Hakopyan is Armenia's top-rated chess player.
According to FIDE (Federation Internationale
des Echecs) rankings for July 2003 there are four
Armenian men chess players among the best 100
in the chess world.
The best Armenian chess player is still Grand
Master Vladimir Hakopyan, who holds 14th place
in the rankings with 2,703 points (comparing with
the first place taken by Garry Kasparov from Russia
having 2,830 ranking points).
Second best Armenian chess player in the world
is Grand Master Levon Aronyan taking 44th place
with 2,649 points.
Then come another two Armenian Grand Masters
Rafayel Vahanyan and Smbat Lputyan. Both have
2,623 points holding 71st and 72nd places in the
Armenian women chess players have only one player
in the top 50 FIDE women chess players.
Lilit Mkrtchyan with 2,413 points holds 42nd
place in the FIDE rankings for women.