Vladimir Akopian

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Vladimir Akopian
Full nameՎլադիմիր Հակոբյան
CountrySoviet Union
Born (1971-12-07) December 7, 1971 (age 47)
Baku, Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union
TitleGrandmaster (1991)
FIDE rating2638 (October 2019)
Peak rating2713 (July 2006)

Vladimir Akopian (Russian: Владимир Акопян, Armenian: Վլադիմիր Հակոբյան; born December 7, 1971 in Baku, Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union) is an Armenian chess Grandmaster.


Akopian won the World Under-16 Championship in 1986 at the age of 14 and the World Under-18 Championship at 16. In 1991 he won the World Junior Chess Championship.[1]

He won the Armenian Chess Championship in 1996 and 1997.[2] In 1999 he made his way through to the final of the FIDE knockout World Chess Championship, but lost to Alexander Khalifman by 3.5-2.5.[3] In the 2004 event, he was knocked out in the quarter-finals by the player he had defeated in the 1999 semi-finals, Michael Adams.

In 2005 he tied for 1st–5th with Emil Sutovsky, Andrei Kharlov, Vassily Ivanchuk and Alexander Motylev at the Aeroflot Open in Moscow.

Early in 2007, Akopian won the Gibtelecom Masters in Gibraltar with a score of 7.5/9 ahead of a group of players tied at 7/9 including Michael Adams.[4]

In December 2009, he was awarded the title of "Honoured Master of Sport of the Republic of Armenia".[5]

Team competitions[edit]

Vladimir Akopian (3rd left) with his 2008 Olympiad teammates on a 2009 stamp of Armenia

Akopian was one of the contributing players on the Armenian chess team which won gold at the 2006 Chess Olympiad ahead of second placed China and third placed United States[6] and the 38th Chess Olympiad in Dresden, 2008.[7] He was a member of the gold-medal winning Armenian team at the World Team Chess Championship in 2011.[8]

Notable games[edit]


  1. ^ "Pähtz-Korbut, Harikrishna-Zhao poised for victory". ChessBase.com. 2004-11-29. Retrieved 6 April 2011.
  2. ^ "All Champions of Armenia". Armchess.am. Archived from the original on 20 January 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  3. ^ Crowther, by Mark (1999-08-30). "TWIC 251: Alexander Khalifman, FIDE World Chess Champion". London Chess Center. Archived from the original on 12 October 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2011.
  4. ^ ChessBase.com - Chess News - Akopian wins GibTel Masters in Gibraltar
  5. ^ "High Titles of Olympic Champions". Armchess. 2009-12-19. Retrieved 19 December 2009.
  6. ^ "Olympiad R13 Armenia and Ukraine take Gold". ChessBase. 2006-06-05. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  7. ^ "Olympiad Dresden 2008 Open". Chess-Results.com. 2009-02-05. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  8. ^ "World Team Ch. – Armenia gold, China silver, Ukraine bronze". ChessBase.com. 2011-07-27. Retrieved 27 July 2011.

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