Ten chess players from Armenia, Russia, Switzerland, Poland, Latvia and Iran are participating in the Tigran Petrosyan 75 th Anniversary Memorial Tournament taking place in Stepanakert, Karabakh. The tournament began March 8 and will finish March 18.
year of Tigran Petrosyan is celebrated in Karabakh.
It is the first international sporting event organized in Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. The matches are played at the Officers' Club Auditorium in Stepanakert.
Five chess players represent Armenia . There are seven-time champion of Armenia and a two-time champion of the Transcaucasus grandmaster (GM) Ashot Anastasyan, grandmaster Karen Asryan, three-time junior champion of Armenia national master (NM) Arman Pashikyan, International Master (IM) Tigran Petrosyan as well as under-14 world champion, under-16 European champion and two-time champion of Armenia grandmaster Gabriel Sargsyan.
According to FIDE rankings for January 1, 2004 Gabriel Sargsyan holds 78th place in the world.
Five other participants were invited from different
countries to participate at the tournament. They are:
four-time champion of Iran grandmaster Ghaem Ehsan Maghami,
grandmaster Bartlomiej Macieja from Poland (40th place
in FIDE rankings), three time champion of Switzerland
grandmaster Yannick Pelletier, grandmaster Yevgeny Sveshnikov
of Latvia and grandmaster Mikhail Kobalia from Russia
(48th place in FIDE rankings).
(Grandmaster is the highest title in chess followed by international master and then national master.)
The round robin all-play-all tournament is divided into nine rounds. All chess players will be playing against each other and the winner will be determined as a result of points collected in the matches.
After three rounds, the results are:
Round 3 (March 11)
IM Tigran Petrosyan 1 0 GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami
GM Mikhail Kobalia 1 0 GM Yevgeny Sveshnikov
GM Ashot Anastasyan ½ - ½ GM Karen Asryan
GM Gabriel Sargsyan ½ - ½ GM Bartlomiej Macieja
NM Arman Pashikyan ½ - ½ GM Yannick Pelletier
Round 2 (March 10)
GM Yannick Pelletier ½ - ½ GM Gabriel Sargsyan
GM Bartlomiej Macieja ½ - ½ GM Ashot Anastasyan
GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami 1 0 NM Arman Pashikyan
GM Karen Asryan 1 0 GM Mikhail Kobalia
GM Yevgeny Sveshnikov 1 0 IM Tigran Petrosyan
Round 1 (March 9)
GM Gabriel Sargsyan 0 1 NM Arman Pashikyan
GM Yevgeny Sveshnikov 1- 0 GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami
GM Mikhail Kobalia ½ - ½ GM Bartlomiej Macieja
GM Ashot Anastasyan 1- 0 GM Yannick Pelletier
IM Tigran Petrosyan ½ - ½ GM Karen Asryan
One point is given for victory and ½ point for draw.
The tournament is dedicated to the memory of legendary Armenian chess player, the 9th World Chess Champion ( 1963 - 1969 ) grandmaster Tigran Petrosyan (1929-1984) . Petrosyan became World Chess Champion in 1963. In 1966 he defeated Russian grandmaster Boris Spassky to remain World Champion. However in April 1969 Petrosyan lost the crown to Spassky, who became 10th World Chess Champion.
The International Chess Federation (FIDE) declared 2004 as the year of Tigran Petrosyan.
The opening ceremony was led by the living legend of chess grandmaster Boris Spassky, who visited Armenia on March 5 from France (s ince 1976 Spassky has been living in France ).
The object of his visit was not only participation at the tournament as honorary guest, but he is providing live commentary during the games. He also visited Gyumri and Vanadzor, met with Garegin II, the Catholicos of All Armenians at the Holy See Saint Etchmiadzin, Prime Minister Andranik Margaryan, chess authorities and fans.
In Stepanakert Boris Spassky inaugurated a chess academy together with NRK President Arkady Ghukasian.