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Varuzhan Akobian
Number of games in database: 879
Years covered: 1993 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2620 (2653 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2653
Overall record: +334 -138 =342 (62.0%)*
   * 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 (59) 
    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 (49) 
    D37 D30 D38 D35 D39
 Grunfeld (41) 
    D85 D94 D80 D92 D70
 Queen's Pawn Game (40) 
    A41 A46 E10 A40 D00
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (122) 
    C11 C10 C05 C02 C00
 French (66) 
    C11 C10 C00 C12 C13
 Tarrasch Defense (55) 
    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 J Becerra Rivero, 2009 1-0
   I Krush vs Akobian, 2010 0-1
   M Arbouche vs Akobian, 2006 0-1
   Akobian vs Kamsky, 2014 1/2-1/2
   T Gareev vs Akobian, 2014 0-1
   Akobian vs D Naroditsky, 2014 1/2-1/2
   Robson vs Akobian, 2007 0-1
   Akobian vs I Abdelnabbi, 2000 1-0
   D Baramidze vs Akobian, 2013 0-1
   Akobian vs I H Labib, 2013 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   National Open (2006)
   US Championship (2014)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   US Championship (2009)
   World Open (2007)
   34th World Open (2006)
   National Open (2007)
   US Championships (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?]
   SPICE Cup 2008 by Black Pawn
   2007 Americas Continental championship by gauer

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(born Nov-19-1983, 31 years old) Armenia (citizen of 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 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 879  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Akobian vs V Vamos 1-038 1993 Wch U10D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. M Perunovic vs Akobian  0-146 1993 Wch U10C17 French, Winawer, Advance
3. Akobian vs M Paragua ½-½35 1993 Wch U10E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
4. J Martinez vs Akobian 0-139 1993 Wch U10C02 French, Advance
5. A Ho vs Akobian  0-144 1993 Wch U10A45 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Akobian vs B Kurobasa  0-148 1993 Wch U10A40 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Akobian vs G Szabo  1-031 1993 Wch U10D02 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Grigoriants vs Akobian 1-099 1993 Wch U10C05 French, Tarrasch
9. D Rybansky vs Akobian  0-127 1993 Wch U10A57 Benko Gambit
10. Akobian vs Jakovenko 0-128 1993 Wch U10D55 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. M Sebenik vs Akobian  ½-½27 1993 Wch U10A57 Benko Gambit
12. Akobian vs D Mastrovasilis  ½-½51 1994 EU-ch U12E99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
13. V Jalinskas vs Akobian  0-122 1994 EU-ch U12B07 Pirc
14. Akobian vs H Geanta 0-127 1994 EU-ch U12D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
15. A Kovchan vs Akobian  ½-½26 1994 EU-ch U12C01 French, Exchange
16. Akobian vs S Jorgensen  1-019 1994 EU-ch U12A43 Old Benoni
17. Akobian vs V Gaprindashvili  ½-½10 1994 EU-ch U12D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. M Sebenik vs Akobian  0-137 1994 EU-ch U12A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
19. Akobian vs V Raceanu  ½-½19 1994 EU-ch U12A00 Uncommon Opening
20. A Khruschiov vs Akobian  0-121 1994 EU-ch U12B07 Pirc
21. S Azarov vs Akobian  1-044 1995 EU-ch U12B07 Pirc
22. M Szymanski vs Akobian  0-141 1995 EU-ch U12D33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
23. Akobian vs E Petuchovskis  0-142 1995 EU-ch U12D16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. N Templier vs Akobian  ½-½27 1995 EU-ch U12D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
25. Akobian vs Ponomariov 0-120 1995 EU-ch U12A00 Uncommon Opening
 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 879  PGN Download
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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!
Dec-09-11  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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  Wild Bill: To Var Akobian:

Thank you, sir. This was a great honor.

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  WinKing: Thank you GM Akobian for taking the time out of your busy schedule to engage us in a game here at chessgames. Looking forward to possibly discussing the game in the future if your agenda permits it.
May-16-12  GreenLantern: The last line in the bio needs to be updated.
Sep-09-12  ketchuplover: Thanks for your olympiadic efforts
Nov-19-12  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Akobian!
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  Boomie: <GM Akobian>

Thank you for playing the CG Challenge.

Much of our work on the game is stored in the Analysis Tree at

Thanks again and all the best for the New Year.

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  OhioChessFan: Thanks for the game and best wishes for the New Year
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  lost in space: Thanks for playing this game with us. It is an honor to get your offer for a rematch.

Best wishes and happy new year

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  morfishine: Thank you sir for participating in this game vs the WT. In my view, the result is secondary to the benefit of lessons learned. Best, Morf
Premium Chessgames Member
  hms123: Thank you for a very interesting and informative game.
Dec-28-12  Waitaka: <morfishine: Thank you sir for participating in this game vs the WT. In my view, the result is secondary to the benefit of lessons learned.>

I second that!

Thank you, Mr. Akobian.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Nightranger: <Waitaka: <morfishine: Thank you sir for participating in this game vs the WT. In my view, the result is secondary to the benefit of lessons learned.> I second that!

Thank you, Mr. Akobian.>

I'll third that since I couldn't say it any better. Thank you GM Akobian.

Happy New Year!

Premium Chessgames Member
  YouRang: Happy New Year GM Akobian. Thanks for the enjoyable game. I think it might have been one of the best performances of the "World" team.
Jan-01-13  cormier: Happy New Year ... tks G
Premium Chessgames Member
  Garech: Thanks for the game.

Out of interest, were you using an engine, too? Would be very interested to know!


Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Anyone know the full story on his playing a replica of the automaton "The Turk". In an endgame situation the GM was mated.
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  Penguincw: Happy 30th birthday to Varuzhan Akobian!
Jul-27-14  Xeroxx: Always get him and Akopian mixed up. Not sure why.
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.

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