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Hrant Melkumyan
Number of games in database: 581
Years covered: 2003 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2619 (2710 rapid, 2686 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2678

Overall record: +188 -81 =177 (62.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 135 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (35) 
    D10 D15 D11 D12 D17
 King's Indian (27) 
    E60 E90 E63 E97 E94
 Queen's Pawn Game (26) 
    E00 D02 A40 A46 A41
 Grunfeld (23) 
    D85 D90 D70 D72 D80
 Queen's Gambit Declined (21) 
    D38 D37 D31 D30 D39
 Semi-Slav (20) 
    D45 D43 D44 D47 D48
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (70) 
    C67 C84 C78 C77 C65
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (28) 
    C84 C85 C90 C91 C92
 Grunfeld (28) 
    D85 D80 D76 D97 D70
 English, 1 c4 c5 (17) 
    A39 A38 A33 A31 A30
 English (14) 
    A15 A18 A14 A10 A16
 Queen's Gambit Declined (14) 
    D37 D39 D30 D35 D31
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   H Melkumyan vs C Balogh, 2013 1-0
   H Melkumyan vs Dreev, 2011 1-0
   M Mchedlishvili vs H Melkumyan, 2011 0-1
   H Melkumyan vs Z Javakhadze, 2007 1-0
   S Volkov vs H Melkumyan, 2010 0-1
   H Melkumyan vs M Peek, 2016 1-0
   H Melkumyan vs D Andreikin, 2012 1/2-1/2
   G Popilski vs H Melkumyan, 2012 0-1
   N Grandelius vs H Melkumyan, 2012 0-1
   E Najer vs H Melkumyan, 2012 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Riga Technical University Open (2014)
   London Chess Classic Open (2012)
   Dubai Open (2010)
   Aeroflot Open (2012)
   Corsica Masters (2011)
   European Individual Championships (2013)
   Reykjavik Open (2016)
   World Junior Championship (2008)
   Reykjavik Open (2015)
   Politiken Cup (2013)
   Golden Sands (2012)
   London Chess Classic Open (2016)
   World Junior Championship (2007)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)

   A Moskalenko vs H Melkumyan (Apr-17-17) 0-1
   H Melkumyan vs M Matlakov (Apr-17-17) 0-1
   Thai Dai Van Nguyen vs H Melkumyan (Apr-16-17) 1/2-1/2
   H Melkumyan vs E Andreev (Apr-16-17) 1-0
   Thore Perske vs H Melkumyan (Apr-15-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born Apr-30-1989, 27 years old) Armenia

[what is this?]
Grandmaster (2008). Melkumyan is Levon Aronian 's protègè and replaced Gabriel Sargissian as Aronian's second in late 2011.

Melkumyan came 2nd at the World U18 World Championship in 2006. He came =4th in the World Junior Championship (2008), which earned him his 3rd GM norm. He placed =1st with 7/9 at the Chigorin Memorial Open (2009). In July 2010 he came 3rd in the 30th International Open "Villa de Benasque". In February 2012, he came =4th (7th on tiebreak) with 6/9 at the Aeroflot Open (2012) and in May 2013, he came =1st (10th on tiebreak) at the European Individual Championships (2013), thereby qualifying for the World Cup (2013), where he was eliminated when he lost in the tiebreaker of the first round match to Peruvian #1 Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga.

In late 2011, Melkumyan scored 20 points out of 26 to become the winner of the European champion’s title at the Continental Blitz Championship which was held in Warsaw, Poland. In August 2014, he won the Riga Technical University Open (2014) with 7.5/9 on tiebreak ahead of Richard Rapport.

His 7.5/11 at the European Individual Championships (2014) earned him the right to compete at the World Cup (2015) where he defeated former World Cup winner Gata Kamsky in the first round but was eliminated from the Cup when he lost his second round match to Cuban super-GM Leinier Dominguez Perez.

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 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 581  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. N Mariano vs H Melkumyan  0-166 2003 Wch U14B42 Sicilian, Kan
2. H Melkumyan vs M Vachier-Lagrave  0-166 2004 WYb16B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
3. E Moradiabadi vs H Melkumyan  0-147 2005 Iranian Team ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
4. G Harutjunyan vs H Melkumyan  0-148 2006 Blue Sevan TournamentB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
5. H Melkumyan vs M Kekelidze  1-038 2006 Blue Sevan TournamentA56 Benoni Defense
6. T Kotanjian vs H Melkumyan  ½-½104 2006 Blue Sevan TournamentE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
7. A Pashikian vs H Melkumyan  1-075 2006 Blue Sevan TournamentE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
8. A Pashikian vs H Melkumyan  ½-½27 2006 World Junior ChampionshipC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
9. H Melkumyan vs D Baramidze  ½-½35 2006 World Junior ChampionshipE20 Nimzo-Indian
10. H Melkumyan vs A Filippov  0-152 2006 World Junior ChampionshipE13 Queen's Indian, 4.Nc3, Main line
11. Le Quang Liem vs H Melkumyan  1-036 2006 World Junior ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
12. V Movsisian vs H Melkumyan  1-034 2006 World Junior ChampionshipC54 Giuoco Piano
13. H Melkumyan vs Z Javakhadze 1-054 2007 World Junior ChampionshipE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
14. M Rodshtein vs H Melkumyan  1-035 2007 World Junior ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
15. H Melkumyan vs V Kulakov  1-029 2007 World Junior ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. N Vlashki vs H Melkumyan  0-147 2007 World Junior ChampionshipC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. H Melkumyan vs Y Vovk  1-035 2007 World Junior ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
18. A Adly vs H Melkumyan 1-041 2007 World Junior ChampionshipA14 English
19. H Melkumyan vs A Pashikian  ½-½42 2007 World Junior ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. D Andreikin vs H Melkumyan  1-075 2007 World Junior ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
21. H Melkumyan vs G Jones  ½-½69 2007 World Junior ChampionshipE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
22. S Kaplan vs H Melkumyan  0-166 2007 World Junior ChampionshipC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
23. H Melkumyan vs Negi  0-151 2007 World Junior ChampionshipD73 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3
24. R Hungaski vs H Melkumyan  ½-½72 2007 World Junior ChampionshipE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
25. H Melkumyan vs F Pancevski  ½-½54 2007 World Junior ChampionshipE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 581  PGN Download
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Oct-07-07  BIDMONFA: Hrant Melkumyan


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  whiteshark: Grandmaster title approved to him at the 79th FIDE Congress which was held 16-26 November 2008 in Dresden, Germany.


Dec-05-08  Davolni: congratulations to the new addition to the Armenian family of GransMasters!!!
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  Tabanus: GM Hrant Melkumyan, Armenia, born 30 April 1989. Now rated 2585,

GM in 2008. Rating curve indicates 2600+ soon. ICC: Pchyolka

World U18 vice champion 2006. Shared 8-14 in World Junior Ch 2008 (3rd GM norm). Strong 6th place (shared 2nd) in Abu Dhabi 2009.

Got 7/9 (same as winner) in Chigorin Memorial 2009:

Biography: (in Polish)


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  Tabanus: Today 3rd in the 30th Open Internacional de Ajedrez "Villa de Benasque" 8-17 July 2010:

Oct-07-10  arsen387: A nasty attack by GM Melkumian agaisnt Sasho Nikolov , found it on among the best games of this August (not presesnt in CG database yet)

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 0-0 6.a3 b6 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Nxd5 exd5 9.g3 c5 10.Bg2 Bb7 11.0-0 Nd7 12.dxc5 bxc5 13.Qa4 a5 14.Rfd1 Nb6 15.Qc2 a4 16.h4 h6 17.Rac1 Qc8 18.Kh2 Re8 19.Ne5 Bf6 20.Bh3 Qd8 21.Ng4 Be7 22.Bxh6 gxh6 23.Nxh6+ Kg7 24.Nxf7 Qc7 25.Rd4 Bc8 26.Bxc8 Qxc8 27.Ne5 Qe6 28.Rg4+ Kh8 29.Rg6 Qxe5 30.Rh6+ Kg8 31.Qh7+ Kf8 32.Rg6 1-0

Dec-21-11  Albertan: Armenia’s Hrant Melkumyan wins European title:

Jan-13-12  waustad: How does one pronounce Hrant properly?
Jan-13-12  khursh: H(em)+A+(g)RANT

A like in "a book'
However, we have two 't'-s in Armenian, soft as in English, and hard, which is here in HRANT.

Feb-11-12  waustad: He's getting some rating points back in Moscow. He lost some recently in Armenia.
Feb-19-12  notyetagm: Melkumyan is doing well these days.

Anyone know if he is playing at <Cappelle-La-Grande> or some other open tournament?


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  cro777: In February 2012 Melkumyan tied for 4th–8th with Alexander Khalifman, Maxim Rodshtein, Fabiano Caruana and Dmitry Andreikin in the 11th Aeroflot Open Chess Festival.

In the German Chess Bundesliga Melkumyan plays on board 1 for Aronian's chess club SF Berlin. Aronian plays on board 2 thus giving the young Armenian, his student, a chance to play against the strongest possible opponents. The German event is the world's premier national team competition.

The 12th and 13th round of Bundesliga (17th and 18th of March 2012) has just begun. Melkumyan is playing on board 1 for SF Berlin.

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  twinlark: Good summary.
Mar-20-12  shivasuri4: Hrant Melkumyan recovered well from his previous round loss to Parimarjan Negi to draw against higher rated Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in a 31 move game of the Grunfeld Defense.Though he was a pawn down from the opening, his two bishops and rook combined well to tie up the black pieces.The players shook hands when the BOOC endgame (with a rook each) endgame ensued.
Mar-23-12  notyetagm: G Popilski vs H Melkumyan, 2012

28 ... ?

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28 ... c5-c4!

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28 ... c5-c4! locks the White a2-bishop right out of the game.

Note that White has to resign in the final position because he is effectively down by a piece due to his <LOCKED OUT> b1-bishop.

Final position

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Mar-26-12  ozmikey: With my pedant's hat on, might I point out re the bio that the word "protégé" has two acute rather than grave accents over the e's?'s francophone readers would be dreadfully offended. :)
Jun-11-13  notyetagm: H Melkumyan vs C Balogh, 2013

Nice last-round win by Melkumyan, sending him to the 2013 World Cup in Norway.

Jan-22-14  notyetagm: Wow, Melkumyan is -6 (!!!) at the <2014 ARMENIAN CHAMPIONSHIP>!

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  ketchuplover: Doing well in Riga so far
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  Penguincw: Congratz to Hrant Melkumyan for winning the Riga Technical University Open (2014) with a score of 7.5/9 (+6,-0,=3) and edging out Richard Rapport on 2nd tiebreaks.

By my unofficial record, he gained 15.3 rating points, flying him to a career high 2670. That would put him at 72nd place on the FIDE rating list (obviously excluding the movement of other players).

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  Penguincw: Congrats to Hrant Melkumyan for entering the live ratings, top 100 again. Today, he beat the struggling Naroditsky to move from 2651 to 2655.8, which is currently 93rd.

His win was an integral part of Armenia's win over the States, as the top 3 boards were drawn.

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to GM Hrant Melkumyan! Congrats on being the 99th highest rated player in the world! :)
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  ketchuplover: Kudos on defeating Kamsky today!
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