GM Martirosyan wins Karen Asrian Memorial with a crucial win in the final round

The 11th Karen Asrian Memorial Chess is taking place in the Armenian mountain spa town of Jermuk

Young GM Martirosyan scored a huge upset in the final round against fellow Armenian Chess Star Melkumyan to win clear first at 2018 Karen Asrian Memorial.

Martirosyan, Haik M. (ARM) - Melkumyan, Hrant (ARM) 1-0
Karen Asrian Memorial 2018 - Round 9

1 e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. O-O Bg7 5. Nc3 e5 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. d3 Qe7 8. a3 Nf6 9. Be3 O-O 10. Qc1 Re8 11. Bh6 Bh8 12. Bg5 b6 13. Nd2 h6 14. Bxh6 Ng4 15. Nf3 Nxh6 16. Qxh6 Bg7 17. Qe3 Bf6 18. h3 Kg7 19. g4 Rh8 20. Kg2 Be6 21. Rh1 Qd6 22. Ne2 a5 23. a4 Rae8 24. Ng3 Bd8 25. Rh2 Bc8 26. Qd2 Qf6 27. Rah1 Qf4 28. Ne2 Qf6 29. Ng3 Qf4 30. Ne2 Qxd2 31. Nxd2 Bc7 32. Ra1 Be6 33. Rhh1 Rd8 34. b3 Rb8 35. Nc4 Ra8 36. Ne3 Rh4 37. Ng1 Rhh8 38. Nf3 Rad8 39. Nc4 f6 40. Ne3 Rde8 41. Kf1 b5 42. Ke2 Rb8 43. Nd2 Rh4 44. Kf3 Kf7 45. Kg2 Rd8 46. axb5 cxb5 47. Nb1 c4 48. bxc4 bxc4 49. dxc4 f5 50. Nc3 Bb6 51. exf5 gxf5 52. gxf5 Rg8+ 53. Ng4 Rgxg4+ 54. hxg4 Rxg4+ 55. Kf1 Bxc4+ 56. Ke1 Bd4 57. Ra3 Bc5 58. Rxa5 Bb4 59. Ra7+ Kf6 60. Rh3 Kxf5 61. Rc7 Rf4 62. Kd1 Rd4+ 63. Kc1 Ba3+ 64. Kb1 Bd6 65. Rch7 Rf4 66. R7h5+ Ke6 67. Rh6+ Kd7 68. R3h4 Bb4 69. Rxf4 exf4 70. Ne4 Be7 71. Kc1 Bf1 72. Kd2 Bd8 73. Nc5+ Ke7 74. Nd3 Kf7 75. Ke1 Bg2 76. Nxf4 Be4 77. Nd3 Bf6 78. Ke2 Bf5 79. f4 1-0

Final standings (top 40)

Full standings here:


Replay games:

The 11th Karen Asrian Memorial Chess is taking place in the Armenian mountain spa town of Jermuk from 21-29 June 2018. The 9-round Swiss Open is held in memory of Karen Asrian, the 3-time Armenian Chess Champion who died in 2008 at the age of only 28.

The time control is 90 minutes for 40 chess moves, then 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. The prize fund is $27,000, with $7,000 for first place.

UTC
Round 1 Jun 21, 2018 11:00
Round 2 Jun 22, 2018 11:00
Round 3 Jun 23, 2018 11:00
Round 4 Jun 24, 2018 11:00
Round 5 Jun 25, 2018 11:00
Round 6 Jun 26, 2018 11:00
Round 7 Jun 27, 2018 11:00
Round 8 Jun 28, 2018 11:00
Round 9 Jun 29, 2018 07:00

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