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Eltaj Safarli
Number of games in database: 561
Years covered: 2001 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2641 (2643 rapid, 2676 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2660
Overall record: +161 -91 =224 (57.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      85 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (112) 
    B30 B90 B43 B31 B40
 Ruy Lopez (47) 
    C78 C77 C65 C95 C67
 French Defense (37) 
    C01 C11 C10 C07 C12
 Sicilian Najdorf (18) 
    B90 B96 B91 B94 B99
 Caro-Kann (17) 
    B14 B10 B17 B18 B13
 Sicilian Kan (15) 
    B43 B42
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (87) 
    B90 B45 B22 B92 B48
 Grunfeld (55) 
    D85 D97 D80 D70 D91
 English (31) 
    A15 A16 A14
 Sicilian Najdorf (29) 
    B90 B92 B97 B91 B96
 Ruy Lopez (22) 
    C72 C76 C91 C95 C88
 Sicilian Taimanov (21) 
    B45 B48 B47
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Safarli vs A Obodchuk, 2014 1-0
   W So vs E Safarli, 2009 0-1
   E Safarli vs G Guseinov, 2014 1/2-1/2
   E Safarli vs S Sjugirov, 2006 1-0
   E Safarli vs B Amin, 2013 1-0
   K Abdel Razik vs E Safarli, 2013 0-1
   A M Berescu vs E Safarli, 2011 0-1
   E Safarli vs V Malakhov, 2014 1/2-1/2
   R Mamedov vs E Safarli, 2014 1/2-1/2
   E Safarli vs M Palac, 2014 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   11th Essent Open (2007)
   Baku Open (2010)
   8th Dubai Open (2006)
   Bronstein Memorial (2014)
   World Junior Championship (2008)
   European Individual Championships (2013)
   World Junior Championship (2010)
   Dubai Open (2010)
   6th Aeroflot Festival (2007)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   European Individual Championships (2007)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   European Club Cup (2011)

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(born May-18-1992, 22 years old) Azerbaijan

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He is a GM. He won the under 10 World Youth Championship in Heraklion in 2002. Azerbaijani champion in 2010. Winner of the 17th Chigorin Memorial in 2010 (St. Petersburg). His 7.5/11 result in the European Individual Championships (2013) qualified him to play in the World Cup (2013), where he defeated Egyptian #1, GM Bassem Amin in the first round, moving to round 2 where he lost to Hikaru Nakamura. In October 2013, he was second reserve for the bronze medal winning team SOCAR in the European Club Cup (2013).

Wikipedia article: Eltaj Safarli

 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 561  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. M Matlakov vs E Safarli  1-057 2001 EYCC B10A00 Uncommon Opening
2. E Safarli vs D Benidze  ½-½71 2001 EYCC B10B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
3. E Safarli vs V Savanovic  0-131 2001 EYCC B10C26 Vienna
4. G Kanakaris vs E Safarli  0-157 2001 EYCC B10D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
5. A Sismanis vs E Safarli  0-127 2001 EYCC B10D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. E Safarli vs S Guliyev  1-039 2001 EYCC B10B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
7. E Safarli vs P Lichman  0-135 2001 EYCC B10B01 Scandinavian
8. E Safarli vs E Diktapanidis  1-031 2001 EYCC B10B07 Pirc
9. E Safarli vs M Panchanathan  ½-½35 2003 World Junior ChampionshipsC47 Four Knights
10. M Dziuba vs E Safarli  1-029 2003 World Junior ChampionshipsE12 Queen's Indian
11. E Safarli vs G Rohit  0-150 2003 World Junior ChampionshipsB56 Sicilian
12. Jobava vs E Safarli  1-032 2003 Dubai op 5thB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
13. C Hanley vs E Safarli  ½-½25 2003 World Junior ChampionshipsB22 Sicilian, Alapin
14. E Safarli vs L Pantsulaia  0-151 2003 World Junior ChampionshipsB54 Sicilian
15. J Jirka vs E Safarli  1-048 2003 World Junior ChampionshipsE00 Queen's Pawn Game
16. C Esplana vs E Safarli  ½-½41 2003 World Junior ChampionshipsB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
17. E Safarli vs A Gupta  1-053 2004 6th Dubai OpenB30 Sicilian
18. E Safarli vs T Vakhidov 0-127 2004 6th Dubai OpenA43 Old Benoni
19. E Safarli vs S Kayumov  ½-½23 2004 6th Dubai OpenD00 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Harikrishna vs E Safarli  1-036 2004 6th Dubai OpenE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
21. E Moradiabadi vs E Safarli  ½-½36 2004 6th Dubai OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
22. R Mamedov vs E Safarli  1-030 2004 6th Dubai OpenB83 Sicilian
23. E Safarli vs G Sargissian  ½-½37 2005 Dubai op 7thC47 Four Knights
24. E Vladimirov vs E Safarli  1-030 2005 7th Dubai Open Chess ChampionshipE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
25. E Safarli vs M Bluvshtein  0-146 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU18A45 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 561  PGN Download
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  ahmadov: Eltaj Safarli has won L'Ami in the last round of Essent Open tournament. I hope the other leaders will not be able to win their final games to let him win the tournament...
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  notyetagm: <ahmadov: Eltaj Safarli has won L'Ami in the last round of Essent Open tournament. I hope the other leaders will not be able to win their final games to let him win the tournament...>

Yes, Safarli won the Essent Open. :-)

Apr-02-08  timhortons: last night naka set the record of 3000 elo at 1 minute game at icc, its a 67 straight win, the last 6 game was against eltaj safarli, he was crushed 6 in a row, had he drawn one game naka for sure would sleep so disgusted
Apr-02-08  you vs yourself: <naka for sure would sleep so disgusted> over a drawn bullet game@icc? I doubt it.
May-28-08  JointheArmy: < over a drawn bullet game@icc? I doubt it.>

Nakamura seems to live at ICC. One drawn bullet game could mean more time Naka needs to spend getting his rating up. So that could in fact = loss of sleep.

Aug-05-08  actinia: My quality of life has improved dramatically since quitting bullet. I peaked at 2470 playchess. God, what a nightmare the bullet-addicted lifestyle is.
Aug-05-08  dumbgai: Eltaj Safarli is leading the World Junior Championship right now with 4/4.
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  notyetagm: <actinia: My quality of life has improved dramatically since quitting bullet. I peaked at 2470 playchess. God, what a nightmare the bullet-addicted lifestyle is.>

Well said.

Aug-06-08  BIDMONFA: Eltaj Safarli


Aug-06-08  DarthStapler: Surfin' Safarli!
Aug-08-08  VinnyRoo2002: I love the way this kid plays. I have no idea how good he'll become (I know he's pretty damn good already), but there's something really beautiful and original about the way he plays chess. I get a feeling he will climb up the rankings pretty rapidly.
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<A Corus of Online Approval

31 October 2008 15:50 PM | Last modified: 15:52>

Safarli playing in an ICC qualifier to earn the right to play in <2009 Corus C>!

Mar-03-09  Billy Vaughan: Strongest Azeri player whose last name does not end in the letter "v."
May-05-09  timhortons: Safarli is playing at dubai open 2009.

Wesley So preferred to play in biejing chess league rather than to defend his crown here.Maybe chinese chess league offer better pay and accomodation.

Safarli Eltaj (2599) - Priyadharshan K (2411) [B00]
11Dubai Dubai (9), 04.05.2009

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nf3 Be7 8.Bc4 0-0 9.0-0 Nc6 10.Bb3 Na5 11.Qe2 Nxb3 12.axb3 Be6 13.Rfd1 Qc7 14.Bg5 Rac8 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 16.Rac1 Be7 17.Nd5 Bxd5 18.Rxd5 f5 19.exf5 Rxf5 20.c4 Rcf8 21.Rf1 Qb6 22.Nd2 Rf4 23.g3 Rd4 24.Rxd4 Qxd4 25.Ne4 d5 26.Nc3 dxc4 27.Rd1 Qc5 28.bxc4 h6 29.Rd7 Bg5 30.Ne4 Qc6 31.Rd5 Bf6 32.Rd6 Qc8 33.Qd3 Bd8 34.Rd7 Bb6 35.c5 Bc7 36.Qd5+ Kh8 37.b4 a5 38.bxa5 Bxa5 39.Qxb7 Qxb7 40.Rxb7 Rc8 41.Kf1 1-0

May-05-09  timhortons:

Dubai Open participants.

May-17-09  ILikeFruits: i see him...
on playchess...
like every...
Jun-09-09  timhortons: Safarli equal Nakas playing time when it come to playing blitz/bullet online.


its either Safarli or Nakamura who top the bullet pool at

Jun-09-09  timhortons: Naka now kicking ass at eltaj safarli simply transfer playing at ICC and land in blitz top spot.

Jun-09-09  Udit Narayan: nice link!
Jun-27-09  Whitehat1963: How many young players can boast about defeating both Caruana and So while playing black? Here's one.
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  Tabanus: Safarli became Champion of Azerbaijan today with 6.5/9 and no losses,, congratulations!

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  Tabanus: And today 2nd in the 30th Open Internacional de Ajedrez "Villa de Benasque" 8-17 July 2010:

Nov-06-10  percyblakeney: Safarli was sole first in the Chigorin Memorial, going +6 -0 =3 in a rather strong field. Ivan Sokolov lost against Safarli but finished second, followed by Areshchenko, Andreikin, Dreev, Sakaev, etc:

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  wordfunph: congrats to GM Safarli for winning the 17th Chigorin Memorial!

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