Melikset Khachiyan

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Melikset Khachiyan
CountryArmenia (until 2003)
United States (since 2003)
Born (1970-07-06) July 6, 1970 (age 53)
Baku, Azerbaijan SSR, Soviet Union
TitleGrandmaster (2005)
FIDE rating2438 (September 2023)
Peak rating2546 (April 2009)

Melikset Khachiyan (Armenian: Մելիքսեթ Խաչիյան; born 6 July 1970 in Baku) is an Armenian-American Grandmaster of chess who now resides in Los Angeles.

Khachiyan began playing chess at the age of eight.[1] 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.[2]

He competed at the Chess Olympiad of 1996,[3] at the World Team Chess Championship of 1997, where the Armenia national chess team won bronze, their first World Team Championship medal,[4] and at the European Chess Club Cup of 1997.[5]

He was the first coach of Levon Aronian.[6] Currently, he is the coach of Samuel Sevian and of the American women national chess team.[7]


  1. ^ "GM Melikset Khachiyan". Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  2. ^ "My Biography". Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Men's Chess Olympiads: Melikset Khachian". OlimpBase. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  4. ^ "World Men's Team Chess Championship: Melikset Khachian". OlimpBase. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  5. ^ "European Men's Chess Club Cup: Melikset Khachian". OlimpBase. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  6. ^ "KC-Conference with Levon Aronian Part 2". Crestbook. 2011-07-24. Retrieved 1 August 2011.
  7. ^ "Потенциал женской сборной Америки огромный. Меликсет Хачиян". 9 January 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2013. (in Russian)

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