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Varuzhan Akobian
Akobian 
Photo copyright © 2009 Betsy Dynako, courtesy of akobian.com.  
Number of games in database: 1,002
Years covered: 1993 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2662 (2620 rapid, 2655 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2673

Overall record: +370 -157 =385 (61.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 90 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (67) 
    E32 E42 E34 E46 E45
 Queen's Gambit Declined (59) 
    D37 D30 D38 D39 D35
 Slav (56) 
    D13 D14 D15 D17 D11
 King's Indian (56) 
    E61 E92 E71 E60 E70
 Grunfeld (52) 
    D85 D94 D80 D92 D83
 Queen's Pawn Game (44) 
    A41 A46 D00 A40 E10
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (136) 
    C11 C10 C05 C02 C01
 French (74) 
    C11 C10 C00 C12 C13
 Tarrasch Defense (58) 
    D34 D33 D32
 Pirc (51) 
    B07 B09
 Queen's Pawn Game (39) 
    A41 D02 E00 D00 A40
 Queen's Gambit Declined (37) 
    D30 D37 D38 D35 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
   J F Mata Gonzalez vs Akobian, 2005 0-1
   Akobian vs G Szabo, 1993 1-0
   Kamsky vs Akobian, 2017 0-1
   Akobian vs M Aigner, 2005 1-0
   I Krush vs Akobian, 2010 0-1
   Akobian vs Onischuk, 2017 1/2-1/2
   Akobian vs I Abdelnabbi, 2000 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   St. Louis Spring Classic (Group A) (2017)
   Montreal (2008)
   US Championship (2009)
   US Championship (2012)
   US Championship (2017)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   World Cup (2009)
   US Championships (2007)
   American Continental Championship (2005)
   Millionaire Chess (2016)
   Gibraltar Chess Festival (2008)
   US Championship 2006 (2006)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   Olympiad (2008)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   B07 Pirc: Czech [Black] Compiled by chess.master by fredthebear
   B07 Pirc: Czech [Black] by chess.master
   2007 Americas Continental championship by gauer
   1993 WYCC (open) U-10 by gauer
   A A Anti-King's Indian Defense [White] by chess.master
   2002 World open by gauer
   2003 American open by gauer
   2005 Chicago Spring invitational by gauer
   2002 American open by gauer
   1996 WYCC (open) U-14 by gauer

RECENT GAMES:
   Akobian vs A Moiseenko (Jun-25-17) 0-1
   Adham Fawzy vs Akobian (Jun-23-17) 1/2-1/2
   Akobian vs K Stupak (Jun-21-17) 1/2-1/2
   Akobian vs B Adhiban (Jun-20-17) 0-1
   Yu Yangyi vs Akobian (Jun-19-17) 1/2-1/2

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

[what is this?]
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 41; games 1-25 of 1,002  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Rybansky vs Akobian  0-1271993Wch U10A57 Benko Gambit
2. A Ho vs Akobian  0-1441993Wch U10A45 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Akobian vs G Szabo 1-0311993Wch U10D02 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Grigoriants vs Akobian 1-0991993Wch U10C05 French, Tarrasch
5. Akobian vs B Kurobasa  0-1481993Wch U10A40 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Akobian vs Jakovenko 0-1281993Wch U10D55 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. M Sebenik vs Akobian  ½-½271993Wch U10A57 Benko Gambit
8. Akobian vs M Paragua ½-½351993Wch U10E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
9. Akobian vs V Vamos 1-0381993Wch U10D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. M Perunovic vs Akobian  0-1461993Wch U10C17 French, Winawer, Advance
11. J Martinez vs Akobian 0-1391993Wch U10C02 French, Advance
12. Akobian vs S Jorgensen  1-0191994EU-ch U12A43 Old Benoni
13. Akobian vs V Gaprindashvili  ½-½101994EU-ch U12D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. M Sebenik vs Akobian  0-1371994EU-ch U12A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
15. Akobian vs V Raceanu  ½-½191994EU-ch U12A00 Uncommon Opening
16. A Khruschiov vs Akobian  0-1211994EU-ch U12B07 Pirc
17. Akobian vs D Mastrovasilis  ½-½511994EU-ch U12E99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
18. V Jalinskas vs Akobian  0-1221994EU-ch U12B07 Pirc
19. Akobian vs H Geanta 0-1271994EU-ch U12D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
20. A Kovchan vs Akobian  ½-½261994EU-ch U12C01 French, Exchange
21. Akobian vs Ponomariov 0-1201995EU-ch U12A00 Uncommon Opening
22. N Templier vs Akobian  ½-½271995EU-ch U12D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
23. S Azarov vs Akobian  1-0441995EU-ch U12B07 Pirc
24. Akobian vs E Petuchovskis  0-1421995EU-ch U12D16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. M Szymanski vs Akobian  0-1411995EU-ch U12D33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
 page 1 of 41; games 1-25 of 1,002  PGN Download
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Aug-10-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  GM Varuzhan Akobian: Dear Chess players I would like to Welcome everyone to the GM Challenge match and wish my opponents good luck!! Have fun and enjoy the game.

GM Varuzhan Akobian

Aug-10-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  hms123: <GM Akobian>

Thanks for agreeing to play against us.

Aug-10-11  Blunderdome: Good luck to you too, GM Akobian.
Aug-10-11  Juninho: Good luck.
Aug-10-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Thanks <GM Akobian> good luck to you also!
Aug-10-11  AgentRgent: "Luck" has no place at the chessboard, so I'll take that as "Play well" and offer the same! :-)
Aug-10-11  dakgootje: I shall pretend luck exists - and wish You the best of it ;)

<..in a world where there is no luck> -- start of a short story right there.

Aug-10-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: <GM Varuzhan Akobian> Thank you for your gracious comments. I hope "enjoying" the game translates into both sides pressuring simultaneously: now that would be fun
Aug-10-11
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  cormier: we make & build our luck ... tks V
Aug-10-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  kutztown46: <GM Akobian>

Thank you for the game.

Aug-10-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  parmetd: Thank Var!
Aug-10-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Boomie: <GM Akobian: Good luck>

The more we practise, the luckier we get.

Best of everything to you.

Aug-10-11  Waitaka: GM V.Akobian, I wish you a nice game. Thank you for accepting the challenge.
Aug-15-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Golden Executive: <GM Akobian>

Thanks for the game and you are very Welcome also !

Aug-17-11  DrMAL: <GM Varuzhan Akobian: Good Luck> Thanx, and thanx for the game. You can always make a few "unlike-you" moves to give "The World" better luck LOL. Personally, I'd recommend 3.f4 and 4.g4 to get space on the K-side as well, just sayin...
Aug-23-11  Lil Swine: thanks Mr. Akobian
Aug-23-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: <GM Varuzhan Akobian> thank you and good luck to your future endeavors..
Sep-24-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <Player of the Day>
Nov-19-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Stonehenge: Happy Birthday :)
Nov-19-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Golden Executive: Feliz CumpleaŮos!
Nov-25-11  weisyschwarz: Some here say luck has no place at a chessboard, yet it does show up from time to time.
Dec-09-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Stonehenge: Thanks for the game, GM Akobian!
Dec-09-11  capafan: Thank you for your kind and skillful participation in the Team Game, GM Akobian.
Dec-09-11  Waitaka: Thanks for providing the World Team a challenging game, mr. Akobian.
Dec-09-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  YouRang: <GM Akobian> Thanks for the game!

Many of us are looking forward to a rematch, if you are willing. Also (if willing) any comments on this game would be great.

Much appreciated. :-)

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