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Teimour Radjabov
Number of games in database: 1,408
Years covered: 1996 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2713
Highest rating achieved in database: 2793
Overall record: +306 -144 =531 (58.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      427 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Reti System (79) 
    A04 A06
 Sicilian (57) 
    B96 B46 B97 B85 B22
 Slav (57) 
    D10 D15 D12 D17 D11
 Queen's Pawn Game (49) 
    A45 A46 E10 D02 A41
 Grunfeld (44) 
    D85 D97 D80 D87 D91
 Queen's Indian (43) 
    E12 E15 E17 E14 E19
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (206) 
    B30 B33 B32 B31 B22
 King's Indian (191) 
    E97 E92 E60 E94 E61
 French Defense (99) 
    C11 C02 C03 C00 C06
 French (57) 
    C11 C00 C10 C12
 Dutch Defense (33) 
    A90 A84 A93 A88
 English (29) 
    A15 A10 A13 A16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kasparov vs Radjabov, 2003 0-1
   Shirov vs Radjabov, 2007 0-1
   Anand vs Radjabov, 2003 0-1
   Karjakin vs Radjabov, 2008 0-1
   Radjabov vs Anand, 2006 1-0
   Radjabov vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2008 1-0
   Radjabov vs Karjakin, 2012 1-0
   Radjabov vs Carlsen, 2008 1-0
   Radjabov vs Anand, 2008 1-0
   Ponomariov vs Radjabov, 2003 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hotel Bali Stars (2003)
   FIDE World Cup (2005)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   Cap D'Agde (2006)
   Linares 2006 (2006)
   Corus (2007)
   Pivdenny Bank Chess Cup (2007)
   FIDE Grand Prix (2008)
   Elista Grand Prix (2008)
   Cap d'Agde (2008)
   World Cup (2011)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)

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TEIMOUR RADJABOV
(born Mar-12-1987) Azerbaijan

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Teimour Radjabov was born March 12, 1987 in Baku and started playing chess when he was four years old. He became an International Master in 1999 at the age of 11 years and 11 months and in 2001, at the age of 14 years and 14 days, he became the youngest Grandmaster in the world at the time, and the second youngest person after Bu Xiangzhi ever to become a GM at that time. In January 2002, with a rating of 2599 he entered FIDE's World Top 100 rating list, the 2nd youngest to ever do so after Judit Polgar, with an initial world ranking of 93rd. He has remained on this list ever since. He became the youngest player ever to defeat long-time World Champion Garry Kasparov in 2003. That same year he tallied wins against FIDE World Champions Viswanathan Anand and Ruslan Ponomariov.

Championships

In 1994, Radjabov won an U9-Tournament in Dresden winning all games. He was U10 European Champion 1996 and 1997, and U12 European and World Champion in 1998. In 1999, he won the European Under-18 Championship when he was still 12, a record that still stands.

Radjabov’s first tilt at the world championship cycle was during the FIDE World Championship knockout tournament held in Moscow in 2002, where he lost in the first round to Jaan Ehlvest . In 2004, he made it to the semifinals of the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament, but lost to the British player Michael Adams after defeating Mateusz Bartel , Peter Heine Nielsen , Etienne Bacrot , Pavel Smirnov , and Leinier Dominguez Perez in preliminary rounds. In the FIDE World Cup (2005) qualifier, he bested Diego Flores and Murtas Kazhgaleyev before losing to Loek van Wely in round 3. In the World Chess Cup (2007) , he beat Vladimir Genba before bowing out to Bartlomiej Macieja in round 2. At the World Cup (2009) he defeated Mohamed Ezat but lost to Konstantin Sakaev in round 2. Despite his poor showing in the 2009 World Cup, Radjabov had placed second in the FIDE Grand Prix 2008–2010 series, qualifying him for the World Championship Candidates (2011) for the World Chess Championship 2012. There, Radjabov was eliminated in the quarterfinal by Vladimir Kramnik in blitz tiebreak after tieing the classical and rapid matches 2-2 each. By reason of his rating, he qualified for the World Cup (2011), where he defeated Cuban GM Francisco De la Paz Perdomo, Indian GM Parimarjan Negi, French GM Etienne Bacrot and Russian GM Dmitry Jakovenko in the early rounds, but lost to Ukrainian veteran, GM Vassily Ivanchuk, in their quarter final match. The sting of this loss was offset by being selected by the organisers to be the 8th Candidate at the World Championship Candidates (2013) that was held in London in March 2013, but he fared poorly, coming last with 4/14, losing half his games and shedding over 30 ratings points (for the rating period to 1 May 2013). He started participating in the 2012-13 Grand Prix, but his first foray in the series was the 3rd event, the FIDE Grand Prix Zug (2013), in which he placed equal last with 4.5/11. He subsequently withdrew from the Grand Prix series.

He qualified by rating to contest the World Cup (2013), where he defeated Jorge Cori in the first round and Cuban GM Lazaro Bruzon in the second round tiebreaker. He was defeated by Russian GM and former Candidate Peter Svidler in the third round. This loss combined with Levon Aronian 's elimination in the third round, means that he cannot qualify for the Candidates via rating replacement, as he is second rating reserve after Karjakin; in other words he needed Aronian and Kramnik - who are otherwise the rating qualifiers to the Candidates - to both win through to the World Cup final for him to qualify on rating for the Candidates.

Classical tournaments

Radjabov’s early successes include winning the 1998 Kasparov Cup, and in Budapest. In 2001:

- he took =1st in the Alushta Spring 2001 with Alexander Riazantsev and Alexander Goloshchapov, while he

- came =2nd with the legendary Viktor Korchnoi behind the even more legendary Anatoly Karpov at the Najdorf memorial.

In 2002:

- he took 2nd place behind Kasparov at the Moscow World Chess Grand Prix 2002.

In 2003:

- Radjabov blooded himself in the super tournaments at Corus, Linares and Dortmund such that in the following year at 21st Linares (2004) he scored an extremely creditable 6/12, placing =4th alongside Veselin Topalov , a point behind winner Kramnik and a half point behind joint second Kasparov and Peter Leko .

In 2005:

- he was outright 2nd behind Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu with 9.5/13 in the 6th European Individual Championship

- 1st at the powerful GM tournament at XIII Dos Hermanas (2005) and

- =6th with 6/9 behind the 5 joint first place getters by half point at Aeroflot A 2005.

The following year, in 2006:

- he came joint second at the prestigious Linares 2006 (2006) and

- =2nd at Biel Int'l Festival (2006) with Magnus Carlsen behind Alexander Morozevich.

Radjabov's greatest success yet came at the start of 2007, when he shared first place at the category 19 Corus (2007) with Topalov and Levon Aronian.

In 2008:

- he came first at Odessa Chess Tournament

- =3rd with Anand behind Carlsen and Aronian at Corus (2008)

- he scored 8/13 (+4 -1 =8) to share first place in the Elista Grand Prix (2008) with Alexander Grischuk and Dmitry Jakovenko

- he came 3rd at M-Tel 2008 behind Vassily Ivanchuk and Topalov.

In 2009 he scored 7.5/13 to come =2nd at Corus (2009) with Sergei Movsesian and Aronian half point behind Karjakin. At the King's Tournament (2010) he came =2nd with Boris Gelfand behind Carlsen and at the Tata Steel (2012), he came =2nd with 8/13 (+3 -0 =10; TPR 2834) behind Aronian and alongside Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana, the only undefeated player in the A group. In June 2012 he came =2nd (3rd on tiebreak) alongside Fabiano Caruana in the category 22 Tal Memorial (2012) with 5/9 (+2 -1 =6; TPR 2818) behind Magnus Carlsen. Following on from his poor performances at the Candidates and the Grand Prix event at Zug, Radjabov also fared poorly in the category XXI Norway Chess Tournament (2013), scoring 3/9 and losing another 12 rating points. His poor form continued at the Kings Tournament (2013), where his 3.5/8 (-1 =7) placed him 4th out of a field of 5.

Team Competition

<Olympiads and other national team events> Radjabov has represented his native Azerbaijan at the Olympiads since 2002, and won his first medal at the Chess Olympiad (2012) when he won individual bronze on the top board. A regular participant in the European Team Championships since 2003, he led the Azerbaijani team to victory at the 17th European Team Championship (2009) in Novi Sad and in November 2011 to 2nd place at the European Team Championship (2011) at Porto Carras, Greece. Toward the end of 2013, Radjabov played board 2 for Azerbaijan, which won the gold medal at the European Team Championship (2013). He was also a member of the Azerbaijani team which lost the Azerbaijan vs the World (2009) by 10.5-21.5. He has also played for Azerbaijan in the World Team Championships; at the World Team Championship (2010), he won a silver medal for board 2, Azerbaijan coming fourth, and at the World Chess Team Championship (2011), he scored a bronze medal on the top board, although his team came 7th.

<European Club Cup> A regular contender in the European Club Cup, he has won the European Champion's Cup twice with French team, the NAO Chess Club team, and with the Bosna club from Bosnia. He has also won team silver medal with the Ladja-Kazan club from Russia. He won the gold medal at the European Club Cup (2011), scoring 4.5/5 and a TPR of 3016 on the top board of SOCAR Baku, leading his team to a silver medal. The following year he helped his team, SOCAR Baku, to the gold medal at the 28th European Club Cup (2012), scoring 4/6 on top board and in 2013 he played second board for SOCAR, this time helping his team to win bronze in the European Club Cup (2013).

<National Leagues> Radjabov has also competed in club and team championships in Greece, France, Spain and Russia.

Rapid

A top class rapid player, Radjabov beat Carlsen in the Match of the Hopes (2007) by 3-2. In 2006 he was 1st at Cap D'Agde (2006), defeating Karjakin in the final. He lost the Chess Classic Mainz (2006) to Anand by 5-3 but in January 2008, he won the ACP World Rapid Cup in Odessa.

Ratings

As of 1 March 2014, Radjabov’s FIDE ratings were:

<Classical> 2713, making him Azerbaijan’s #2 player, and world #37;

<Rapid> 2750; and

<Blitz> 2706.

Other

Radjabov is the UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador for Azerbaijan advocating universal salt iodization in Azerbaijan.

Live ratings: http://www.2700chess.com/

Wikipedia article: Teimour Radjabov


 page 1 of 57; games 1-25 of 1,408  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Murariu vs Radjabov  0-148 1996 EU-ch U10C00 French Defense
2. Harikrishna vs Radjabov 1-030 1996 Wch U10A10 English
3. M Szablewski vs Radjabov ½-½115 1996 EU-ch U10A93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
4. Radjabov vs I Cheparinov 1-037 1996 Wch U10A04 Reti Opening
5. Radjabov vs A Avetisian  1-023 1996 EU-ch U10D00 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Radjabov vs M Goguadze  1-028 1996 Wch U10A06 Reti Opening
7. Radjabov vs V Gashimov  ½-½21 1996 EU-ch U10C45 Scotch Game
8. V Gashimov vs Radjabov  ½-½27 1996 Wch U10B40 Sicilian
9. P Berta vs Radjabov 0-128 1996 EU-ch U10C02 French, Advance
10. M Erwich vs Radjabov  1-032 1996 Wch U10C02 French, Advance
11. T Manescu vs Radjabov 0-190 1996 EU-ch U10C06 French, Tarrasch
12. Radjabov vs J C Sadorra  1-046 1996 Wch U10A04 Reti Opening
13. Radjabov vs P Anisimov  1-065 1996 EU-ch U10A45 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Radjabov vs A Fier 1-027 1996 Wch U10A45 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Radjabov vs G Guseinov  1-052 1996 EU-ch U10D02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Radjabov vs A Nakamura 1-022 1996 Wch U10A04 Reti Opening
17. Radjabov vs R Wojtaszek ½-½22 1996 EU-ch U10A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
18. Radjabov vs I Hera  1-056 1996 Wch U10B40 Sicilian
19. Radjabov vs V Ionescu  ½-½17 1997 EU-ch U10A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
20. Radjabov vs S Alavi 0-156 1997 Wch U10A04 Reti Opening
21. A Iljin vs Radjabov  ½-½17 1997 EU-ch U10A90 Dutch
22. A Petrov vs Radjabov  1-052 1997 Kasparov CupC06 French, Tarrasch
23. Radjabov vs G Jones 1-019 1997 Wch U10A04 Reti Opening
24. C Balogh vs Radjabov 0-117 1997 EU-ch U10C10 French
25. Radjabov vs E Lukianenko  1-053 1997 Kasparov CupA04 Reti Opening
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May-19-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  The Last Straw: I think Radjabov still has a chance at 2800. He's just in bad shape. Radjabov defeated Hammer a few days ago, which shows that he can still play well against lower-rated players. I think he just need some rest, some therapy or so, a bit of training, and then he can resume. Before resuming, also let him play a few "test" unrated games. This thing is happening to Carlsen (a bit) already.

I hope he gets back to normal.

May-19-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Rolfo: < I think Radjabov still has a chance at 2800. >

Well, Kramnik managed to revise his play after the Anand loss, and Radjabov is still very young

Jun-22-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  The Last Straw: Nice! Back in top 20 of the world according to live ratings!
Jun-25-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  The Last Straw: <Kinghunt: Has anyone dropped so many points in 1 rating list?> Depends on what list you're talking about. Is it the rating ranks starting from 2000 or for the top 100 players in the world?
Jul-09-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  The Last Straw: Congratulations for having a baby! Now you're a father. Good luck on a quick comeback!
Aug-16-13  BlackFront: Having drawn all 4 classical games (to Cori and Bruzon) in Tromso, he's down to 2726.6 on the live rating list; that's a drop of 72 points in less than a year (his peak rating was 2799.6 (8th highest ever) in September 2012). At this rate, he could end up another Andrei Sokolov.
Aug-18-13  Chessmaster9001: Radja, get some break from chess for god's sake, you really need it...skydiving through the rating list is not fun man!
Aug-25-13  hellopolgar: This guy gave up on chess or something. Too much League of Legends or World of Warcraft?
Sep-16-13  World of Tomorrow: Look, things happen.. and you move on.
Oct-16-13  hellopolgar: <Oct-03-10 hellopolgar: it's the stable part that's scary. sure he can maintain his super GM status with little effort, but so what? he has the potential of being the next world champion, yet all i see is the gap between him and carlsen getting bigger and bigger.>

Man, I am like a wizard or something.

Oct-16-13  Illogic: Sorry, but predicting any given player won't become world champion, when there have only been, what, 15 world champs in history? Not quite wizardry :)
Oct-17-13  hellopolgar: What?...
Nov-12-13  RedShield: RadjaWatch: the former world #4, now relegated to playing second fiddle for his country, has been 'doing OK' in the early rounds of the European Team Championship. A win over the Polish #6, Dariusz Swiercz, has been sandwiched between draws against Balogh and Grandelius, boosting his rating by 0.5 ELO, slightly closing the gap on world ranked 32, Wesley So.
Dec-04-13  Blunderdome: Did I mention I love Radjabov?
Dec-17-13  RedShield: 2013 was his <annus horribilis>.
Feb-04-14  celsoagj: Guess he will never reach top 10 again. Poor guy.

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Feb-05-14  dx9293: <celsoagi> Depends on his motivation.

Radjabov didn't reach a 2790+ rating for nothing.

The parallels between Radjabov and Leko are fascinating: both became GM at 14, were the most highly-touted young players of their age group, started playing supertournaments at 15 years old, and reached the Top 4.

Leko reached his peak at around 25 years old and then began a slow decline. He will turn 35(!) later this year.

Radjabov has, thus far, reached his peak at about 25 years old, too. Now he is struggling, but only time will tell how it all comes out.

Feb-05-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <celsoagj: Guess he will never reach top 10 again. Poor guy.>

One could well have said the same of Boris Gelfand, but he enjoyed a renaissance and challenged for the title in his forties.

Feb-07-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Wyatt Gwyon: Curious why this guy fell off like he did.
Feb-07-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Wyatt> Crises of form can be strange animals indeed; one need only recall Kasparov's loss of his title, at a time when he felt he had never been playing better. After the loss of the second game, there came numerous limp efforts-look at all the (completely uncharacteristic) short draws with Kasparov playing White, from even the early stages of the match. There were also openings such as the QGA and Nimzo as Black, which were seldom, if ever, seen in Garry Kimovich's praxis before or afterwards. All this is possibly the sign of a player who was psychologically beaten before he hurled a pawn forth in anger; and this certainly played into the hands of his great adversary.
Feb-22-14  chesswar1000: I think kids kill grandmasters...considering that Radjabov is married now.
Feb-27-14  The17thPawn: I just hope he has a resurgence as his collapse was horrible to witness. I'm not a huge Raja fan but hate seeing a top competitor in a total tailspin.
Mar-12-14  Blunderdome: Happy Birthday!
Apr-06-14  cplyakap: 2793 to 2713 in 8 months.Unbelievable.
Apr-18-14  Method B: I am curious to see his play at the Gashimov Memorial (2014) next week - especially his white openings. Good luck to him!
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