D58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
24. Tiviakov vs K Asrian ½-½171998Groningen Invitational (Men)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
25. K Asrian vs V Milov 0-1351998Groningen Invitational (Men)B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
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Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: I can imagine him in the great beyond having a ball and playing blitz with the likes of Tal, Fischer, and Petrosian. Rest in Peace.
Jun-12-08  Riverbeast: RIP GM Asrian!

You achieved quite a bit in your (too short) life

Jun-15-08  Atking: I want to congratulate the armenian people for their dignity to have rename their tournament in the memory of their great player Asrian.
Jun-15-08  DUS: <dazone3> indeed some time they do not come up. Also there are so many news each day it is not easy to find the one you need.

Jun-15-08  DUS: A chessbase report on GM Karen Asrian memorial.

Jun-15-08  DUS: In previous link you may see a photo of IM Lilit Mkrtchian and GM Katerina Lahno (the very last photo). Here is the final report of chessbase.

Jun-17-08  DUS: Sorry for too many postings, but I think the following link is interesting...

Premium Chessgames Member
  pawn to QB4: No need at all to be sorry for your postings: thanks for that link, and my best wishes to all who loved or admired Karen Asrian. The author of that sympathetic piece is an Iranian master who came to England and left a lot of good memories, at much the same time as England and chessgames' own Nigel Short was teaching in Iran.
Jul-17-08  Jafar219: He was good player.
Nov-25-08  DUS: Below I copy a nice posting of <Ezzy> from the page of Chess Olympiad 2008 because the posting concerns to Karen Asrian too who was a member of Armenian team in 2006.

<Nov-25-08 Ezzy: Astounding effort again by Armenia!!. To retain the title against the worlds best, is a major achievement which will be remembered by all chess enthusiasts all over the world. I think this ranks as one of the greatest achievements of a chess nation. Sargissian is just plainly "Mr Olympiad." He is making this event his own. But it's about the whole team.

A great tribute to Karen Asrian. They did it again just for him!

Congratulations to Armenia, a great chess nation!!>

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  wordfunph: We've got the same birthday GM Karen Asrian but unfortunately we lost a terrific GM like you..

Happy Birthday GM Asrian!!!

Jul-09-09  myschkin: . . .

Vor meinem Tod ist mir nicht bang,
nur vor dem Tod derer,
die mir nah sind.
Wie soll ich leben,
wenn sie nicht mehr da sind?

Der weiß es wohl,
dem Gleiches widerfuhr,
Und die es trugen,
mögen mir vergeben.

Bedenkt, den eignen Tod,
den stirbt man nur,
doch mit dem Tod des andern
muss man leben.

(Mascha Kaleko)


Jun-30-10  Jafar219: <He died of a heart attack in 2008 at the age of 28>

No, it was suicide.

Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: <Jafar219: <He died of a heart attack in 2008 at the age of 28>

No, it was suicide.>

<Jafar219> heart attack and not suicide..

Jul-05-10  Jafar219: <heart attack and not suicide..>

Can you prove it?

Jul-05-10  Winter: It says here that he lost consciousness while driving... possibly heart attack.

The burden of proof is now in your hand <jafar>. Show us why it was suicide.

Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: I see absolutely no reasons for suicide, but... heart attack at the age of 28? Was he known for heart problems prior to his death?
Oct-16-10  ketchuplover: has a report on the third memorial tournament (ended 10-14-10)
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <alexmagnus: I see absolutely no reasons for suicide, but... heart attack at the age of 28? Was he known for heart problems prior to his death?>

He wasn't anorexic, was he?

Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <FSR> Did you ever deal with Wildhartlivie on Wikipedia? She was something else.

Always a shock to see someone go while so young, when they aren't an athlete or drug user. Long ago, I knew a girl even younger than Asrian was at his death who was heavily into coke, had a heart attack and almost didn't make it.

Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <perfidious> No, I never dealt with her. I did adopt a couple of handles like "FatNonVirgin" and used them to comment on a Featured Article Nomination by SlimVirgin. They were both nuked with stunning alacrity.
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <FSR> FatNonVirgin, indeed! ROFL

Funny-I'd never heard of SlimVirgin till now. 'Course, I'll bet she never got involved in chess and the like.

Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <perf> Actually, she did some (non-substantive) editing on my chess articles as I recall, particularly the two that got to Featured Article status. Google SlimVirgin; it's very interesting. There's a whole weird world of Wikipedia politics out there.
Jun-10-11  chessthomas: <myschkin>

thank you very much for posting
the poem of Mascha Kaleko.
I had never heard of her before,
and I may say that I am very impressed.

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