Varuzhan Akobian, born Nov 19, 1983, is an International Grandmaster (2004), born in Yerevan, Armenia on November 19, 1983. In 2002, he tied for 1st place in the World Open. In 2002, he won the Samford Fellowship. In 2003, he won the U.S. Junior Championship and the American Open. In 2004, he won the World Open, National Open, and North American Open. In 2007, he won the Absolute Americas Continental Chess Championship in Cali, Columbia. In 2007, he won the World Open in Philadelphia and qualified for the World Cup in Russia. He lives in Glendale, California. His USCF rating is 2670. His FIDE rating is 2600.