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Varuzhan Akobian
Number of games in database: 898
Years covered: 1993 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2635 (2661 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2653
Overall record: +339 -143 =351 (61.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      65 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (61) 
    E32 E42 E34 E46 E45
 Slav (53) 
    D13 D15 D14 D11 D17
 King's Indian (52) 
    E61 E92 E71 E60 E76
 Queen's Gambit Declined (50) 
    D37 D30 D38 D39 D35
 Grunfeld (45) 
    D85 D94 D80 D92 D70
 Queen's Pawn Game (42) 
    A41 E10 A46 A40 D00
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (123) 
    C11 C10 C05 C02 C00
 French (67) 
    C11 C10 C00 C12 C13
 Tarrasch Defense (56) 
    D34 D33 D32
 Pirc (49) 
    B07 B09
 Queen's Pawn Game (32) 
    A41 D02 A40 D00 A45
 French Tarrasch (31) 
    C05 C03 C07 C09
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Akobian vs Kamsky, 2014 1/2-1/2
   Akobian vs J Becerra Rivero, 2009 1-0
   I Krush vs Akobian, 2010 0-1
   Akobian vs S Sevian, 2015 1-0
   M Arbouche vs Akobian, 2006 0-1
   Akobian vs M Aigner, 2005 1-0
   Akobian vs D Naroditsky, 2014 1/2-1/2
   W So vs Akobian, 2015 0-1
   Robson vs Akobian, 2007 0-1
   Akobian vs I Abdelnabbi, 2000 1-0

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

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
   queens gambit declined by SpaceRunner
   SPICE Cup 2008 by Black Pawn
   1996 WYCC (open) U-14 by gauer

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(born Nov-19-1983, 31 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 36; games 1-25 of 898  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Akobian vs Jakovenko 0-128 1993 Wch U10D55 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. M Sebenik vs Akobian  ½-½27 1993 Wch U10A57 Benko Gambit
3. Akobian vs V Vamos 1-038 1993 Wch U10D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. M Perunovic vs Akobian  0-146 1993 Wch U10C17 French, Winawer, Advance
5. D Rybansky vs Akobian  0-127 1993 Wch U10A57 Benko Gambit
6. Akobian vs M Paragua ½-½35 1993 Wch U10E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
7. J Martinez vs Akobian 0-139 1993 Wch U10C02 French, Advance
8. A Ho vs Akobian  0-144 1993 Wch U10A45 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Akobian vs B Kurobasa  0-148 1993 Wch U10A40 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Akobian vs G Szabo  1-031 1993 Wch U10D02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Grigoriants vs Akobian 1-099 1993 Wch U10C05 French, Tarrasch
12. Akobian vs D Mastrovasilis  ½-½51 1994 EU-ch U12E99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
13. V Jalinskas vs Akobian  0-122 1994 EU-ch U12B07 Pirc
14. Akobian vs H Geanta 0-127 1994 EU-ch U12D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
15. A Kovchan vs Akobian  ½-½26 1994 EU-ch U12C01 French, Exchange
16. Akobian vs S Jorgensen  1-019 1994 EU-ch U12A43 Old Benoni
17. Akobian vs V Gaprindashvili  ½-½10 1994 EU-ch U12D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. M Sebenik vs Akobian  0-137 1994 EU-ch U12A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
19. Akobian vs V Raceanu  ½-½19 1994 EU-ch U12A00 Uncommon Opening
20. A Khruschiov vs Akobian  0-121 1994 EU-ch U12B07 Pirc
21. M Szymanski vs Akobian  0-141 1995 EU-ch U12D33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
22. Akobian vs E Petuchovskis  0-142 1995 EU-ch U12D16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. N Templier vs Akobian  ½-½27 1995 EU-ch U12D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
24. Akobian vs Ponomariov 0-120 1995 EU-ch U12A00 Uncommon Opening
25. S Azarov vs Akobian  1-044 1995 EU-ch U12B07 Pirc
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  Pyke: Tony Rich' take on the incident is at the 30:00 minute mark

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  Appaz: Wesley So has been warned about this rule breaking by several people in the past it seems.

In this tournament he was first reported by his good friend Sam Shankland in round 2.

He chose to disregard the warning, repeated his rule break and was warned again in a later round, this time threatened with being forfeited.

This was when he came up with this idea of making the scribbling on a separate paper.

Akobian acted in his own and chess' best interest, Wesley So is the only one who did something wrong here.

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  Absentee: <Conrad93: He was looking for an easy win and free rating points to make up for his lack luster performance.>

Almost surely.

It doesn't change the fact that it was So who insisted on breaking the rules despite knowing what the consequences would be. Akobian's behaviour might have been petty, but Rich was absolutely justified in ruling the way he did.

Apr-11-15  pinoy king: Akobian is a cheapskate, FACT.
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  MarkFinan: Asbo.. So never broke any rule that has anything to do with chess the game. I hate using "other board games" as analogies but it's like putting a house on the next square to Mayfair in monopoly. Or putting your notes $$$ (NPI) under the board when you're supposed to put them next to it. Akobian is a little B***h. And don't get me wrong.. If it was the other way around the Sobots would be saying how sharp Wes was to have noticed such a thing, and how he's somehow now better than Fischer and Kasparov, I'm not stupid. But for ONCE they have a case, and Sugardom has acted disgracefully for a so called friend.
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  Gypsy: <Akobian's behaviour might have been petty ...>

<Petty> is not really the adjective that comes to mind here.

Apr-12-15  kummatmebro: It doesn't matter

Even with a forfeit Akobian is still close to the bottom of the championship list this year.

Apr-12-15  MagnusVerMagnus: <Pyke: It's as simple as that. What else should have been done? How about talking to your friend and ask him to get rid of the note? Why run to the arbiter to forfeit him? Why lie at the interview that all you wanted to do was play Wes so much when obviously you only wanted to win so cowardly, cause what he did was despicable for a true competitor.
Apr-13-15  Troller: < How about talking to your friend and ask him to get rid of the note?>

This is not allowed, but surely being a chessplayer you must know that.

Akobian did the only thing he really could do. I cannot understand why people are after him, when his opponent was the one deliberately, continuously and without regard for warnings kept breaking the rules. You can argue about the severity of the penalty, but even then, it is certainly not like Wesley So was not warned.

Apr-13-15  nok: There was obviously a misunderstanding of writing on the scoresheet versus writing at all. Given that English is not So's first language, the arbiter could have given a time penalty. He used his gun instead.
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  keypusher: < nok: There was obviously a misunderstanding of writing on the scoresheet versus writing at all. Given that English is not So's first language, the arbiter could have given a time penalty. He used his gun instead.>

That's not obvious at all...obviously.

Apr-18-15  Wavy: So this guy is supposed to be a friend of Wesley. But of course points come first before friendship, right Varuzhan?
Apr-18-15  Petrosianic: The arbiter could not have given a time penalty. There's no provision in the rules for that.

And it defies common sense to think that after two previous warnings in this tournament and numerous warnings before hand that he was simply unclear about whether it was okay as long as you do it on another sheet of paper. The rules are very clear: players are not allowed to take notes. And it's the player's responsibility to know and obey the rules. If anything is clear, it's that So had a bad habit that he couldn't break, and saw no need to, as he thought he'd always be allowed to slide on it. Just as well that he learned otherwise on a fairly unimportant occasion.

May-02-15  TarrFisch: Anybody who wants to win a chess game by forfeit and not over the board does not deserve any respect at all.
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  AylerKupp: <Petrosianic> No, that is incorrect. The arbiter is allowed to either increase the remaining time of the opponent or reduce the remaining time of the offending player. See, section 13.4.
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  AylerKupp: Why do so many posters seem to think that Akobian knew anything about the arbiter's earlier warnings to So and that he had warned him that upon his third violation that he would be forfeited? Why do they assume that these warnings were made in public? Just because Akobian was a member of the appeals committee doesn't mean that he know about the earlier warnings made to So since those would not have come up in any appeals committee discussions.

Basically, none of the posters at this site were at the event and none of us know what really happened. We are all relying on video snippets and interviews that may not be telling the entire story.

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  AylerKupp: <MarkFinan> So violated the FIDE Laws of Chess. If these have nothing to do with the game of chess then I don't know what does.

Now, you may disagree as to what the FIDE Laws of Chess say and that's fine, but the violations that So committed and the actions that the arbiter took are all covered in the FIDE Laws of Chess.

I think that many of the discussions on this subject would not be taking place if posters read the FIDE Laws of Chess before posting. They are pretty clear.

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  AylerKupp: <nok> The FIDE Laws of Chess are clear: "12.8 Persistent refusal by a player to comply with the Laws of Chess shall be penalised by loss of the game. The arbiter shall decide the score of the opponent."

The arbiter could have done many things but then HE would have been in violation of the FIDE Laws of Chess.

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  Absentee: <AylerKupp: I think that many of the discussions on this subject would not be taking place if posters read the FIDE Laws of Chess before posting. They are pretty clear.>

You're overly optimistic. A lot of people would argue regardless of how well they know the rules, simply because they root for the player, or because they don't like that specific rule (that it was agreed in advance evidently doesn't matter), etc. Love conquers all. Rationality doesn't stand a chance.

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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.
May-25-15  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?

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