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Rauf Mamedov
R Mamedov 
photograph copyright © 2007 Zahir Ahmadov
Number of games in database: 1,118
Years covered: 1997 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2709 (2695 rapid, 2755 blitz)

Overall record: +242 -100 =349 (60.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 427 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (182) 
    B40 B22 B51 B52 B31
 Caro-Kann (50) 
    B10 B18 B11 B14 B12
 French Defense (50) 
    C07 C10 C00 C03 C05
 King's Indian Attack (40) 
 French Tarrasch (34) 
    C07 C05 C03 C06 C09
 Ruy Lopez (33) 
    C65 C67 C77 C78 C69
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (191) 
    B31 B22 B32 B30 B33
 King's Indian (128) 
    E91 E94 E67 E81 E90
 Queen's Pawn Game (56) 
    A41 A40 A45 A46 D01
 Sicilian Dragon (33) 
    B76 B78 B36 B72 B77
 Robatsch (31) 
 Slav (22) 
    D12 D11 D10 D17 D19
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Mamedov vs J Mullon, 2011 1-0
   R Mamedov vs R Wojtaszek, 2014 1-0
   R Mamedov vs U Bajarani, 2010 1-0
   R Mamedov vs S Feller, 2008 1-0
   R Mamedov vs M Bartel, 2009 1-0
   R Mamedov vs D Shengelia, 2001 1-0
   A Korobov vs R Mamedov, 2013 0-1
   Murey vs R Mamedov, 2015 0-1
   R Mamedov vs Wang Hao, 2014 1-0
   R Mamedov vs K Miton, 2014 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Team Championship (2017)
   Moscow Open (2013)
   Millionaire Chess (2016)
   Corsica Masters (2011)
   Baku Open (2011)
   Baku Open (2010)
   Baku Chess Festival (2007)
   Abu Dhabi Masters (2017)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   6th Dubai Open (2004)
   World Junior Championship (2008)
   World Junior Championships (2003)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   European Individual Championship (2015)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Millionaire Chess (Blitz Tiebreaks) 2016 by Tabanus

   🏆 World Blitz Championship
   R Mamedov vs F Vallejo Pons (Dec-30-17) 1-0, blitz
   V Fedoseev vs R Mamedov (Dec-30-17) 0-1, blitz
   R Mamedov vs R Rapport (Dec-30-17) 0-1, blitz
   D Howell vs R Mamedov (Dec-30-17) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   R Mamedov vs S Sjugirov (Dec-30-17) 1-0, blitz

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(born Apr-26-1988, 29 years old) Azerbaijan

[what is this?]
Mamedov became a Grandmaster in April 2004, a few days before his 16th birthday when he won the Dubai Open. He is the 2008 Champion of Ajerbaijan, came =1st at the category 16 SPICE tournament in Lubbock, Texas in 2009 and placed 6th in the Baku Open (2010). His =5th (9th on tiebreak) at the 12th European Individual Championship (2011) qualified him for the World Cup (2011), where he bowed out in the first round to Indian GM Abhijeet Gupta. In 2012, he placed =4th with 6/9 at the 6th International Tashkent Open, Memorial of Agzamov. In June 2013, he came =5th (6th on tiebreak) at the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2013) with 19.5/30, a point from the lead. In September 2013, he was outright first at the US Masters 2013. In July 2015, he was =1st (2nd on tiebreak behind Aleksandr Lenderman) at the World Open. One of the Organizer's Nominees to the World Cup (2015), Mamedov won his first round game against Russian GM Evgeny Najer, but was eliminated from the event by losing to Fabiano Caruana in the second round.


Wikipedia article: Rauf Mammadov

 page 1 of 45; games 1-25 of 1,118  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Mamedov vs Radjabov ½-½801997Wch U10C06 French, Tarrasch
2. R Mamedov vs G Guseinov  1-0431999Baku-B U18B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
3. O Berezin vs R Mamedov  1-0272000Donetsk City-chE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
4. L Volkov vs R Mamedov  1-0342000Donetsk City-chB30 Sicilian
5. S Titus vs R Mamedov  1-0502000Donetsk City-chB30 Sicilian
6. R Mamedov vs I Abdelnabbi  0-1522000Dubai OpenB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
7. Sadegi Adel vs R Mamedov  ½-½292000Dubai OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
8. R Mamedov vs N Saleh  1-0552000Dubai OpenB02 Alekhine's Defense
9. R Mamedov vs R Graf  0-1322000Dubai OpenC03 French, Tarrasch
10. S Tayeb vs R Mamedov  ½-½402000Dubai OpenB72 Sicilian, Dragon
11. A Moussa Othman vs R Mamedov  1-0432000Dubai OpenE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
12. R Mamedov vs G Kacheishvili  0-1542001Cappelle la GrandeE46 Nimzo-Indian
13. M Abdullaev vs R Mamedov  0-1582001BatumiB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. R Mamedov vs Z Izoria  ½-½832001BatumiB19 Caro-Kann, Classical
15. Mamedyarov vs R Mamedov 1-0412001BatumiC11 French
16. R Mamedov vs K Rukhaia  ½-½662001BatumiC41 Philidor Defense
17. L Gogochuri vs R Mamedov  0-1252001BatumiB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
18. R Mamedov vs I Tsurtsumia  1-0352001BatumiB06 Robatsch
19. M Gagunashvili vs R Mamedov 0-1362001BatumiE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
20. R Mamedov vs D Shengelia 1-0482001BatumiB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. T Gelashvili vs R Mamedov  1-0452001BatumiB20 Sicilian
22. S Djeranian vs R Mamedov  ½-½502001EYCC B14B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
23. R Mamedov vs C Dorrington  1-0392001EYCC B14B40 Sicilian
24. V Papin vs R Mamedov  ½-½432001EYCC B14B50 Sicilian
25. R Mamedov vs R Wojtaszek  1-0412001EYCC B14B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
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Jan-04-08  timhortons:

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...<that night they had equal win loss score with one draw>MATE IS DELIVERED...GRANDMASTER CARJUANA AS ALWAYS IS WATCHING AS NAKA PLAY

Jan-04-08  Strongest Force: Timhorton, what is Caruana's handle on ICC? See what i just wrote about Nakamura and Caruana at Nak's forum here at
Jan-04-08  timhortons: hes handle is "adaptation" hes a kid with a kid behaviour, when ever naka is playing hes analyzing the game kibitzing the possible moves,guess they knew each other, i told him he should have a game with naka but he reply that naka beat him 8 times for good in the past...
Jan-04-08  timhortons: his other handle is muisback....he has multiple handle...morozovich likewise has multiple handle at icc,a-morozevich and benefactor
Jan-29-08  Resignation Trap: Mamedov just won the championship of Azerbaijan with a score of 7/9.
Aug-10-08  Xeroxx: is he a GM?
Sep-06-08  biglo: Yes he's a GM. I have been beaten by him (muisback(GM)) twice at blitz on ICC after he challenged me out of the blue.
Nov-19-08  jon01: What is his name? In Olympiad it shows Mammadov everywhere.
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  notyetagm: 30 ?

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30 g5-g6+!!

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[Event "ICC 3 0"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2009.08.18"]
[Round "-"]
[White "muisback"]
[Black "Caligola"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ICCResult "Black resigns"]
[WhiteElo "3297"]
[BlackElo "3114"]
[Opening "Sicilian: dragon, Yugoslav attack"]
[ECO "B75"]
[NIC "SI.17"]
[Time "14:16:21"]
[TimeControl "180+0"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 a6 8. Qd2 Nbd7 9. O-O-O b5 10. h4 h5 11. Kb1 Bb7 12. Bg5 Rc8 13. Bd3 Qb6 14. Nb3 Ne5 15. f4 Nc4 16. Qe1 Nxb2 17. Kxb2 Nxe4 18. Bxe4 Bxc3+ 19. Qxc3 Rxc3 20. Bxb7 Rxb3+ 21. axb3 Qxb7 22. Rhe1 e6 23. Bf6 O-O 24. Rxd6 Qxg2 25. Red1 Kh7 26. Rd8 Rxd8 27. Rxd8 g5 28. f5 exf5 29. hxg5 f4 30. g6+ Kxg6 31. Rg8+ Kxf6 32. Rxg2 Kf5 33. Kc3 f3 34. Rg7 h4 35. Kd2 h3 36. Ke3 1-0

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  notyetagm: And now the exact same tactical idea I saw in a blitz game moments ago.

42 ?

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42 e3-e4+!!

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[Event "ICC 3 0"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2009.12.14"]
[Round "-"]
[White "Silent-Bomber"]
[Black "VerdeNotte"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ICCResult "Black resigns"]
[WhiteElo "3216"]
[BlackElo "3343"]
[Opening "King's Indian: fianchetto, classical variation"] [ECO "E67"]
[NIC "KI.65"]
[Time "05:18:28"]
[TimeControl "180+0"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. O-O d6 6. c4 Nbd7 7. Nc3 e5 8. h3 Re8 9. dxe5 Nxe5 10. Nxe5 dxe5 11. Qb3 c6 12. Be3 Qc7 13. Rfd1 Be6 14. Na4 Nd7 15. Rd2 Nb6 16. Nxb6 axb6 17. Bxb6 Qe7 18. Rad1 Ra6 19. Bd8 Qc5 20. Qxb7 Qxc4 21. b3 Qb5 22. Qxb5 cxb5 23. Bb7 Ra7 24. Bc6 Rf8 25. Bxb5 Bxh3 26. a4 Be6 27. Bb6 Rb7 28. Bc5 Bxb3 29. Bxf8 Bxf8 30. Rd7 Rb6 31. Rc1 Kg7 32. Rc6 Rb8 33. Bc4 Bxc4 34. Rxc4 Rb2 35. Rcc7 Kh6 36. Rxf7 Bd6 37. Rxh7+ Kg5 38. Rc6 Bb8 39. e3 Ra2 40. Rg7 Rxa4 41. Rcxg6+ Kf5 42. e4+ Rxe4 43. g4+ Rxg4+ 44. Rxg4 e4 45. R4g5+ Kf4 46. R5g6 Kf5 47. Rb6 Bf4 48. Rf7+ Kg5 49. Rb5+ Kg4 50. Rxf4+ Kxf4 51. Kg2 e3 52. Rb4+ Kf5 53. fxe3 Ke5 54. Kf3 Ke6 55. e4 Kf6 56. Ke3 Ke6 57. Rb5 Kd6 58. Kf4 Kc6 59. Rd5 Kc7 60. Ke5 Kc6 61. Kd4 Kc7 62. e5 Kc6 63. e6 Kb7 64. e7 Ka6 65. e8=Q Kb6 66. Qe6+ Ka7 1-0

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  Tabanus: Placed 6th in Baku Open (Azerbaijan) 23-31 August 2010:

Nov-16-10  BobCrisp: He's going for the record of Colonel Moreau.
Feb-06-13  Jafar219: Mamedov rules Moscow!
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  al wazir: The shirt he's wearing in the photo reads "KGB" and "USSR." Is there a message there?
Aug-14-14  Strongest Force: I wouldn't want to meet Rauf in a dark alley. He is big and looks mean. Actually, I though Rauf was Nak, online. They were both 14 and Rauf became one of only two "talk-buddies" that I had online at that time. The other was Kamsky: two very nice guys.
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  cro777: Rauf Mamedov, the 2015 champion of Azerbaijan, is likely to replace Wesley So at the 2nd Vugar Gashimov Memorial which should take place from 16-25th April in Shamkir, Azerbaijan.

Wesley So will compete at the USA Championship which is scheduled for March 31 to April 14 in Saint Louis.

Schedule conflict?

Mar-20-15  CountryGirl: Rauf is an absolute killer at blitz. Have a look at some of his games on YouTube - he has great wins against the cream of the world's elite. No one is safe!
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Rauf Mamedov for entering the top 100 live ratings. His draw against Anand today gave him 1.9 points, which bumps him up to 2654.3 and 99th place.
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  offramp: Happy birthday to him. In the picture of him on this page, what is that T-shirt he is wearing? It seems to say CCCP, ie the USSR.
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  Penguincw: Happy 26th birthday to Rauf Mamedov. Good luck in his game today against Carlsen, with black.

P.S. Even if he loses, he'll still be at 2655.4, which is currently 93rd.

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  offramp: <Penguincw: Happy 26th birthday to Rauf Mamedov. Good luck in his game today against Carlsen, with black. P.S. Even if he loses, he'll still be at 2655.4, which is currently 93rd.>

I like the extra 0.4 in <2655.4>. It means that if he is about to enter a revolving door at the same time as a GM rated only 2655.0, then RAUF goes in FIRST!!

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  whiteshark: "<Rauf Mamedov> was by far the lowest-rated player in the recent Shamkir Chess tournament and did in fact finish last, but his seven draws and two losses were anything but a bad result in his first supertournament. In an <interview> after the event he talks about what it was like to face the giants of the game and how losing to Carlsen on his birthday was a useful wake-up call for the Nakhchivan Open."

May-06-15  torrefan: Needs to lose weight to win tournaments.

Fat players don't win tournaments nowadays.

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  Penguincw: Rauf Mamedov came close to winning the World Open: he scored 7/9 (+5,-0,=4), which was tied with Aleksandr Lenderman, but he lost the Armageddon game.
Apr-26-16  Conrad93: He's the only player I know of at this level, who plays the KID consistently, but he plays it in his own style, sometimes even choosing novel moves early in the game.

The only comparable player I can think of is Ilya Smirin, but I think Smirin has the edge over Mamedov.

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