Grandmaster Melkumyan Takes Third Prize in Canberra

Armenian chess grandmaster Hrant Melkumyan


YEREVAN (Armenpress)—Armenian chess grandmaster Hrant Melkumyan scored 7 points out of a possible 9, finishing third place Tuesday at a competition held in Canberra, Australia, the Chess Federation of Armenia reported.

Melkumyan was only half a point behind grandmasters Livi-Dieter Nisipeanu (Romania) and Levente Vajda (Romania). With a tie-breaker, the winner of the tournament was Nisipeanu.

Hrant Melkumyan is an Armenian chess grandmaster and 2011 European Blitz Champion.

He won the international Internet championship organized by the ICC chess Internet portal. In 2006, he won the under-18 silver medal at the World Youth Chess Championship. In 2009, he tied for 1st–5th with Sergey Volkov, Andrey Rychagov, Andrei Deviatkin and Zhou Weiqi in the Chigorin Memorial. 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.

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