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Hrant Melkumyan
Number of games in database: 833
Years covered: 2003 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2663 (2686 rapid, 2604 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2678

Overall record: +233 -94 =239 (62.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 267 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (44) 
    D10 D11 D15 D12 D16
 Queen's Gambit Declined (41) 
    D38 D37 D30 D31 D39
 Queen's Pawn Game (38) 
    D02 E00 A46 A40 A41
 King's Indian (34) 
    E60 E97 E90 E63 E94
 Grunfeld (29) 
    D85 D90 D72 D86 D80
 English (24) 
    A15 A10 A17 A13 A14
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (77) 
    C84 C67 C78 C65 C77
 Grunfeld (34) 
    D85 D80 D76 D74 D70
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (32) 
    C84 C92 C85 C89 C90
 Caro-Kann (24) 
    B10 B12 B11 B18 B13
 Queen's Pawn Game (23) 
    A45 D02 D00 E10 D01
 Queen's Gambit Declined (20) 
    D37 D35 D39 D38 D31
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Short vs H Melkumyan, 2015 0-1
   H Melkumyan vs A Donchenko, 2014 1-0
   H Melkumyan vs C Balogh, 2013 1-0
   H Melkumyan vs Dreev, 2011 1-0
   S Volkov vs H Melkumyan, 2010 0-1
   M Mchedlishvili vs H Melkumyan, 2011 0-1
   H Melkumyan vs Z Javakhadze, 2007 1-0
   E Najer vs H Melkumyan, 2012 1/2-1/2
   G Popilski vs H Melkumyan, 2012 0-1
   I Cheparinov vs H Melkumyan, 2014 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   London Chess Classic Open (2012)
   Riga Technical University Open (2014)
   Pacific Northwest Chess Center Masters (2020)
   Dubai Open (2010)
   European Individual Championship (2013)
   Reykjavik Open (2015)
   London Chess Classic Open (2015)
   World Junior Championship (2008)
   London Chess Classic Open (2016)
   Politiken Cup (2013)
   European Individual Chess Championship (2017)
   Gibraltar Masters (2019)
   European Individual Chess Championship (2018)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   Pro Chess League (2018)

   🏆 FIDE Online Olympiad
   H Melkumyan vs A Jankovic (Aug-22-20) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   M Parligras vs H Melkumyan (Aug-21-20) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Predojevic vs H Melkumyan (May-25-20) 0-1
   H Melkumyan vs G Guseinov (May-25-20) 1-0
   Vincent Tsay vs H Melkumyan (May-24-20) 0-1

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(born Apr-30-1989, 31 years old) Armenia

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Grandmaster (2008). Melkumyan is Levon Aronian 's protègè and replaced Gabriel Sargissian as Aronian's second in late 2011.

Melkumyan came 2nd at the World U18 World Championship in 2006. He came =4th in the World Junior Championship (2008), which earned him his 3rd GM norm. He placed =1st with 7/9 at the Chigorin Memorial Open (2009). In July 2010 he came 3rd in the 30th International Open "Villa de Benasque". In February 2012, he came =4th (7th on tiebreak) with 6/9 at the Aeroflot Open (2012) and in May 2013, he came =1st (10th on tiebreak) at the European Individual Championships (2013), thereby qualifying for the World Cup (2013), where he was eliminated when he lost in the tiebreaker of the first round match to Peruvian #1 Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga.

In late 2011, Melkumyan scored 20 points out of 26 to become the winner of the European champion’s title at the Continental Blitz Championship which was held in Warsaw, Poland. In August 2014, he won the Riga Technical University Open (2014) with 7.5/9 on tiebreak ahead of Richard Rapport.

His 7.5/11 at the European Individual Championships (2014) earned him the right to compete at the World Cup (2015) where he defeated former World Cup winner Gata Kamsky in the first round but was eliminated from the Cup when he lost his second round match to Cuban super-GM Leinier Dominguez Perez.

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 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 833  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Mariano vs H Melkumyan  0-1662003Wch U14B42 Sicilian, Kan
2. H Melkumyan vs Vachier-Lagrave  0-1662004WYb16B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
3. E Moradiabadi vs H Melkumyan  0-1472005Iranian Team ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
4. G Harutjunyan vs H Melkumyan  0-1482006Blue Sevan TournamentB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
5. H Melkumyan vs M Kekelidze  1-0382006Blue Sevan TournamentA57 Benko Gambit
6. T Kotanjian vs H Melkumyan  ½-½1042006Blue Sevan TournamentE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
7. A Pashikian vs H Melkumyan  1-0752006Blue Sevan TournamentE20 Nimzo-Indian
8. A Pashikian vs H Melkumyan  ½-½272006World Junior ChampionshipC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
9. H Melkumyan vs D Baramidze  ½-½352006World Junior ChampionshipE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
10. H Melkumyan vs A Filippov  0-1522006World Junior ChampionshipE13 Queen's Indian, 4.Nc3, Main line
11. Le Quang Liem vs H Melkumyan  1-0362006World Junior ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
12. V Movsisian vs H Melkumyan  1-0342006World Junior ChampionshipC54 Giuoco Piano
13. H Melkumyan vs Z Javakhadze 1-0542007World Junior ChampionshipE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
14. M Rodshtein vs H Melkumyan  1-0352007World Junior ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
15. H Melkumyan vs V Kulakov  1-0292007World Junior ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. N Vlashki vs H Melkumyan  0-1472007World Junior ChampionshipC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. H Melkumyan vs Y Vovk  1-0352007World Junior ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
18. A Adly vs H Melkumyan 1-0412007World Junior ChampionshipA14 English
19. H Melkumyan vs A Pashikian  ½-½422007World Junior ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. D Andreikin vs H Melkumyan  1-0752007World Junior ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
21. H Melkumyan vs G Jones  ½-½692007World Junior ChampionshipE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
22. S Kaplan vs H Melkumyan  0-1662007World Junior ChampionshipC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
23. H Melkumyan vs Negi  0-1512007World Junior ChampionshipD71 Neo-Grunfeld
24. R Hungaski vs H Melkumyan  ½-½722007World Junior ChampionshipE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
25. H Melkumyan vs F Pancevski  ½-½542007World Junior ChampionshipE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
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Dec-05-08  Davolni: congratulations to the new addition to the Armenian family of GransMasters!!!
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  Tabanus: GM Hrant Melkumyan, Armenia, born 30 April 1989. Now rated 2585,

GM in 2008. Rating curve indicates 2600+ soon. ICC: Pchyolka

World U18 vice champion 2006. Shared 8-14 in World Junior Ch 2008 (3rd GM norm). Strong 6th place (shared 2nd) in Abu Dhabi 2009.

Got 7/9 (same as winner) in Chigorin Memorial 2009:

Biography: (in Polish)


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  Tabanus: Today 3rd in the 30th Open Internacional de Ajedrez "Villa de Benasque" 8-17 July 2010:

Oct-07-10  arsen387: A nasty attack by GM Melkumian agaisnt Sasho Nikolov , found it on among the best games of this August (not presesnt in CG database yet)

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 0-0 6.a3 b6 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Nxd5 exd5 9.g3 c5 10.Bg2 Bb7 11.0-0 Nd7 12.dxc5 bxc5 13.Qa4 a5 14.Rfd1 Nb6 15.Qc2 a4 16.h4 h6 17.Rac1 Qc8 18.Kh2 Re8 19.Ne5 Bf6 20.Bh3 Qd8 21.Ng4 Be7 22.Bxh6 gxh6 23.Nxh6+ Kg7 24.Nxf7 Qc7 25.Rd4 Bc8 26.Bxc8 Qxc8 27.Ne5 Qe6 28.Rg4+ Kh8 29.Rg6 Qxe5 30.Rh6+ Kg8 31.Qh7+ Kf8 32.Rg6 1-0

Dec-21-11  Albertan: Armenia’s Hrant Melkumyan wins European title:

Jan-13-12  waustad: How does one pronounce Hrant properly?
Jan-13-12  khursh: H(em)+A+(g)RANT

A like in "a book'
However, we have two 't'-s in Armenian, soft as in English, and hard, which is here in HRANT.

Feb-11-12  waustad: He's getting some rating points back in Moscow. He lost some recently in Armenia.
Feb-19-12  notyetagm: Melkumyan is doing well these days.

Anyone know if he is playing at <Cappelle-La-Grande> or some other open tournament?


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  cro777: In February 2012 Melkumyan tied for 4th–8th with Alexander Khalifman, Maxim Rodshtein, Fabiano Caruana and Dmitry Andreikin in the 11th Aeroflot Open Chess Festival.

In the German Chess Bundesliga Melkumyan plays on board 1 for Aronian's chess club SF Berlin. Aronian plays on board 2 thus giving the young Armenian, his student, a chance to play against the strongest possible opponents. The German event is the world's premier national team competition.

The 12th and 13th round of Bundesliga (17th and 18th of March 2012) has just begun. Melkumyan is playing on board 1 for SF Berlin.

Mar-17-12  twinlark: Good summary.
Mar-20-12  shivasuri4: Hrant Melkumyan recovered well from his previous round loss to Parimarjan Negi to draw against higher rated Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in a 31 move game of the Grunfeld Defense.Though he was a pawn down from the opening, his two bishops and rook combined well to tie up the black pieces.The players shook hands when the BOOC endgame (with a rook each) endgame ensued.
Mar-23-12  notyetagm: G Popilski vs H Melkumyan, 2012

28 ... ?

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28 ... c5-c4!

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28 ... c5-c4! locks the White a2-bishop right out of the game.

Note that White has to resign in the final position because he is effectively down by a piece due to his <LOCKED OUT> b1-bishop.

Final position

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Mar-26-12  ozmikey: With my pedant's hat on, might I point out re the bio that the word "protégé" has two acute rather than grave accents over the e's?'s francophone readers would be dreadfully offended. :)
Jun-11-13  notyetagm: H Melkumyan vs C Balogh, 2013

Nice last-round win by Melkumyan, sending him to the 2013 World Cup in Norway.

Jan-22-14  notyetagm: Wow, Melkumyan is -6 (!!!) at the <2014 ARMENIAN CHAMPIONSHIP>!

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  ketchuplover: Doing well in Riga so far
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  Penguincw: Congratz to Hrant Melkumyan for winning the Riga Technical University Open (2014) with a score of 7.5/9 (+6,-0,=3) and edging out Richard Rapport on 2nd tiebreaks.

By my unofficial record, he gained 15.3 rating points, flying him to a career high 2670. That would put him at 72nd place on the FIDE rating list (obviously excluding the movement of other players).

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  Penguincw: Congrats to Hrant Melkumyan for entering the live ratings, top 100 again. Today, he beat the struggling Naroditsky to move from 2651 to 2655.8, which is currently 93rd.

His win was an integral part of Armenia's win over the States, as the top 3 boards were drawn.

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to GM Hrant Melkumyan! Congrats on being the 99th highest rated player in the world! :)
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  ketchuplover: Kudos on defeating Kamsky today!
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  ketchuplover: Hope he enjoyed his world cup experience despite the early exit
Sep-05-18  Sourav: In the following game, White was in a position to create an Octopus by move 11, which he went on to create on move 15. My question are after the game score.

Melkumyan - Postny 2012
1. d4 d5 2. c4 dc4 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Bc4 a6 6. Bb3 b5 7. a4 b4 8. 0-0 Bb7 9. Nbd2 c5 10. e4 Nc6 11. e5 Nd5 12. dc5 Bc5 13. Ne4 Be7 14. Bg5 0-0 15. Nd6

1) What mistakes did Black commit to allow the Octopus to be created on d6? 2) Why can't he win the e4 pawn on move 10?

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  Retireborn: <Sourav> Opening lines with 10...Nxe4 is very risky while the black king is stuck in the centre; 11.Nxe4 Bxe4 12.Re1! and d5 or dxc5 is coming to open another line against the black king. A possible continuation then is 12...Bd5 13.dxc5 Bxb3 14.Qxb3 Bxc5 15.Ng5! and now 15...0-0 loses a piece to 16.Qc2, while on other moves White can break through on e6.

I assume that Black goes wrong with 10...Nc6; all the games in Informator (at least up to 2004) go 10...cxd4 or 10...Be7 instead.

Sep-07-18  Sourav: <Retireborn> Thank you so much for the explanation. Although I did see 12. Re1, I could not see a good continuation after 14... Bxc5. By the way, Stockfish suggests 15. Bg5.

Also, I have a feeling that Black made bad moves earlier than move 10 by not developing his pieces (positional theme: Development). To me 10. e4 looks like a winning move and hence the mistake should have happened earlier.

Now my main question is: How do I develop the positional sense to spot moves like 10. e4 during OTB plays!

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