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Karen Asrian
K Asrian 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons 

Number of games in database: 528
Years covered: 1993 to 2008
Last FIDE rating: 2625
Highest rating achieved in database: 2646
Overall record: +136 -66 =309 (56.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 17 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (126) 
    B90 B92 B33 B84 B32
 Ruy Lopez (51) 
    C90 C77 C67 C84 C80
 Sicilian Najdorf (35) 
    B90 B92
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (24) 
    C90 C84 C92 C95 C87
 French Defense (21) 
    C07 C03 C10 C05 C11
 Sicilian Scheveningen (20) 
    B84 B83
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (79) 
    B12 B18 B10 B13 B14
 Queen's Gambit Declined (32) 
    D35 D37 D30
 Semi-Slav (28) 
    D45 D43 D47 D44
 Orthodox Defense (25) 
    D58 D52 D59 D67 D53
 Nimzo Indian (18) 
    E54 E32 E34 E21 E37
 French Defense (16) 
    C15 C18 C07 C02 C03
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   K Asrian vs A Pashikian, 2006 1-0
   K Maslak vs K Asrian, 2007 0-1
   K Asrian vs Sveshnikov, 2004 1/2-1/2
   K Asrian vs T Kotanjian, 2007 1-0
   A Yegiazarian vs K Asrian, 2006 0-1
   Kasimdzhanov vs K Asrian, 1999 0-1
   K Asrian vs Khenkin, 2001 1/2-1/2
   K Asrian vs B Belotti, 2001 1-0
   G Sargissian vs K Asrian, 1999 1/2-1/2
   Sadler vs K Asrian, 1999 1/2-1/2

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?]
   Armenian Championship (2007)
   Dubai Open (2001)
   World Junior Championship (2000)
   Armenian Championship (2005)
   Ubeda Open (1999)
   World Junior Championship (1999)
   European Championship (2005)
   European Championship (2002)
   European Championship (2004)
   Dubai Open (2000)
   Aeroflot Open (2005)
   European Championship (2001)
   European Championship (2003)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Aeroflot Open (2004)

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(born Apr-24-1980, died Jun-09-2008, 28 years old) Armenia

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Karen Asrian was one of Armenia's leading grandmasters. He was awarded the title in 1997 and won the Armenian Championship in 1999, 2007, and 2008, and the tournaments of Dubai 2001 and Stepanakert 2004. In 2006, Asrian won a gold medal at the Chess Olympiad in Turin, playing on board #3 for the Armenian team.

Asrian died of a heart attack in 2008 at the age of 28.

Wikipedia article: Karen Asrian

Last updated: 2017-05-21 00:17:54

 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 528  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Dervishi vs K Asrian  1-0371993EU-ch U14B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
2. K Asrian vs S Ovsejevitsch  0-1591993Wch U16B32 Sicilian
3. K Asrian vs Kasimdzhanov  0-1431993Wch U16B83 Sicilian
4. H Tirard vs K Asrian  1-0351993Wch U16B12 Caro-Kann Defense
5. Vasiukov vs K Asrian  ½-½501994Moscow opB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
6. K Asrian vs T Nalbandian  0-1471995Armenian ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
7. K Asrian vs V Akopian  ½-½461995Armenian ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
8. A Yegiazarian vs K Asrian  1-0441995Armenian ChampionshipA14 English
9. N Kalantarian vs K Asrian  1-0371995Armenian ChampionshipD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
10. V Mirumian vs K Asrian  1-0431995Armenian ChampionshipA14 English
11. K Asrian vs A Minasian  0-1411995Armenian ChampionshipB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
12. K Asrian vs A Anastasian  0-1691995Armenian ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
13. K Asrian vs Lputian  0-1281995Armenian ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
14. A Petrosian vs K Asrian  ½-½711995Armenian ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
15. K Asrian vs Minasian  ½-½641995Armenian ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
16. Khachiyan vs K Asrian  ½-½531995Armenian ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
17. K Asrian vs V Akopian  ½-½271996ARM-chB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
18. M Sher vs K Asrian  ½-½361996RUS-Cup2E54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
19. Tukmakov vs K Asrian  1-0611996Yerevan opE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
20. Krogius vs K Asrian  ½-½671996Petrov memA14 English
21. K Asrian vs Gulko  ½-½171996PCA Qualifier g/25 Moscow RUSB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
22. K Asrian vs Razuvaev  ½-½181996Yerevan opB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
23. K Asrian vs A Yegiazarian  ½-½471996Yerevan opB58 Sicilian
24. A Yegiazarian vs K Asrian  ½-½311996ARM-chA07 King's Indian Attack
25. K Asrian vs Aronian  ½-½231996ARM-chB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
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Jun-30-10  Jafar219: <He died of a heart attack in 2008 at the age of 28>

No, it was suicide.

Jun-30-10  wordfunph: <Jafar219: <He died of a heart attack in 2008 at the age of 28>

No, it was suicide.>

<Jafar219> heart attack and not suicide..

Jul-05-10  Jafar219: <heart attack and not suicide..>

Can you prove it?

Jul-05-10  Winter: It says here that he lost consciousness while driving... possibly heart attack.

The burden of proof is now in your hand <jafar>. Show us why it was suicide.

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  alexmagnus: I see absolutely no reasons for suicide, but... heart attack at the age of 28? Was he known for heart problems prior to his death?
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  ketchuplover: has a report on the third memorial tournament (ended 10-14-10)
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  FSR: <alexmagnus: I see absolutely no reasons for suicide, but... heart attack at the age of 28? Was he known for heart problems prior to his death?>

He wasn't anorexic, was he?

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  perfidious: <FSR> Did you ever deal with Wildhartlivie on Wikipedia? She was something else.

Always a shock to see someone go while so young, when they aren't an athlete or drug user. Long ago, I knew a girl even younger than Asrian was at his death who was heavily into coke, had a heart attack and almost didn't make it.

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  FSR: <perfidious> No, I never dealt with her. I did adopt a couple of handles like "FatNonVirgin" and used them to comment on a Featured Article Nomination by SlimVirgin. They were both nuked with stunning alacrity.
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  perfidious: <FSR> FatNonVirgin, indeed! ROFL

Funny-I'd never heard of SlimVirgin till now. 'Course, I'll bet she never got involved in chess and the like.

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  FSR: <perf> Actually, she did some (non-substantive) editing on my chess articles as I recall, particularly the two that got to Featured Article status. Google SlimVirgin; it's very interesting. There's a whole weird world of Wikipedia politics out there.
Jun-10-11  chessthomas: <myschkin>

thank you very much for posting
the poem of Mascha Kaleko.
I had never heard of her before,
and I may say that I am very impressed.

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  perfidious: <FSR> Agree with you there-I ran afoul of two admins who were nothing but a pain, and seldom edit Wkikpedia any more.
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  FSR: <perfidious> I also edit infrequently these days. Just got PO'd over a few minor things, including the picture Nazis.
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  kingfu: The tragic and premature death of this Grandmaster was a huge loss for The Chess World.

We can only pray and hope that he is playing a Chess Game in Heaven with Petrosian.

Jun-10-11  Sho: "Premature death of [a] Grandmaster" [I think] would put him in good company.

Chess has many talented players who died young though I can not think of any at the moment. Who else in chess died young? Who would Karen be sparring with now?

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  Breunor: Sho,

Charousek comes to mind.

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: User: Ziggurat has a good Died Young list in his profile. Far from complete yet still much too long.
Feb-08-13  Old King Cole: Karen Asrian looks like a young, dashing, healthy Mikhail Tal. What a tragic loss.
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  Penguincw: From June 16th to 24th, 2015, the 8th annual Karen Asrian memorial was held in Jermuk, Armenia.

The top seed was Anton Korobov (2698), while the top Armenian player was 7th seed Arman Pashikian (2604).

There was a 3-way tie for 1st (7/9), with Ukrainian Mykhaylo Oleksiyenko (2629) edging Korobov and Armenian Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (2586).

Jan-20-16  Martin Riggs: Great poem by Mascha Kaleko. Thank you for posting this <myschkin>. :0]

I'll soon be 42 and I've already lost a lot of friends/relatives around me. This is really one of the most tragic things in life. The tragedy number 1 is (and I speak here for myself): You've to live with it. But fortunately there are games such as chess.


Apr-24-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Karen Asrian.
Apr-25-16  Hodor: Hodor!
Oct-07-20  login:

The places still to this day giving his cause of death as 'heart attack' quoting this 'The Associated Press' initial ticker message

While Armenian and Russian sources early on describe 'cerebral hemorrhage' as a result of a stroke for the player's initial collapse. Where due to the rapid expansion of overflowing blood in the area near the affected vessel a fatal cascade of swelling and lack of oxygen wreak havoc in underlying vital stem brain structures. This would soon cause the victim to lose consciousness (untreated) followed by lethal coma.

(Traffic) accidents and suicides both lead the causes of death in this age group, so Jafar219 has a (valid statistical) poin for his guess, too.

Remembering Karen Asryan (in Armenian)

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