Diamond Member

Hi !

I am an opera singer and director of the Opera Studio of Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory. I used to play chess professionally till 15 years old (peak fide rating was 2297 by January 2001). In 2000 I won the Armenian Chess Championship U14 and the bronze medal of World Chess Olympiad U16 in Artek (Crimea).

Frankly, the opera singing has a lot in common with playing chess. It is very demanding in sense of self control, focus, strategic planning, imagination, sustainable training, creativity etc. I am not mentionning the tens of complete opera roles you need to learn and memorise, just like the numerous chess debuts happy.png 

My best regards to all the players on chess.com. I hope we will meet both in chess and in opera worlds.

Sincerely yours,

Hayk Vardanyan