Tatev Abrahamyan : biography
Tatev Abrahamyan (born January 13, 1988 in Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union) is one of the youngest top-rated U.S. women's chess players, along with Alisa Melekhina, Sabina Foisor, and Abby Marshall. She tied for first in the 2005 U.S. Women's Chess Championship, but lost the playoff match to Rusudan Goletiani. More recently, she tied for second place in the 2010 US Women's Championship with Anna Zatonskih (IM Irina Krush won the title with a score of 8/9) and took second again in 2011 after drawing with Zatonskih in an "Armageddon" rapid tiebreak game (Zatonskih won the title because as Black, she had draw odds). She has played in several US Women's Championships and has won the Goddess Chess Award for her uncompromising play. Among her notable victories are two against former US Champion Alexander Shabalov.
She holds the Woman Grandmaster title and is rated 2289 by FIDE and 2415 by the United States Chess Federation as of the September 2011 ratings lists.
Tatev is an ethnic Armenian. She now lives in Glendale, California, United States. She went to Clark Magnet High School, in La Crescenta. She graduated in 2011 from California State University Long Beach, double majoring in psychology and political science.
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