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Varuzhan Akobian
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Number of games in database: 987
Years covered: 1993 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2645 (2620 rapid, 2655 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2653

Overall record: +365 -154 =378 (61.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 90 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (64) 
    E32 E42 E34 E46 E45
 Queen's Gambit Declined (58) 
    D37 D30 D38 D39 D31
 Slav (56) 
    D13 D14 D15 D17 D11
 King's Indian (55) 
    E61 E92 E71 E60 E73
 Grunfeld (52) 
    D85 D94 D80 D92 D70
 Queen's Pawn Game (42) 
    A41 A46 A40 D00 E10
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (133) 
    C11 C10 C05 C02 C00
 French (72) 
    C11 C10 C00 C12 C13
 Tarrasch Defense (58) 
    D34 D33 D32
 Pirc (51) 
    B07 B09
 Queen's Pawn Game (38) 
    A41 D02 A40 D00 E00
 Queen's Gambit Declined (36) 
    D30 D37 D35 D38 D31
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   W So vs Akobian, 2015 0-1
   Akobian vs Kamsky, 2014 1/2-1/2
   Akobian vs J Becerra Rivero, 2009 1-0
   Akobian vs G Szabo, 1993 1-0
   Akobian vs M Aigner, 2005 1-0
   Akobian vs Onischuk, 2017 1/2-1/2
   Kamsky vs Akobian, 2017 0-1
   Akobian vs I Abdelnabbi, 2000 1-0
   M Arbouche vs Akobian, 2006 0-1
   I Krush vs Akobian, 2010 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   National Open (2006)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   US Championship (2014)
   Montreal (2008)
   US Championship (2009)
   US Championship (2012)
   World Open (2007)
   World Cup (2009)
   34th World Open (2006)
   National Open (2007)
   Millionaire Chess (2016)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2017)
   American Continental Championship (2005)
   Gibraltar Chess Festival (2008)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   B07 Pirc: Czech [Black] by chess.master
   2007 Americas Continental championship by gauer
   1993 WYCC (open) U-10 by gauer
   2002 World open by gauer
   2003 American open by gauer
   2005 Chicago Spring invitational by gauer
   2002 American open by gauer
   SPICE Cup 2008 by Black Pawn
   queens gambit declined by SpaceRunner
   1996 WYCC (open) U-14 by gauer

   Akobian vs Robson (Apr-08-17) 1/2-1/2
   Akobian vs Caruana (Apr-07-17) 1-0
   Y Zherebukh vs Akobian (Apr-06-17) 0-1
   Akobian vs Onischuk (Apr-05-17) 1/2-1/2
   W So vs Akobian (Apr-04-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born Nov-19-1983, 33 years old) Armenia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Varuzhan Akobian was born November 19, 1983 in Yerevan. He began playing chess at age 5 when his family moved to Mongolia. Due to the inordinately harsh weather conditions there, "Var" and his sister were encouraged to stay indoors and play chess. In 1993, Varuzhan defeated every player in his section and earned 1st place in the Armenian Junior Chess Championship. In 1995, he won the Armenian Junior Chess Championship in the under-12 age group. In 1997, Varuzhan played in one of chessís most prestigious tournaments: the Kasparov Cup in Moscow. Only the top 2 players from any given country may participate in the event. Var took 2nd place, ceding 1st to fellow Armenian Levon Aronian.

In 2000, at the age of 16, he became an International Master. Then in 2001 he moved to the United States where he instantly became one of America's best junior prospects. In 2002, he tied for 1st place in the World Open and was awarded the Samford Fellowship, an honor given annually to the most promising chess player in the USA.

Finally, in 2004 he achieved his long overdue GM title.

2008 turned out to be a turning point in GM Akobianís career as he recorded a string of major successes that included winning the Doeberl Cup, the Chicago Open and GM Susan Polgarís second annual Spice Cup. He finished the year with a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympiad (just as he had done in 2006).

In 2010, GM Akobian won a Silver Medal at the World Team Championship in Turkey, becoming the Castle Grand Prix Champion, taking clear first with 4.5 of 5, and finishing second at the US Open with 7.5 of 9. GM Akobian also, for the first time, coached the US Olympic Team at the Chess Olympiad (2010) in Russia.

In 2011, he participated in a massive internet exhibition, the Chessgames Challenge: Akobian vs The World, 2011, drawing against a team of over 1500 players, but the rematch in the latter half of 2012 saw the world score a win in a Caro-Kann.

In July 2013, he won a hard fought World Open played in Arlington Virginia with 6.5/9 ahead of seven other GMs on the same score, including Yuniesky Quesada Perez and Lazaro Bruzon Batista who placed 2nd and 3rd. His first placement was decided by winning an Armageddon tiebreaker against Quesada.

Akobian qualified for the World Cup (2015) via his result at the US Championships (2015). Unfortunately for him, he was eliminated from the Cup upon his first round loss to Czech GM Viktor Laznicka.

Wikipedia article: Varuzhan Akobian

 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 987  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Ho vs Akobian  0-144 1993 Wch U10A45 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Akobian vs G Szabo 1-031 1993 Wch U10D02 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Grigoriants vs Akobian 1-099 1993 Wch U10C05 French, Tarrasch
4. Akobian vs B Kurobasa  0-148 1993 Wch U10A40 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Akobian vs M Paragua ½-½35 1993 Wch U10E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
6. Akobian vs Jakovenko 0-128 1993 Wch U10D55 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. M Sebenik vs Akobian  ½-½27 1993 Wch U10A57 Benko Gambit
8. D Rybansky vs Akobian  0-127 1993 Wch U10A57 Benko Gambit
9. Akobian vs V Vamos 1-038 1993 Wch U10D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. M Perunovic vs Akobian  0-146 1993 Wch U10C17 French, Winawer, Advance
11. J Martinez vs Akobian 0-139 1993 Wch U10C02 French, Advance
12. Akobian vs H Geanta 0-127 1994 EU-ch U12D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
13. A Kovchan vs Akobian  ½-½26 1994 EU-ch U12C01 French, Exchange
14. Akobian vs S Jorgensen  1-019 1994 EU-ch U12A43 Old Benoni
15. Akobian vs V Gaprindashvili  ½-½10 1994 EU-ch U12D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. M Sebenik vs Akobian  0-137 1994 EU-ch U12A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
17. Akobian vs V Raceanu  ½-½19 1994 EU-ch U12A00 Uncommon Opening
18. A Khruschiov vs Akobian  0-121 1994 EU-ch U12B07 Pirc
19. Akobian vs D Mastrovasilis  ½-½51 1994 EU-ch U12E99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
20. V Jalinskas vs Akobian  0-122 1994 EU-ch U12B07 Pirc
21. M Szymanski vs Akobian  0-141 1995 EU-ch U12D33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
22. Akobian vs Ponomariov 0-120 1995 EU-ch U12A00 Uncommon Opening
23. Akobian vs E Petuchovskis  0-142 1995 EU-ch U12D16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. N Templier vs Akobian  ½-½27 1995 EU-ch U12D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
25. S Azarov vs Akobian  1-044 1995 EU-ch U12B07 Pirc
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 987  PGN Download
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  AylerKupp: <Absentee> Sigh ... you are probably right. Resistance is futile.
May-13-15  prensdepens: <pontiopilato286: I don't want to be overjoyed.But Akobian maybe out of the US team, right>

With the last US Chess championship in my mind, wherein Akobian was so happy to win a free point at the expense of Wesley, all because of that scribble on the score sheet.

Akobian showed his lack of taste. Chess players are likened to gladiators of the past, applaused by the crowd because of their dignity inside the ring.

He is not worthy to include in the USCF dream team, he is coward. It is the WILL to fight which make this game so AWESOME.

I suggest to USCF to assign Akobian the position of water boy.

May-13-15  Petrosianic: Who said that he was happy at all, much less "So happy" (I assume that part was a pun). Disliking people because of made up facts about their psyches seems nonsensical.
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  RookFile: I'm kind of reminded of a reporter asking Larry Bird: "Will the Celtics come to play tonight?" Bird said: "We don't come to play, we come to win." Put this way, Akobian is absolutely the type of guy I'd want on my team.
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  perfidious: Have always loathed Celtics and never cared for Bird, but completely agree with his approach.
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  Gypsy: <prensdepens:
I suggest to USCF to assign Akobian the position of water boy.>

Strange suggestion. You would drink water thus procured?

Apr-19-16  kamagong24: akobian clobbered by Wesley in the US champioships, sweet revenge!!! :)
Apr-20-16  epistle: You are a true gentleman. So sporting of you to allow him to even up the score.
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  Appaz: If you need revenge for facing the consequences after refusing to follow the rules, you should probably rethink your morals.
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  chancho: Look at the man's expression:

The expression of someone who got a free point. :-)

Apr-25-16  pinoy king: Looks like an ugly dishonest rat
Apr-25-16  Nina Myers: <Appaz: If you need revenge for facing the consequences after refusing to follow the rules, you should probably rethink your morals.> One should not expect too much from a Failippino fanboy anyway.
Apr-25-16  epistle: kamagong is now rethinking his morals...
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  OhioChessFan: A couple of late wins as he tries to salvage something from a bad performance in the US Championship.
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  posoo: LOLOOLOL da pinoykong ay lamang mapataob dahil ONG kaniyang hari, emperador, at isa tunay na pag-ibig sinubukang masira ONG MMMMMmga POTTAKARANLOBBAN akobian at got SMASHED. Dama EEYON!
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Varuzhan Akobian.
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  perfidious: Is another gift from So in the offing when they should next meet?

Akobian got his way once, but he may well spend a career paying for that point so easily gained.

Nov-21-16  Petrosianic: He did So a favor by making him break the habit on an unimportant occasion, rather than in a candidates or even a world championship match, where it might have really hurt.
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  ketchuplover: Soooooooooooooooooooooo close yet Sooooooooooooooooooooooo Var :(
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  zanzibar: Soooooooooooomeoooooooooone might have a stuck key.
Apr-05-17  JimNorCal: Stuck key? But cut and paste is Soooooooooooooooooooooo easy ... that's just as good an explanation.
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  cro777: Varuzhan Akobian‏: "Had a very interesting game today vs World #2 Wesley So. On move 31st missed a chance to win with Qc2+ or Ng1 but still happy with a draw."

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  zanzibar: Looked like a good game for Akobian today against Onischuk, however he started chewing up the clock at move 48, when he really didn't have to.

At move 51 he then basically gave away his advantage allowing Black's king into the K-side.

Result - draw.

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  ketchuplover: Down goes Caruana!
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  Jambow: Varuzan on a personal rating high and kicking butt in the US championship. Impressive indeed.
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