Gagik Hovhannisyan

Chess world got very painful news that the Executive Secretary of Armenian Chess Federation Gaguik Oganessian passed away at the age of 68.

Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, President of the European Chess Union, sent a letter of condolences to Armenian Chess Federation, which we convey below.

Dear friends,

On behalf of the European Chess Union and myself, I express my deepest condolences to the family of Gaguik Oganessian, all relatives and friends, the whole chess community of Armenia!

Thanks to the activity of Gaguik Oganessian the biggest World and European championships were organized in Armenia. He was always present in FIDE and European Congress. He did not like the loud and pompous speeches, but always subtly raised the most targeted and meaningful questions about the development of chess. He was distinguished by his friendliness and respect for all! Gaguik was repeatedly giving me valuable political and technical advices.

We all regret to miss Gaguik and his smile!

May he rest in peace!

I grieve with you!

President of the ECU,

Zurab Azmaiparashvili