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Smbat Lputian
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Number of games in database: 1,277
Years covered: 1975 to 2008
Last FIDE rating: 2574
Highest rating achieved in database: 2640
Overall record: +453 -249 =550 (58.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 25 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Indian (111) 
    E12 E15 E17 E14 E16
 Queen's Pawn Game (80) 
    A45 A41 E10 D02 A46
 King's Indian (76) 
    E97 E94 E73 E91 E62
 Queen's Gambit Declined (54) 
    D31 D37 D30 D39 D38
 Grunfeld (47) 
    D97 D85 D84 D87 D86
 Slav (40) 
    D18 D11 D10 D15 D12
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (235) 
    C18 C09 C03 C07 C02
 Queen's Gambit Declined (103) 
    D37 D31 D30 D35
 French Winawer (99) 
    C18 C17 C16 C15 C19
 French Tarrasch (84) 
    C09 C03 C07 C05 C04
 Orthodox Defense (55) 
    D58 D55 D57 D59 D56
 Grunfeld (50) 
    D87 D85 D76 D98 D91
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   B Andonov vs Lputian, 1987 0-1
   Lputian vs Balashov, 1986 1-0
   Adams vs Lputian, 1995 0-1
   Lputian vs Dlugy, 1998 1-0
   Lputian vs D Norwood, 1986 1-0
   Lputian vs B Alterman, 1994 1/2-1/2
   Grischuk vs Lputian, 2002 0-1
   A Hadzimanolis vs Lputian, 2005 0-1
   C Juarez Flores vs Lputian, 1990 0-1
   K Georgiev vs Lputian, 1985 1/2-1/2

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   URS-ch sf Irkutsk (1983)
   Berlin East DSV (1982)
   Kotov Memorial (1988)
   Tigran Petrosian Memorial (1988)
   URS-ch otbor Blagoveshchensk (1988)
   URS-ch54 First League Irkutsk (1986)
   Hoogovens Group B (1999)
   Yerevan (1977)
   Manila Olympiad (1992)
   URS-ch sf Pavlodar (1982)
   Dortmund Open-A (1992)
   Yerevan (1982)
   URS-ch FL50 (1982)
   Chigorin Memorial (1987)
   Biel Interzonal (1993)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hoogovens Group B 1999 by Tabanus
   1999 Hoogovens (group B) by gauer
   Karpov Poikovsky 2001 by Tabanus

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(born Feb-14-1958, 65 years old) Armenia

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Smbat Gariginovich Lputian was born in Yerevan and was awarded the IM title in 1982 and earned the GM title in 1984. His best tournament achievements include 1st at Berlin 1982, 1st= at Athens 1983, 1st= at Irkutsk 1983, 1st at Sarajevo 1985, 1st at Irkutsk 1986, 1st= at Hastings 1986-87 and 1st at Dortmund 1988.

Lputian won the Armenian Championship in 1978, 1980, 1998, and 2001. In 2006, he won a team gold medal (together with Levon Aronian, Vladimir Akopian, Karen Asrian, Gabriel Sargissian and Artashes Minasian) at the 37th Chess Olympiad.

Lputian has three children he lives with, but also has one daughter who is now living in the United Kingdom with Smbat's first wife: Ani Lputian born on 19 August 1992, during the height of Smbat's career.

Wikipedia article: Smbat Lputian

Last updated: 2022-03-28 22:54:42

 page 1 of 52; games 1-25 of 1,277  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Vladimirov vs Lputian  ½-½391975USSR Junior ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. V Sokolov vs Lputian  1-0531975USSR Junior ChampionshipA13 English
3. Lputian vs Gulko  ½-½471975 13th Soviet Team Championship qual-1A46 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Yurtaev vs Lputian  ½-½24197513th Soviet Team Championship Final-CC00 French Defense
5. Lputian vs Kasparov 0-1381976TbilisiE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
6. Kasparov vs Lputian 1-0341976USSR Junior ChampionshipB15 Caro-Kann
7. Lputian vs L Manukian  1-0471976Armenian ChampionshipE81 King's Indian, Samisch
8. G Akopian vs Lputian  1-0271976Armenian ChampionshipB15 Caro-Kann
9. Lputian vs V Vepkhvishvili  ½-½481977GEO-chE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
10. E Mnatsakanian vs Lputian  ½-½121977YerevanC05 French, Tarrasch
11. Lutikov vs Lputian  ½-½221977YerevanC15 French, Winawer
12. Lputian vs I Ivanov  1-0511977YerevanE10 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Lputian vs I Efimov  ½-½401977YerevanA37 English, Symmetrical
14. Lputian vs V Doroshkievich  ½-½221977YerevanD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
15. Lputian vs H Khalikian  ½-½501977YerevanA43 Old Benoni
16. J Petkevich vs Lputian  ½-½251977YerevanD05 Queen's Pawn Game
17. A Malevinsky vs Lputian  0-1241977YerevanB33 Sicilian
18. Lputian vs B Katalymov  1-0381977YerevanE14 Queen's Indian
19. A Arutiunov vs Lputian  ½-½601977YerevanA06 Reti Opening
20. Tseshkovsky vs Lputian 1-0201977YerevanC05 French, Tarrasch
21. A Donchenko vs Lputian  0-1241977YerevanD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. N Popov vs Lputian  0-1361977YerevanE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
23. Lputian vs L S Eolian  ½-½191977YerevanA51 Budapest Gambit
24. Lputian vs Averkin  1-0271977YerevanA56 Benoni Defense
25. Lputian vs G Akopian  1-0801977YerevanA93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
 page 1 of 52; games 1-25 of 1,277  PGN Download
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  GrahamClayton: Lputian founded the Armenian Chess Academy in 2002, with support from Prime Minister Andranik Margaryan. The Academy has 26 branches in Yerevan and various regions of the country, and receives funding from the state budget.

Source: Armenian Chess Academy website:

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  Honza Cervenka: <An Armenian chessplayer from Armenia, huh?> Well, there are also some Armenian players who are not from Armenia (in fact quite a lot of them as majority of Armenians lives outside of Armenia) and so this sentence can make some sense.
Jul-29-09  Open Defence: yes.. for example Tigran Petrosyan was born in Tblisi if I am not mistaken...
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  Honza Cervenka: <for example Tigran Petrosyan was born in Tblisi> Yes and Sergei Movsesian was born in Tbilisi too but it was then at least the same country. Armenians are still quite significant minorities in all neighbouring countries of Caucasus and Middle East and also many Armenians live for many generations completely out of region of their origin around the globe. Of some 8 million of Armenians 5 million live in diaspora.
Jan-04-13  abstract: Mr. Lputian is also known for the very boring variation of the french defence advance - Lputian variation.
Mar-16-13  mira94: Very difficult name.. Smbat Lputian
Aug-09-13  csmath: Many Lputian games are missing, some of theoretical importance.
Mar-12-15  Conrad93: No one has yet mentioned how his name is pronounced.
Mar-13-15  N0B0DY: Why, that's outrageous!
May-23-17  PJs Studio: Regardless of GM Lputian results or perceived strength next to all of you wood pushers, he has always been one of my favorite GM's specifically because when all we had before computers was Informators... I would study the games in lines that I used most frequently and his name would appear in those openings often.

In other words, he and I share the same style and opening repertoire! Keep fighting Smbat!

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  keypusher: <PJs Studio> I always admired his economic use of vowels.
May-23-17  JimNorCal: I'd like to know how to correctly pronounce Mr L's name also.
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  offramp: 𝄞𝅘𝅥𝅮 "Smbat the sailor, sailing the ocean blue. With Salty the parrot by his side they are a peerless crew!"𝅘𝅥𝅮
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  keypusher: <PJs Studio> Think I remember seeing this awesome game in Informant back in the day.

Lputian vs Balashov, 1986

Jul-20-17  PJs Studio: I remember that gamekeypusher! Awesome use of open lines and advanced piece placement. He's such an aggressive player like myself. (Albeit ten times as accurate! ;)

Big fan of GM Lputian.

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  scutigera: <Conrad93>: It's pronounced pretty much the way it's spelled here; there is no easy-for-English-speakers-to-pronounce name that people are hiding from you. Just take it slow at first, and remember that if you can say "Hmm", then you can say "Sm", and if you can say "help", then you can say "Lp". The rest is easy even for us Yankees; if the Japanese can put up with English, then we can put up with Armenian. At least we don't have to try to pronounce "Սմբատ Լպուտյան".
Feb-14-21  Nosnibor: Why did he stop playing when he reached the age of 50 ?
Feb-14-21  realdumptrump: <Nosnibor> Perhaps there's a connection with this appointment(?) ... ?

(Armenia - use google translate)

His Armenian webpage:

And his English webpage has a link to this 2010 interview:

My guess (somewhat uninformed) is that he transitioned fulltime into administrative duties as VP of the Armenian Federation, and voluntarily retired.

Mar-28-22  Besrqe: In the mid 1990's, his wife at the time was attending the University of Houston for a semester or two. He would show up at the Houston Chess Club during this time and I saw him a few times there. Cool, very laid back guy. He would go around to the various games being played for whatever tourney was in progress. I remember him taking an interest in one of my games and sat down to analyze it with me when it was finished. I was 1800 and my opponent was 2200. I could beat this particular opponent on occasion, but this time the game reduced to an ending that I could have handled better. He blazed out variations on the board looking for improvements on my play :)
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  OhioChessFan: <Awarded the IM title in 1982 and the GM title in 1984, he has occupied a high place in the World rankings since then but has never broken through to the highest levels.>

Very enlightening. High but not the highest.

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  keypusher: Ooh, he's 64, better be careful this year.
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  perfidious: Seems to me that part of the bio mentioned by <ohiyuk> should either be excised or applied to dozens, perhaps hundreds of other very strong players who would beat the spots off, amongst other posters, the likes of your humble narrator.

My preference goes to cutting it.

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  OhioChessFan: I'm not sure the point of the references to his children, and I see zero point in referencing how many live with him. I'm somewhat inclined to remove the family mentions all together.
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  HeMateMe: Isn't there a Lputian who is older, put out chess books in the '60s and '70s?
Mar-22-23  fabelhaft: <I see zero point in referencing how many live with him>

Keeping that sort of information updated is also tough :-) It seems to be from some older Wikipedia bio version that was removed long ago to not include the part about how many of his children he lives with.

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