Hrant Melkumyan

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Hrant Melkumyan
Hrant Melkumyan, 2011
Full name Հրանտ Մելքումյան
Country Armenia
Born (1989-04-30) April 30, 1989 (age 26)
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2641 (December 2015)
(No. 178 on the November 2011 FIDE World Rankings)
Peak rating 2678 (September 2014)

Hrant Melkumyan (Armenian: Հրանտ Մելքումյան; born April 30, 1989) is an Armenian chess Grandmaster and European Blitz Champion in 2011.

Chess career[edit]

He won the international Internet championship organized by the ICC chess Internet portal. In 2006, he won the U18 silver medal at the World Youth Chess Championship.[1] In 2009, he tied for 1st–5th with Sergey Volkov, Andrey Rychagov, Andrei Deviatkin and Zhou Weiqi in the Chigorin Memorial.[2] In 2010, tied for 1st–8th with Sergey Volkov, Viorel Iordachescu, Eduardo Iturrizaga, Gadir Guseinov, David Arutinian, Aleksej Aleksandrov and Tornike Sanikidze in the 12th Dubai Open.[3] In 2011, he tied for 2nd–4th with Borki Predojević and Mircea Pârligras in 41st International Bosna Tournament in Sarajevo;[4] tied for 1st–2nd with Baadur Jobava in the Lake Sevan tournament in Martuni and finished second on tie-break;[5] tied for 3rd–15th in the open section of the 15th Corsican Circuit.[6] In December 2011 Melkumyan tied for 1st–3rd with Alexei Dreev and Radoslaw Wojtaszek in the European Blitz Chess Championship and won the event on tie-break.[7] In January 2012 he won the 2nd Armenian Chess960 Championship[8] and in February 2012 tied for 4th–8th with Alexander Khalifman, Maxim Rodshtein, Fabiano Caruana and Dmitry Andreikin in the 11th Aeroflot Open.[9] In 2013 he tied for 1st–8th with Alexander Moiseenko, Evgeny Romanov, Alexander G Beliavsky, Constantin Lupulescu, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Sergei Movsesian, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexey Dreev and Evgeny Alekseev in the European Individual Chess Championship.[10] On February 21, 2014, Melkumyan won the Casino Graz International held in Graz, Austria.[11] On June 2014, he won International Chess Tournament Teplice Open in Czech Republic.[12] On July 12, 2014, Melkumyan won the XXXIV Open International Villa de Benasque held in Benasque, Spain.[13] In August 2014, he won the Technical University Open in Riga with a score of 7,5/9.

His handle on the Internet Chess Club is "Pchyolka".[14]


  1. ^ Official homepage of the 2006 WYCC
  2. ^ "M.Chigorin Memorial 2009". World Chess Federation. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Tournament report July 2010: 12th Dubai Open 2010". World Chess Federation. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "41st International Tournament Bosna 2011". 2011-05-12. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Nadanian, Ashot (2011-08-02). "Lake Sevan 2011 - Jobava wins volcanic event". Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "15th Corsican Circuit – final Anand vs Mamedyarov on Monday". ChessBase. 2011-10-31. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "GM Hrant Melkumyan is 2011 European Blitz Champion". Chessdom. 2011-12-17. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Hrant Melkumyan becomes Armenia’s Chess 960 champion of 2012". 2012-01-28. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Aeroflot Open – Mateusz Bartel comes out on top". 2012-02-16. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  10. ^ Crowther, Mark (2013-05-16). "14th European Individual Championships 2013". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Casino Graz International Won by Melkumyan". ChessBase. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "GM Hrant Melkumyan convincing in Teplice". Chessdom. Retrieved 23 Jun 2014. 
  13. ^ "Benasque: venció Melkumyan". ChessBase. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "Pchyolka". Internet Chess Club. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 

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