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Elina Danielian
E Danielian 
Number of games in database: 1,607
Years covered: 1991 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2407 (2358 rapid, 2289 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2521

Overall record: +552 -380 =462 (56.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 213 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (260) 
    D02 A46 A45 A40 D05
 Reti System (77) 
    A04 A06 A05
 King's Indian (66) 
    E60 E62 E63 E61 E87
 English (46) 
    A15 A13 A14 A16 A10
 Nimzo Indian (41) 
    E54 E32 E34 E53 E21
 Queen's Gambit Declined (38) 
    D37 D30 D38 D35 D31
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (199) 
    B12 B17 B10 B14 B13
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (106) 
    D27 D20 D26 D21 D24
 French Defense (89) 
    C11 C07 C14 C02 C10
 Queen's Pawn Game (47) 
    D02 A41 E00 A46 A45
 Slav (37) 
    D11 D10 D12 D19 D17
 French (36) 
    C11 C10 C00 C13
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Danielian vs Zhu Chen, 2011 1-0
   E Danielian vs Asma Al Fawzan, 2017 1-0
   E Danielian vs Xin Nie, 2011 1-0
   I Agrest vs E Danielian, 2014 0-1
   Lagno vs E Danielian, 2012 1/2-1/2
   A Muzychuk vs E Danielian, 2013 1/2-1/2
   C Foisor vs E Danielian, 2006 1/2-1/2
   E Danielian vs N Pogonina, 2010 1-0
   T Kosintseva vs E Danielian, 2011 1/2-1/2
   Zhao Xue vs E Danielian, 2011 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Team Championship (Women) (2003)
   6th FIDE Women Grand Prix (2011)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix (2009)
   European Championship (Women) (2021)
   Yerevan Olympiad (Women) (1996)
   European Championship (Women) (2011)
   Moscow Olympiad (Women) (1994)
   European Championship (Women) (2015)
   European Championship (Women) (2005)
   Turin Olympiad (Women) (2006)
   European Championship (Women) (2008)
   European Championship (Women) (2003)
   European Championship (Women) (2004)
   Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (Women) (2010)
   European Championship (Women) (2001)

   🏆 23rd European Women Chess Championship
   I Gaponenko vs E Danielian (Mar-28-23) 0-1
   E Danielian vs A Bivol (Mar-27-23) 1/2-1/2
   S Melia vs E Danielian (Mar-26-23) 1/2-1/2
   E Danielian vs D Daulyte-Cornette (Mar-25-23) 1/2-1/2
   L Mkrtchian vs E Danielian (Mar-23-23) 1/2-1/2

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(born Aug-16-1978, 44 years old) Armenia

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Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Danielian is an Armenian Grandmaster currently resident in the Netherlands. She learned to play chess at the age of 5, earned her FM title in 1992, the WIM title in 1993, her WGM title in 1994, her IM title in 2003 and her GM title in 2010. She earned her 3 GMs norms at the 2007 Greek Open Championships, at the FIDE Women's Grand Prix (2009), and at the International Open at Kavala in August 2010.

She has long been Armenia's top female player.


<Age> In 1991, at the age of 13, Danielian won the CIS (former USSR) Girls U18 Championship. She also won the U14 Girl Championship of the World in 1992 and the U16 Girls World Championship in 1993. Also in 1993 she came third in the U20 Girls European Championship held in the Czech Republic. In 1994, she was runner up in the U18 Girls European Championship.

<National and Continental> She won the Armenian Women's Chess Championship in 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2004 and came =3rd in the Individual Women's European Championship in 2005, half a point from the lead. She also placed =5th in the European Championship (Women) (2014), 1.5 points from the lead. Winner of the European Championship (Women) (2021).

<World> Danielian participated in the 2001 Knockout Championship for the World Women's Championship, defeating Tatiana Shumiakina in the first round before losing to semi-finalist and future World Champion Yuhua Xu. In 2004, she beat Elena Sedina in round one, before again losing to Yuhua Xu in the second round. In 2006, she beat Sabina-Francesca Foisor in round one, this time bowing out to Alexandra Kosteniuk in round 2. She contested the Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2010) , on this occasion being eliminated in the first round by Tatiana Shadrina. She made it to the second round of the Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2012) by defeating Georgian IM Sopiko Khukhashvili, but bowed out when she lost to Indian GM Dronavalli Harika.

In the 2013-14 Women's Grand Prix series, Danielian scored 4.5/11 at the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Dilijan (2013) to earn 30 GP points and 5/11 at the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Tashkent (2013) to earn another 40 GP points, all but eliminating her from contention for first place and the right to be the Challenger in the Women's World Championship match to be held in 2014. Nevertheless she placed =2nd with 7/11 at the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Lopota (2014), 2 points behind the winner, Yifan Hou.

Classical Tournament

In 2002, she played in the Aeroflot B Division, finishing with 6.5/9 and =6th, 1 point behind the leader Viktor Kupreichik. She was outright 2nd in the International Acropolis Tournament in 2006. In 2007, she placed =3rd at the Kavala Open 2007, =7th in the Cappelle la Grande, half point behind the six joint leaders on 6.5/9. In 2008, she came =1st at the International Women's Open in Stockholm, =3rd at the Acropolis International in Athens 2008, and =3rd at Kavala Open 2010. In February 2011, she scored 6/9 in the OP Carnevale d' Europa in Italy and in March she came =1st (2nd on count back) to Humpy Koneru at the 6th FIDE Women Grand Prix (2011) with 8/11 (+7 -2 =2). Danielian came =3rd with 8/11 at the 2011 European Women Individual Championship held in Tbilisi in May and scored 5/11 at the 7th FIDE Women's Grand Prix (2011) in August. In March 2012, she scored 7.5/11 to place =5th (8th on tiebreak) at the European Championship (Women) (2012). In June 2012 she scored 6/11 in the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Kazan (2012) to place =5th and add 75 points to bring her Grand Prix points total to a final total of 170, as her result in the Women Grand Prix Jermuk (2012) held in July was not high enough to displace any of her other scores in the Grand Prix; overall she came 11th in the 2011-12 Women's Grand Prix cycle.

Danielian started 2013 strongly with 6/9 (+4 -1 =4) at the 29th Cappelle-la-Grande (2013), 1 point from the lead and enhancing her rating by 21 points. She followed up with a relatively rating neutral 5.5/11 in the European Championship (2013).

Team competition

Danielian has played on the Armenian women's team in every Olympiad since 1992 through to 2012, usually playing first board. Her results in the 1994 Olympiad earned her the 3rd WGM norm and the WGM title, the first by an Armenian woman. She also played top board on the Armenian Women's Team that contested the World Women's Team Championships of 2007, 2009 and 2011. She has played for the Armenian team in every edition of the European Women's Team Championship since 1997, barring 2001; in 2003, she won individual silver and gold, and team gold, playing board 1. In 2007, her Armenian team won bronze medal at the European Women's Team Championship in Crete where she took silver medal on 1st board.

She has played with the MIKA Yerevan club in the European Women's Club Cup every year from 2005 to 2013 inclusive, winning team gold in 2006, team silver in 2012, and team bronze in 2007, 2010 and 2011, as well as individual silver in 2013, and individual bronze in 2007, 2009 and 2012. In the Dutch League, she is a member of the "" team from Groningen which came 2nd, and has also played in the women's club competitions in Armenia and Romania as well as in the Chinese Chess League. Also in China, in July 2015, she played in the "Chinese chess team tournament" in Zhong Shan, and scored 9.5/10 although the details of team structures and results are yet to be ascertained.


Danielian won the 1st Women European Rapid Championship in Minsk (Belarus) in 2001.


Danielian has been in the women's top 50 continuously since April 2002. Her highest standard FIDE rating of 2521 was reached in July 2011 when she was ranked #12 woman in the world, her highest ranking so far.


In 2003 Danielian was awarded the Khorenatsi medal and was named best sportsman of Armenia of 2003. She is married to Alexander van Pelt and is currently residing in Winschoten in the Netherlands.

Sources and references

Personal website:


Wikipedia article: Elina Danielian

Last updated: 2021-08-22 09:26:55

 page 1 of 66; games 1-25 of 1,635  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Danielian vs Magdalena Brzostowska  1-0371991Wch U14 GirlsD02 Queen's Pawn Game
2. E Danielian vs M Krupa  1-0201991Wch U14 GirlsD02 Queen's Pawn Game
3. E Danielian vs C Gil Correja  1-0371991Wch U14 GirlsD02 Queen's Pawn Game
4. N Lakos vs E Danielian  ½-½221991Wch U14 GirlsB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
5. E Danielian vs M Lomineishvili  ½-½541991Wch U14 GirlsA48 King's Indian
6. E Djingarova vs E Danielian  0-1451991Wch U14 GirlsA52 Budapest Gambit
7. E Danielian vs C Peptan  0-1551991Wch U14 GirlsA15 English
8. D Darchia vs E Danielian  ½-½601991Wch U14 GirlsB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
9. N Medvegy vs E Danielian  1-0691991Wch U14 GirlsB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
10. E Danielian vs H Hunt  1-0361991Wch U14 GirlsD02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. E Danielian vs J W Lindri  0-1421992Manila Olympiad (Women)E87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
12. E Danielian vs B Borisova  1-0421992Manila Olympiad (Women)E20 Nimzo-Indian
13. E Danielian vs A Zatonskih  1-0371992Wch U14 GirlsA90 Dutch
14. E Danielian vs T Stepovaia  0-1511992Manila Olympiad (Women)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. E Danielian vs M Tran  ½-½421992Manila Olympiad (Women)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. E Danielian vs C Schneider  1-0501992Manila Olympiad (Women)A40 Queen's Pawn Game
17. E Danielian vs L Semenova  0-1671992Simferopol (Women)D22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
18. E Danielian vs Hanim Eliza  1-0591992Wch U14 GirlsD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. E Danielian vs E Lendvai  1-0401992Wch U14 GirlsD02 Queen's Pawn Game
20. M Litynska vs E Danielian  ½-½651992Simferopol (Women)A52 Budapest Gambit
21. E Danielian vs Ginta Veja  1-0251992Wch U14 GirlsE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
22. E Danielian vs C Peptan  1-0591992Wch U14 GirlsA48 King's Indian
23. Gulumser Yilmaz vs E Danielian  0-1391992Manila Olympiad (Women)B15 Caro-Kann
24. E Danielian vs Z Schleining  ½-½151992Simferopol (Women)D18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
25. E Danielian vs S Gusejnova  1-0431992Wch U14 GirlsE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
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Mar-11-06  ARMENIA: Good Luck at the Olympiad!

Make Armenia proud as you always do!

Best wishes to you !

Bring the Gold to Armenia!

God Bless Armenia

Sep-23-06  argishti: the girls didnt bring the gold, but the boys did, Amen to that, Haystan paytsar!
Dec-27-06  BIDMONFA: Elina Danielian


Oct-20-07  Karpova: She's not only a WGM but also an IM.

Pictures: (next to Olga Alexandrova)

Premium Chessgames Member
  WTHarvey: She picked up a whopping 22 rating points to a personal best in the last quarter of 2007. Here's a little collection of crucial positions from her games:
Jan-01-09  nescio: I doubt the games of the Groningen tournament ( will be uploaded to this database, but this game is not to be missed. The tournament was won by Rotstein, Gagunashvili and Swinkels, but the game of the tournament was played by Elina Danielian in the 7th round against Rotstein.

After the opening she courageously sacrificed an exchange

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with 18.Rc6 Nf6 19.Nc4 Bb7 20.Bf4, played extremely well thereafter and went on to obtain a winning position.

After 39...Qe6 for example

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she might have pushed the d-pawn to the other side: 40.d5, 41 Nc4, 42.d6.

She was still quite allright with 40.Nf5 instead, but what then followed was very unfortunate. Probably due to the time trouble typical for the time control used (105 min for the game + 30 sec per move), she gradually let slip her advantage and a late attept to win regardless even cost her the draw.

[Event "Open A"]
[Site "Groningen NED"]
[Date "2008.12.28"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Danielian,E"]
[Black "Rotstein,A"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2513"]
[BlackElo "2496"]
[EventDate "2008.12.21"]
[ECO "A55"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d6 3. c4 Nbd7 4. Nc3 e5 5. g3 Be7 6. Bg2 O-O 7. O-O c6 8. Qc2 Qc7 9. h3 Re8 10. e4 b5 11. cxb5 cxb5 12. Qb3 Rb8 13. Be3 b4 14. Nd5 Nxd5 15. exd5 e4 16. Nd2 f5 17. Rfc1 Qd8 18. Rc6 Nf6 19. Nc4 Bb7 20. Bf4 Bxc6 21. dxc6 Kh8 22. Ne3 Qc8 23. Rc1 Nh5 24. c7 Nxf4 25. gxf4 Ra8 26. Bf1 Rf8 27. Nd5 Bh4 28. Bb5 Qe6 29. Ba6 g5 30. c8=Q Raxc8 31. Rxc8 Rxc8 32. Bxc8 Qxc8 33. Ne7 Qf8 34. Qe6 gxf4 35. Nxf5 Bf6 36. Qxe4 Qg8+ 37. Kh2 Qxa2 38. Nxd6 Qg8 39. Qxf4 Qe6 40. Nf5 a5 41. Qb8+ Qg8 42. Qf4 Qd8 43. b3 a4 44. bxa4 b3 45. Nd6 Kg8 46. Qg4+ Kf8 47. Qe6 Qe7 48. Qc8+ Qd8 49. Qe6 Qe7 50. Qc8+ Qd8 51. Qxd8+ Bxd8 52. Nc4 Bb6 53. Kg2 Bxd4 54. f4 b2 55. Na3 Bc5 56. Nb1 Bb4 57. Kf3 Ke7 58. Ke4 Kf6 59. Kd3 Kf5 60. Kc2 Kxf4 61. Kxb2 Kg3 62. Kb3 Ba5 63. Nc3 Kxh3 64. Nd5 Kg3 65. Nf6 h6 66. Kc4 Bd8 67. Ne4+ Kf3 68. Kd4 h5 69. Ke5 h4 70. a5 Bxa5 71. Kf5 Bd8 72. Nd2+ Kg3 73. Nf1+ Kf3 74. Nd2+ Kg3 75. Nf1+ Kg2 76. Ne3+ Kf3 77. Nf1 h3 78. Nh2+ Kg3 79. Nf1+ Kf3 80. Nh2+ Kg2 81. Ng4 Bb6 82. Kf4 Bc5 83. Kg5 Kg3 84. Kf5 Bd4 85. Kg5 Bc3 86. Kf5 Bd2 87. Nf6 h2 88. Ne4+ Kg2 0-1

Mar-05-09  whiteshark: <Elina Danielian> is the leading Armenian female player in the FIDE rating list.

In the earlier years of her career she won two world championship titles in cadets back in <1992 and 1993>.

She won the First European Women Rapid Championship in <2001>. She was the first board of Armenia and led her team to the victory in European Team Championship in <2001>, while she won the gold medal on the first board.

She was the member of the victorious club in European Club Cup <2006>, namely MIKA Yerevan.

Next year she helped her country to win the bronze medal in European Team Championship <2007>. She is a sports hero in her own country and has the National Olympic Committee Medal for Merit.


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  Tabanus: She had a 2628 perf. in the Kavala Open (Greece) which ended 7 August 2010:

Aug-27-10  twinlark: Congratulations GM Danielin! Her result in the Kavala Open has earned her GM norm number 3, and the GM title.
Feb-09-11  RuralRob: Elina is on fire at the Cento Open, with 4.5 points in the first 5 rounds, and 2780 performance rating:

Feb-11-11  BLarsen1967: Elina drawed vs Aleksander Delchev,the top board game now is Danielian vs Alberto David. - I wish she'd play 1.e4 this time,best by test!
Feb-24-11  weisyschwarz: She is 3/3 at the Women's Grand Prix, doing very well. But her tougher opponents are ahead. Go Elina!
Feb-24-11  wordfunph: amazing 3/3 start by GM Elina Danielian beating..

GM Sebag 2489, IM Munguntuul 2410, and GM Chiburdanidze 2502

picture-perfect smile..

Feb-25-11  wordfunph: ..and Elina makes it 4/4 by beating 2550-GM Nana Dzagnidze!
Feb-26-11  wordfunph: ..and it's 5/5, yodawoman Elina!
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  HeMateMe: She was 5 1/2 out of 11 at last year's Olympiad in Khanty, not overpowering. I would put her a notch below Yifan.
Feb-26-11  BLarsen1967: It seems odd to even compare these 2 players considering Yifan Hou has a rating 150 points higher than Danielian's. - But that said,there is something remarkable about Elina,for one thing she's playing very well against strong male opponents,that's an advantage. One might also claim that Elina puts a lot more passion and fight into her games than Hou does,and not least,Danielian really seems to progress steadily from year to year,which is or might not be the case with Hou. So all in all,it might be just a matter of time before Elina Danielian is a better player than Yifan Hou. Interesting
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  WannaBe: Oh, my... (After looking at the picture links posted previously.)
Feb-27-11  wordfunph: <WannaBe: Oh, my... (After looking at the picture links posted previously.)>

<WB> couldn't help myself but lol!!!

Feb-27-11  BLarsen1967: Elina's personal website
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  HeMateMe: A tuff customer, she has the full (mens) GM title. Age 34. She seems to take some big scalps in these all female tournaments.
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  MissScarlett: <Everyone expected the Russian star Ian Nepomniachtchi to crush Elina Danielian in the 2019 Speed Chess Championship, and he more than lived up to those predictions with a dominating win, 27-2.

Nepomniachtchi played his usual style of putting his opponent under tremendous pressure on the clock, sometimes even at the cost of misplaying his position. His play was rewarded as he won seemingly dead-drawn positions and also some inferior or lost positions.


Danielian earned in excess of $10,000 for winning the Women's Speed Chess Championship, but she received just $69 for her efforts this time.>

Little wonder that female players aren't pushing for the end of women's events.

Aug-19-21  Albertan: Élina Danielyan ties match:

Aug-21-21  Albertan: Élina Danielian becomes new European Champion:

Congratulations Élina!!

Aug-22-21  Albertan: Élina Danielian wins the European Women’s Championship:

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