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Gabriel Sargissian
G Sargissian 
Photograph courtesy of Babak Zahmat.  
Number of games in database: 1,170
Years covered: 1996 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2666 (2673 rapid, 2644 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2702

Overall record: +369 -125 =493 (62.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 183 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (71) 
    D10 D15 D11 D12 D17
 King's Indian (65) 
    E60 E62 E94 E63 E61
 Queen's Gambit Declined (51) 
    D30 D38 D37 D31 D39
 Queen's Indian (45) 
    E15 E17 E16 E14 E12
 Queen's Pawn Game (39) 
    A45 E10 E00 A41 A40
 Nimzo Indian (35) 
    E21 E46 E42 E53 E38
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (114) 
    C67 C65 C78 C84 C89
 Queen's Gambit Declined (58) 
    D37 D31 D38 D30 D36
 Caro-Kann (45) 
    B12 B17 B10 B18 B14
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (40) 
    C84 C89 C88 C91 C95
 Queen's Pawn Game (33) 
    A45 E00 A46 D02 E10
 Nimzo Indian (33) 
    E32 E46 E48 E37 E54
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G Sargissian vs Grischuk, 2008 1-0
   G Sargissian vs Grischuk, 2015 1-0
   M Neubauer vs G Sargissian, 2007 0-1
   G Sargissian vs I Kurnosov, 2008 1-0
   I Nepomniachtchi vs G Sargissian, 2007 0-1
   G Sargissian vs M Tratar, 2007 1-0
   G Sargissian vs A Muzychuk, 2009 1/2-1/2
   Bologan vs G Sargissian, 2007 0-1
   G Sargissian vs E Mochalov, 2014 1-0
   G Sargissian vs Yu Yangyi, 2011 1-0

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Ruy Lopez Festival (2007)
   Armenian Championship (2005)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   Bronstein Memorial (2014)
   PokerStars IoM Masters (2015)
   Politiken Cup (2007)
   Corus Group B (2007)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   Politiken Cup (2009)
   European Team Championship (2011)
   XXII Reykjavik Open (2006)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   5th Individual European Chess Championship (2004)
   Reykjavik Open (2016)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Champion of the Olympiad by SetNoEscapeOn
   1997 WYCC (open) U-14 199(6/?-)7 by gauer
   1996 WYCC (open) U-14 by gauer

   G Sargissian vs Ponomariov (Feb-11-17) 1-0
   G Sargissian vs M O'Cinneide (Feb-11-17) 1-0
   A A Lopez vs G Sargissian (Feb-11-17) 0-1
   I Gelip vs G Sargissian (Feb-11-17) 0-1
   T Coleman vs G Sargissian (Feb-01-17) 0-1, rapid

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(born Feb-03-1983, 34 years old) Armenia

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FM (1996); IM (1998); GM (2002); World U14 Champion (1996); European U18 Champion (1998); Armenian champion (2000 & 2003)

Earliest days

Sargissian was born in Yerevan and learned chess from his grandfather at the age of 6. (a)


<Youth> Gabriel Eduardi Sargissian's first official rating was 2270 in July 1996 when he was thirteen. (1) A few months later, he won the World U14 Championship (2) that was staged at the Cala Galdana in the island of Minorca in Spain's Belearic Islands in the Mediterranean. He gained his FM title for his achievement. Two years later in 1998 he won the European U16 Championship that was played in Mureck in Austria, a year after he put in a reasonably sturdy performance (5.5/9) at the 1997 edition of the event. (3)

<Junior> He participated in the World Junior Championship in 1999, scoring 6/13, and fared slightly better in 2000 when he scored 7/13. In the World Junior Championship of 2001, he improved further with a solid 8/13, placing 12th in a field of 89 players.

<National> He first contested the national championship in 1999, aged 16, and finished outright 5th with 6/11, behind the winner, the late great Karen Asrian, and place getters Levon Aronian, Artashes Minasian and Arsen Yegiazarian respectively. (4) The following year, in 2000, he became the Armenian Champion at the age of 17 years finishing a full point ahead of the field which still contained Asrian and Aronian, (5) and repeated that feat three years later in 2003 at the age of 20, when he took out the championship for a second time. He was joint runner up with Asrian to the winner Ashot Anastasian in the 2005 Armenian Championship after both he and Asrian were leading the tournament, only to lose their respective games in the last round.

<Continental> Sargissian first played in a continental when he participated in the 2nd European Championship (2001) staged in Ohrid in Macedonia, but did not make the cut to qualify for the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001). He placed 5th after a tiebreaker playoff in the 3rd European Individual Championship (2002), thereby qualifying to play in the World Championship tournament in 2004 (see below). (6) He was =8th, with 8/13, at the 5th Individual European Chess Championship (2004), but either failed to qualify for the World Cup 2005 or was unable to attend. He made the same score at the 6th European Individual Championship (2005) but the tiebreak went against him and consequently he missed the cut for the World Cup. Sargissian scored 7.5/11 at the European Individual Championships (2007), again missing the cut for the World Cup by tiebreak. He broke his losing streak in this event at the European Individual Championship (2008) when he scored 7.5/11, this time the tiebreak working in his favour to enable him to qualify for the World Cup in 2009. He again missed qualification for the following World Cup (in 2011) by tiebreak with his 7.5/11 at the European Individual Championships (2010) and repeated his tale of woe at the next event at the 13th European Individual Championship (2012), where he again scored 7.5/11, again missing qualification to the World Cup. His fortunes were reversed in the European Individual Championships (2014) where his 7.5/11 was sufficient to qualify for the World Cup 2015. He also scored 7.5/11 at the European Individual Championship (2015) and would have qualified for the World Cup 2015 had he not already done so in 2014.

<World> He first chanced his arm in the World Championship cycle when he contested the Parnormo Zonal in 1998 at the age of 15, scoring 5/11, 2 points off the lead. (7) He participated in one world championship tournament, the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004), where he was paired against Sergei Tiviakov in the first round, but bowed out after a bitter struggle that was resolved by an Armageddon blitz tiebreaker. He qualified for the World Cup (2009) via his good result at the EICC 2008 (see above) and was paired against Li Chao in the first round. This was also a bitterly fought match, with the standard match drawn 1-1, the two sets of rapid game tiebreakers each tied 1-1, with his opponent winning the blitz tiebreaker.

Sargissian's score of 7.5/11 at the European Individual Championships (2014) secured him the qualification to compete in the World Cup (2015) where he defeated Mateusz Bartel in the first round, but lost to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the second round to cut short his participation in the World Cup.


<1996-2001> Sargissian's first major international event was the Yerevan Open in 1996 where the 13 year old scored a respectable 5.5/11. (8) His first serious result in a non-championship event appears to have been =5th at the Linares Anibal open in January 2000, a point behind the co-leaders Sergey Dolmatov and Lajos Portisch, and a half point behind Sarunas Sulskis and Marat Dzhumaev. In May 2001, he was =3rd behind the co-leaders Arsen Yegiazarian and Baadur Jobava in the category 10 Rr19 'Nona-60' International in Georgia.

<2002-2005> In February 2002, Sargissian participated in the powerful and fiercely competitive Aeroflot Open, scoring 5.5/9, a point behind the five co-leaders of the event. He was =2nd with 6.5/9, a point behind the leader Baadur Jobava, in the Dubai Open 2003. His best win until then came when he took clear first with 7/9 at the Abu Dhabi Chess Festival in 2003. Late in 2004, he was =3rd behind Pavel Smirnov and Vassily Ivanchuk at the Tigran Petrosian Memorial tournament. In early 2005, the Gibraltar Open was a successful outing for Sargissian, who scored 7/10 to finish half a point behind the co-leaders in the event. The powerful Aeroflot Open (2005) event in the following month was a similar success rating-wise, if not on the leader board, with Sargissian finishing with 5.5/9, a point from the lead.

<2006-2008> Sargissian won the XXII Reykjavik Open (2006) with 7/9 on tiebreak ahead of co-leaders Ahmed Adly, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Igor Alexandre Nataf and Pentala Harikrishna, respectively. A month later he won the 8th Dubai Open (2006) with 7/9, again on tiebreak, this time ahead of Sergey Fedorchuk and Tigran Levonovich Petrosian. 2007 started with 2nd behind Pavel Eljanov at the category 14 Corus Group B (2007) followed by a rating-neutral 5.5/9 at the 6th Aeroflot Festival (2007) and a brilliant win at the Ruy Lopez Masters where he steamrollered the opposition to win with 6.5/7, 2.5 points clear of Ruslan Ponomariov and Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga. In June 2007, his participation in the 7th N.K.Aratovsky Memorial Open yielded 6/9, half a point from the lead, and in the next month he placed =1st with 8/10 at the Politiken Cup (2007), but ultimately placed 3rd on tiebreak behind Michal Krasenkow and Emanuel Berg.

<2009-2011> After a mediocre start in 2009 at the Moscow Open and a par-for-rating 5.5/9 result at the Aeroflot Open (2009), Sargissian won the Chicago Open in May 2009 and placed a short 3rd at the Politiken Cup in July, half a point behind co-leaders Boris Avrukh and Parimarjan Negi. Sargissian started 2010 with a solid 5.5/9 to place =7th at the Aeroflot Open (2010) and followed in July with =1st with 7/9 at the 2nd Rethymo International Open in Greece and =3rd behind Adam Tukhaev and Abhijeet Gupta later that month at the 19th Karvala International Open, also in Greece. Sargissian started 2011 with =4th at the category 17 Tata Steel Group B (2011), a point behind the co-leaders Luke McShane and David Navara, and half a point behind 3rd placed Zahar Efimenko.

<2012-2015> He won the 21st Annual Chicago Open in 2012 half a point clear of the field and went on to a clear win at the 4th International open tournament of Rethymno in Greece, also half a point clear of the field. Early in 2014, he placed =4th at the David Bronstein Memorial 2014 tournament staged in Belarus, half a point behind the three co-leaders, Baadur Jobava, Sergei Fedorchuk and Mikhailo Oleksienko. In May 2014, he won the 23rd Chicago Open 2014 with 7/9. He was =1st (3rd on tiebreak behind the winner Pentala Harikrishna and runner up Laurent Fressinet) at the powerful PokerStars IoM Masters (2015) event held in October 2015.

Team events (9)

<National representative> Sargissian has been a team player par excellence for his country through the years. He was a member of the Armenian team that won the first Junior Olympiad in 1998. (10) He first played in an Olympiad at the 34th Olympiad in Istanbul in 2000, aged 17, when he was inducted as the second reserve. He has played in every Olympiad since then and has accumulated an impressive array of medals including an individual gold (for board 3 in 2008), 3 team golds (37th Chess Olympiad (2006), Olympiad (2008) & Chess Olympiad (2012)), and two team bronzes (Bled Olympiad (2002) & 36th Olympiad (2004)). His overall games tally for the Olympiads to date is +34 =36 -8 for 66.7%.

He has also been a solid team man in the World Teams Championships in which he has participated, namely in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015, winning team gold in the World Chess Team Championship (2011), team bronze in the FIDE World Team Championship (2015) and individual bronze in the World Team Championship (2010) for board three. He played board three for Armenia at the European Team Chess Championships (2007) and the 17th European Team Championship (2009), board four at the European Team Championship (2011) and European Team Championship (2013) and board two at the European Team Championship (2015). The highlights of these European Team events for Sargissian were team silver in 2007 and 2015, individual gold in 2009, individual silver in 2011 and individual bronze in 2015. His results in the 2015 European Team

<Continental Leagues> Sargissian played board 4 for the Spanish CA Linex Magic Mérida team in the European Club Cup (2007), winning team gold. He moved to the MIKA Yerevan team from 2008 until 2011, his best results being team silver in European Club Cup (2009) and individual 4th for top board in European Club Cup (2011). He played board four for the UAE's Al-Ain Chess Club "A" team in the 1st Asian Club Chess Cup in 2008, helping his team to win gold.

<National Leagues> Sargissian played top board for MIKA Yerevan in the Armenian League in 2008 and 2009, helping his team to win gold on both occasions. He first played in the Spanish Team Championship in 2000, (11) but did not play in the league again until 2005. He also commenced in the Bundesliga and the French Top 16 in 2005, playing in both, and in the Spanish League, through to 2006. He then played in the Bundesliga in 2007 and 2009, the Spanish League in 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, and in the Belgian Interclubs competition in 2008. He played in the Chinese League in 2011 and in the Serbian League in 2012.

Rapid/Blitz Play

He finished 3rd-10th with an outstanding 9/10 at the massive Aubervilliers Rapidplay open in 2000 that fielded 817 players, half a point behind the co-leaders Krum Georgiev and Andrei Shchekachev. (12)

Rating and ranking history

Sargissian entered the world's top 100 for the first time in October 2003, remaining there until October 2004. He re-entered the top 100 in April 2005 and has remained there to date. His highest rating to date was 2702 in December 2015 when he was rated #43 in the world. His peak ranking to date was world #40 in October 2007 when he was rated 2673.


Sargissian, along with the rest of the victorious Armenian Olympiad team, was awarded the Medal of Movses Khorenatsi by the president of the Armenian Republic for outstanding achievement in the sphere of sport. (13 & 14 ) In late 2009, he, along with the rest of the Armenian team, was awarded the title of Honoured master of sport of the Republic of Armenia (15) and in 2012 he received the award of the Order of Honor of the Republic of Armenia. (16)

Sources and references

Data for this bio that is otherwise unattributed was extracted from the FIDE database. Footnoted data was retrieved from other sources, as presented.

(a); (1); (2) Wikipedia article: World Youth Chess Championship; (3); (4); (5); (6); (7); (8); (9) - results in the Team events section are derived from this source unless otherwise footnoted; (10); (11); (12); (13); (14); (15); (16); Wikipedia article: Gabriel Sargissian

Last updated 26 December 2015

 page 1 of 47; games 1-25 of 1,170  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. V Gaprindashvili vs G Sargissian 0-158 1996 Wch U14A45 Queen's Pawn Game
2. G Sargissian vs A Chibukhchian  0-137 1996 Yerevan opB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
3. G Sargissian vs B Askarov  ½-½24 1996 Wch U14C06 French, Tarrasch
4. G Sargissian vs V Shinkevich  1-053 1996 Wch U14B01 Scandinavian
5. G Sargissian vs S Galdunts  0-135 1996 Yerevan opB06 Robatsch
6. D F Nunez Vergara vs G Sargissian  ½-½27 1996 Wch U14A36 English
7. G Sargissian vs A Grigorian  0-151 1996 Yerevan opB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
8. Ganguly vs G Sargissian  0-139 1996 Wch U14A48 King's Indian
9. G Sargissian vs Bacrot  1-052 1996 Ch World (cadets) (under 14)B06 Robatsch
10. E Javakhishvili vs G Sargissian  0-119 1996 Yerevan opD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. G Sargissian vs Suman Sankar  1-029 1996 Wch U14B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
12. A Arakeljan vs G Sargissian  ½-½58 1996 Yerevan opD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. I Khamrakulov vs G Sargissian  ½-½35 1996 Wch U14B22 Sicilian, Alapin
14. G Sargissian vs L Tepojan  0-142 1996 Yerevan opB12 Caro-Kann Defense
15. G Sargissian vs M Lomineishvili  1-028 1996 Yerevan opB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
16. G Sargissian vs A Gurevich  1-033 1996 Wch U14A04 Reti Opening
17. Khurtsidze vs G Sargissian  0-170 1996 Yerevan opD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. M Zschischang vs G Sargissian  ½-½51 1996 Yerevan opD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
19. M Filipovic vs G Sargissian  ½-½60 1996 Wch U14E83 King's Indian, Samisch
20. G Sargissian vs R Burstein  1-047 1997 EU-ch U16B40 Sicilian
21. Y Drozdovskij vs G Sargissian  ½-½41 1997 Wch U14D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. G Guseinov vs G Sargissian  ½-½48 1997 Kasparov CupB56 Sicilian
23. G Sargissian vs Z Izoria  1-048 1997 Wch U14C07 French, Tarrasch
24. M Smistik vs G Sargissian  ½-½59 1997 EU-ch U16B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
25. G Sargissian vs E Lukianenko  1-085 1997 Kasparov CupB83 Sicilian
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Oct-25-07  ArmeniaNL: I hope GM sargissyan can perform well in the team championship and further increase his ELO rating. Hope to see him in top 20 in near future. His last performances show steady improvement in his chess style.

Good luck him.

Nov-25-07  nikolajewitsch: Does anyone know why Sargissian does not play in the World Cup? I mean, I like to see him play for SC Kreuzberg this weekend in the Bundesliga although he could not help them a lot...
Nov-25-07  slomarko: a wild guess: he has not qualified for it.
Nov-25-07  nikolajewitsch: <a wild guess: he has not qualified for it.> Possible, but then he must be the only player of his rating who hasn't, right? There are plenty of IMs there and he has 2670...I thought he would be automatically qualified through rating.
Premium Chessgames Member
  acirce: <I thought he would be automatically qualified through rating.>

Nope, but he was very close. Check

The last player who qualified by rating:

<30. A. Onischuk (USA) 2665,50>

2665,50 being the average of his July 06 and January 07 ratings (the number FIDE used to decide who qualifies). Sargissian's was 2662,50

Nov-25-07  nikolajewitsch: Interesting, <acirca>, thx. So it must have been his relatively poor performance at the ECC...pity.
Nov-15-08  arsen387: Seems like in this Olimpiad too Sargissian is in great form. In 2006 it was mostly due to his fantastic form that Armenia took the first place. Gabriel is already 2/2 in Dresden, and if he continues like this, Armenia can achieve another great result. Go Gabriel! Go Armenia!
Nov-15-08  ARMENIA: <arsen387> you couldn't have been more correct with your observation! He is 3 for 3 with a 3126 performance thus far and I believe that Armenia will put the winning position on board three tomorrow to take the narrow win against Ukraine and he should be given the honor and privilege to score the full point against such great force such is Ukraine! Imaigine 4 for 4 for him? He deserves all the praise!

God Bless Armenia

Nov-17-08  DUS: Sargissian -- Stellwagen, 1--0

and Armenia -- Netherlans, 2.5--1.5

for today's R5. Congrats!

4.5 out of 5 is just perfect.

Viva Gabriel Sargissian!

Nov-17-08  DUS: <ARMENIA> haven't seen your postings long time, welcome back!
Nov-20-08  DUS: Sargissian -- Grischuk, 1--0

and Armenia --Russia, 2.5--1.5

Viva Gabriel Sargissian!

Nov-20-08  ArmeniaNL: best wishes to gabi, well done man!!!! please try to break 2700 limit, i am desperatly waiting for that
Nov-20-08  Harvestman: What a run Sargissian is on at the Olympiad! 6/7, with no losses.

Out of curiosity, what (and when) was his last loss at an Olympiad?

(Suppose I could try looking this up myself...)

Nov-20-08  Harvestman: Answering my own question, it looks like it was 2004. Ganguly vs G Sargissian, 2004
Nov-20-08  Eban: Sargissian transforms into Kasparov during Olympics!!
Nov-20-08  Udit Narayan: he looks like a young kasparov
Nov-21-08  arsen387: during Olimpiads he is better than Kasparov:) The soul of our team and the main contributor in terms of points. And his game against Grischuk is a real gem. The position in the end is like from a chess composition. Amazingly beuatiful!
Nov-21-08  shintaro go: Yes, for some reason he becomes a point scoring machine in Olympiads. But in Corus B, he was -3 and finished in last place.
Nov-23-08  praddy06: Sargissian has a live rating of 2673.9 +31.9 a massive jump has to be among 2700 club soon the way he plays.
Nov-24-08  ArmeniaNL: <praddy06:> where can i find live chess ratings
Nov-24-08  khursh: <ArmeniaNL:> but it is calculated only for 2700+ club
Nov-24-08  ArmeniaNL: <praddy06:> how do you get that rating of sargissian 2673.9 ? If what you say is corrent then his name should be in the live rating list.
Nov-25-08  manchild: You can calculate the live rating yourself. I don't know how but you definitely can. What he means to say is that his rating of 2673.9 is after adding his performance from this Olympiad (+31.9). His name is not on the list because he has yet to break the 2700 barrier which the list is limited to. However, Sargissian always outperforms in this type of team competition because he has a very strong team spirit. His individual results so far this year has been rather disappointing.
Nov-26-08  arsen387: Much thanks to our golden boy Sargissian who again performed on a fantastic level with the highest rating performance among all players, 2869, with 9 points out of 11 games.
Dec-30-08  arsen387: Gabriel Sargissian was voted as the best sportsman of the year 2008 in Armenia. Definitely he deserved it!
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