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  • Karen Asrian was an Armenian chess Grandmaster. As of the October 2006 FIDE rating list, his Elo rating was 2634, tied for the fourth highest rank in Armenia. He won the Armenian Chess Championship in 1999, 2007, and 2008, and the Dubai 2001 and Tigran Petrosian Memorial tournaments. In 2006, Asrian won the Chess Olympiad in Turin, playing third board on the Armenian team. Asrian had a solid playing style, refusing to take much risk, and this combined with good endgame technique has made him an excellent team player. He graduated from Armenian State Institute of Physical Culture in 2001. On 9 June 2008 the Armenian Chess Federation said Asrian had died of a suspected heart attack while driving.

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