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Akopian, Vladimir

Vladimir Akopian, born Dec 7, 1971 in Baku, is an Armenian grandmaster (1991) who won the World Under-16 Championship in 1986 at the age of 14 won the World Under-18 Championship at 16 and was World Junior Champion in 1991.  He tied for 1st at the U.S. Open in 1991.  In 1999 he played without a single loss in the FIDE knockout world championship at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas until Alexander Khalifman defeated him in the final match.  He was given the title of Vice Champion of the World.  His highest rating has been 2714, ranked #12 in the world.  In 2005, he had to withdraw from the Dubai Open when he was arrested at Dubai airport having been mistaken for someone wanted for murder.

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