Hrant Melkumyan

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

Hrant Melkumyan
Hrant Melkumyan, 2011
Full nameՀրանտ Մելքումյան
Born (1989-04-30) April 30, 1989 (age 31)
Yerevan, Armenia
TitleGrandmaster (2008)
FIDE rating2663 (February 2021)
(No. 80 on the November 2020 FIDE World Rankings)
Peak rating2678 (September 2014)

Chess careerEdit

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 Riga Technical University Open with a score of 7,5/9. In 2017, he shared 1st–3rd places with Gabriel Sargissian and Sebastien Maze in 9th CSC London Chess Classic FIDE Open.[14]

His handle on the Internet Chess Club is "Pchyolka".[15]


  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. ^ "9th CSC London Chess Classic". 2017-12-10. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  15. ^ "Pchyolka". Internet Chess Club. Retrieved 21 March 2011.

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