Shakhriyar Mamedyarov



Shakhriyar Hamid oglu Mammadyarov (AzerbaijaniŞəhriyar Həmid oğlu Məmmədyarov) (born 12 April 1985 in SumgayitAzerbaijan), also known for his Shah nickname, is a chessGrandmaster.[1] On the September 2010 FIDE rating list he was ranked number nine in the world with an Elo rating of 2756.

Early career

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov was born April 12, 1985 in Sumgayit, Azerbaijan.

In 2003 he won the World Junior Chess Championship. He repeated his victory in 2005 (thus becoming the only two-time champion), achieving an incredible 2953 performance rating after eight rounds.[2] This gained him an invitation to the Essent Tournament 2006 in Hoogeveen, and by winning this one and also the 2007 edition, Shakhriyar achieved world fame.[1]

In 2005 Mamedyarov competed at European Club Cup and had the second highest performance rating (2913) among all of the participants (Vassily Ivanchuk had the highest).

IM Goran Antunac has commented that Mamedyarov is a true virtuoso at handling the pieces, always finding the best squares for them.[2]

Mamedyarov attained joint first place in Aeroflot Open in Moscow in February 2006, with a score of 6½/9. In October 2006, he won the closed Essent Chess Tournament in Hoogeveen with 4½ of six games, beating Judit Polgár on Sonneborn-Berger.[3]

In the Chess World Cup 2007 Mamedyarov advanced to the third round where he was knocked out by Ivan Cheparinov.

He also become best individual player at the World Team Chess Championships 2009.[4]

In 2010, he tied for first place with Vladimir Kramnik and Gata Kamsky in the President's Cup in Baku.[5] Followed by joint win in the Mikhail Tal Memorial.[6]

In May 2011, Mammadyarov was tournament organisers' nominee, qualifying him for the Candidates tournament for the World Chess Championship 2012.[7] However, he lost to Boris Gelfand in the quarterfinal of the competition.[8]

[edit]Playing style

His style often known for the experiments in the openings, who also uses various tactical techniques like the Alekhine Defence and the Budapest Gambit.[1]

[edit]Team competitions

Shahriyar with Azerbaijani Chess team, winners of European Team Chess Championship in 2007.

He played for Azerbaijan in the Chess Olympiads of 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2010.[9] In 2009, he won the team gold medal for Azerbaijan in European Team Chess Championship, having won bronze medal in 2007 and silver in 2011.[10][11]


Mamedyarov caused controversy during the Aeroflot Open Tournament that took place in Moscow between 17 and 26 February 2009. After losing to lower-rated Igor Kurnosov in 21 moves, the Azeri voiced suspicions of cheating behaviour on the part of his Russian opponent, citing Kurnosov's wanderings outside the playing hall after each move, the refusal to agree to a draw on move 14, and the unusually strong moves for a 2600+ GM. The arbiters were unable to discover any evidence implicating Kurnosov and Mamedyarov withdrew from the tournament in protest.[12][13]

Personal life

His personal trainer is his father, who is a former boxer. Shakhriyar has two sisters, Zeinab Mamedyarova and Turkan Mamedyarova, who are also Woman Grandmasters.[14]

[edit]Notable tournament victories

  • 2010 Mikhail Tal Memorial, joint 1st
  • 2010 The President's Cup, joint 1st
  • 2009 Chess Classic, Mainz, 1st[15]
  • 2008 Rapid Tournament, Corsica, 1st
  • 2007 Rapid Tournament, Czech Republic, 1st
  • 2006 Hoogeveen Essent Tournament, 1st[16]
  • 2006 Ordix Open, joint 1st[17]
  • 2006 Aeroflot Open, Moscow, Russia, joint 1st[18]
  • 2006 Reykjavík Iceland Tournament, joint 1st[19]
  • 2006 The President's Cup, Baku, Azerbaijan 1st[20]
  • 2004 Dubai Open, Dubai, 1st[21]
  • 2003 Winner of under-18 World Championship[22]
  • 2003 Winner of World Junior Championship, Nakchivan City, Azerbaijan[23]