Lake Sevan 2011 - Jobava wins volcanic event

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8/2/2011 – Held in the upper recesses of Armenia, the GM tournament of Lake Sevan took place in the Armenian Volcanic Highlands, offering breathtaking views to the participants, alongside top-notch chess. The tournament was won by Baadur Jobava on tie-break over Hrant Melkumyan. Completing his profile on the tournament, here is the pictorial with commented games by IM Ashot Nadanian.

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Lake Sevan 2011 - Conclusion

Report by IM Ashot Nadanian

On the sunny shores of Lake Sevan, in the rustic town of Martuni, Armenia, the already-traditional Category 16 "Lake Sevan 2011" tournament has begun. This year's edition boasts ten strong grandmasters: Baadur Jobava (2713, Georgia), Sergei Zhigalko (2689, Belarus), Ildar Khairullin (2649, Russia), Zhou Jianchao (2636, China), as well as the Armenian GMs Tigran L. Petrosian (2636), Arman Pashikian (2616), Zaven Andriasian (2616), Avetik Grigoryan (2608), Hrant Melkumyan (2600) and Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (2558).

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Final standings

Annotated games

Picture gallery

Ildar Khairullin and Samvel Ter Sahakyan

Sergei Zhigalko and Hrant Melkumyan

At the top of the extinct volcano, Armaghan (2844m altitude): WGM Maria Kursova,
her husband GM Arman Pashikian, GM Zaven Andriasian, GM Baadur Jobava and
Levon Vardapetyan.

Simultaneous display by  Ashot Nadanian for local chess players

The Chief Arbiter Ashot Vardapetyan staying in shape for time trouble

Participants with the "Great Tigran" hotel staff

Photos by Gevorg Asatryan

Your reporter, IM Ashot Nadanian

IM Ashot Nadanian is a professional chess player and coach, currently rated 2436. His best single event was the Moscow Aeroflot Open 2002, where his performance against 2628-rated opposition was 2636. Ashot was born on September 19, 1972 in Baku, his parents, Sergei and Irina, are both hairdressers. He has played chess since the age of seven and twice won the Azerbaijan Youth Championship (1986 and 1987). In 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh War began, his family moved to Armenia. There he became an International Master (1997) and fulfilled two grandmaster norms (2002 and 2004). He was the Kuwait National Team coach from 1999-2001 and Singapore National Team coach between 2005-2010. In January 2011 he became the second of Levon Aronian and moved back to Armenia. Ashot is best known for his contribution to opening theory, with two variations named after him: the Nadanian Variation in the Grünfeld Defence (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Na4) and the Nadanian Attack in the Queen's Pawn Opening (1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 h6 3.c4 g5).


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