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Gabriel Sargissian

Full name Գաբրիել Էդուարդի Սարգսյան
Country Armenia
Born September 3, 1983
Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union
Title Grandmaster
Peak rating 2702 (December 2015)

Gabriel Sargissian (Armenian Գաբրիել Սարգսյան, other transcriptions of the name are Sarkissian and Sarkissyan, the transliteration is Gabriel Sargsyan; born 3 September 1983) is an Armenian chess player and International Grandmaster of Chess (2002). He was a member of the gold-medal winning Armenian team at the chess Olympiads in 2006, 2008 and 2012 and at the World Team Chess Championship in 2011.

Early years

Sargissian was born in Yerevan on 3 September 1983 and was taught to play chess by his grandfather when he was 6. He won the World Youth Chess Championship (under 14) in 1996 and the European Youth Chess Championship (under 16) in 1998. In the same year he become an International Master.


Sargissian won the Armenian Chess Championship in 2000 and 2003. He took part in the FIDE World Chess Championship 2004, but was eliminated in the first round by Sergei Tiviakov. Sargissian was victorious at Reykjavik Open 2006 and Dubai 2006. In 2007 he won the Ruy Lopez Festival (Zafra, Spain, March 16-25) finishing with 6.5/7, a point-and-a-half above the rest including in particular super players Ponomariov, Sasikiran, I. Sokolov. In 2009 he came first in the 18th Annual Chicago Open. He qualified for the Chess World Cup 2009 and was knocked out by Li Chao in the first round. In 2014, Sargissian tied for 1st-2nd with Priyadharshan Kannappan in the 23rd Annual Chicago Open.

On the January 2012 FIDE list his Elo rating is 2683. His handle on the Internet Chess Club is "ARM-AKIBA".

Team competitions

Gabriel Sargissian
Medal record
Men's chess
Competitor for Armenia
Chess Olympiad
  Turin 2006 Open
  Dresden 2008 Open
  Istanbul 2012 Open
  Bled 2002 Open
  Calvià 2004 Open

Sargissian played for Armenia in the Chess Olympiads of 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010. He took team bronze medal in 2002 and 2004 and team gold medal in 2006, 2008 and 2012. In the 2008 Chess Olympiad he won the gold medal for his individual performance on board three (+7 −0 =4 with an Elo performance rating of 2869). He was a member of the gold-medal winning Armenian team at the World Team Chess Championship in Ningbo 2011. He also played for Armenia in the European Team Chess Championships of 2007, 2009 and 2011, winning team silver medal in 2007 and individual gold in 2009. Sargissian played for "MIKA Yerevan" in the European Chess Club Cup in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 and played for "CA Linex Magic Mérida" (Spain) in the 23rd European Chess Club Cup in Kemer 2007, winning team gold medal.


In June 2006 Sargissian was awarded the Khorenatsi medal, in December 2009 the Medal For Services Contributed to the Motherland and in July 2012 the Order of Honor of the Republic of Armenia.

Notable chess games