Chess Grandmaster Melik Khachiyan

U.S. National Olympiad Chess Team Coach
The Strongest Active Chess Player and Chess Teacher in California

 

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Thank you for visiting the official web site of GM Melik Khachiyan, a professional chess player and chess coach since 1990.

Among his own early coaches was the former World Champion, GM Tigran Petrosian, in an odd coincidence, one of GM's students is also named after that great player.

Another former student, GM Levon Aronian, says "...it was Khachiyan who took me as a third-category player and made me an IM."

Grandmaster Khachiyan's student roster have also included some of the top junior players in US, including 2010 World Youth Champion IM Steven Zierk, 2012 World Youth Champion GM Kayden Troff and multiple US national and state youth chess champions in US.

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July 12, 2015 GM Melik Khachiyan will be one of the main coaches to teach an one-week Western Invitational Chess Camp in Tucson, Arizona, organized by Tucson Chess LLC. See WesternChessCamp.com for details.

Jun 21, 2015 GM Melik Khachiyan participated in the 2015 National Open Chess tournament in Las Vegas, NV. He completed the tournament with no loss. During the event, he also held lecture sessions for chess players. See tournament ranking for details.

May 10, 2015 In the 2015 National Elementary Championships at Nashville, TN, GM Melik Khachiyan's students had an outstanding performance. In K-6 section, National Master Andrew Hong from California won clear first with 7-0. In K-3 section, Rithik Polavaram from Texas won the first place with 7-0, while GM Khachiyan's another student Maurya Palusa from California won the second place with 6.5-0.5. See USCF report for details.

Apr 27, 2015 The US Women's Team had a solid performance after 8 rounds of competition in the 2015 World Women's Team Championships in Chengdu, China. See USCF report for details.

Apr 18, 2015 GM Melik Khachiyan is leading the US Women's Team to participate in the 2015 World Women's Team Championships in Chengdu, China. The team is composed of 5 strong players:
Name Title FIDE ID Rating YOB
1 Abrahamyan, Tatev WGM 13301918 2301 1988
2 Foisor, Sabina-Francesca WGM 1212915 2235 1989
3 Nemcova, Katerina WGM 322750 2279 1990
4 Melekhina, Alisa FM, WIM 2022613 2235 1991
5 Ni, Viktorija WIM 11602252 2188 1991
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Jan 19, 2015 GM Melik Khachiyan won the DREAMING KING OPEN in San Diego, California together with GM ENRICO SEVILLANO and IM JOHN DANIEL BRYANT. In the 3-day, 6-round tournament, GM Khachiyan had 3 wins and 3 draws. See USCF rating report for details.

Jan 19, 2015 In the 2015 Annual Golden State Championships completed in Dublin, California, GM Melik Khachiyan's student, 10 year old Andrew Hong, had an outstanding performance in the Master section, scoring 5 wins against players with average rating way above his, including one grand master. Hong has recently became a USCF National Master. See USCF player record for details.

Dec 14, 2014 In the 2014 US National K-12 Championships concluded today, 5th grader Alexander Costello won his section of the competition with 6.5-0.5 in the 3-day 7-round tournament. Costello has been studying with GM Melik Khachiyan and made significant progress. See tournament ranking sheet for details.

Nov 30, 2014 GM Melik Khachiyan's young students had some impressive performance in the 4-day competition of 50th American Open Chess Champsionships in Orange, CA. 14 year old FM VIGNESH PANCHANATHAM earned 5.5-2.5 in the Open Section, while 13 year-old NM Albert Lu scored 5.0-3.0 in the same section. Both have beaten some strong players including IMs. See USCF rating report for details.

Oct 21, 2014 GM Melik Khachiyan won the 32nd Annual Western States Open Chess Tournament in Reno, Nevada together with IM Andrey Gorovets, GM Alexander Ivanov, GM Alex Yermolinsky, GM Enrico Sevillano and GM Walter Browne. In the 3-day, 6-round tournament, GM Khachiyan had 3 wins and 3 draws. See USCF rating report for details.

Sep 1, 2014 GM Melik Khachiyan won the 2014 Southern California Open Chess Tournament in San Diego, California together with GM Timur Gareyev, GM Enrico Sevillano, IM Dionisio Aladama and USCF Life Master Michael Brown. In the 3-day, 6-round tournament, GM Khachiyan had 3 wins and 3 draws. See USCF rating report for details.

August 27, 2014 Captain GM Melikset Khachiyan and Coach GM Yury Shulman wrote a nice article on the 2014 World Chess Olympiad concluded in Tromsø, Norway in earlier August. GM Khachiyan's US Women's Team earned the 8th place in the competition. Details >>

August 15, 2014 The 2014 World Chess Olympiad concluded in Tromsø, Norway. GM Melik Khachiyan led the US Women's Team to earn the 8th place among the teams from 136 countries and regions. The US team was composed of five very strong female players of the country including GM Irina Krush, IM Anna Zatonskih, WGM Tatev Abrahamyan, WGM Katerina Nemcova and WGM Sabina-Francesca Foisor. More >>

August 1, 2014 GM Melik Khachiyan will participate in 2014 World Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway as an official US Team Coach. More >>

July 18, 2014 GM Melik Khachiyan have completed an one-week Western Invitational Chess Camp in Tucson, Arizona, organized by Tucson Chess LLC. See WesternChessCamp.com for details.

July 9, 2014 GM Melik Khachiyan will teach a one-week chess camp in Los Angeles, California alongside his former student, World #2 Player, GM Levon Aronian, organized by Los Angeles Metro Chess Club. See USCF Announcement for details.

June 23, 2014 GM Melik Khachiyan is holding a one-week chess camp for young chess players in Cupertino, California, organized by Bay Area Chess Club. See schedule for details.

June 16, 2014 GM Melik Khachiyan participated in National Open Chess Tournament in Las Vegas Nevada last month and scored 4.5-1.5 with three wins, three draws and zero loss. See USCF Rating report for details.

May 26, 2014 GM Melik Khachiyan competed in BAYAREA 529 CM AZHAR BESTWEST Championships Tournament in Santa Clara, CA and scored 4.5-1.5 with three wins, three draws and zero loss. See USCF Rating report for details.

May 1, 2014 GM Melik Khachiyan participated in 3RD ANNUAL RENO - LARRY EVANS MEMORIAL Chess Tournament in Nevada last month and scored 5.0-1.0 with four wins, two draws and zero loss. See USCF Rating report for details.

April 23, 2014 GM Melik Khachiyan will be instructing in the 11th Annual Western Invitational Chess Camp, during 13-17 July 2014 in Tucson, Arizona, together with GM Alejandro Ramirez, GM Julio Sadorra, GM Alexander Yermolinsky, IM John Bartholomew, IM Levon Altounian, IM Danny Rensch, and IM-Elect Robby Adamson. See Camp Site for details.. If you are interested in this camp, please contact GM Khachiyan and make sure you indicate "Western Chess Camp" in the notes.

Mar 9, 2014 GM Melik Khachiyan participated in 2014 Western Class Chess Tournament in Agoura Hills, California this weekend and scored 4.0-1.0 with three wins and two draws and zero loss. See USCF Rating report for details.

Feb 18, 2014 GM Melik Khachiyan competed in the Recession Buster Chess Tournament in San Diego, California over the President's Day weekend. After winning first two rounds against two local teen masters, GM Khachiyan drew the rest of the games, with zero loss in the event. See USCF Rating report for details.

Jan 21, 2014 GM Melik Khachiyan won the Golden State Open Chess Tournament in Concord, California together with GM Victor Mikhalevski and GM Michael E Roiz at the first major CCA tournament in 2014. In the 4-day, 7-round tournament, GM Khachiyan had 4 wins and 3 draws. See CCA report for details.

Jan 1, 2014 GM Khachiyan has completed the work as a US team coach in World Youth Chess Championships for the first time. Here is the final standing for the players the grandmaster guided during the tournament.
Section Player Rating Win Tie Loss Rank Perf
U08 Open Ethan Pau unr 6 0 5 54 1350
U10 Open Alexander Costello unr 6 0 5 69 1626
U12 Open Albert Lu 2062 6 3 2 21 1917
U14 Open Colin Chow 2114 5 4 2 37 1954
U16 Open Bryan Hu 2176 5 2 4 63 2115
U12 Girls Joanna Liu 1758 5 3 3 40 1706
U12 Girls Katherine Davis 1677 5 3 3 42 1488

Dec 25, 2013 GM Khachiyan has been coaching seven players on the US team in 2013 World Youth Chess Championships. Here is a report after eight rounds.
Section Player Rating Win Tie Loss Rank Perf
U08 Open Ethan Pau unr 5 0 3 30 1451
U10 Open Alexander Costello unr 4 0 4 84 1580
U12 Open Albert Lu 2062 3 3 2 76 1784
U14 Open Colin Chow 2114 3 3 0 N/A N/A
U16 Open Bryan Hu 2056 3 2 3 83 2056
U12 Girls Joanna Liu 1758 4 2 0 36 1738
U12 Girls Katherine Davis 1677 3 2 2 69 1414

Dec 16, 2013 GM Khachiyan is taking off to Al Ain, UAE for 2013 World Youth Chess Championships in as one of the coaches for the US Team. See   US Team Roster >> .

Dec 2, 2013 GM Khachiyan was selected to be one of the coaches for the US Team in 2013 World Youth Chess Championships in Al Ain, UAE from Dec 17 to 29.  Details >> .

Dec 1, 2013 GM Khachiyan attended the 49th American Open Chess Tournament in Anaheim, California and had a good performance, once again, drawing the 2769 rated GM Gareev.  Details >> .

Nov 10, 2013 GM Khachiyan took the second place in the Southern California Cross Championships in Los Angeles, California. His performance in the tournament included winning multiple international masters and grandmaster as well as drawing the 2730 rated GM Gareev.  Details >> .

Oct 24, 2013 GM Khachiyan won the 2013 Western States Tournament in Reno, Nevada together with five other strong players, pushing his rating once again above 2600.  Details >> .

Oct 12, 2013 On the first day of the 2013 Los Angeles Open Championships, GM Khachiyan's young student Craig Hilby upset 2561 rated GM Enrico Sevillano. Hilby will very likely to break 2300 USCF rating after this tournament. Note: Craig did manage to finish the tournament with 2.5/5 and reached 2317 USCF rating.  Details >> .

Sep 5, 2013 GM Khachiyan's 17 year-old student ELDON NAKAGAWA tied for first place in Hawaii's State Open Championship last weekend and became a USCF National Master.  Details >> .

Sep 3, 2013 GM Melik Khachiyan won the Southern California Open in San Diego, California during the labor day weekend. In the 3-day, 6-round tournament, GM Khachiyan had 4 wins and 2 draws. See USCF report for details.

Aug 4, 2013 GM Khachiyan's young student Craig Hilby tied for first place with a score of 5/6 in the US National Junior High School Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin. Hilby is currently ranked in top 10 of 13 years olds in the country.  Details >> .

July 21, 2013 GM Melik Khachiyan and several other strong players such as IM Levon Altounian, IM Danny Rensch, GM Josh Friedel, IM John Bartholomew, GM Alejandro Ramirez, and GM-elect Mac Molner conducted the 2013 Western Invitational Chess Camp in Tucson, Arizona. More Info >>.

July 10-14, 2013 GM Melik Khachiyan taught in the Los Angeles Metro Chess Camp along side with reigning World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand. More Info >>.

June 25, 2013 GM Melik Khachiyan attended the 2013 Southern California Closed Championships. He took the second place by scoring 4.5-2.5 with no loss in this round-robin tournament against some local top players with an average rating above 2500. See detailed USCF MSA record of this tournament.

June 18, 2013 GM Melik Khachiyan resumed his dominance of chess in the region by winning the southern Class Championships in Irvine, California, with a score of 5.5-0.5. GM Khachiyan's USCF rating is back above 2600 after the tournament. One of his young students NM Craig Hilby also performed well in the tournament with 4-2 in the same section. See detailed USCF MSA record of this tournament.

Jun 6-9, 2013 GM Melik Khachiyan is holding free sessions together with GM Henley to analyze tournament games for players, during the 2013 National Open tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada. See  Details .

Jun 1, 2013 GM Melik Khachiyan won the Best of the West Class Championship in Santa Clara, California last week, together with GM Nick de Firmian and FM Alfredo De La Cruz from the Bay Area California. In the 3-day, 6-round tournament, GM Khachiyan had 3 wins and 3 draws. See detailed  USCF MSA report of this tournament.

May 24, 2013 One of GM Khachiyan's young students Craig Hilby has become USCF National Master this month. Hilby is currently 13 years old and one of the top chess players of his age in the country. In March 2013, he also earned the right to represent the state chess federation to play in the US National Junior High School Invitational tournament.  More Info >> .

May 13, 2013 GM Khachiyan completed his participation in 2013 US Chess Championships in Saint Louis, MO. After 3 hard losses, he drew the last 2 rounds of the tournament.  More Info >> .

May 7, 2013 GM Khachiyan continued his journey in 2013 US Chess Championships in Saint Louis, MO. In round 5, he encountered his first loss of this tournament after more than 4 hours of fighting against 2700-rate GM Ray Robson.  More Info >> .

May 6, 2013 GM Khachiyan had another good game today in 2013 US Chess Championships in Saint Louis, MO. In round 4, he had one more drew against 2667-rate GM GREGORY KAIDANOV.  More Info >> .

May 5, 2013 GM Khachiyan firmly held his ground again today in 2013 US Chess Championships in Saint Louis, MO. In round 3, he drew with 2638-rated GM Yury Shulman.  More Info >> .

May 4, 2013 GM Khachiyan played another tough match today in 2013 US Chess Championships in Saint Louis, MO. In round 2, he drew with 2732-rated GM Alexander Onischuk.  More Info >> .

May 3, 2013 GM Khachiyan started his journey of 2013 US Chess Championships today in Saint Louis, MO. In round 1, he drew with 2693-rated GM Varuzhan Akobian.  More Info >> .

April 8, 2013 GM Khachiyan has accepted the invitation to the 2013 US Chess Championships held in Saint Louis, MO during the period of May 2 to May 13.  More Info >> .

April 2, 2013 GM Khachiyan participated in the Larry Evans Memorial Tournament last weekend in Reno Sands Regency, Nevada and scored 4.5-1.5 in the competition with no loss.  More Info >> .

Mar 11, 2013 GM Melik Khachiyan continued his winning streak by topping the Western Class Championships in Agoura, California, in the field of strong players including GM Kaidanov, GM Sevillano and IM Matikozyan. See detailed standing of this tournament.

Mar 5, 2013 In last weekend the California Super States Scholastic Chess Championships were held in Valencia, California. GM Khachiyan's student Craig Hilby won the K-8 championship section and earned the right to represent the state in the National Junior High School Invitational later 2013. Hilby attended the Invitational in 2012 as the alternative player.

Feb 26, 2013 GM Melik Khachiyan won the 24th Metropolitan Chess FIDE Inviational in Los Angeles, California, together with IM Molner from Arizona and IM Matikozyan from local California. In the 5-day, 9-round GM Norm tournament, GM Khachiyan had 3 wins, 6 draws and 0 loss. See detailed  USCF MSA report of this tournament.

Feb 20, 2013 GM Melik Khachiyan once again proved himself as one of the strongest in California. In the Recession Buster tournament concluded Monday in San Diego CA, GM Khachiyan won clear first with a score of 5/6 against a pool of 2500+ rated players, included a draw with the #1 seeded GM TIMUR GAREEV (2780). After this tournament, GM Khachiyan bumped his USCF rating back above 2600. His students had strong showing in the same tournament. Craig Hilby scored 3.5/6 in the tough open section, with a master level performance. See detailed  USCF MSA report of this tournament.

Jan 31, 2013 GM Melik Khachiyan has recently appeared on Armenia media Noyan Tapan in an article on GM Aronian's new book and in an interview as the US Women's Team Coach.

Jan 10, 2013 GM Melik Khachiyan and some of his students will play in the Century West Open in Los Angeles, CA this weekend.  More Info >> 

December 30, 2012 The annual North American Open ends today in Las Vegas, NV. GM Melik Khachiyan's students continue to show strong performance, especially in the U2300 section where all his young trainees faced higher rated competitors and did well.  Standing >> 

December 26, 2012 The annual North American Open starts today in Las Vegas, NV. Several of GM Melik Khachiyan's students including the 2012 World Youth Chess Championships attendees Craig Hilby and Joshua Sheng as well as Colorado youth champion Jackson Chen are participating in this tournament.  More Info >> 

December 23, 2012 GM Melik Khachiyan played in a strong tournament of Los Angeles Metropolitan 23rd FIDE Invitational and tied for the first place with chess prodigy Samuel Sevian. See  details >> 

November 26, 2012 The American Open results have been posted. GM Melik Khachiyan had an outstanding score of 6.5/8 and became the sole winner of the tournament. Several of his students also performed well. Craig Hilby scored 4.5/8 and Joshua Sheng earned 5.5/8, both in the U2200 section. See detailed  USCF Report >> 

November 22, 2012 The annual American Open starts today in Anaheim, California. GM Melik Khachiyan and several of his students including the 2012 World Youth Chess Championships attendees Craig Hilby and Joshua Sheng are participating in this tournament.  More Info >> 

November 18, 2012 World Youth Chess Championships 2012 ended today in Maribor, Slovenia. Several players GM Melik Khachiyan had taught did well in this tournament. IM Kayden Troff won the U14 section with 9/11. Craig Hilby scored 7/11 and Joshua Sheng scored 6/11 in the U12 section. Detailed US Team results can be found  here >> 

November 12, 2012 World Youth Chess Championships 2012 has concluded its 5th day competition in Maribor, Slovenia. The US players including GM Melik Khachiyan's students performed strongly. Both Craig Hilby and Joshua Sheng scored 4.5 out 6 in the Under 12 section.  More Info >> 

November 9, 2012 The Women's World Championships begin in Khanty-Mansiysk. Players from US includes one of the top female players Tatev Abrahamyan and reigning US woman champion Irina Krush.  More Info >> 

November 8, 2012 World Youth Chess Championships 2012 started today in Maribor, Slovenia. GM Melik Khachiyan has several students competing in this event, including Craig Hilby who won his round one game and Joshua Sheng who drew his game against Zhao Juncheng from the strong chess country of China.  More Info >> 

October 21, 2012 GM Melik Khachiyan scored 4.5-1.5 and won the Western States Chess Championships 2012 held during October 19-21 in Reno, Neveda. Alexander Ivanov, Walter Browne and Tatev Abrahamyan had the same score but lower tiebreaks.  More Info >> 

October 11, 2012 The World Youth Chess Championships 2012 Organizer published a list of participants today. This year's tournament will be held in Maribor, Slovenia. The 1500 players include a big US delegate of 80. GM Melik Khachiyan is actively preparing several young players to compete in this event.  More Info >> 

September 4, 2012 US Chess League started a new season of 2012. GM Melik Khachiyan is leading the LA Vibe Team consisted of strong players such as IM Matikozyan, IM Amanov, IM Kiewra and WGM Abrahamyan.  More Info >> 

August 27, 2012 GM Melik Khachiyan will once again coach the US Team together with GM Akobian to compete in the 2012 Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey.  More Info >> 

August 9, 2012 GM Melik Khachiyan will conduct a top level chess camp with reigning World Chess Champion GM Viswanathan Anand in LA Metro Chess Club.  More Info >> 

July 15-19, 2012 GM Melik Khachiyan completed the teaching of Western Invitational Chess Camp in Arizona for some of the finest youth players in US.  More Info >> 

Jun 25-29, 2012 GM Melik Khachiyan and several top chess coaches in Southern California including IM Ambartsoumian and IM Matikozyan will hold a ACA for local strong youth players in Southern California.  More Info >> 

Apr 29, 2012 Several young students of GM Melik Khachiyan have performed well in 2012 National Junior High School Championships in San Diego, California, including Experts Craig Hilby and Jackson Chen, both tied for #3 in K8 section.  More Info >> 

Apr 21, 2012 GM Melik Khachiyan participated in the Master-Junior Simul event sponsored by Sean Reader's Fund, together with IM Ambartsoumian, IM Motikozyan, IM Sevillano and 2 dozen active chess juniors in Southern California.  More Info >> 

Apr 3, 2011 GM Melik Khachiyan lectures at ChessPalace starting at 1PM which will be followed by a simultaneous exhibition.  More Info >> 

Jan 20, 2011 GM Melik Khachiyan scored second place in Jimmy Quon Memorial international tournament in Los Angeles, CA with no losses.  More Info >> 

Dec 26, 2010 GM Melik Khachiyan conducted the 14th session of US Chess School in Los Angeles, CA for some of the strongest young players in the country.  More Info >> 

Nov 29, 2010 GM Melik Khachiyan Tied for first place in 46th Annual American Open tournament in Los Angeles, CA.  More Info >> 

Oct 04, 2010 GM Melik Khachiyan led the 2010 US Women's Olympiad Team to capture 5th place in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.  More Info >> 

Jul 05, 2010 GM Melik Khachiyan and several other chess masters is holding the Western Chess Camp in Tucson, AZ for some strong scholastic players of the nation.  More Info >> 

Apr 20, 2010 GM Melik Khachiyan has been invited by USCF to play in 2010 US Championships as one of the top players in the nation.  More Info >> 


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