Sunday, June 15, 2008

A haunting funeral photo of the late Armenian GM Karen Asrian

Armenian Chess Organizers Paying their last respect

This is a photo of open coffin funeral of late Armenian Grandmaster Karen Asrian last June 11, in Yerevan Armenia. Asrian died suddenly of heart attack at a tender age of 28. He was one of the top chess players of Armenia and three time champion of his country
. Among his major victories are the tournaments of Dubai 2001 and Stepanakert 2004. In 2006, Asrian won the Chess Olympiad in Turin as a member of Armenian team. He was playing on board three. The Armenian Chess Federation decided to interrupt the ongoing "Chess Giants Yerevan 2008" event for a few days, and then rename it to the "Karen Asrian Memorial".

Asrian was ranked 92nd by the World Chess Federation, or FIDE with a ELO rating of 2634.

Here is some of the chess games of Asrian

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