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Member since Apr-10-05 · Last seen Aug-12-18
Zahir Ahmadov, Baku, Azerbaijan. Once an active member, but hope to return back again some time in the future.
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   Aug-10-18 Z Ahmadov vs F Adeyemi, 2008
ahmadov: <GrahamClayton>, thanks for asking these questions. I think I do not remember this game anymore :-) As for 6....f6, I think even today I find it normal, but I might be wrong. Meanwhile, why do we not play a game of chess, let's say, on
   Aug-09-18 W So vs V Durarbayli, 2015 (replies)
ahmadov: Wow, our Durarbayli beat So with Black so recently as 2015? This is great!
   Aug-09-18 Daniel Freeman (replies)
ahmadov: Only now I heard this great man passed away on 24 July. So sad... RIP, Daniel Freeman!
   Aug-09-18 ahmadov chessforum
ahmadov: So sad to hear that Daniel Freeman passed away. RIP!
   Mar-12-18 Aronian vs Kramnik, 2018 (replies)
ahmadov: I hope for a win by Kramnik.
   Mar-12-18 World Championship Candidates (2018) (replies)
ahmadov: Somehow, Armenian President Sarksyan attends the opening ceremony and claims that "even though Armenia is a small country, it is a super power in chess" (?!). This article here does not list Armenia among the 9 strongest chess nations:
   Mar-12-18 Mamedyarov vs Aronian, 2018 (replies)
ahmadov: It is sad that we could not see a decisive game here. Time for Shak to overcome Aronian in classical time control games as he does in rapid ones.
   Jan-24-18 RcfM chessforum (replies)
ahmadov: <Switch> why so pessimistic? I thought you are always here for all who enjoy your presence.
   Jan-24-18 Koneru Humpy
ahmadov: When I found that her name was not in the rating list end of 2017, I realized that her name could be excluded because of not playing for 2 years. I believe this is the rule. I hope this lady has not given up her chess career at all. I only read somewhere that she withdrew from ...
   Jan-16-18 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
ahmadov: I start liking Carlsen more recently as he is becoming more modest than before. He was sick when he lost to Nepo last time, but he did not give this as a pretext, and now he called Anand "king" in a tweet. That must be something linked with age. The champion is growing up.
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  ahmadov: Ooopss... sorry, ignore the previous post :-)
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  ahmadov: I think the key move is 1...e5. Otherwise I do not see how the Black can proceed for a win. I will explore different lines later.
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: You are stronger than GM Berkes, who missed 1...e5 :)

V AP Karthik vs F Berkes, 2015

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  ahmadov: Wow... that is good. However, the difference between that GM and me is that a) he had limited time for making a move and b) you already gave me a hint by presenting the position as a puzzle. Meanwhile, I have still not suggested a continuation for e5. I will look at it and offer a continuation soon.
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  ahmadov: I think after 1...e5 the following can be played: 2.dxe5 (2.fxe5 is a bad choice as after 2...f4 Black will get much better with Rg3) 2...d4 3.Qd3 (if Qxd4 then simply Black wins by 3...Qg3+ followed by 4...Qxg2# ) 3...Qxf4+ gives Black a winning position.
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <ahmadov> Happy birthday!

<While playing through "Guess the move", in the Italian opening the system tells me that I lose 2 points when I play 3...Be7. Now when I check the opening explorer, I find that it is the Hungarian defense of the Italian game. Then why the Guess the move does that. Can anybody explain, please?>

There are some bugs in Guess-the-Move, I think; and while I'm less than sure this is a bug, it does seem a bit strange.

Opening moves are scored based on 1) popularity and 2) how well they've scored historically. If you play a popular move, you get good points; if you play a move that is not popular but scores well in this database, you also get good points.

3...Be7 is not very popular and doesn't score particularly well, so it's to be expected you don't get full points; but it's still weird that you'd be deducted two points. I experimented with playing 3...Be7 in that position and Guess-the-Move told me that my guess was worth zero points, which makes more sense.

Which game were you playing? Were you in drill mode? (And why would you play 3...Be7 in the first place?)

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  ahmadov: Hello my dear friend. First of all, thank you for the birthday wish. It is very nice of me. As for the guess the move, I want to believe that the system's assessment is fair. I do not remember which game I was playing through. Lately, since April 2 the whole nation here was focusing on the military operations on the frontline between our military and Armenian forces, so I have an impression that I played through that game ages ago.
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <ahmadov: As for the guess the move, I want to believe that the system's assessment is fair.>

There may be the occasional bug or Toga assessment error; but in the long run, such errors will help your score as often as they hurt it, and things even out.

In any case, I'm not sure how you'd ever get the opportunity to play 3...Be7 in the first place unless you were in drill mode (or the opening wasn't a regular Giuoco Piano, in which case all bets are off); and if you're playing in drill mode, rough assessments are at least as meaningful as "exact" scores that won't be recorded anyhow.

<I do not remember which game I was playing through.>

You might be able to find it at either Guess-the-Move: Review all Your Scores or Guess-the-Move: Partially-Finished Games; though games played in drill mode shouldn't appear in either list. If your -2 score was caused by a bug, it's very likely specific to the one game you played, or to a very small number of games; otherwise my experiments from last week would have managed to replicate it.

<Lately, since April 2 the whole nation here was focusing on the military operations on the frontline between our military and Armenian forces, so I have an impression that I played through that game ages ago.>

Uh-oh. What's happening? Is there any danger of you or your friends or family being called to serve in the military, or of the conflict spreading outside Nagorno-Karabakh?

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  ahmadov: Dear <Switch>, the problem is that when i get any rating worse than good, I erase all my results and then promise myself that I will play so well that I will not get any rating below average. But then I get another average rating for one game and erase all my results :-) Therefore, the game is already removed. The Karabakh conflict affects all of us. We have many relatives serving in the army. As for the clashes getting outside NK, it has been long expanded outside the former NK province.
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <ahmadov> Ouch :( I hope you'll all be OK.

<Dear <Switch>, the problem is that when i get any rating worse than good, I erase all my results and then promise myself that I will play so well that I will not get any rating below average. But then I get another average rating for one game and erase all my results :-) Therefore, the game is already removed.>

OK. Sounds like you were not playing in drill mode, though?

If you were not playing in drill mode, that actually makes the -2 easier to explain; since after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4, the game shouldn't even give you the option to play 3...Be7. That leaves only two explanations: a) the game didn't begin with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4, so how good 3...Be7 would be in that position is completely immaterial or b) a bug, or bug-like unintended behavior.

(For example, if the game score was different in the past and was changed without the GTM game being reprocessed, that could potentially explain almost anything; but I'd have to see the specific game to tell if that was what happened.)

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  ahmadov: Finally, back to premium membership after one and half year. I hope I will cope with all the changes that have happened since then.
Oct-08-17  virginmind: Welcome back!
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  ahmadov: I am used to facebook so much that I looked for a "like" button to like your comment, <virgin> :-)
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <ahmadov> Welcome back to forumland! Hopefully you'll start posting more often again :)
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  ahmadov: Thanks <Switch>. Now I see this forum and the entire web site as a means to avoid my facebook adiction :-)
Oct-10-17  virginmind: I read that the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh is on a cease fire deal in the past few months, and also that there's an upcoming meeting between the presidents of the two countries. This is good news. I hope you and your family&friends are fine.

Peace should always be preferable to war in any circumstances, at least in the 21st century after we've learned so much from the past conflicts. I take it if the presidents get to meet each other, they're decided to find concrete means for long lasting peace. Do you think there are similarities to the situation in former Yugoslavia, where parties in conflict have long found a way to stop the fighting?

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  ahmadov: <virginmind>, thank you for asking about the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Unfortunately, as we have seen in previous cases, meetings between the presidents are usually without any meaningful result. The sides hold completely contradicting positions and many believe that this meeting will not be any different from the previous ones. Of course, war is not good at all, but at the same time, nobody tells us, the Azeris when and how Armenia will liberate the occupied parts of Azerbaijan, which constitutes 20% of our internationally recognized territories.

I think the Karabakh conflict is different than any other territorial dispute, including the ones in former Yugoslavia.

Oct-11-17  virginmind: I see, thank you. What if we compare it to the situation in Crimeea? The Russians occupied it on grounds that it once belonged to Russia and that (probably) most of the population is Russian anyway - and they agreed with the annexation. Was Nagorno Karabakh ever part of Armenia, or it just happened that a majority of the population there is Armenian?

Wikipedia tells me that at the time of the referendum in Dec. 1991, only 20% of the population of this region was Azeri. Still, the UN nations didn't recognise the referendum and that it was held without the consent of the Republic of Azerbaijan. I now see some similarities with the situation in Catalonia - its referendum and result was not recognised by the Spanish government and neither by the UN nations. Come to think of it, it's a very strange and sad and worring situation though. At least Catalonia doesn't want to belong to another country, else we might expect another war there.

So anyway, even though the Nagorno Karabakh referendum was not internationally recognised, and neither its secession from Azerbaijan, there is war between Armenia and Azerbaijan - still both countries are members of the UN. I take it there have been a lot of discussions involving UNO and the two countries, but still there is such a long time this has been going, and nothing has been decided actually, for the benefit of peace and of both countries.

What do you personally see as acceptable for a closing of the conflict? Maybe compromises from both parties? If so, how big would you accept the compromise to be from the Azeri part, and what might it consist of? Maybe splitting the territory of that region, so that the Armenian population get to live only in its half? Or is this non negotiable, seeing that you consider (and the other UN countries too) all Nagorno Karabakh as part of Azerbaijan?

On the other hand, you are, of course right, in that no conflict/similar situation ressemble enough and each of them have specifics and complicated issues, which require careful consideration. I understand also that it's also an issue for which the justification can be turned almost upside down, depending on the nationality of who's giving his/her opinion on the matter.

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  ahmadov: Dear <virgin>, I wrote this on facebook just today. I thought my opinions about comparison between Catalonia and the Karabakh conflict could be interesting for you too.

Many people draw parallels or compare the two separatist cases in Spain and Azerbaijan, i.e. the problem of Catalonia and Nagorno Karabakh. However, one should understand that the conflict in Azerbaijan is much different than the separatist movement in Spain. First and foremost, the conflict in Azerbaijan started with the demands of Soviet Armenia to the USSR leadership to unite to itself the Nagorno Karabakh Autonomous Oblast, part of the Azerbaijan Socialist Republic. The whole movement started with the slogan of "unification" (in Armenian, that notorious term "miatsum"). Only later, when the Armenians realized that "miatsum" was completely illegal, they resorted to a more workable concept, i.e. "the right to self-determination". So, even if the Armenians in Karabakh manage separate from Azerbaijan legally, they will be united with Armenia (already now the maps of the country in Armenia show the occupied territories of Azerbaijan as part of it.) Another important difference between the two cases is that while Catalans have no state and virtually have full rights for self-determination, one cannot say this about Armenians in Azerbaijan, since Armenia is a result of self-determination of Armenians. So the conclusion is that even if Catalonia gets independence, it in no way justifies independence for Armenians in Nagorno Karabakh.

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  ahmadov: As for the possible settlement of the conflict, I think I fully agree with international mediators. The conflict should be settled based on three principles: territorial integrity, right to self-determination and no use of force. I believe Azerbaijan should give highest level of autonomy to Armenians, while Armenians should accept the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. The two nations should live together in peace and prosperity. I think there is a good example of that, which is Aland islands of Finland.

Unfortunately, Armenians do not agree with this option and demand full independence for Nagorno Karabakh, which Azerbaijan will never give them.

Oct-16-17  virginmind: Thank you, <ahmadov> for your point of view. No matter how though, the cannons must be silenced, it's in the best interest of the people. There got to be a way for this, and finding/accepting compromises by both countries seems the only solution.
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  ahmadov: Definitely, but would Armenians also accept this, I doubt. Anyway, for us the main issue is to make sure that the occupation of our territories is ended by Armenia. The rest can be settled more easily.
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  brankat: Hi Zahir, my friend!

It has been a long(too long) time. How have You been? Take care!

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  ahmadov: Hello <brankat>! Thank you for remembering and writing on my forum. For a while, I was not active here and my forum was closed. I opened it just a few weeks ago. How are things at your end? How is life there?
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  ahmadov: So sad to hear that Daniel Freeman passed away. RIP!
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