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5th Karen Asrian Memorial Chess Tournament

The Armenian Chess Federation is organizing an international open chess tournament which will take place on June 15-25, 2012, in the prominent resort town of Jermuk.

All interested chess players can participate in the 9-round Swiss tournament. GM Tigran Kotanjian was the consecutive winner of the 3rd and 4th Asrian Memorial.

Karen Asrian passed away in June 2008, at the age of 28. He was member of the Armenian national team which won the first gold medal at the 2006 Chess Olympiad in Turin.

Karen Asrian

Karen Asrian


The total prize fund is equal to the dram equivalent of 18,500 US dollars.

1st place 4 000
2nd place 3 000
3rd place 2 500
4th place 1 500
5th place 1 000
6-10th places 500
11-15th places 300

Special Prizes for Women
1st place 800
2nd place 500
3rd place 300

Special Prizes for Participants under-16
1st place 500
2nd place 300

Special Prize for Participants under-14
1st place 300

Special Prize for Veterans
/60 years and older/
1st place 300

Time Control

90 minutes for the first 40 moves + 30 minutes for the remainder of the game (with 30 seconds increment starting from the first move).

Tournament Schedule

June 15 Opening Ceremony at 18:00
June 16 1st round 15:00
June 17 2nd round 15:00
June 18 3rd round 15:00
June 19 4th round 15:00
June 20 5th round 15:00
June 21 6th round 15:00
June 22 7th round 15:00
June 23 8th round 15:00
June 24 9th round 11:00
June 25 Closing Ceremony at 18:00

Registration fee

2401-2450 20 000 AMD
2301-2400 30 000 AMD
2101-2300 50 000 AMD
below 2100 or without
rating 60 000 AMD

The registration fee is waived for International Grandmasters and for chess players with rating above 2451.

Hotel and food

Participants will be offered hotel accommodation at Jermuk Ashkhar sanatorium. The price for one place in a double room is 12 000 AMD and in a single room – 17 000 AMD.

Men, whose rating is 2601-2650, as well as women, whose rating is 2401-2450, will be provided with free of charge lodging in shared double rooms.

International Grandmasters, whose rating is 2651 and above, as well as women, whose rating is 2451 and above, will be provided with free of charge single rooms.
All above-mentioned options include 3 meals a day.

The organizer will take into consideration the chess player’s rating at the moment of the registration for providing with an accommodation and charging the entry fee.

Yerevan-Jermuk Transportation

In case of in-advance made requests, the organizers of the tournament will provide foreign participants with transportation.

Bus: Yerevan, Chess House after Tigran Petrosian – Jermuk – June 15, 12:00
Return: Jermuk-Yerevan-June 25, 10:00
Two-way ticket: 7 000 AMD per person

1 US dollar is worth approx. 400 AMD

Director of the tournament – Hrachik Tavadyan
Tel: + 374 10 52 64 64,
Secretary – Vrej Ordian
Tel: + 374 10 55 36 30,
Fax: + 374 10 55 17 40

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