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K Asrian 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons 
Karen Asrian
Number of games in database: 442
Years covered: 1975 to 2008
Last FIDE rating: 2625
Highest rating achieved in database: 2646
Overall record: +107 -53 =275 (56.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      7 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (113) 
    B90 B33 B92 B84 B83
 Ruy Lopez (42) 
    C77 C67 C90 C88 C65
 Sicilian Najdorf (32) 
    B90 B92
 Sicilian Scheveningen (21) 
    B84 B83 B85
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (19) 
    C90 C88 C92 C97 C96
 Caro-Kann (15) 
    B12 B17 B19
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (73) 
    B12 B18 B14 B19 B10
 Semi-Slav (24) 
    D45 D43 D47
 Queen's Gambit Declined (23) 
    D35 D37 D30 D36
 Orthodox Defense (22) 
    D58 D52 D53 D55 D59
 French Defense (15) 
    C18 C15 C07 C06 C01
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E32 E21 E30 E34 E54
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   K Asrian vs A Pashikian, 2006 1-0
   Kasimdzhanov vs K Asrian, 1999 0-1
   Sadler vs K Asrian, 1999 1/2-1/2
   K Maslak vs K Asrian, 2007 0-1
   K Asrian vs Khenkin, 2001 1/2-1/2

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Armenian Championship (2007)
   Armenian Championship (2005)
   Petrosian Memorial (2004)
   66th Armenian Championship (2006)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   Armenian Championship (2008)
   World Team Championship (2005)
   6th Aeroflot Festival (2007)
   Aeroflot Open (2008)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   5th Individual European Chess Championship (2004)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   European Individual Championships (2007)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   6th Dubai Open (2004)

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KAREN ASRIAN
(born Apr-24-1980, died Jun-09-2008, 28 years old) Armenia

[what is this?]
Karen Asrian was one of Armenia's leading grandmasters (1997). He won the national Armenian Championship in 1999, 2007, and 2008, and the tournaments of Dubai 2001 and Stepanakert 2004. In 2006 he won a gold medal at the Chess Olympiad in Turin playing on board #3 for the Armenian team.

He died of a heart attack in 2008 at the age of 28.

Wikipedia article: Karen Asrian


 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 442  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. V Vepkhvishvili vs K Asrian 0-125 1975 Ch SU \\C41 Philidor Defense
2. K Asrian vs Kasimdzhanov  0-143 1993 Wch U16B83 Sicilian
3. H Tirard vs K Asrian  1-035 1993 Wch U16B12 Caro-Kann Defense
4. Vasiukov vs K Asrian  ½-½50 1994 Moscow opB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
5. A Yegiazarian vs K Asrian  1-044 1995 ARM-chA14 English
6. A Yegiazarian vs K Asrian  ½-½31 1996 ARM-chA07 King's Indian Attack
7. K Asrian vs Movsesian  ½-½80 1996 ARM-chB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
8. K Asrian vs Razuvaev  ½-½18 1996 Yerevan opB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
9. K Asrian vs Savon  ½-½15 1996 Petrov memC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
10. K Asrian vs Gulko  ½-½17 1996 PCA Qualifier g/25 Moscow RUSB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
11. V Tukmakov vs K Asrian  1-061 1996 Yerevan opE05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
12. K Asrian vs Aronian  ½-½23 1996 ARM-chB75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
13. K Asrian vs A Yegiazarian  ½-½47 1996 Yerevan opB58 Sicilian
14. Fedorov vs K Asrian ½-½69 1997 Chigorin mem openB12 Caro-Kann Defense
15. Razuvaev vs K Asrian  ½-½28 1997 RUS-Cup9D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. K Asrian vs Kharlov  ½-½42 1997 RUS-Cup8C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
17. K Asrian vs Yermolinsky  ½-½31 1998 Groningen TournamentB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
18. Z Almasi vs K Asrian  ½-½20 1998 Groningen Invitational (Men)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
19. K Asrian vs Xu Jun 1-047 1998 Linares Anibal opB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
20. K Asrian vs Z Almasi  0-148 1998 Groningen Invitational (Men)C67 Ruy Lopez
21. Zhong Zhang vs K Asrian  1-033 1998 OlympiadB10 Caro-Kann
22. K Asrian vs Piket  ½-½33 1998 Groningen Invitational (Men)C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
23. Piket vs K Asrian  ½-½30 1998 Groningen Invitational (Men)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. G Timoshenko vs K Asrian  ½-½40 1998 Ubeda op 3rdE05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
25. K Asrian vs V Milov 0-135 1998 Groningen Invitational (Men)B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
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Jun-18-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  pawn to QB4: No need at all to be sorry for your postings: thanks for that link, and my best wishes to all who loved or admired Karen Asrian. The author of that sympathetic piece is an Iranian master who came to England and left a lot of good memories, at much the same time as England and chessgames' own Nigel Short was teaching in Iran.
Jul-17-08  Jafar219: He was good player.
Nov-25-08  DUS: Below I copy a nice posting of <Ezzy> from the page of Chess Olympiad 2008 because the posting concerns to Karen Asrian too who was a member of Armenian team in 2006.

<Nov-25-08 Ezzy: Astounding effort again by Armenia!!. To retain the title against the worlds best, is a major achievement which will be remembered by all chess enthusiasts all over the world. I think this ranks as one of the greatest achievements of a chess nation. Sargissian is just plainly "Mr Olympiad." He is making this event his own. But it's about the whole team.

A great tribute to Karen Asrian. They did it again just for him!

Congratulations to Armenia, a great chess nation!!>

Apr-24-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: We've got the same birthday GM Karen Asrian but unfortunately we lost a terrific GM like you..

Happy Birthday GM Asrian!!!

Jul-09-09  myschkin: . . .

Vor meinem Tod ist mir nicht bang,
nur vor dem Tod derer,
die mir nah sind.
Wie soll ich leben,
wenn sie nicht mehr da sind?

Der weiß es wohl,
dem Gleiches widerfuhr,
Und die es trugen,
mögen mir vergeben.

Bedenkt, den eignen Tod,
den stirbt man nur,
doch mit dem Tod des andern
muss man leben.

(Mascha Kaleko)

RIP

Jun-30-10  Jafar219: <He died of a heart attack in 2008 at the age of 28>

No, it was suicide.

Jun-30-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: <Jafar219: <He died of a heart attack in 2008 at the age of 28>

No, it was suicide.>

<Jafar219> heart attack and not suicide..

Jul-05-10  Jafar219: <heart attack and not suicide..>

Can you prove it?

Jul-05-10  Winter: It says here that he lost consciousness while driving... possibly heart attack.

http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...

The burden of proof is now in your hand <jafar>. Show us why it was suicide.

Jul-06-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: I see absolutely no reasons for suicide, but... heart attack at the age of 28? Was he known for heart problems prior to his death?
Oct-16-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: www.chessbase.com has a report on the third memorial tournament (ended 10-14-10)
Jun-10-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <alexmagnus: I see absolutely no reasons for suicide, but... heart attack at the age of 28? Was he known for heart problems prior to his death?>

He wasn't anorexic, was he? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_...

Jun-10-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <FSR> Did you ever deal with Wildhartlivie on Wikipedia? She was something else.

Always a shock to see someone go while so young, when they aren't an athlete or drug user. Long ago, I knew a girl even younger than Asrian was at his death who was heavily into coke, had a heart attack and almost didn't make it.

Jun-10-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <perfidious> No, I never dealt with her. I did adopt a couple of handles like "FatNonVirgin" and used them to comment on a Featured Article Nomination by SlimVirgin. They were both nuked with stunning alacrity.
Jun-10-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <FSR> FatNonVirgin, indeed! ROFL

Funny-I'd never heard of SlimVirgin till now. 'Course, I'll bet she never got involved in chess and the like.

Jun-10-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <perf> Actually, she did some (non-substantive) editing on my chess articles as I recall, particularly the two that got to Featured Article status. Google SlimVirgin; it's very interesting. There's a whole weird world of Wikipedia politics out there.
Jun-10-11  chessthomas: <myschkin>

thank you very much for posting
the poem of Mascha Kaleko.
I had never heard of her before,
and I may say that I am very impressed.
www.kaleko.ch

Jun-10-11  IRONCASTLEVINAY: R. I. P.
Jun-10-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <FSR> Agree with you there-I ran afoul of two admins who were nothing but a pain, and seldom edit Wkikpedia any more.
Jun-10-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <perfidious> I also edit infrequently these days. Just got PO'd over a few minor things, including the picture Nazis.
Jun-10-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  kingfu: The tragic and premature death of this Grandmaster was a huge loss for The Chess World.

We can only pray and hope that he is playing a Chess Game in Heaven with Petrosian.

Jun-10-11  Sho: "Premature death of [a] Grandmaster" [I think] would put him in good company.

Chess has many talented players who died young though I can not think of any at the moment. Who else in chess died young? Who would Karen be sparring with now?

Jun-10-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Breunor: Sho,

Charousek comes to mind.

Jun-10-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: User: Ziggurat has a good Died Young list in his profile. Far from complete yet still much too long.
Feb-08-13  Old King Cole: Karen Asrian looks like a young, dashing, healthy Mikhail Tal. What a tragic loss.
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