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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Chess is Too Hard as Profession: GM Akopian

Armenian Chess Grandmaster Vladimir Akopian says chess is way too hard to be taken up as a profession. He says, "I don't want my boys to be professional chess players, because it's too hard." He was speaking after a win in the Chinese Chess League Division A. When he was 14 in 1986, Akopian was crowned the World Under-16 champion. Three years ago, he was named "Honoured Master of Sport of the Republic of Armenia".

"Besides, if you want to become a top 10 chess player, you have to work very hard, thinking about nothing but the game," said Akopian.

Referring to the 40th Chess Olympiad which will run from August 27 to September 10 in Istanbul, Turkey, Akopian said the twice champion Armenia will fight for the first place, though he admitted that luck is important. "In team work, the sense of responsibility is the most difficult part to handle, but we will definitely go for the top spot," said Akopian.

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