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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. D Rybansky vs Akobian  0-127 1993 Wch U10A57 Benko Gambit
2. Akobian vs M Paragua ½-½35 1993 Wch U10E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
3. J Martinez vs Akobian 0-139 1993 Wch U10C02 French, Advance
4. A Ho vs Akobian  0-144 1993 Wch U10A45 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Akobian vs B Kurobasa  0-148 1993 Wch U10A40 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Akobian vs G Szabo  1-031 1993 Wch U10D02 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Grigoriants vs Akobian 1-099 1993 Wch U10C05 French, Tarrasch
8. Akobian vs Jakovenko 0-128 1993 Wch U10D55 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. M Sebenik vs Akobian  ½-½27 1993 Wch U10A57 Benko Gambit
10. Akobian vs V Vamos 1-038 1993 Wch U10D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. M Perunovic vs Akobian  0-146 1993 Wch U10C17 French, Winawer, 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. N Templier vs Akobian  ½-½27 1995 EU-ch U12D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
22. Akobian vs Ponomariov 0-120 1995 EU-ch U12A00 Uncommon Opening
23. S Azarov vs Akobian  1-044 1995 EU-ch U12B07 Pirc
24. M Szymanski vs Akobian  0-141 1995 EU-ch U12D33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
25. Akobian vs E Petuchovskis  0-142 1995 EU-ch U12D16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 898  PGN Download
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  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

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

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

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  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  cormier: we make & build our luck ... tks V
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  kutztown46: <GM Akobian>

Thank you for the game.

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  parmetd: Thank Var!
Aug-10-11  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.
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  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
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  wordfunph: <GM Varuzhan Akobian> thank you and good luck to your future endeavors..
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  whiteshark: <Player of the Day>
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  Stonehenge: Happy Birthday :)
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  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.
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  Stonehenge: Thanks for the game, GM Akobian!
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  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.
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  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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