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Vladimir Akopian

Full name Վլադիմիր Հակոբյան
Country Armenia
Born December 7, 1971
Baku, Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union
Title Grandmaster (1991)
Peak rating 2713 (July 2006)

Vladimir Akopian (Russian: Владимир Акопян; born December 7, 1971 in Baku, Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union) is a leading Armenian chess Grandmaster. In Armenia, his surname is more commonly written Hakobyan (Armenian: Վլադիմիր Հակոբյան) however, most English texts and FIDE use a transliteration of the Russian version.


Akopian won the World Under-16 Championship in 1986 at the age of 14 and the World Under-18 Championship at 16. In 1991 he won the World Junior Chess Championship.

He won the Armenian Chess Championship in 1996 and 1997. In 1999 he made his way through to the final of the FIDE Knock-Out World Chess Championship, but lost to Alexander Khalifman, 3.5-2.5. In the 2004 event, he was knocked out in the quarter-finals by the player he had defeated in the 1999 semi-finals, Michael Adams.

It was reported that Akopian had to withdraw from the 2005 Dubai Open when he was arrested at Dubai airport having been mistaken for an individual of the same name wanted by Interpol for murder.

On the January 2013 FIDE list, he has an Elo rating of 2704, making him number 45 in the world and Armenia's number three player, behind Levon Aronian and Sergei Movsesian.

Early in 2007, Akopian won the Gibtelecom Masters in Gibraltar with a score of 7.5/9 ahead of a group of players tied at 7/9 including Michael Adams.

In December 2009, he was awarded the title of "Honoured Master of Sport of the Republic of Armenia".

Team competitions

Vladimir Akopian
Medal record
Men's chess
Competitor for Armenia
Chess Olympiad
  Istanbul 2012 Open
  Dresden 2008 Open
  Turin 2006 Open
  Calvià 2004 Open
  Bled 2002 Open
  Manila 1992 Open

Akopian was one of the contributing players on the Armenian chess team which won gold at the 2006 Chess Olympiad ahead of second placed China and third placed United States and the 38th Chess Olympiad in Dresden, 2008. He was a member of the gold-medal winning Armenian team at the World Team Chess Championship in 2011.

Notable games

Results timeline for Chess World Cup

Year 2005 2007 2009 2011 2013 2015
Chess World Cup 1R 1 4R A 1R 1 1R A

1 In 2005 and 2011, Akopian forfeited his first round matches.