Melikset Khachiyan

Melikset Khachiyan (Armenian: Մելիքսեթ Խաչիյան; born 6 July 1970 in Baku) is an Armenian-American Grandmaster of chess, originally from Azerbaijan (then part of the Soviet Union), who now resides in Los Angeles.

Melikset Khachiyan
Full nameMelikset Khachiyan
CountryUnited States
Born6 July 1970
Baku, Azerbaijan SSR, Soviet Union
FIDE rating2447 (September 2021)
Peak rating2546 (April 2009)

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.

Khachiyan played in the Chess Olympiad of 1996,[2] in the World Team Chess Championship of 1997[3] and in the European Chess Club Cup of 1997.[4]

He was the first coach of Levon Aronian.[5]


  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. ^ "Men's Chess Olympiads: Melikset Khachian". OlimpBase. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  3. ^ "World Men's Team Chess Championship: Melikset Khachian". OlimpBase. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  4. ^ "European Men's Chess Club Cup: Melikset Khachian". OlimpBase. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  5. ^ "KC-Conference with Levon Aronian Part 2". Crestbook. 2011-07-24. Retrieved 1 August 2011.

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