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Smbat Lputian
Number of games in database: 923
Years covered: 1975 to 2008
Last FIDE rating: 2574
Highest rating achieved in database: 2640

Overall record: +310 -182 =418 (57.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 13 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Indian (79) 
    E12 E15 E17 E14 E16
 Queen's Pawn Game (56) 
    A45 A41 A46 D02 E10
 King's Indian (52) 
    E97 E94 E62 E63 E91
 Grunfeld (40) 
    D97 D85 D86 D84 D87
 Queen's Gambit Declined (37) 
    D31 D37 D30 D39 D38
 Slav (32) 
    D11 D18 D15 D10 D12
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (182) 
    C18 C09 C03 C02 C07
 Queen's Gambit Declined (78) 
    D37 D31 D30 D35
 French Winawer (75) 
    C18 C17 C16 C15 C19
 French Tarrasch (66) 
    C09 C03 C07 C05 C04
 Orthodox Defense (38) 
    D58 D55 D56 D59 D57
 Grunfeld (35) 
    D87 D85 D98 D76 D97
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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
   Zsofia Polgar vs Lputian, 1991 0-1
   A Anastasian vs Lputian, 2008 0-1
   Yurtaev vs Lputian, 1981 0-1
   Lputian vs D Norwood, 1986 1-0
   Z Byambaa vs Lputian, 2004 0-1
   Lputian vs Dlugy, 1998 1-0
   Lputian vs Alterman, 1994 1/2-1/2

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02 (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Bosna GM Tournament (1985)
   Dortmund-A (1988)
   Hoogovens Group B (1999)
   Hastings 1986/87 (1986)
   Yerevan (1982)
   GMA Baleares op (1989)
   Biel Interzonal (1993)
   Manila Olympiad (1992)
   Elista Olympiad (1998)
   European Championship (2001)
   Moscow Olympiad (1994)
   European Championship (2003)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   European Championship (2005)

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

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(born Feb-14-1958, 63 years old) Armenia

[what is this?]
Smbat Gariginovich Lputian was born in Yerevan. 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. 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.

Wikipedia article: Smbat Lputian

 page 1 of 39; games 1-25 of 960  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Lputian vs Gulko  ½-½47197513th Soviet Team-ch qual group 1A46 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Yurtaev vs Lputian  ½-½24197513th Soviet Team-ch final CC00 French Defense
3. Kasparov vs Lputian 1-0341976TbilisiB15 Caro-Kann
4. Lputian vs Kasparov 0-1381976TbilisiE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
5. Lutikov vs Lputian  ½-½221977YerevanC15 French, Winawer
6. Tseshkovsky vs Lputian 1-0201977YerevanC05 French, Tarrasch
7. Lputian vs I Ivanov  1-0511977YerevanE10 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Lputian vs V Vepkhvishvili  ½-½481977GEO-chE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
9. Lputian vs Chekhov  1-039197846th URS-ch selectionA56 Benoni Defense
10. Suetin vs Lputian  ½-½23197846th URS-ch selectionC02 French, Advance
11. Kasparov vs Lputian 1-028197846th URS-ch selectionD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Lputian vs Bagirov  ½-½221979URSD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
13. Lputian vs Geller 0-1261979Soviet UnionD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
14. Lputian vs Psakhis 0-1571979URSE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
15. Lputian vs Vasiukov  ½-½21197914th Soviet Team-ch qual group 2A56 Benoni Defense
16. Psakhis vs Lputian  0-1351979URS-ch otborC07 French, Tarrasch
17. Psakhis vs Lputian 1-0321979URS-ch FL47D57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
18. Lputian vs Timoshchenko  ½-½421979URS-ch FL47D91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
19. Anikaev vs Lputian  1-0451979URS-ch FL47A14 English
20. Lputian vs Yurtaev  1-0301979URS-ch FL47A56 Benoni Defense
21. Yusupov vs Lputian  ½-½301979URS-ch FL47D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
22. Tukmakov vs Lputian 1-0341979URS-ch FL47D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
23. Lputian vs Bagirov  0-1971979URS-ch FL47D48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
24. Razuvaev vs Lputian 1-0351979URS-ch FL47E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
25. Lputian vs Vaganian  ½-½26198048th USSR ChampionshipA36 English
 page 1 of 39; games 1-25 of 960  PGN Download
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Jan-10-08  haik: hovik2003, u owe an apology to alexmagnus
Jan-10-08  hovik2003: <alexmagnus>
I don't know why I called Magnus Nazi, probably it was the quote from Helmut Kohl, he always remind me of good old Nazis, well I was upset when for the first time I read other's past comments about Lputian, so I choose the latest and freshest one for retaliation, I apologize for calling you names.
Jan-10-08  Karpova: <hovik2003: it was the quote from Helmut Kohl, he always remind me of good old Nazis> Why?
Jan-11-08  hovik2003: <Karpova>
would you please drop this Nazi stuff, they belong to the darkest side of German and mankind history. If I recall rightfully Helmut is the son of SS officer, but that doesn't make him a Nazi no matter what, beside I just used this term to attack on <alexmagnus> with more impact, and it seems it worked allright. There was no other reason beside putting in more spice in my sharp comment toward him, I don't know the guy, and I apologize to him already. Actually I should admit I used old Nazi propaganda plot, as Joseph Goebbels (Nazi regime's propaganda minister) used to brag that "The bigger and more outrageous the lie is there are more people tend to fall in to believe it as truth"
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  arsen387: Let's change the topic. I offer to speak about mating period of kangaroos or maybe debate around global warming. Or an even better idea just struck me! Let's talk about Smbat Lputian and his chess.
Aug-17-08  nummerzwei: A typical game by Lputian:

Lputian vs E J Gausel, 2006

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  Billy Vaughan: I can't read Lputian's name without pronouncing it "Liliputian" in my head :/
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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".
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  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.

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