Grandmaster (2008); European U10 Champion (2003); World U18 Champion (2011)
GM Samvel Rubenovich Ter-Sahakyan was born in Vanadzor, Armenia. When he became a Grandmaster on the day before his 15th birthday, he joined the select group of players who have achieved this at an age earlier than the benchmark set by Robert James Fischer in 1958.
<Youth> Ter-Sahakyan became a Grandmaster on 18 October 2008, the day before his 15th birthday, when his ELO reached 2500 during the World U18 championship. He made his first impact in international chess when he became the 2003 European U10 Champion. Subsequently he came equal first at the Belfort Youth (U12) World Championship in 2005 alongside Wesley So, Srinath Narayanan and Sanan Sjugirov, 12th at the Batumi U14 Youth World Championship in 2006, runner-up in the 2008 European U16 championship, the 2009 European U18 champion, runner-up at the same event in 2010, runner up on tiebreak behind Vasif Durarbayli at the Batumi U18 World Youth Championship in 2010 before breaking through to win the 2011 World U18 Championship that was held in Brazil, scoring 8/9 and a TPR of 2705.
<Junior (U20)> =9th with 8.5/13 at the World Junior Championships (2011), and =5th with a solid 9/13 at the World Junior Championship (2012).
<National> He was second in the 2011 Armenian Championship behind Robert Hovhannisyan. In 2012 he took outright 3rd place in the 74th Armenian Championship with 6/10 (+3 -1 =6).
<Continental> Scored 7/11 (TPR 2680) at the 12th European Individual Championship (2011). Placed =10th place with 7.5/11 at the European Individual Championships (2014) (EICC 2014).
<World> His result in the EICC 2014 qualified him to play in the World Cup (2015), where he bowed out of the event after a first round loss to Nikita Vitiugov in the first pair of rapid game tiebreakers.
Ter-Sahakyan scored 5.5/9 (+4 -2 =3) in the 2011 Dubai Open and 5/9 (+3 -2 =4) in the 4th Karen Asrian Memorial in Jermuk, also in 2011. In June 2013, he came 2nd - a point behind Robert Hovhannisyan - with 6.5/9 at the 6th Karen Asrian Memorial 2013. In July 2015, we was =1st with 8/11 at the 8th Annual K. Asrian Memorial 2015, albeit third on tiebreak behind Mikhailo Oleksienko and Anton Korobov. Immediately afterwards he placed =3rd behind Jan-Krzysztof Duda and David Anton Guijarro at the Lake Sevan (2015) event staged in Armenia.
<National Team> Ter-Sahakyan played top board for Armenia in the 2008 and 2009 U16 Olympiads, helping his team to 5th in 2008 and to the bronze medal in 2009.
<National League> He played board four for FIMA Yerevan in the 2008 Armenian Team Championships, helping his team to win the silver medal. He played top board for Chess Academy Yerevan in the 2009 Armenian League, again assisting his team to a silver medal. For the 2014 season he returned to FIMA Yerevan, where playing top board, he helped his team to 4th place.
He has been rated above 2500 since September 2009 and breached the 2600 level for the first time in August 2015.
References and Photo
Wikipedia article: Samvel Ter-Sahakyan