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David Arutinian Wins 5th Karen Asrian Memorial

  • SonofPearl
  • on 6/25/12, 12:00 PM.

The 5th Karen Asrian Memorial took place from 16-25 June in Jermuk, Armenia.  GM Karen Asrian (pictured) passed away in 2008, aged just 28.

In chess-mad Armenia, Karen Asrian was strong enough to represent his country, including being part of the Armenian team that took first place at the 2006 Turin Olympiad.

The 2012 Memorial was a 9-round Swiss event with 57 players won by GM David Arutinian of Georgia with a score of 7½ points, a point clear of the strong field.

The time control was 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes to a finish with a 30 second increment from the start.  The total prize fund was 18,500 USD with 4,000 awarded for first place.

The top standings (full results available here):

Name Nat Elo Pts 
1 Arutinian David  GEO 2561 7.5
2 Grigoryan Avetik  ARM 2581 6.5
3 Minasian Artashes  ARM 2506 6.5
4 Babujian Levon  ARM 2469 6.5
5 Shanava Konstantine  GEO 2589 6.0
6 Aghasaryan Robert  ARM 2339 6.0
7 Gabuzyan Hovhannes  ARM 2457 6.0
8 Maghalashvili Davit  GEO 2478 6.0
9 Andriasian Zaven  ARM 2615 6.0
10 Melkumyan Hrant  ARM 2642 5.5
11 Hayrapetian Arman  ARM 2372 5.5
12 Harutyunian Tigran K  ARM 2252 5.5
13 Guramishvili Sopiko  GEO 2408 5.5
14 Kalashian David  ARM 2408 5.5
15 Simonian Hrair  ARM 2475 5.5
16 Harutjunyan Gevorg  ARM 2460 5.5
17 Mikaelyan Arman  ARM 2216 5.5

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The Winner: David Arutinian

David Arutinian.jpg

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Comments


  • 2 years ago

    CharlieJohnson

    It's nice to see someone succeed with the Benoni. I've always been too timid to play it without distracting second thoughts.

  • 2 years ago

    nyLsel

    34...Qxd4+ is a blunder.

  • 2 years ago

    Stanya

    Poor Karen Asrian! What a lose to chess and the world!

  • 2 years ago

    Chesspuzzles

    The queen sacrifice in the fourth game is amazing! this is some player

  • 2 years ago

    Ohanessian

    Be in peace Karen Asrian! We miss you so much! 

  • 2 years ago

    garniktalavera

    if he beat Hrant Melkuyan, currently one of the biigest Armenian hopes to reach the eilte, then he deserves the tournament.

    Btw, another armenian-origin player.

  • 2 years ago

    Blitz-Ace

    wow, some sketchy wins

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