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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
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Number of games in database: 1,811
Years covered: 1999 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2772 (2825 rapid, 2772 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2775

Overall record: +387 -142 =545 (61.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 737 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (104) 
    D10 D11 D15 D17 D12
 Queen's Gambit Declined (102) 
    D37 D31 D38 D39 D35
 Nimzo Indian (92) 
    E20 E32 E21 E25 E34
 Grunfeld (88) 
    D90 D80 D85 D94 D70
 Queen's Indian (70) 
    E15 E12 E17 E19 E14
 Semi-Slav (69) 
    D45 D47 D43 D44 D48
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (131) 
    C80 C76 C95 C69 C70
 Sicilian (74) 
    B46 B90 B48 B30 B66
 Grunfeld (64) 
    D85 D86 D80 D90 D78
 Queen's Pawn Game (51) 
    A40 A50 A45 A41 E10
 Pirc (50) 
    B07 B08 B09
 Caro-Kann (47) 
    B12 B11 B18 B13
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Mamedyarov vs A Timofeev, 2004 1-0
   Mamedyarov vs B Galstian, 2002 1-0
   Mamedyarov vs Ivanchuk, 2007 1-0
   Mamedyarov vs Aronian, 2014 1-0
   Mamedyarov vs Kharlov, 2006 1-0
   Kramnik vs Mamedyarov, 2008 0-1
   Mamedyarov vs P Tregubov, 2006 1-0
   M Vachier-Lagrave vs Mamedyarov, 2015 0-1
   Mamedyarov vs Judit Polgar, 2014 1-0
   Mamedyarov vs Topalov, 2013 1-0

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Junior Championships (2003)
   World Junior Championship (Boys) (2005)
   Ordix Open (2009)
   World Team Championship (2010)
   FIDE Grand Prix Beijing (2013)
   Geneva Chess Masters (2013)
   Villa de Canada de Calatrava (2007)
   Russian Club Cup (2006)
   4th Kolkata Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament (2009)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   XXII Reykjavik Open (2006)
   Reykjavik Open (2015)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   World Cup (2009)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Match Mamedyarov! by amadeus
   Shakhriyar Mamedyarov`s Selected Games by Jafar219
   Shak and Awe - The Power Play of Mamedyarov by parisattack
   Azeri players' masterpieces by ahmadov
   2005 Corus (group B) by gauer

   R Wojtaszek vs Mamedyarov (Apr-28-17)
   Mamedyarov vs Adams (Apr-27-17) 1/2-1/2
   Kramnik vs Mamedyarov (Apr-26-17) 0-1
   Harikrishna vs Mamedyarov (Apr-25-17) 1/2-1/2
   Mamedyarov vs Radjabov (Apr-24-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born Apr-12-1985, 32 years old) Azerbaijan

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Grandmaster (2002). U16 Champion of Azerbaijan (2000); U18 Champion of Azerbaijan (2000); European U18 Champion (2002); Champion of Azerbaijan (2001 & 2002); World U18 Champion (2003); World Junior Champion (2003 & 2005); Candidate (2011 & 2014).


Shakhriyar Hamid oglu Mamedyarov was born in Sumgayit, Azerbaijan and is one of Azerbaijan's all time great players following in the wake of Baku-born former World Champion Garry Kasparov.


<Age> In 1997, Mamedyarov came second in Azerbaijan's U12 championship and continued his success in the junior nationals by coming first in 2000 in Azerbaijan's U16 and U18 championships. In 2001 he was runner up in the European U16 Championship with 7/9, half a point behind the winner Ernesto Inarkiev and in 2002, he came 2nd in the European Junior Championship with 7.5/11, a point behind the winner Zviad Izoria. Also in 2002 he set a record by winning the European under-18 Championship with 10 points out of 11. In 2003 he won both the under-18 World Championship (with 10/11 – 2 points clear of the field) and the World Junior Championships (2003). In 2005 he reclaimed his junior world title by winning the World Junior Championship (Boys) (2005) with 10.5/13 and raised his rating past the coveted 2700-mark in the process. This was the first time ever – and still the only time - that a contestant has reclaimed the World U-20 Championship title & the 3rd time (the previous being GM Roman Slobodjan of Germany & GM Pablo Zarnicki of Argentina) that a player has claimed this title in his home country (GM Pentala Harikrishna of India was the 4th of 5 players to win the World U-20 Championship title at home).

<National> He won the Azerbaijan Championships of 2001 and 2002.

<Continental> Following on from his solid debut at Aeroflot (see below), the untitled Mamedyarov scored 6.5/11 at the 3rd European Individual Championships (in 2002) in an immensely large field of grandmasters and international masters.

<World> In the FIDE World Cup (2005), which served as the qualifying tournament for ten of the participants in the 2007 Candidates tournament, he defeated Nurlan Ibraev in the tiebreaker of the first round before bowing out in round 2 to Evgeny Najer in the blitz playoff, after ties in the classical games and in the rapid game tiebreakers. In the World Chess Cup (2007) , the winner of which would play Veselin Topalov to determine the challenger for the 2010 World Championship, and the top four of whom would qualify for the 2008-2010 Grand Prix series that would produce some of the participants in the 2011 Candidates, Mamedyarov advanced to the third round after dispatching Khaled Abdel Razik in round one, and Zdenko Kozul in round 2, before bowing out to Ivan Cheparinov in the 3rd round. In the World Cup (2009) , the winner of which would qualify for the World Championship Candidates (2011), Mamedyarov defeated Alexandra Kosteniuk , Vadim Milov , Wang Hao and Viktor Laznicka in the preliminary 4 rounds, before losing to Sergey Karjakin in the quarter finals. Mamedyarov participated in the World Championship Candidates (2011) by strength of his being nominated by the organisers of the original venue (Baku) for the tournament. His participation remained intact although the venue was subsequently changed to Kazan in Russia. His lost to his first round opponent Boris Gelfand by 1.5-2.5 (+0 =3 -1), and was thereby eliminated from the 2012 World Championship cycle. He participated in the World Cup (2011), qualifying via his rating and entered the tournament as the number 3 seed. He defeated Egyptian player Hatim Ibrahim and German GM Daniel Fridman, before unexpectedly losing in the third round to young Ukrainian GM Yaroslav Zherebukh in the 25+10 rapid game tiebreaker, thereby exiting the Cup. He qualified to play in the World Cup (2013) via his rating, and beat Egyptian IM Samy Shoker in the first round, Russian GM Maxim Matlakov in the second round, and 14-year old Chinese wunderkind GM Wei Yi in the rapid game tiebreaker in the third round. However, he was eliminated by US GM Gata Kamsky in the Round of 16 (fourth round).

Mamedyarov gave the other leg of his 2014 World Championship campaign an excellent start in October 2012 by placing =1st at the 1st FIDE Grand Prix London (2012) of the 2012-2013 series alongside Veselin Topalov and Boris Gelfand, scoring 7/11 (+4 -1 =6; TPR 2836) and accumulating 140 GP points. His =4th, a half point behind the three co-leaders at the FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2012), earned him another 80 points to take him into the lead for the 2012-2013 Grand Prix series with 220 points. A poor result in the FIDE Grand Prix Zug (2013), where he placed equal last with 4.5/11 was overtaken by the best result possible in the FIDE Grand Prix Beijing (2013), which he won outright to win the full 170 Grand Prix points for an outright win, which eventually secured 2nd place in the best-of-3 overall standings in the Grand Prix series behind Veselin Topalov who remained in first place in the wake of a solid =3rd at the same event. He therefore qualified for the World Chess Championship Candidates (2014), where he placed =3rd (4th on tiebreak behind Vladimir Kramnik) behind Viswanathan Anand and Karjakin.

Mamedyarov qualified by rating for the 2014-15 Grand Prix Series portion of 2016 World Championship cycle. He experienced a meagre result at the FIDE Grand Prix Baku (2014) with =9th, scoring only 35 Grand Prix points. He placed himself back in contention for the coveted top two positions that qualify for the Candidates tournament of 2015 when he scored 6.5/11 to place =2nd at the FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2014), adding 125 GP points to his tally, for a progressive total of 160 points, and 5th on the Series table. However, despite a respectable =4th at the FIDE Grand Prix Tbilisi (2015) which gathered another 75 GP points, his final tally of 235 GP points placed him at 6th in the Grand Prix series, outside of the top 2 qualifiers for the Candidates Tournament of 2016. Nevertheless, he qualified for the World Cup (2015) via the ratings path, and would have qualified for the Candidates Tournament in 2016 if he had made it through to the final. He fell just short of his goal, defeating young Iranian GM Pouya Idani in the first round of the Cup, Yifan Hou in the second round, Sethuraman P Sethuraman in the third round, Fabiano Caruana by 1.5-0.5 in the Round of Sixteen (round four) to advance to the quarter-final where he lost to Sergey Karjakin in the second set of rapid tiebreakers to bow out of the event.


In 1999, 2000 and 2001, Mamedyarov won 1st place in the BP Amoco Cup Tournaments in Baku. In his first foray into the Aeroflot A tournament in 2002, the then untitled Mamedyarov scored an extremely creditable 5.5/9, a point off the lead, in a veritable sea of Grandmasters. Still untitled, he came =2nd in the Saraybahce Euro Grand Prix in Turkey in 2002 , a half point behind Mikhail Gurevich and alongside Vasil Spasov, Baadur Jobava , Antoaneta Stefanova, Valeriane Gaprindashvili and Mihai-Lucian Grunberg . In 2003, he came 3rd in the 4th Young Masters (2003); in 2004, he came 2nd to Luke McShane in the 5th Lausanne Young Masters (2004), losing to him in the final; and placed 3rd in the 2005 edition of the Lausanne Young Masters. In 2004, he was the outright winner of the 6th Dubai Open (2004) with 7/9 and also the President's Cup in Baku. In 2005, he came =2nd at Corus Tournament: Group B (2005) behind Karjakin. Mamedyarov’s second win of the World Junior attracted an invitation to the Essent Tournament (2006) , which he won on tiebreak ahead of Judit Polgar , and then followed up this success by winning 11th Essent Chess Tournament (2007) . He won joint first place in Aeroflot Open (2006) in Moscow in February 2006, with a score of 6½/9, although Jobava won on count back. He came =1st with Gabriel Sargissian , Ahmed Adly , Pentala Harikrishna , and Igor Alexandre Nataf at the XXII Reykjavik Open (2006) with 7/9, with Sargissian winning on count back. In 2007, he came =2rd in the Mtel Masters (2007) with 5/10, half a point behind Veselin Topalov and won the 11th Essent Chess Tournament (2007) Crown Group with 4.5/6. In 2008, Mamedyarov placed 3rd place in the Sparkassen Chess Meeting (2008) at Dortmund. His results in the 2008-2010 Grand Prix were modest. His best was 7.5/13 in the Baku Grand Prix (2008) , half point behind 3 joint leaders. Then came the Elista Grand Prix (2008) with 6.5/13 followed by 6/13 at the 4th FIDE Grand Prix (2009) in Nalchik. He was 2nd with 7/13 at the FIDE Grand Prix (2010) .

In 2009, he was =2nd alongside Valerij Filippov with 7.5/10 at the 4th Kolkata Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament (2009) , half a point behind Le Quang Liem . In 2010, he tied for first place with Vladimir Kramnik and Gata Kamsky in the President's Cup in Baku, and followed up with a joint win in the Tal Memorial (2010) alongside Karjakin and Aronian. In 2011, he scored 6/9 to come =4th in the Baku Open (2011) and in 2012 he scored 7.5/11 (+6 -1 =3) to come =3rd at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2012). He withdrew after eight rounds from the 13th European Individual Championship (2012) after forfeiting two games, one for arriving late under the controversial FIDE rule, and one for agreeing to a draw without asking the arbiters. In June 2013, he remained undefeated and placed =3rd (4th on tiebreak) at the category 22 Tal Memorial (2013). In April 2014, he participated in the inaugural Gashimov Memorial (2014), a category XXII DRR event that commemorates the late Azeri grandmaster, placing 6th.

Mamedyarov competed in the Reykjavik Open (2015) and performed to rating with his 7.5/10 result, placing =3rd, a point behind the winner Erwin L'Ami and half a point behind the runner up Pavel Eljanov. This was followed by a relatively poor result at the Aeroflot Open (2015) where he finished two points from the lead with 5/9, and a rating neutral 4/9 at the Gashimov Memorial (2015). He competed in the powerful Qatar Masters (2015) and was leading in round 7 with 5.5, but lost his last two rounds to Carlsen and Sanan Sjugirov, finishing with 5.5/9.

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Mamedyarov has long been an excellent and prolific team player. He has played in the Olympiads, World Team Championships, European Team Championships, the European Club Cup, the German Bundesliga, and in team championships in Turkey, Spain, Russia, Macedonia, Spain and China.

<Olympiads> He played first reserve for Azerbaijan in the 34th Olympiad in Istanbul in 2000, and board 2 in the 35th Bled Olympiad (2002), the 36th Olympiad (2004) in 2004, and the 38th Olympiad (2008) in Dresden. He played top board in the 39th Chess Olympiad (2010) in Khanty-Mansiysk, coming 6th on board 1 with 6.5/10 and a 2778 TPR. At the Chess Olympiad (2012), he won the gold medal for board 3 with the stunning score of 8.5/10 for a TPR of 2880. He also played top board for his country in the Chess Olympiad (2014).

<National - World Team Championship> In the World Team Championship (2010), he scored 8/9 on board 4 (TPR 2950), winning an individual gold and helping his team to 4th place. In the World Chess Team Championship (2011), he played board 4, scoring 5/9.

<National - European Team Championship> Shakhriyar has played in every European Team Championship since 2001. He has won silver for on Board 2 in the European Team Championship in 2003, bronze with the Azerbaijani Chess team in the European Team Chess Championships (2007), individual and team gold in 17th European Team Championship (2009), individual gold (for board 3), team silver at the European Team Championship (2011) and team gold at the European Team Championship (2013),

<European Club Cup (ECC)> He has played in every ECC since 2004 inclusive. Highlights are winning:

- gold on Board 1 of the Turkish club Eczacıbaşı SK at both the 20th European Club Cup (2004) and the 21st European Club Cup (2005);

- silver on Board 1 for the Macedonian club SK Alkaloid Skopje in the European Club Cup (2007) in Turkey, and a bronze on Board 1 for the same club in the Euro Club Cup (2008) in Kallithea, Greece;

- team silver for SOCAR Baku at the European Club Cup (2011);

- team gold for SOCAR Baku in the 28th European Club Cup (2012);

- individual gold (for board 5) and team bronze for SOCAR at the European Club Cup (2013);

- individual bronze (board 3) and team gold again with SOCAR, at the European Club Cup (2014); and

- team silver with SOCAR at the European Club Cup (2015).

<National Leagues> He scored 7.5/9 on board five for the Termosteps Samara team in the Russian Club Cup (2006), scoring individual gold and helping his team to fourth place. He played board three for the Spasio-Swiss Moscow club in the Russian Team Championship (2008), his team finishing fifth. He played board three for the Malakhit Ekaterinburg club in the Russian Team Championships (2013), winning team silver. He was the best player of the French Club Championship in 2006, scoring 9 points out of 11. He also played in the Chinese League, starting in the final four rounds of the 2015 season with the Hebei Sports Lottery club.


In 2003, he drew a match that was held in Azerbaijan, dubbed the “Match of Champions”, with Iranian GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami with a score of 3-3. In 2015, he met and defeated Austrian GM Markus Ragger by a margin of 3.5-2.5.


Mamedyarov won the 2007 Rapid Tournament in the Czech Republic, the 2008 Rapid Tournament, Corsica, and the Ordix Open (2009), a rapid tournament, with a record-breaking score of 10/11. He won the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2013) with 11.5/15. At the end of 2013, he scored a reasonable 4/7 for =5th at the SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Rapid) (2013) and an excellent 18/30 for =3rd at the SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Blitz) (2013) to add 100 rating points to his blitz rating. His =5th with 13.5/21 at the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2014) took him to #6 in the world blitz rankings. Sole first place in the Tal Memorial Blitz (2014) with 16/22 took him to #3 on the world blitz ladder. A strong =2nd in the rapid section of the Mind Games event staged in Beijing in December 2014 provided a solid rating boost in this modality of the game, although his results in the blitz event, 17/30, proved to be a negative balance in the blitz section, dropping him to #7 blitz player in the world.


Mamedyarov's best standard FIDE rating was 2775 in August 2013 when he was rated #6 in the world. His ranking peaked at #4 in January 2007 when he was rated 2754. He has been rated above 2700 since July 2006 and has been in the top 100 since January 2004.


Mamedyarov’s father taught him how to play chess in the summer of 1993 and in that year he commenced attendance at chess school in Sumgayit where his first chess trainer was Valide Bayramova. Shakhriyar has two sisters, Zeinab Mamedjarova and Turkan Mamedjarova, who are both WGMs. Hobbies include football, bowling, music, ping-pong, horse-riding.

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Latest update: 3 January 2016

 page 1 of 73; games 1-25 of 1,812  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Mamedyarov vs Radjabov  ½-½53 1999 Baku-C U18D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. A Volokitin vs Mamedyarov  1-030 1999 WCh U14 BoysC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
3. Mamedyarov vs Navara 1-052 1999 WCh U14 BoysA48 King's Indian
4. K Asrian vs Mamedyarov 1-044 2000 Dubai OpenC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
5. Mamedyarov vs Dolmatov  1-036 2000 Dubai OpenA48 King's Indian
6. A Guseinov vs Mamedyarov 1-083 2000 Dubai OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
7. Mamedyarov vs Shumiakina  ½-½41 2000 Dubai OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
8. A Riazantsev vs Mamedyarov  ½-½41 2000 Dubai OpenE82 King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation
9. Mamedyarov vs Sadegi Adel 1-047 2000 Dubai OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
10. B Abdulla vs Mamedyarov  ½-½31 2000 Dubai OpenC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
11. A Riazantsev vs Mamedyarov 0-166 2000 Dubai OpenB50 Sicilian
12. Mamedyarov vs M Al Sayed ½-½55 2000 Dubai OpenE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
13. Mamedyarov vs C S Gokhale  ½-½28 2000 Dubai OpenD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
14. A Yegiazarian vs Mamedyarov 1-044 2001 Tbilisi Nona 60C42 Petrov Defense
15. N Guliyev vs Mamedyarov  0-138 2001 AZE EUR-ch qualC42 Petrov Defense
16. S Davidov vs Mamedyarov  0-125 2001 AZE-ch U20C42 Petrov Defense
17. F Mustafaev vs Mamedyarov 0-140 2001 AZE-ch U16C54 Giuoco Piano
18. R Babaev vs Mamedyarov  0-136 2001 AZE-ch U20C42 Petrov Defense
19. Mamedyarov vs G Sargissian  ½-½35 2001 Tbilisi Nona 60D58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
20. F Aleskerov vs Mamedyarov 1-033 2001 AZE-ch U16C56 Two Knights
21. O Ismailov vs Mamedyarov 0-124 2001 AZE-ch U16C42 Petrov Defense
22. Mamedyarov vs Jobava  0-136 2001 Tbilisi Nona 60E66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
23. Mamedyarov vs T Gelashvili 0-167 2001 Tbilisi Nona 60A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
24. R Babaev vs Mamedyarov  ½-½20 2001 AZE EUR-ch qualC42 Petrov Defense
25. Mamedyarov vs Z Mamedjarova 1-038 2001 openB07 Pirc
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  OhioChessFan: I definitely disagree with <paris> suggesting the Dutch. Shudder. And I think the Caro-Kann is vastly underutilized. I mean, isn't that the epitome of a patient defense?
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  parisattack: Poor <Dutch>. I would certainly only play it down, where he sometimes has trouble getting a full point from a considerably weaker player.

<MamedyarovFan> and <FairyPromotion> I updated the 'Shak-and-Awe' games from a few years back (pages 59-62) and made them a Game Collection. I'll endeavor to keep it updated and also fill in some missing years. If you can point me to others, please do!

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  OhioChessFan: Okay, I misunderstood you. If talking about generating wins against lesser players, yes, the Dutch, and no, the CK.
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  parisattack: I read a quote somewhere - I think in Diamond Dutch - that said, "Often in the Dutch Black's best move would be f5-f7." :)
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  perfidious: <parisattack>, there were times when I too wished to have been able to go retrograde with ....f5-f7, usually in the service of my king's well-being. (laughs)
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  zanzibar: Now there's an interesting idea. Allow pawns to move backwards, or forwards, provided they're on the same file as your king.
Apr-21-17  epistle: The Philippines cheers for you Mamedyarov!
Apr-21-17  epistle: <Mamedyarov’s father taught him how to play chess in the summer of 1993>

This guy is honest

Apr-21-17  gokusano: The Philippines' new chess hero? Ride on!
Apr-21-17  epistle: Kill him with a stinging draw Mamed!
Apr-21-17  gokusano: Mamed is on the offensive. A lot of clickers are worried, grimacing from every brilliant move by the great mamed.
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  ketchuplover: The So Stopper!
Apr-21-17  gokusano: Mamed is just mamed, way above him!
Apr-21-17  epistle: Mamedyarov is now my new favourite player. He should be made an honorary citizen of the Philippines!
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  wordfunph: So - Mamedyarov 0-1

Mamed, yodaman!

Apr-21-17  Pulo y Gata: Lugi.

There is no business like So business.

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  zanzibar: Why is his last name spelled differently from his sisters?

(FIDE and CG follow each other - fwiw.)

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  saffuna: Usually males end last name with the "ov," women with "ova."

For example, former tennis players Marat Safin and Dinara Safina are brother and sister.

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  perfidious: <zed>, it is masculine vis-à-vis feminine naming conventions in, inter alia, Russian names; in the same way, you will have surnames ending for the males in -sky which will end as -skaya for females.

If I am wrong on this, <Annie K.> can certainly correct me, as she is very knowledgeable of such things.

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  zanzibar: <perf> yes, I'm aware of the ending part, at least for Russians.

Perhaps I should have been more specific - I'm wondering about the y vs. j in the middle:

<Mamedyarov> vs.


I suppose this could be a masculine vs feminine thing - the difference here being "yarov" vs. "jarova".

I'm not so familiar with Azerbaijani conventions.

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  zanzibar: Wiki's page on Azerbaijani names has this:

<Besides -ov and -yev, there are other surname suffixes: -li4, -zadeh, -soy and -gil. Adopted from Slavic naming customs, -ov/-yev is gender specific suffix (for females, these would be -ova/-yeva. However, rest are unisex.>

Which suggests just appending the "a", like Russian.

I always suspect transliteration issues when it's a "y" vs. "j" thing.

Apr-23-17  mprodrigues: zanzibar, I believe this is a transliteration thing indeed,for instance wikipedia has his name as Mammadyarov too,slightly different, also wikipedia says his sisters are called Mamedyarova
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  zanzibar: Oh yeah, the wiki link:

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  ChessHigherCat: The j or y means the preceding consonant is "palatalized" with a little semivowel "y" sound after it. Germans tend to use j more, for example they spell KGB (or FIS, if you really believe there's a difference) headquarters Ljubjanka or Lubjanka, depending on how strict you want to be.
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  zanzibar: <CHC> yes, that is likely what's going on.

I still find it curious that the bother used one transliteration, and the sisters another.

Must be some kind of story behind this, trivial though it may be.

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