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Smbat Lputian
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Number of games in database: 1,082
Years covered: 1975 to 2008
Last FIDE rating: 2574
Highest rating achieved in database: 2640

Overall record: +361 -216 =481 (56.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 24 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Indian (94) 
    E12 E15 E17 E14 E16
 Queen's Pawn Game (65) 
    A45 A41 D02 A46 E10
 King's Indian (63) 
    E97 E94 E62 E91 E92
 Queen's Gambit Declined (44) 
    D31 D37 D30 D39 D38
 Grunfeld (44) 
    D97 D85 D84 D86 D87
 Slav (35) 
    D11 D18 D10 D15 D12
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (207) 
    C18 C09 C03 C07 C02
 Queen's Gambit Declined (89) 
    D37 D31 D30 D35
 French Winawer (86) 
    C18 C17 C15 C16 C19
 French Tarrasch (75) 
    C09 C03 C07 C05 C04
 Orthodox Defense (49) 
    D58 D55 D57 D56 D59
 Grunfeld (42) 
    D87 D85 D76 D98 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
   Lputian vs Dlugy, 1998 1-0
   Lputian vs D Norwood, 1986 1-0
   Lputian vs Alterman, 1994 1/2-1/2
   Grischuk vs Lputian, 2002 0-1
   C Juarez Flores vs Lputian, 1990 0-1
   K Georgiev vs Lputian, 1985 1/2-1/2
   Lputian vs Dokhoian, 1988 1-0

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Bosna GM Tournament (1985)
   Hoogovens Group B (1999)
   Yerevan (1982)
   Manila Olympiad (1992)
   Dortmund Open-A (1992)
   Reggio Emilia 1998/99 (1998)
   URS-ch FL50 (1982)
   Sarajevo (1983)
   Dubai Open (2000)
   GMA Baleares Open (1989)
   Biel Interzonal (1993)
   Elista Olympiad (1998)
   European Championship (2005)
   European Championship (2003)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)

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, 64 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 47; games 1-25 of 1,156  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Yurtaev vs Lputian  ½-½24197513th Soviet Team Championship Final-CC00 French Defense
2. Lputian vs Gulko  ½-½471975 13th Soviet Team Championship qual-1A46 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Lputian vs Kasparov 0-1381976TbilisiE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
4. Kasparov vs Lputian 1-0341976URS Junior ChampionshipB15 Caro-Kann
5. Lutikov vs Lputian  ½-½221977YerevanC15 French, Winawer
6. Lputian vs I Ivanov  1-0511977YerevanE10 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Tseshkovsky vs Lputian 1-0201977YerevanC05 French, Tarrasch
8. Lputian vs V Vepkhvishvili  ½-½481977GEO-chE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
9. Lputian vs A I Petrushin  ½-½43197846th URS-ch selectionE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
10. B Katalymov vs Lputian  ½-½51197846th URS-ch selectionC07 French, Tarrasch
11. Lputian vs V E Kozlov  ½-½31197846th URS-ch selectionA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
12. A Lukin vs Lputian  0-135197846th URS-ch selectionD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Z Sturua vs Lputian  ½-½49197846th URS-ch selectionD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
14. Lputian vs E Magerramov  ½-½27197846th URS-ch selectionA40 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Klovans vs Lputian  1-015197846th URS-ch selectionC16 French, Winawer
16. Lputian vs Gavrikov  1-029197846th URS-ch selectionA56 Benoni Defense
17. Lputian vs A Vaisser  ½-½27197846th URS-ch selectionE14 Queen's Indian
18. Suetin vs Lputian  ½-½23197846th URS-ch selectionC02 French, Advance
19. R Korsunsky vs Lputian  ½-½35197846th URS-ch selectionC07 French, Tarrasch
20. Lputian vs Chekhov  1-039197846th URS-ch selectionA56 Benoni Defense
21. Kasparov vs Lputian 1-028197846th URS-ch selectionD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Lputian vs Psakhis 0-1571979URSE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
23. Lputian vs Bagirov  ½-½221979URSD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
24. Lputian vs Geller 0-1261979URSD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
25. Psakhis vs Lputian  1-0321979URS-ch FL47D57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
 page 1 of 47; games 1-25 of 1,156  PGN Download
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Jan-18-08  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

Sep-09-08  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.
May-24-17  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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