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Akobian 
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Varuzhan Akobian
Number of games in database: 895
Years covered: 1993 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2620 (2653 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2653
Overall record: +338 -142 =350 (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.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (60) 
    E32 E42 E46 E34 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 D35 D39
 Grunfeld (45) 
    D85 D94 D80 D92 D70
 Queen's Pawn Game (41) 
    A41 A46 E10 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 D32 D33
 Pirc (49) 
    B07 B09
 Queen's Pawn Game (32) 
    A41 D02 A45 A40 D00
 French Tarrasch (31) 
    C05 C03 C07 C09
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Akobian vs J Becerra Rivero, 2009 1-0
   Akobian vs S Sevian, 2015 1-0
   I Krush vs Akobian, 2010 0-1
   M Arbouche vs Akobian, 2006 0-1
   Akobian vs Kamsky, 2014 1/2-1/2
   Akobian vs D Naroditsky, 2014 1/2-1/2
   T Gareev vs Akobian, 2014 0-1
   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?]
   National Open (2006)
   Montreal (2008)
   US Championship (2014)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   US Championship (2009)
   World Open (2007)
   34th World Open (2006)
   National Open (2007)
   World Cup (2009)
   US Championship 2006 (2006)
   American Continental Championship (2005)
   Gibraltar (2008)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2007 Americas Continental championship by gauer
   2002 World open by gauer
   2005 Chicago Spring invitational by gauer
   2002 American open by gauer
   SPICE Cup 2008 by Black Pawn
   1996 WYCC (open) U-14 by gauer
   2002 North American open by gauer
   2003 North American open by gauer
   2003 Foxwoods open by gauer

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VARUZHAN AKOBIAN
(born Nov-19-1983, 31 years old) Armenia (citizen of 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 who placed 2nd and 3rd. His first placement was decided by winning an Armageddon tiebreaker against Quesada.

Wikipedia article: Varuzhan Akobian


 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 895  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Ho vs Akobian  0-144 1993 Wch U10A45 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Akobian vs B Kurobasa  0-148 1993 Wch U10A40 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Akobian vs G Szabo  1-031 1993 Wch U10D02 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Grigoriants vs Akobian 1-099 1993 Wch U10C05 French, Tarrasch
5. D Rybansky vs Akobian  0-127 1993 Wch U10A57 Benko Gambit
6. Akobian vs Jakovenko 0-128 1993 Wch U10D55 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. M Sebenik vs Akobian  ½-½27 1993 Wch U10A57 Benko Gambit
8. Akobian vs V Vamos 1-038 1993 Wch U10D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. M Perunovic vs Akobian  0-146 1993 Wch U10C17 French, Winawer, Advance
10. Akobian vs M Paragua ½-½35 1993 Wch U10E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
11. J Martinez vs Akobian 0-139 1993 Wch U10C02 French, Advance
12. Akobian vs S Jorgensen  1-019 1994 EU-ch U12A43 Old Benoni
13. Akobian vs V Gaprindashvili  ½-½10 1994 EU-ch U12D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. M Sebenik vs Akobian  0-137 1994 EU-ch U12A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
15. Akobian vs V Raceanu  ½-½19 1994 EU-ch U12A00 Uncommon Opening
16. A Khruschiov vs Akobian  0-121 1994 EU-ch U12B07 Pirc
17. Akobian vs D Mastrovasilis  ½-½51 1994 EU-ch U12E99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
18. V Jalinskas vs Akobian  0-122 1994 EU-ch U12B07 Pirc
19. Akobian vs H Geanta 0-127 1994 EU-ch U12D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
20. A Kovchan vs Akobian  ½-½26 1994 EU-ch U12C01 French, Exchange
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
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Oct-10-14  ketchuplover: He missed 2 straight mate in ones in the first round of the millionaire chess open.

Fortunately for him he still won.

Apr-10-15  ketchuplover: Call him THE ENFORCER (of rules) after today's triumph
Apr-10-15  pinoy king: Coward Armenian
Apr-10-15  Wyatt Gwyon: Total b*tch move.
Apr-10-15  devere: Akobian earns an "A+" for gamesmanship and an "F-" for sportsmanship. I have a feeling he's going to wind up regretting what happened today.
Apr-10-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tiggler: <devere: Akobian earns an "A+" for gamesmanship and an "F-" for sportsmanship. I have a feeling he's going to wind up regretting what happened today.>

All the way to the bank.

Apr-10-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karposian: Really classy, guys. Insulting this fine player for doing something any professional chess player would do: informing the arbiter of a possible rules violation. Wise up, gentlemen.
Apr-10-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tiggler: Just asking the question: Cui Bono?
Apr-11-15  Conrad93: Akobian is a complete coward.

How can words of encouragement distract you?

He was looking for an easy win and free rating points to make up for his lack luster performance.

The real loser is not So.

Apr-11-15  MagnusVerMagnus: This seems so petty, what is up with Akobian? Was he getting drilled so hard that he needed to resort to calling his mommy. Hey DUDE, this is your compatriot why you gonna do him like this? IMHO he should never be invited again to the US Championship, go back to Armenia.
Apr-11-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Pyke: <MagnusVerMagnus: This seems so petty, what is up with Akobian? Was he getting drilled so hard that he needed to resort to calling his mommy. Hey DUDE, this is your compatriot why you gonna do him like this? IMHO he should never be invited again to the US Championship, go back to Armenia.>

Please, show some respect.

Akobian did nothing wrong here. Wesley on the other hand had been warned twice. Ignoring those warnings led to forfeit.

It's as simple as that. What else should have been done?

Apr-11-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Pyke: For anyone interested, here's Akobians take on things.

Interview starts at around 36:30 minute mark:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCp...

The way he describes the incident seems reasonable.

Apr-11-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Pyke: Tony Rich' take on the incident is at the 30:00 minute mark

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCp...

Apr-11-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Appaz: Wesley So has been warned about this rule breaking by several people in the past it seems.

In this tournament he was first reported by his good friend Sam Shankland in round 2.

He chose to disregard the warning, repeated his rule break and was warned again in a later round, this time threatened with being forfeited.

This was when he came up with this idea of making the scribbling on a separate paper.

Akobian acted in his own and chess' best interest, Wesley So is the only one who did something wrong here.

Apr-11-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Absentee: <Conrad93: He was looking for an easy win and free rating points to make up for his lack luster performance.>

Almost surely.

It doesn't change the fact that it was So who insisted on breaking the rules despite knowing what the consequences would be. Akobian's behaviour might have been petty, but Rich was absolutely justified in ruling the way he did.

Apr-11-15  pinoy king: Akobian is a cheapskate, FACT.
Apr-11-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  MarkFinan: Asbo.. So never broke any rule that has anything to do with chess the game. I hate using "other board games" as analogies but it's like putting a house on the next square to Mayfair in monopoly. Or putting your notes $$$ (NPI) under the board when you're supposed to put them next to it. Akobian is a little B***h. And don't get me wrong.. If it was the other way around the Sobots would be saying how sharp Wes was to have noticed such a thing, and how he's somehow now better than Fischer and Kasparov, I'm not stupid. But for ONCE they have a case, and Sugardom has acted disgracefully for a so called friend.
Apr-12-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: <Akobian's behaviour might have been petty ...>

<Petty> is not really the adjective that comes to mind here.

Apr-12-15  kummatmebro: It doesn't matter

Even with a forfeit Akobian is still close to the bottom of the championship list this year.

Apr-12-15  MagnusVerMagnus: <Pyke: It's as simple as that. What else should have been done? How about talking to your friend and ask him to get rid of the note? Why run to the arbiter to forfeit him? Why lie at the interview that all you wanted to do was play Wes so much when obviously you only wanted to win so cowardly, cause what he did was despicable for a true competitor.
Apr-13-15  Troller: < How about talking to your friend and ask him to get rid of the note?>

This is not allowed, but surely being a chessplayer you must know that.

Akobian did the only thing he really could do. I cannot understand why people are after him, when his opponent was the one deliberately, continuously and without regard for warnings kept breaking the rules. You can argue about the severity of the penalty, but even then, it is certainly not like Wesley So was not warned.

Apr-13-15  nok: There was obviously a misunderstanding of writing on the scoresheet versus writing at all. Given that English is not So's first language, the arbiter could have given a time penalty. He used his gun instead.
Apr-13-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: < nok: There was obviously a misunderstanding of writing on the scoresheet versus writing at all. Given that English is not So's first language, the arbiter could have given a time penalty. He used his gun instead.>

That's not obvious at all...obviously.

Apr-18-15  Wavy: So this guy is supposed to be a friend of Wesley. But of course points come first before friendship, right Varuzhan?
Apr-18-15  Petrosianic: The arbiter could not have given a time penalty. There's no provision in the rules for that.

And it defies common sense to think that after two previous warnings in this tournament and numerous warnings before hand that he was simply unclear about whether it was okay as long as you do it on another sheet of paper. The rules are very clear: players are not allowed to take notes. And it's the player's responsibility to know and obey the rules. If anything is clear, it's that So had a bad habit that he couldn't break, and saw no need to, as he thought he'd always be allowed to slide on it. Just as well that he learned otherwise on a fairly unimportant occasion.

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