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Vladimir Akopian
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Number of games in database: 1,954
Years covered: 1982 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2638 (2668 rapid, 2602 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2713
Overall record: +625 -213 =906 (61.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 210 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (216) 
    B90 B30 B50 B40 B42
 Ruy Lopez (106) 
    C77 C65 C84 C78 C95
 English (69) 
    A15 A13 A14 A12 A18
 French Defense (65) 
    C07 C05 C03 C09 C10
 King's Indian (61) 
    E67 E62 E60 E63 E69
 French Tarrasch (56) 
    C07 C05 C03 C09 C04
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (152) 
    B32 B30 B90 B42 B51
 Slav (87) 
    D11 D18 D12 D17 D10
 King's Indian (81) 
    E67 E97 E94 E91 E75
 French Defense (80) 
    C07 C10 C18 C11 C00
 Semi-Slav (73) 
    D45 D47 D43 D44
 Ruy Lopez (56) 
    C99 C84 C67 C65 C78
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Akopian vs Kramnik, 2004 1-0
   V Akopian vs Kuzubov, 2007 1-0
   V Akopian vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2008 1-0
   V Akopian vs Sveshnikov, 1993 1-0
   V Akopian vs Karjakin, 2009 1-0
   V Akopian vs Khenkin, 1994 1-0
   A Korotylev vs V Akopian, 2006 0-1
   V Akopian vs Shimanov, 2012 1-0
   W Arencibia Rodriguez vs V Akopian, 1993 0-1
   Kamsky vs V Akopian, 2009 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   FIDE Moscow Grand Prix (2002)
   Gibraltar Masters (2007)
   Armenian Championship (1995)
   Goodricke Open (2000)
   World Junior Championship (1990)
   Ordix Open (2009)
   World Junior Championship (1987)
   World Junior Championship (1988)
   Turin Olympiad (2006)
   URS-ch Young Masters (1989)
   New York Open (1994)
   Chigorin Memorial (2013)
   European Championship (2012)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Manila Olympiad (1992)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Master the endgames II by eXodus
   1987 World Junior chess championship by gauer
   KERESOV's favorite games by KERESOV
   1986 WYCC (open) U-16 by gauer
   Dortmund Sparkassen 2000 by suenteus po 147
   Dortmund Sparkassen 2000 by Tabanus
   Madrid 1997 by suenteus po 147

   🏆 U.S. Senior Championships
   V Akopian vs de Firmian (Jul-16-22) 1/2-1/2
   V Akopian vs Shabalov (Jul-16-22) 1/2-1/2
   V Akopian vs L Christiansen (Jul-16-22) 0-1
   D Gurevich vs V Akopian (Jul-16-22) 1/2-1/2
   Dlugy vs V Akopian (Jul-16-22) 1/2-1/2

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(born Dec-07-1971, 51 years old) United States of America

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Grandmaster (1991) and FIDE Senior Trainer (2015) Vladimir Eduardovich Akopian. IM (1988); World U16 Champion (1986); World U18 Champion (1989); World Junior Champion (1991); Armenian Champion (1996 & 1997); vice-World Champion (FIDE) (1999).

Vladimir Akopian (Վլադիմիր Հակոբյան) was born in Baku in what is now the Republic of Azerbaijan.


<Youth and Junior> Akopian won the World Under-16 Championship in 1986, the World Under-18 Championship in 1989 and the World Junior Championship in 1991, the latter occurring in the same year he became a Grandmaster.

<National, Regional and Continental> He won the South Caucasus Men's Championship in 1986, the Armenian Chess Championship in 1996 and 1997. He placed =2nd (12th on tiebreak) at the European Championship (2012), scoring 8/11 and thereby qualifying for the 2013 World Cup.

<World> In 1999 he defeated Maia Chiburdanidze, Rogelio Antonio Jr, Evgeny Bareev, Kiril Georgiev, Sergei Movsesian and Michael Adams in the earlier rounds of the FIDE knockout world championship in Las Vegas but lost to Alexander Khalifman in the final match 3.5-2.5. He was given the title of Vice Champion of the World. In the 2002 World Championship Knockout Tournament held in New Delhi and Tehran, Akopian was seeded directly into the second round but was beaten by Aleksej Aleksandrov. At the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004), he defeated Jose Gonzalez Garcia, Utut Adianto, Alexander Moiseenko, Michal Krasenkow before he was defeated in the quarter-finals by the player he had defeated in the 1999 semi-finals, Michael Adams. He qualified for the FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005), but forfeited his first round to Gary W Lane in a walkover after his no-show. He fared better at the World Cup (2007), defeating Anton Filippov, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami and Vladimir Malakhov before losing to Alexey Shirov in round 4. He also qualified to play in the World Cup (2011), and again lost in a walkover, this time to Parimarjan Negi due to a broken leg incurred before the start of the tournament. He lost to Ngoc Truongson Nguyen in the first round of the World Cup (2013), and exited the contest.

Classical Tournaments

Akopian's tournament victories include the U.S. Open of 1991 (shared with US GM Michael Rohde), =1st at Niksic 1991; 1st at Beersheba in 1992, 3rd at Ubeda 1999; =1st with Alexey Kuzmin at Dubai 1999; =1st (=8-10th after a blitz tiebreak in which he declined to participate) at the World Open at Philadelphia 1999 ; =2nd behind Gregory Kaidanov at Calcutta 2000; 1st at the 4th Enghien les Bains in 2001, =1st with Zhong Zhang at the US National Open in Las Vegas in 2001, 1st at the 5th International Open in Bavaria in 2001, =6th with 6/9, half a point behind the 5 co-winners at the Aeroflot Open Group A in 2004, =1st (5th on tiebreak) at the Aeroflot Open (2005), =2nd behind Pavel Eljanov at the Amsterdam Chess Tournament (2005) =5th, half a point behind the 4 joint leaders at the Aeroflot Open (2006), =8th at the Isle of Man 2006, 1st at the 5th Gibraltar Chess Festival (2007), and =2nd at the 4th FIDE Grand Prix (2009). He scored 6.5/9 in the 14th Dubai Open (2012), placing 5th, a half point behind the 4 co-leaders. Soon after, in May 2012, he won the Albena Open (2012) in Bulgaria with 7/9, on tiebreak ahead of Ivan Cheparinov, Tigran L Petrosian, Tamir Nabaty and Karen H Grigoryan. In November 2012, he came =3rd with 7/9 at the Chigorin Memorial (2012). He started 2013 with a par-for-rating 6.5/9 - a point from the lead - at the 15th Dubai Open. In October 2013, he scored 6.5/9, half a point behind 11 joint leaders at the Chigorin Memorial (2013).

Akopian started 2014 with a par-for rating 6/9 at the powerful Bronstein Memorial (2014). He followed up with 6/9 at the 16th Dubai Open Chess in April, 6/9 at the Grand Europe Cup Albena 2014 in June and 6/9 at the Grand Europe Cup Golden Sands immediately afterwards, again in June. He finished 2014 with a par-for-rating 6/9 at the powerful Qatar Masters (2014). September 2015 saw a similar par-for-rating 6/9 at the Abu Dhabi Chess Festival. In December 2015, he scored a rating enhancing 6/9 at the Qatar Masters (2015) which returned him to the world's top 100 for the first time since April 2015.

Team events

Akopian has played in various national team championships and has been a mainstay on Armenian chess teams for many years, racking up an impressive list of achievements:

<National Team Championships> He has had a spectacular run in the Russian Team Championships, including winning team gold and individual silver playing for Ladya Kazan in 2002 <and> ShK Tomsk-400-Yukos in 2004, before moving to play with Ural (Sverdlovsk). There he won team and individual silver in 2005, team gold in the Russian Club Cup (2006), team silver and individual gold in the Russian Team Championship (2007) and team gold and individual bronze in the Russian Team Championship (2008). He has also played in French and Spanish Team Championships, the Serbian League and most recently in 2012, the Chinese League (2012).

<European Club Cup>: His inaugural appearance in the ECC in 1995 was auspicious, helping his team Yerevan to a gold medal. He played for Yerevan once more in 1997 before taking a 5 year break from this competition, returning in 2002 to play for Ladya Kazan. Although he won individual gold with SK Alkaloid Skopje in the European Club Cup (2003), he moved on to play with South Ural Chelyabinsk in European Club Cup (2005), his team placing 4th. In the European Club Cup (2006) and the European Club Cup (2007) he played for Ural (Sverdlovsk), scoring team bronze and team silver respectively. In European Club Cup (2008), he played for CA Magic Mérida, scoring individual silver, and then played for MIKA Yerevan in the European Club Cup (2009) and in the European Club Cup (2010), winning team silver in 2009.

<European Teams Championship> He has represented Armenia in the European Team Championships of 1992, 1997 (winning team bronze), the European Team Championship (2005), the European Team Championship (2007) (winning team silver), the European Team Championship (2009), the European Team Championship (2011) (winning individual bronze) and in the European Team Championship (2013).

<Olympiad> He played in the Chess Olympiads of 1992 (winning team bronze medal), 1994, 1996 and 1998, in the Bled Olympiad (2002) (winning team bronze), the Calvia Olympiad (2004) (team bronze), the Turin Olympiad (2006) (team gold), the Dresden Olympiad (2008) (team and individual gold), in the Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010), the 40th Istanbul Olympiad (2012) (team gold and individual silver for board 3) and in the Tromso Olympiad (2014) held in Tromsø.

<Rest of the World> In 2002 he played in the Russia - The Rest of the World (2002) match in Moscow, representing the World team and in 2004, he played in the Armenia - The Rest of the World (2004) match, representing the home team.

<World Team Championship> Akopian also played for Armenia in the World Team Chess Championships of 1993, 1997 (team bronze medal), 2001 (team bronze medal), the World Team Championship (2005) (team bronze medal) and the World Team Championship (2010). He was a member of the gold-medal winning Armenian team at the World Team Chess Championship in 2011. He also represented Armenia on board 3 at the FIDE World Team Championship (2013).


Akopian was in the world's top 100 from January 1991 until May 2015, reaching his peak ranking of #11 in the world in January 2003. He returned to the top 100 in January 2016. His peak standard rating was 2713 in July 2006 when he was ranked world #16 and again in October 2007 when he was world #18.


In 2004 Akopian was Peter Leko 's second in the Kramnik - Leko Classical World Championship Match (2004) in Brissago and in 2005, he worked in Qatar helping the country's best chess players, in particular GM Mohamad Al-Modiahki and his wife, former women's world chess champion Zhu Chen. Akopian was awarded the Khorenatsi medal in 2006 and in December 2009, he was awarded the title of "Honoured Master of Sport of the Republic of Armenia".

Sources and references

Armenian Chess: http://armenianchessplayers.blogspo...; Chess Network Company Biography of Akopian:; 365 chess:; 10-way tie at the 1999 world Open:

Wikipedia article: Vladimir Akopian

Last updated: 2021-06-05 12:36:04

 page 1 of 79; games 1-25 of 1,954  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Tavadian vs V Akopian  ½-½361982Armenian ChampionshipD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
2. V Akopian vs Golubev ½-½251984Baku jrB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
3. V Akopian vs Dreev  1-0411985URS-chT (Juniors)C41 Philidor Defense
4. Serper vs V Akopian  1-0561985URS-chT (Juniors)C70 Ruy Lopez
5. V Akopian vs M Sorokin  1-0351985USSR Junior ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
6. S Safin vs V Akopian  0-1401985USSR Junior ChampionshipA69 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
7. Golubev vs V Akopian  ½-½511985Klaipeda jr SU-qualB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
8. Kasparov vs V Akopian 1-0411986Botvinnik school clock simulE97 King's Indian
9. V Akopian vs Khenkin  0-1281986USSR Junior ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. M Iailian vs V Akopian  1-0541986Minsk ttE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
11. G Sorokin vs V Akopian  1-0531986USSR Junior ChampionshipC60 Ruy Lopez
12. Shirov vs V Akopian  ½-½281986Sochi Juniors (U16)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
13. V Akopian vs Kamsky 1-0341986Sochi Juniors (U16)B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
14. Sakaev vs V Akopian  0-1391986Sochi Juniors (U16)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. P Horn vs V Akopian 0-1171986Wch U16C25 Vienna
16. V Akopian vs C Lutz  ½-½371986Wch U16A07 King's Indian Attack
17. V Akopian vs C Johnson  1-0931986Wch U16A07 King's Indian Attack
18. V Akopian vs I Gurevich  ½-½471986Wch U16A07 King's Indian Attack
19. V Kontic vs V Akopian  0-1401986Wch U16C55 Two Knights Defense
20. M Hofbauer vs V Akopian  ½-½361986Wch U16B32 Sicilian
21. V Akopian vs Delchev  1-0761986Wch U16A07 King's Indian Attack
22. P Zarnicki vs V Akopian  ½-½351986Wch U16C25 Vienna
23. V Akopian vs E Matsuura  ½-½231986Wch U16C77 Ruy Lopez
24. V Akopian vs T S Ravi  1-0391986Wch U16B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
25. L Comas Fabrego vs V Akopian  0-1211986Wch U16A89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
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  Penguincw: He's played some good games.
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  Penguincw: Akopian is now in a three way tied for first at the 13th European Individual Championship (2012) with 6.5/8.

Tomorrow, he faces co-leader Vladimir Malakhov with white.

Mar-29-12  Paraconti: It's great that the Crown Prince of Chess has deigned to show us yet again what he can effortlessly do with the chess pieces.
May-27-12  blade2012: Akopian is the top seeded player in Albena Open, Bulgaria, from 26th May to 3rd June.

Official site

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Jun-03-12  DUS: Akopian took the 1st prize at Albena open! It seems in the last round he won against Solak, and Petrosian-Cheparinov was 1/2-1/2.

Jun-03-12  twinlark: Well done, GM Akopian. Puts him back into the 2700 club as well. Not bad for an old feller.
Sep-09-12  twinlark:

Another well done: team gold and individual silver for board 2 in Istanbul.

Congratulations to GM Akopian for his enormous contribution to another fine team performance.

Oct-07-12  Conrad93: This guy is a World Chess Champion?
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  Troller: <Conrad93: This guy is a World Chess Champion?>

As part of the reigning World Chess Champion Team (from 2011), yes.

Oct-08-12  Jim Bartle: "This guy is a World Chess Champion?"

Not as an individual. He reached the finals of the FIDE knockout championship but lost to Khalifman. People differ as to whether those tournaments produced true world champions.

Oct-08-12  Conrad93: He definitely does not compare to the likes of Kasparov or Anand.
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  Troller: <Conrad93: He definitely does not compare to the likes of Kasparov or Anand.>

Ermh - why would he? and has anyone ever done that? He was on a team that won Team WC, just like e.g. Gabriel Sargissian. You can see the relevant page here: World Chess Team Championship (2011)

Oct-09-12  Conrad93: Well, since the World Championship was unified does the title have any real worth?
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  Troller: Not sure what you mean. The Team World Championship has not been "unified" with anything, so in that sense he is still a valid "World Champion", at least in regards of team play.

He is also a previous winner of the Junior WC and some age-group WCs, as can be seen in his profile. Those are titles you don't "lose", and they certainly have some worth, but normally only the reigning junior champ will be referred to as "World Champion", and even then as "Junior World Champion".

Oct-10-12  Conrad93: If he's a World Champion, he should have more posts.

I checked out some of his games. Amazing stuff.

Dec-07-12  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Akopian!
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  Sneaky: I confess, I used to confuse this fellow with an American GM with a similar name. Now that we've played GM Akobian in two Chessgames challenges, I for one will never confuse the two again.

Happy birthday GM Akopian.

Dec-07-13  JustAnotherPatzer: Many more happy returns Vladimir, one of my favourite players,
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  Penguincw: Happy 42nd birthday to GM Vladimir Akopian!
Feb-21-15  Mr. V: Error in the bio:
<He qualified for the FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005)> should read "World Cup".
Dec-23-15  wordfunph: <Qatar Round 4: So - Akopian : Akopian [info] 200 LIVE BET 9:1 10.23 2,046 Dec-23-15>

my $200 for Vlad!

Dec-24-15  shintaro go: 200 lost
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  Chessical: He was trained by Oleg Dementiev the mid 1980s.
Nov-28-19  Albertan: The life story of Vladimir Akopian:

part 1:

part 2:

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  Messiah: He had a transfer to the USA:

<13300032 Akopian, Vladimir USA ARM 2021-06-04 2021-03-03 2019 FIDE Grand Swiss

Citizenship ARM
Date of eligibility
to participatein the FIDE events under the new flag 2021-06-05 Transfer fee Euro 3500
Date starting from which a player
can represent the new federation fee free 2022-01-10>

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