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Samvel Ter-Sahakyan
S Ter-Sahakyan 

Number of games in database: 720
Years covered: 2003 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2640 (2580 rapid, 2551 blitz)
Overall record: +209 -110 =265 (58.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 136 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (130) 
    B90 B30 B32 B33 B48
 Ruy Lopez (93) 
    C65 C84 C67 C95 C78
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (39) 
    C84 C95 C92 C91 C96
 Sicilian Najdorf (36) 
    B90 B96 B94 B92 B91
 French Defense (30) 
    C18 C11 C07 C10 C01
 Caro-Kann (24) 
    B12 B18 B10 B13 B17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (112) 
    B90 B51 B45 B53 B30
 Sicilian Najdorf (47) 
    B90 B97 B92 B94 B91
 Slav (34) 
    D11 D12 D10 D16 D15
 Queen's Pawn Game (32) 
    D02 A45 E10 E00 D05
 Queen's Gambit Declined (31) 
    D38 D37 D31 D30 D39
 Semi-Slav (30) 
    D45 D43 D47 D44 D46
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Ter-Sahakyan vs A Aitbayev, 2023 1-0
   A Gabdrakhmanov vs S Ter-Sahakyan, 2019 0-1
   V Durarbayli vs S Ter-Sahakyan, 2010 0-1
   S Ter-Sahakyan vs Duda, 2013 1-0
   S Ter-Sahakyan vs Ponomariov, 2016 1-0
   L Babujian vs S Ter-Sahakyan, 2012 0-1
   S Ter-Sahakyan vs C Holt, 2012 1-0
   Jobava vs S Ter-Sahakyan, 2019 0-1
   S Savitskiy vs S Ter-Sahakyan, 2018 0-1
   D Debashis vs S Ter-Sahakyan, 2012 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Chigorin Memorial (2018)
   Chigorin Memorial (2019)
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   Kazakhstan Chess Cup (2023)
   World Junior Championship (2011)
   World Junior Championship (2013)
   European Individual Championship (2022)
   European Championship (2014)
   European Championship (2011)
   European Championship (2008)
   European Championship (2012)
   World Junior Championship (2010)
   European Championship (2017)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)

   🏆 FIDE World Rapid Team Championship
   N Batsiashvili vs S Ter-Sahakyan (Aug-28-23) 0-1, rapid
   S Ter-Sahakyan vs Keymer (Aug-28-23) 0-1, rapid
   S Ter-Sahakyan vs D Kollars (Aug-27-23) 0-1, rapid
   A Jakubiec vs S Ter-Sahakyan (Aug-27-23) 0-1, rapid
   R Sadhwani vs S Ter-Sahakyan (Aug-27-23) 1-0, rapid

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(born Sep-19-1993, 30 years old) Armenia

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Grandmaster (2008); European U10 Champion (2003); World U18 Champion (2011)


GM Samvel Rubenovich Ter-Sahakyan was born in Vanadzor, Armenia. When he became a Grandmaster on the day before his 15th birthday, he joined the select group of players who have achieved this at an age earlier than the benchmark set by Robert James Fischer in 1958.


<Youth> Ter-Sahakyan became a Grandmaster on 18 October 2008, the day before his 15th birthday, when his ELO reached 2500 during the World U18 championship. He made his first impact in international chess when he became the 2003 European U10 Champion. Subsequently he came equal first at the Belfort Youth (U12) World Championship in 2005 alongside Wesley So, Srinath Narayanan and Sanan Sjugirov, 12th at the Batumi U14 Youth World Championship in 2006, runner-up in the 2008 European U16 championship, the 2009 European U18 champion, runner-up at the same event in 2010, runner up on tiebreak behind Vasif Durarbayli at the Batumi U18 World Youth Championship in 2010 before breaking through to win the 2011 World U18 Championship that was held in Brazil, scoring 8/9 and a TPR of 2705.

<Junior (U20)> =9th with 8.5/13 at the World Junior Championships (2011), and =5th with a solid 9/13 at the World Junior Championship (2012).

<National> He was second in the 2011 Armenian Championship behind Robert Hovhannisyan. In 2012 he took outright 3rd place in the 74th Armenian Championship with 6/10 (+3 -1 =6).

<Continental> Scored 7/11 (TPR 2680) at the 12th European Individual Championship (2011). Placed =10th place with 7.5/11 at the European Individual Championships (2014) (EICC 2014).

<World> His result in the EICC 2014 qualified him to play in the World Cup (2015), where he bowed out of the event after a first round loss to Nikita Vitiugov in the first pair of rapid game tiebreakers.

Standard Tournaments

Ter-Sahakyan scored 5.5/9 (+4 -2 =3) in the 2011 Dubai Open and 5/9 (+3 -2 =4) in the 4th Karen Asrian Memorial in Jermuk, also in 2011. In June 2013, he came 2nd - a point behind Robert Hovhannisyan - with 6.5/9 at the 6th Karen Asrian Memorial 2013. In July 2015, we was =1st with 8/11 at the 8th Annual K. Asrian Memorial 2015, albeit third on tiebreak behind Mikhailo Oleksienko and Anton Korobov. Immediately afterwards he placed =3rd behind Jan-Krzysztof Duda and David Anton Guijarro at the Lake Sevan (2015) event staged in Armenia.

Team events

<National Team> Ter-Sahakyan played top board for Armenia in the 2008 and 2009 U16 Olympiads, helping his team to 5th in 2008 and to the bronze medal in 2009.

<National League> He played board four for FIMA Yerevan in the 2008 Armenian Team Championships, helping his team to win the silver medal. He played top board for Chess Academy Yerevan in the 2009 Armenian League, again assisting his team to a silver medal. For the 2014 season he returned to FIMA Yerevan, where playing top board, he helped his team to 4th place.


He has been rated above 2500 since September 2009 and breached the 2600 level for the first time in August 2015.

References and Photo

Wikipedia article: Samvel Ter-Sahakyan

Last updated: 2017-09-19 06:01:13

 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 720  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Ter-Sahakyan vs S Sjugirov  1-0372003EU-ch U10B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
2. S Ter-Sahakyan vs S Sjugirov  ½-½102004EU-ch U12B54 Sicilian
3. K Wageih vs S Ter-Sahakyan  1-0342004Wch U12D05 Queen's Pawn Game
4. S Sjugirov vs S Ter-Sahakyan  1-0772005Wch U12B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
5. S Ter-Sahakyan vs G Popilski  0-1802005Wch U12B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. Y Hou vs S Ter-Sahakyan  ½-½532005Wch U12B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
7. T Petenyi vs S Ter-Sahakyan  0-1692005EU-ch U12C42 Petrov Defense
8. S Sjugirov vs S Ter-Sahakyan  ½-½292006EU-ch U14B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
9. L Bregadze vs S Ter-Sahakyan  ½-½552006Wch U14D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. S Ter-Sahakyan vs S Sjugirov  0-1462007EU-ch U14 17thC41 Philidor Defense
11. V Laznicka vs S Ter-Sahakyan  ½-½262007World Junior ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. S Ter-Sahakyan vs M Alvarez Ramirez  1-0652007World Junior ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. I Popov vs S Ter-Sahakyan  1-0322007World Junior ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
14. S Ter-Sahakyan vs S Feller  ½-½532007World Junior ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
15. H G Vardanian vs S Ter-Sahakyan  0-1332007World Junior ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
16. S Ter-Sahakyan vs T Sanikidze 0-1402007World Junior ChampionshipB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
17. D Kalashian vs S Ter-Sahakyan  1-0512007World Junior ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
18. S Ter-Sahakyan vs D Arngrimsson  0-1592007World Junior ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. S Ter-Sahakyan vs H Tamazyan  1-0332007World Junior ChampionshipC47 Four Knights
20. A Nasri vs S Ter-Sahakyan  0-1372007World Junior ChampionshipD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. S Ter-Sahakyan vs D Howell  0-1322007World Junior ChampionshipC47 Four Knights
22. G Nigalidze vs S Ter-Sahakyan  ½-½342007World Junior ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. S Ter-Sahakyan vs L Babujian 1-0502008Armenian ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. A Yegiazarian vs S Ter-Sahakyan  ½-½592008Armenian ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
25. S Ter-Sahakyan vs A Pashikian 1-0392008Armenian ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-05-07  argishti: A new Armenian prodigy? rated 2351 on the fide list. not bad.
Jun-28-07  ARMENIA: <argishti> He is beyond the prodigy level... Recently school has kept him away from the chess world. (Armenian parents are too strict and want him to have chess as a second choice in life). He has had some huge victories in his short years of playing and if more time devoted I believe much more is to come:)

God Bless Armenia

Jul-02-07  ARMENIA: He has a perfect score in seven rounds played so far and two more to go. He has 7 out of 7! I will let it sink it a second...:)

God Bless Armenia

Sep-21-07  argishti: Wow, lets hope this kid get up to Aronian, cause it would be nice to have 3 people at the super-GM level. :)
Jan-15-08  BIDMONFA: Samvel Ter Sahakyan


Jan-18-08  DUS: Congrats to young chess player Samvel Ter-Sahakyan! All the best and new great victories!

<Young chess player Samvel Ter-Sahakyan after completing an International Master norm also fulfilled a Grandmaster norm after the 9th round of the 68th Armenian Championship.

This is an unprecedented case in the rich history of Armenian chess, when a 14-year-old player fulfills a GM norm.>

May-02-08  DUS: I think in Plovdiv 2008 Europinan Individual Chess Championship the most impressive among representatives of Armenia was young (14 or 15) FM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan, who has 7 points, 5 victories perhaps all against GMs! I hope soon he will get a GM title and will be a member of Armenian national team. Perhaps he will play on board # 4 (#1 Levon Aronian, #2 Vladimir Akopian, # 3 Gabriel Sargissian).
May-03-08  hovik2003: <DUS>
He has already been granted a GM title, according to Armenian chess federation, quiet a accomplishment jumping from FM to GM (overpassing IM title) in one competition!, I think this is for first time in FIDE's history.

May-03-08  Open Defence: wow that is impressive
May-06-08  DUS: Congrats to young chess star Samvel Ter-Sahakyan!

<14 year-old Armenian chess player Samvel Ter-Sahakyan achieved a Grandmaster norm at the 9th European Individual Championship held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Ter-Sahakyan had reached such an achievement for the first time in the 68th Armenian Championship in January of this year.

Samvel Ter-Sahakyan will become the youngest Grandmaster in the whole Armenian chess history.>

May-06-08  DUS: The norm was 6.5 points, and Samvel had 7 points.

I wish he will continue to improve as he does now. By the way, he also has a very talented chess teacher. But the most important is the player's talent of course.

<Hovik>, yes he did both IM and GM norms at once, and very young. Really it is impressive.

Sep-18-08  khursh: After round four at European Youth Chess Championship his RP is 2913
Nov-29-08  arsen387:

<28-Nov-2008 New Titles to Armenian Chess Players

The FIDE Congress in Dresden awarded Grandmaster titles to two Armenian chess players, Hrant Melkumyan and 15 year-old Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (conditional). Ter-Sahakyan's title will come into force after his official Elo reaches 2500. >

Nov-29-08  ppeti84: Does he sing the song what what in the butt?
Sep-09-09  DUS: <ppeti84> I do not know the answer of your idiotic question.
Sep-09-09  DUS: Just today GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan became European U18 Champion. Congratulations!

He is 16, but has played in U18 section.

Sep-09-09  karoaper: <DUS: <ppeti84> I do not know the answer of your idiotic question.>


Nov-26-11  Davolni: Congratulations to Samvel Ter-Sahakyan for becoming a world champion Under 18 section in World Youth Chess Championship 2011 in Brazil!
Nov-27-11  twinlark: Congratulations on his fine result in winning the U18 World Championship.
Mar-09-13  joeyj: I could find 2 differing birthdates of Samvel Ter-Sahakyan

1. September 19, 1993

2. November 19, 1993
Ref: Samvel Ter-Sahakyan

Which is real ???

Mar-11-13  cro777: GM Samvel Rubenovich Ter-Sahakyan was born on September 19, 1993 at 12:00 (GMT+0) in Vanadzor, Armenia.
Mar-11-13  joeyj: Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (born Sep 19, 1993) whose FIDE rating on July 2008 was 2480 gained a commulative total of +14.8 rating points in 3-Tournaments he participated and the last was the World Youth Under-16 Chess Olympiad on August 2008 to register his live rating at 2494.8. He only needs at least +5.2 to breach the 2500 rating and complete his GM title requirements (3-GM norms were already previously achieved). On September 18, 2008, just 1-day short of celebrating his 15th birthday, at age <14yrs-11mos-30days>, he gained a commulative total of +8.2 rating after four rounds (R1-R4) of play at the European Youth Chess Championship 2008 – Boys U16 to register a live rating of 2503.

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Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Congrats to GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan for placing in a 3-way tie for 1st at the Asrian Memorial! He finished with 7/9, tying with Korobov and Oleksiyenko. He was also the highest placing Armenian player.
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: I know a Sahakian in London; Edward Sahakian. He runs the Davidoff Tobacco Emporium on St James's Street.

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