Ashot Nadanian

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Ashot Nadanian

Ashot Nadanian (born 19 September 1972 in Baku) is an Armenian chess International Master, Honoured Coach of Armenia and FIDE Trainer. In chess opening theory there are two variations named after him: the Nadanian Variation in the Grünfeld Defence and the Nadanian Attack in the Queen's Pawn Opening.


  • When I am trying to understand the method of winning in the endgame with two bishops against the knight, chess is a science, when I admire a beautiful combination or study, then chess is art, and when I am complicating position in the approaching time trouble of my opponent, then chess is sport.
  • Coaching secrets? I don’t think I got any. The main "secret" – love for chess.
  • Chess is not Mathematics, where ten is always more than one; in chess the King with a pawn can beat opponent's King with all pieces if they are placed badly.
  • The center of the chessboard is a magnet, which pulls to itself all the pieces. Therefore the most beautiful and amazing moves, for me, are those with which a piece, counteracting the gravitational force of the center, suddenly fly to the edge of the board.
  • Learn from each one of your defeats; your losses must be as close to you as your victories.

Quotes about Nadanian[edit]

  • Even Ashot's mistakes contain elements of creativity.
  • When he is inspired, he is capable of producing magic.
  • After having been present at his amusing lessons just once, I will always feel envious of his students.
  • I could keep talking about Ashot as chess player, composer, theoretician, or a trainer; however I would rather write about him as a person. If I were asked, which of my close friends is the most honest and kind, I would not hesitate to name Ashot.
  • Ashot is a born trainer.

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