Hovhannes Gabuzyan wins Armenian Championship 2021

by André Schulz
3/1/2021 – With a last-round win with Black against Tigran Petrosian Hovhannes Gabuzyan finished the Armenian Championships 2021 in style. With this win Gabuzyan finished the tournament with a score of 8.5/11, a performance-rating of 2790, and 1.5 points ahead of his closest rivals Arman Pashikian and Samvel Ter-Sahakyan. | Photos: Armenian Chess Federation

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81. Armenian Championship

In the last round of the tournament Gabuzyan had to play with Black against Tigran Petrosian but only needed a draw to win tournament and title. However, Gabuzyan still played energetically, and this approach brought him a win.


The final game: Hovhannes Gabuzyan (left, with Black) against Tigran Petrosian

Gabuzyan started the tournament as number 9 seed, but if one takes a look at the long list of his previous successes one should not be too surprised about his convincing win (7 wins, 3 draws, 1 loss) in this tournament. Gabuzyan has already won a number of silver medals in international youth championships, and once had an Elo-rating of more than 2600.

As a teenager Gabuzyan won a number of Armenian youth competitions, and in 2011, 2012 and 2013 he won silver at the European Youth Championships U16 and U18 respectively. He also won silver at the U20 World Championship in 2012.

In 2010, at the U16-Olympiad, Gabuzyan won gold with the Armenian team, and in 2011, he won silver with the team. In 2017, he played for Armenia in the European Team Championship, the first time that he played in the national team and not just in the national team for juniors. In 2016, Gabuzyan won gold in the World University Championships.

Gabuzyan studied chess at the Institute of Physical Education in Armenia, but then was invited to study at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on a chess scholarship. In 2018, while studying there, he won the President's Cup with the his team of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

In September 2012 Gabuzyan became a Grandmaster, and in 2016 he reached his peak rating: 2620.

Results of the 11th round


Final standings after 11 rounds





André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.


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