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Varuzhan Eduardovich Akobian
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Number of games in database: 1,162
Years covered: 1993 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2614 (2647 rapid, 2653 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2673

Overall record: +387 -178 =429 (60.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 168 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (81) 
    E32 E34 E42 E46 E36
 Queen's Gambit Declined (74) 
    D37 D35 D30 D38 D31
 Grunfeld (68) 
    D85 D94 D80 D92 D83
 King's Indian (63) 
    E61 E71 E92 E90 E60
 Slav (60) 
    D13 D14 D15 D10 D17
 Queen's Pawn Game (46) 
    A46 A41 D00 A40 D02
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (166) 
    C11 C10 C05 C01 C02
 French (87) 
    C11 C10 C00 C12 C13
 Tarrasch Defense (60) 
    D34 D32 D33
 Pirc (55) 
    B07 B09
 Queen's Pawn Game (47) 
    A41 D02 A50 E00 A40
 Queen's Gambit Declined (46) 
    D30 D37 D35 D31 D38
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Akobian vs The World, 2011 1/2-1/2
   Akobian vs P Tregubov, 2009 1-0
   W So vs Akobian, 2015 0-1
   Akobian vs I Foygel, 2003 1-0
   Akobian vs S Mihajlov, 2017 1-0
   J F Mata Gonzalez vs Akobian, 2005 0-1
   Akobian vs A Khruschiov, 2000 1-0
   Akobian vs A Matikozian, 2005 1-0
   M Burrows vs Akobian, 2017 0-1
   Akobian vs J Becerra Rivero, 2009 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   National Open (2006)
   US Championship (2014)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   US Championship (2009)
   World Open (2007)
   US Championship (2017)
   World Cup (2009)
   American Continental Championship (2005)
   US Championship 2006 (2006)
   Gibraltar Chess Festival (2008)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   Isle of Man Masters (2017)
   Pro Chess League (2018)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Akobian versus KID-setup: 5 Bg5, 6 e3 by imsighked2
   B07 Pirc: Czech [Black] by chess.master
   Boo7 by fredthebear
   2007 Americas Continental championship by gauer
   1993 WYCC (open) U-10 by gauer
   A A Anti-King's Indian Defense [White] by chess.master
   2003 American open by gauer
   2002 World open by gauer
   2005 Chicago Spring invitational by gauer
   GMs who play the french by Tigrano

   🏆 St Louis Winter A
   Akobian vs S Sevian (Nov-18-19) 1/2-1/2
   J Xiong vs Akobian (Nov-17-19) 1/2-1/2
   Akobian vs G Oparin (Nov-16-19) 1/2-1/2
   S P Sethuraman vs Akobian (Nov-15-19) 1-0
   V Erdos vs Akobian (Nov-14-19) 1/2-1/2

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(born Nov-19-1983, 36 years old) Armenia (federation/nationality 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 Batista who placed 2nd and 3rd. His first placement was decided by winning an Armageddon tiebreaker against Quesada.

Akobian qualified for the World Cup (2015) via his result at the US Championships (2015). Unfortunately for him, he was eliminated from the Cup upon his first round loss to Czech GM Viktor Laznicka.

Wikipedia article: Varuzhan Akobian

 page 1 of 47; games 1-25 of 1,162  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Ho vs Akobian  0-1441993Wch U10A45 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Akobian vs G Szabo 1-0311993Wch U10D02 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Grigoriants vs Akobian 1-0991993Wch U10C05 French, Tarrasch
4. Akobian vs B Kurobasa  0-1481993Wch U10A40 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Akobian vs Jakovenko 0-1281993Wch U10D55 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. M Sebenik vs Akobian  ½-½271993Wch U10A57 Benko Gambit
7. Akobian vs V Vamos 1-0381993Wch U10D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. M Perunovic vs Akobian  0-1461993Wch U10C17 French, Winawer, Advance
9. Akobian vs M Paragua ½-½351993Wch U10E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
10. D Rybansky vs Akobian  0-1271993Wch U10A57 Benko Gambit
11. J Martinez vs Akobian 0-1391993Wch U10C02 French, Advance
12. Akobian vs H I Geanta 0-1271994EU-ch U12D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
13. A Kovchan vs Akobian  ½-½261994EU-ch U12C01 French, Exchange
14. Akobian vs S Jorgensen  1-0191994EU-ch U12A43 Old Benoni
15. Akobian vs V Gaprindashvili  ½-½101994EU-ch U12D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. M Sebenik vs Akobian  0-1371994EU-ch U12A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
17. Akobian vs V Raceanu  ½-½191994EU-ch U12A00 Uncommon Opening
18. A Khruschiov vs Akobian  0-1211994EU-ch U12B07 Pirc
19. Akobian vs D Mastrovasilis  ½-½511994EU-ch U12E99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
20. V Jalinskas vs Akobian 0-1221994EU-ch U12B07 Pirc
21. S Azarov vs Akobian  1-0441995EU-ch U12B07 Pirc
22. M Szymanski vs Akobian  0-1411995EU-ch U12D33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
23. N Templier vs Akobian  ½-½271995EU-ch U12D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
24. Akobian vs E Petuchovskis  0-1421995EU-ch U12D16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Akobian vs Ponomariov 0-1201995EU-ch U12A00 Uncommon Opening
 page 1 of 47; games 1-25 of 1,162  PGN Download
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May-13-15  prensdepens: <pontiopilato286: I don't want to be overjoyed.But Akobian maybe out of the US team, right>

With the last US Chess championship in my mind, wherein Akobian was so happy to win a free point at the expense of Wesley, all because of that scribble on the score sheet.

Akobian showed his lack of taste. Chess players are likened to gladiators of the past, applaused by the crowd because of their dignity inside the ring.

He is not worthy to include in the USCF dream team, he is coward. It is the WILL to fight which make this game so AWESOME.

I suggest to USCF to assign Akobian the position of water boy.

May-13-15  Petrosianic: Who said that he was happy at all, much less "So happy" (I assume that part was a pun). Disliking people because of made up facts about their psyches seems nonsensical.
May-25-15  RookFile: I'm kind of reminded of a reporter asking Larry Bird: "Will the Celtics come to play tonight?" Bird said: "We don't come to play, we come to win." Put this way, Akobian is absolutely the type of guy I'd want on my team.
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  perfidious: Have always loathed Celtics and never cared for Bird, but completely agree with his approach.
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  Gypsy: <prensdepens:
I suggest to USCF to assign Akobian the position of water boy.>

Strange suggestion. You would drink water thus procured?

Apr-19-16  kamagong24: akobian clobbered by Wesley in the US champioships, sweet revenge!!! :)
Apr-20-16  epistle: You are a true gentleman. So sporting of you to allow him to even up the score.
Apr-20-16  Appaz: If you need revenge for facing the consequences after refusing to follow the rules, you should probably rethink your morals.
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  chancho: Look at the man's expression:

The expression of someone who got a free point. :-)

Apr-25-16  pinoy king: Looks like an ugly dishonest rat
Apr-25-16  Nina Myers: <Appaz: If you need revenge for facing the consequences after refusing to follow the rules, you should probably rethink your morals.> One should not expect too much from a Failippino fanboy anyway.
Apr-25-16  epistle: kamagong is now rethinking his morals...
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  OhioChessFan: A couple of late wins as he tries to salvage something from a bad performance in the US Championship.
Jun-08-16  posoo: LOLOOLOL da pinoykong ay lamang mapataob dahil ONG kaniyang hari, emperador, at isa tunay na pag-ibig sinubukang masira ONG MMMMMmga POTTAKARANLOBBAN akobian at got SMASHED. Dama EEYON!
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Varuzhan Akobian.
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  perfidious: Is another gift from So in the offing when they should next meet?

Akobian got his way once, but he may well spend a career paying for that point so easily gained.

Nov-21-16  Petrosianic: He did So a favor by making him break the habit on an unimportant occasion, rather than in a candidates or even a world championship match, where it might have really hurt.
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  ketchuplover: Soooooooooooooooooooooo close yet Sooooooooooooooooooooooo Var :(
Apr-05-17  zanzibar: Soooooooooooomeoooooooooone might have a stuck key.
Apr-05-17  JimNorCal: Stuck key? But cut and paste is Soooooooooooooooooooooo easy ... that's just as good an explanation.
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  cro777: Varuzhan Akobian‏: "Had a very interesting game today vs World #2 Wesley So. On move 31st missed a chance to win with Qc2+ or Ng1 but still happy with a draw."

Apr-05-17  zanzibar: Looked like a good game for Akobian today against Onischuk, however he started chewing up the clock at move 48, when he really didn't have to.

At move 51 he then basically gave away his advantage allowing Black's king into the K-side.

Result - draw.

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  ketchuplover: Down goes Caruana!
Apr-07-17  Jambow: Varuzan on a personal rating high and kicking butt in the US championship. Impressive indeed.
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  ketchuplover: Best wishes at the world team championship
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