GM Vladimir Akopian

Full name
Vladimir Akopian
Born
Dec 7, 1971 (age 47)
Place of birth
Baku, Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union
Federation
Armenia
Profiles

Among the premiere players from Armenia, Vladimir Akopian was an accomplished prodigy shortly after he first started playing chess. He won three of the biggest junior tournaments, all within a few years, and became a Grandmaster around the time he was 20 years old. Eventually he challenged for the World Champion title, but came up short. He continues to be an extremely strong player.

Vladimir Akopian was born in Armenia and learned to play chess early in his life. At a young age he won the trifecta of World Junior tournaments: in 1986 he won the World Under-16 Championship, in 1988 the World Under-18 Championship and in 1991 the World Junior Chess Championship. He was awarded the International Master title in 1988 and the Grandmaster title in 1991. As he got older, he won the Armenian Chess Championship multiple times and in 1999 he played against Alexander Khalifman in a match for the World Championship. Khalifman prevailed in this match with a score of 2 wins, 1 loss and 3 draws. He has continued to be one of the best players to come out of Armenia, and still plays incredibly high-level chess despite no longer challenging for the World Championship.

Best Game


Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Italian Game (3) : C55
Giuoco Piano Game (3) : C53 C50
King's Indian Attack (39) : A07 A08
Alekhine Defense (3) : B03 B02
Nimzowitsch Defense (2) : B00
Reti Opening (36) : A04 A05 A09
Petrov's Defense (23) : C42
Pirc Defense (11) : B07 B08
Scandinavian Defense (7) : B01
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (15) : D71 D78 D73 D79
Modern Defense (2) : B06
Trompowsky Attack (11) : A45
Benoni Defense (9) : A60 A66 A61 A70 A63
Lion Defense (1) : B07
Old Indian Defense (3) : A53
Semi-Slav Defense (34) : D45 D47 D46
Philidor Defense (6) : C41
Undefined (2) : A00
Queen's Gambit Accepted (7) : D23 D21 D27 D24
Queen's Indian Defense (41) : E17 E16 E12 E15
Old Benoni Defense (2) : A43 A44
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense with 3...d5 (1) : D70
Dutch Defense (13) : A90 A80 A87 A81
Benko Gambit Declined (1) : A57
Indian Game (1) : A46
Tarrasch Defense (1) : D34
Bogo-Indian Defense (7) : E11
Catalan Opening (8) : E05 E01
Polish Opening (2) : A00
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (2) : B00
Gruenfeld Defense (6) : D97 D82 D84
Torre Attack (1) : A48
Queen's Pawn Opening (1) : D00
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (3) : A57
Nimzo-Indian Defense (10) : E40 E33 E38 E23 E42 E22
Bishop's Opening (1) : C24
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (1) : B06
Black Pieces
Indian Game (32) : E10 A46 A45 A49
Reti Opening (14) : A05 A04 A09
Modern Defense (14) : B06 B07
Caro-Kann Defense (21) : B12 B19 B15 B13 B18 B11
Queen's Indian Defense (24) : E16 E12 E15 E19 E14
Mieses Opening (1) : A00
London System (4) : A48
Vienna Game (3) : C25
Catalan Opening (14) : E00 E01 E09
Giuoco Piano Game (7) : C50 C55 C53
Old Indian Defense (9) : A53 A54
Four Knights Game (3) : C47 C49
Bogo-Indian Defense (10) : E11
Trompowsky Attack (11) : A45
Alekhine Defense (9) : B04 B03
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (2) : A01
Scotch Game (11) : C45
Old Benoni Defense (1) : A43
Queen's Pawn Opening (9) : D03 D02 D00 A40 A41
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (1) : B06
Benoni Defense (11) : A61 A70 A60 A69
Undefined (3) : A00
King's Gambit Accepted (3) : C38 C34
Semi-Slav Defense (69) : D45 D43 D44 D47
Tarrasch Defense (2) : D32 D33
Petrov's Defense (33) : C43 C42
Italian Game (5) : C55
Pirc Defense (8) : B08 B07 B09
Scandinavian Defense (3) : B01
Bishop's Opening (1) : C28
King's Pawn Opening (2) : B00
Hungarian Opening (3) : A00
King's Indian Attack (4) : A07 A08
Richter-Veresov Attack (1) : D01
Gruenfeld Defense (9) : D97 D91 D85 D86
Torre Attack (3) : A48
Queen's Gambit Accepted (1) : D28
Polish Opening (1) : A00
Dutch Defense (4) : A89 A90
Ponziani Opening (1) : C44
Bird's Opening (1) : A02

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