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Lilit Mkrtchian
L Mkrtchian 
Number of games in database: 675
Years covered: 2001 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2403 (2375 rapid, 2317 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2503

Overall record: +219 -98 =256 (60.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 102 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (55) 
    A13 A10 A15 A12 A11
 Sicilian (33) 
    B50 B42 B27 B31 B48
 English, 1 c4 e5 (33) 
    A29 A20 A25 A21 A28
 Nimzo Indian (22) 
    E32 E46 E34 E48 E52
 King's Indian (21) 
    E90 E63 E61 E71 E62
 English, 1 c4 c5 (20) 
    A36 A30 A33 A37 A34
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (63) 
    C18 C03 C01 C04 C00
 Queen's Gambit Declined (41) 
    D31 D37 D38 D39 D35
 Sicilian (32) 
    B43 B40 B47 B44 B22
 Queen's Indian (30) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14
 Queen's Pawn Game (25) 
    E00 A46 A45 D02 A41
 Nimzo Indian (24) 
    E42 E34 E38 E46 E32
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L Mkrtchian vs M R Nechaeva, 2009 1-0
   L Mkrtchian vs V Golubenko, 2008 1-0
   L Mkrtchian vs T Kosintseva, 2006 1-0
   L Mkrtchian vs H Vardanian, 2014 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Team Championship (Women) (2013)
   10th European Individual Women's Championship (2009)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2016)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2008)
   European Club Cup (Women) (2010)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2013)
   6th European Individual Women's Championship (2005)
   7th European Individual Championship: Women (2006)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2012)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2014)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2012)
   Women's Olympiad (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2010)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2010)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Lilit Mkrtchian's Tactical Sacrifices by khursh

   🏆 Tradewise Gibraltar
   L Mkrtchian vs L Moroni Jr (Feb-01-18) 1/2-1/2
   L Mkrtchian vs S Gagare (Jan-30-18) 0-1
   L Mkrtchian vs B Lalith (Jan-28-18) 1/2-1/2
   R Praggnanandhaa vs L Mkrtchian (Jan-27-18) 1/2-1/2
   L Mkrtchian vs Epishin (Jan-26-18) 1/2-1/2

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(born Aug-09-1982, 35 years old) Armenia

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Woman Grand Master, International Master and four times Armenian Women's Champion.

Mkrtchian came 6th in the Girls U14 World Championship in Menorca in 1996. In 2000, she came equal first in the Black Sea Countries Championship (Women). In 2001, she came third in the U20 World Girls Championship held in Athens. In 2002, she won the silver medal in the European Individual Chess Championship in Varna, Bulgaria scoring 8.5/11 points and the bronze medal at the 7th European Individual Championship 2006 held in Kuşadası, Turkey, scoring 7.5/11 points. She also placed equal fourth in the North Urals Cup (2006) in Krasnoturinsk in 2006 and reached round 4 (quarter finals) of the Women's World Championship (2008), bowing out after losing to Yifan Hou. She contested the FIDE Knock-Out Women's World Championship (2012) and defeated Scottish GM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant in the first round before bowing out to Russian GM Nadezhda Kosintseva in the second set of rapid tiebreakers in round two.

She participated in the European Team Championship in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, in 2003, helping Armenia win the gold medal.

Wikipedia article: Lilit Mkrtchian

 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 675  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. T Tuominen vs L Mkrtchian  0-14220012nd ch-EUR WomenC01 French, Exchange
2. L Mkrtchian vs I Sudakova  ½-½4320012nd ch-EUR WomenB50 Sicilian
3. S Matveeva vs L Mkrtchian  0-12720012nd ch-EUR WomenD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
4. L Mkrtchian vs K Arakhamia-Grant  0-16220012nd ch-EUR WomenA07 King's Indian Attack
5. B Jaracz vs L Mkrtchian  0-14020012nd ch-EUR WomenC03 French, Tarrasch
6. L Mkrtchian vs Kachiani-Gersinska  1-04220012nd ch-EUR WomenC50 Giuoco Piano
7. T Vasilevich vs L Mkrtchian  ½-½4120012nd ch-EUR WomenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. L Mkrtchian vs A M Galliamova  1-03820012nd ch-EUR WomenB27 Sicilian
9. E V Kovalevskaya vs L Mkrtchian  1-05320012nd ch-EUR WomenC01 French, Exchange
10. L Mkrtchian vs H Hunt  ½-½1220012nd ch-EUR WomenB50 Sicilian
11. L Mkrtchian vs A Zatonskih  ½-½820012nd ch-EUR WomenC01 French, Exchange
12. J Bagirov vs L Mkrtchian  0-1352001BatumiD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. L Mkrtchian vs T Gelashvili 0-1332001BatumiC41 Philidor Defense
14. M Kantaria vs L Mkrtchian 1-0322001BatumiD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
15. L Mkrtchian vs T Balkhamishvili  1-0452001BatumiB83 Sicilian
16. K Rukhaia vs L Mkrtchian 0-1362001BatumiC00 French Defense
17. L Mkrtchian vs T Odisharia  ½-½692001BatumiB33 Sicilian
18. M Purtseladze vs L Mkrtchian  ½-½682001BatumiD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
19. L Mkrtchian vs N Dzagnidze  1-0602001BatumiB50 Sicilian
20. B Shovunov vs L Mkrtchian  ½-½542001BatumiC02 French, Advance
21. I Makka vs L Mkrtchian 0-1572001WJun WomenC11 French
22. L Mkrtchian vs I Charkhalashvili  ½-½182001WJun WomenB15 Caro-Kann
23. N Hryhorenko vs L Mkrtchian  ½-½282001WJun WomenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
24. L Mkrtchian vs E Moncayo Romero 1-0332001WJun WomenB50 Sicilian
25. S Meenakshi vs L Mkrtchian 0-11042001WJun WomenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 675  PGN Download
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  percyblakeney: Mkrtchian survived a car crash with a broken arm and a brain concussion earlier this year and spent a week in hospital. She turned up in the Women's World Championship, but lost in the first round against a much lower rated opponent, not too unexpected given the circumstances.
Apr-06-06  BIDMONFA: Lilit Mkrtchian


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  Jim Bartle: Maybe she and former volleyball player Bob Ctvrtlik should go on Jeopardy and buy a vowel.
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  percyblakeney: Doing fine in the Russian Club Championship, five wins and one draw in six games.
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  weisyschwarz: <blingice> there was even a better picture of her in the kosteniuk kollection of fotos taken during the Turin Olympiad.
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  percyblakeney: One of Mkrtchian's best games from a tournament in Croatia earlier this month. A double exchange sacrifice at moves 35-38 against a very strong opponent takes her close to the win, but then things go wrong in the endgame.

[Event "14th Salona"]
[Site "Solin, CRO"]
[Date "2006.12.01"]
[Round "8.4"]
[White "Movsesian, Sergei"]
[Black "Mkrtchian, Lilit"]
[WhiteElo "2637"]
[BlackElo "2468"]
[ECO "A07"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 c6 3. Bg2 Bg4 4. O-O Nd7 5. d3 Ngf6 6. Qe1 e5 7. h3 Bh5 8. e4 dxe4 9. dxe4 Bc5 10. Nbd2 O-O 11. Nc4 Re8 12. a4 Nb6 13. Na5 Rb8 14. Nh4 Nc8 15. Bg5 h6 16. Bd2 Nd6 17. Nb3 Bb6 18. Bb4 Bc7 19. Kh1 Nd7 20. f3 Qf6 21. Rd1 Rbd8 22. Rd3 b6 23. f4 c5 24. Bc3 Qe7 25. Nd2 f6 26. g4 Bf7 27. f5 Nf8 28. Rg3 Nc4 29. Nxc4 Bxc4 30. Rg1 Rd6 31. Nf3 Nh7 32. h4 Ba6 33. Bf1 Bb7 34. Bc4+ Kf8 35. Rh3 Rd4
36. Bxd4 exd4 37. Be6 Qd6 38. g5 Rxe6 39. fxe6 Qxe6 40. Qf1 Bxe4 41. g6 Ng5 42. hxg5 hxg5 43. Qg2 Bf4 44. Re1 Be3 45. Qg3 g4 46. Rh8+ Ke7 47. Qc7+ Qd7 48. Qxd7+ Kxd7 49. Kg2 Bxf3+ 50. Kg3 f5 51. Rf8 Ke6 52. Rf1 Be4 53. Re8+ Kd5 54. Re7 f4+ 55. Kxg4 Bxg6 56. Rxg7 Bxc2 57. Rxa7 Kc4 58. Rxf4 Bxf4 59. Kxf4 d3 60. Ke3 Kb3 61. Rb7 Kxb2 62. a5 c4 63. Rxb6+ Kc1 64. Rd6 c3 65. a6 d2 66. a7 Be4 67. Kxe4 d1=Q 68. Rxd1+ Kxd1 69. Kd3 1-0

Position after 49. Kg2, where Shredder gives gxf3+ as more than 2 pawns up for Mkrtchian. She took with the bishop instead and lost in the end, but still one of the more interesting games of 2006.

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  Billy Vaughan: <Maybe she and former volleyball player Bob Ctvrtlik should go on Jeopardy and buy a vowel.>

Heehee. But methinks Mkrtchian could just rearrange the letters of her name to something like "Mirkantch" without spending the money on vowels :)

Anyways, +6 -1 =4 in the European Individual Championships for women - very nice!

Sep-05-08  DUS: Congrats to Lilit Mkrtchian for nice victory against Harika Dronavalli!
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  arsen387: Mkrtchian reached to Woman's World Championship quarterfinals and drew the first game with Hou Yifan. She is the first Armenian woman who reached to that stage, and what's also remarkable, is that she is yet undefeated in the championship. Congratulations. Go Lilit!
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  spasskey69: Is there any more personal information available? Who is her trainer?
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  Wild Bill: Lilit Mkrtchian is currently leading the European Women's Championship in St. Petersburg.

It's too bad she isn't more of a devotee of a certain subset of the French. It would remind us how to get a close approximation to the pronounciation of her name.

Hint: A Rudolf vs L Mkrtchian, 2008

Mar-14-09  MMan: "Lilit Mkrtchian is currently leading the European Women's Championship in St. Petersburg."

I hope the prize money is big enough that she can buy some vowels.

Mar-19-09  khursh: Congratulations to Lilit Mkrtchian on winning X European Women's Championship in St. Petersburg !!! /shared with Tatiana Kosintseva /

Is there any tiebreak system [and which] to decide the winner?

Mar-19-09  khursh: A spectacular win in last round.

[Event "10th European Individual Women's Chess Champ"] [Site "St. Peterburg"]
[Date "2009/3/19"]
[Round "11"]
[White "Mkrtchian, Lilit"]
[Black "Romanko, Marina"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Board "03"]
[Input "DGT3648"]
[Owner "Association of chess federations, Moscow"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Qb6 8. Qd3 Qxb2 9. Rb1 Qa3 10. f5 Qa5 11. Bxf6 gxf6 12. fxe6 fxe6 13. Qc4 Kd8 14. Rb3 Qe5 15. Be2 Bh6 16. Rf1 Re8 17. Nf3 Qc5 18. Qd3 Ke7 19. e5 f5 20. Na4 Qa5+ 21. Kf2 dxe5 22. Qc4 e4 23. Nd4 Nc6

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24. Qxc6 ! Qd2 25. Qc5+ Kf6 26. Nb6 Rb8 27. Nc4 Qg5
28. Qe5+ 1-0

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  percyblakeney: <Is there any tiebreak system [and which] to decide the winner?>


<IM Lilit Mkrtchian of Armenia and IM Tatiana Kosintseva of Russia will decide the new European Women Chess Champion after a rapid tiebreak match that should follow later tonight or tomorrow. IM Ekaterina Kovalevskaya entered the last round as sole leader, but then played too passively with Black pieces and Kosintseva knew how to punish this complacency. Lilit Mkrtchian bravely attacked WGM Marina Romanko's Naidorf Sicilian with the sharpest Poisoned Pawn variation. Black King remained stuck in the center and then Romanko blundered a tactical shot while trying to complete the queenside development.>

Mar-19-09  khursh: Thanks <percyblakeney>
Mar-20-09  wanabe2000:
Mar-20-09  hovik2003: Lilit, you are fantastic, I love you!!
Mar-27-09  Udit Narayan: wow fantastic photos there!!!
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  spasskey69: i asked an Armenia lady I know how to pronouice her name: it is MMM-Kart-chian
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  OhioChessFan: I think Alex Trebeck would stroke out if you tried to buy a vowel on Jeopardy. <khursh> that game reminds me of this one: Lahno vs A Gasik, 2001 where Black played Qa5 and later saw the Queen trapped.
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  jon01: Mkrtchian seems to be one of the best women players in the world.
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  weisyschwarz: Come on Lilit!! You can rebound! I have confidence in you! You can get a string of wins!!
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  perfidious: Lilit is hot! If I ever had to play her, I'd go out of my mind.
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  wordfunph: <perfidious: Lilit is hot!>

very hot!!!

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