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Melikset Khachiyan

Full name Melikset Khachiyan
Country United States
Born 6 July 1970
Title Grandmaster
Peak rating 2546 (April 2009)

Melikset Khachiyan (born 6 July 1970 in Baku) is an Armenian-American Grandmaster of chess, originally from Azerbaijan (then part of the Soviet Union), who now resides in Los Angeles.

Khachiyan began playing chess at the age of eight. Two years later he won the Baku Junior Championship. When he was twelve he became a Soviet candidate master. Among his own early coaches was the 9th World Champion, Tigran Petrosian. Also, such great coaches as Aleksander S Nikitin and Alexander Shakarov, who are most known for their coaching and analytical work with the 13th World Champion Garry Kasparov. He earned the title of grandmaster in 2006 after immigrating to the USA.

Khachiyan played in the Chess Olympiad of 1996, in the World Team Chess Championship of 1997 and in the European Chess Club Cup of 1997.

He was the first coach of Levon Aronian.