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Mamedyarov 
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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
Number of games in database: 1,679
Years covered: 1999 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2750 (2791 rapid, 2714 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2775
Overall record: +363 -135 =518 (61.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      663 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Slav (102) 
    D10 D11 D15 D17 D12
 Queen's Gambit Declined (89) 
    D37 D31 D38 D39 D30
 Nimzo Indian (87) 
    E21 E20 E32 E25 E34
 Grunfeld (77) 
    D80 D90 D94 D85 D70
 Queen's Pawn Game (66) 
    A45 A46 D02 A41 D01
 Queen's Indian (64) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14 E19
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (124) 
    C80 C76 C95 C69 C70
 Sicilian (73) 
    B46 B90 B48 B30 B33
 Grunfeld (62) 
    D85 D86 D78 D90 D80
 Queen's Pawn Game (47) 
    A40 A50 A41 A45 E10
 Pirc (47) 
    B07 B08 B09
 English (44) 
    A15 A16 A10 A17 A13
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Mamedyarov vs A Timofeev, 2004 1-0
   Mamedyarov vs Aronian, 2014 1-0
   Mamedyarov vs Ivanchuk, 2007 1-0
   Mamedyarov vs B Galstian, 2002 1-0
   Kramnik vs Mamedyarov, 2008 0-1
   Mamedyarov vs Kharlov, 2006 1-0
   Mamedyarov vs Judit Polgar, 2014 1-0
   V Erdos vs Mamedyarov, 2012 0-1
   Mamedyarov vs A Giri, 2013 1-0
   M Vachier-Lagrave vs Mamedyarov, 2015 0-1

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Junior Championships (2003)
   6th Dubai Open (2004)
   World Junior Championship (Boys) (2005)
   Ordix Open (2009)
   Geneva Chess Masters (2013)
   World Team Championship (2010)
   XXII Reykjavik Open (2006)
   Russian Club Cup (2006)
   4th Kolkata Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament (2009)
   Villa de Canada de Calatrava (2007)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2015)
   World Cup (2009)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Match Mamedyarov! by amadeus
   Shakhriyar Mamedyarov`s Selected Games by Jafar219
   Azeri players' masterpieces by ahmadov
   2005 Corus (group B) by gauer
   MAMEDYAROV'S BEST GAMES by notyetagm
   mamedyarov by clubhouse
   Anti-Gruenfeld Collection [White] by chess.master

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SHAKHRIYAR MAMEDYAROV
(born Apr-12-1985, 31 years old) Azerbaijan

[what is this?]
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).

Preamble

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.

Championships

<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.

Tournaments

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.

Teams (1)

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.

Matches

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.

Rapids

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.

Rating

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.

Personal

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.

Website: http://www.mamedyarov.com/en/show.p...; Live rating list: http://www.2700chess.com/

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Latest update: 3 January 2016

Last updated: 2016-07-28 12:52:31

 page 1 of 68; games 1-25 of 1,679  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Mamedyarov vs Navara 1-052 1999 WCh U14 BoysA48 King's Indian
2. A Volokitin vs Mamedyarov  1-030 1999 WCh U14 BoysC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
3. Mamedyarov vs Radjabov  ½-½53 1999 Baku-C U18D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Mamedyarov vs Shumiakina  ½-½41 2000 Dubai OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. A Riazantsev vs Mamedyarov 0-166 2000 Dubai OpenB50 Sicilian
6. A Guseinov vs Mamedyarov 1-083 2000 Dubai OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
7. A Riazantsev vs Mamedyarov  ½-½41 2000 Dubai OpenE82 King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation
8. Mamedyarov vs Dolmatov  1-036 2000 Dubai OpenA48 King's Indian
9. Mamedyarov vs Sadegi Adel 1-047 2000 Dubai OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
10. K Asrian vs Mamedyarov 1-044 2000 Dubai OpenC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
11. Mamedyarov vs C S Gokhale  ½-½28 2000 Dubai OpenD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
12. B Abdulla vs Mamedyarov  ½-½31 2000 Dubai OpenC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
13. Mamedyarov vs M Al Sayed ½-½55 2000 Dubai OpenE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
14. M Mchedlishvili vs Mamedyarov  ½-½46 2001 openE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
15. S Davidov vs Mamedyarov  0-125 2001 AZE-ch U20C42 Petrov Defense
16. Mamedyarov vs G Antal  ½-½34 2001 EYCC B16A87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
17. J Smeets vs Mamedyarov  ½-½17 2001 WYB16C42 Petrov Defense
18. M Lomineishvili vs Mamedyarov  ½-½39 2001 openE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
19. Mamedyarov vs A Holmsten  ½-½38 2001 EuTChD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
20. M Cornette vs Mamedyarov  ½-½41 2001 EYCC B16C27 Vienna Game
21. N Mamedov vs Mamedyarov  ½-½13 2001 WYB16C70 Ruy Lopez
22. Mamedyarov vs Hector  ½-½27 2001 EuTChD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
23. Mamedyarov vs K Supatashvili  ½-½31 2001 openA46 Queen's Pawn Game
24. R Babaev vs Mamedyarov  0-136 2001 AZE-ch U20C42 Petrov Defense
25. E Inarkiev vs Mamedyarov  ½-½49 2001 EYCC B16D85 Grunfeld
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Sep-04-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: An interesting and thoughtful analysis by <FairyPromotion> Ding Liren is also a favorite of mine. I guess it is now 'Shak and Ding'. ;)

We have you down for the beluga caviar <FairyPromotion>. An 8 oz tin should suffice. I have my own mother-of-pearl spoon, thanks. <MamedyarovFan> will bring the ladies, he says. It should be quite a party; now it is all up to Shak!

Sep-05-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: As a special treat <MamedyarovFan> has also promised us a poetry reading.

The complete Cantos – in Azerbaijani!

Sep-06-15  Mr. V: <parisattack> I'm a fan of Mamedyarov and poetry! Can I come? haha :)
Sep-13-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Mamedyarov entered the World Cup as the 19th seed at 2735 (2736 for September 2015 list).

In R1, he faced 110th seed Pouya Idani (2568 August, 2569 September). He won game 1 with white, and took the 16 move draw to advance to R2.

In R2, he'll face World Championship (women) 46th seed Hou Yifan (2671) who beat Rafael Leitao 2 1/2-1 1/2.

Sep-13-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: Absolutely <Mr. V>!

<FairyPromotion> - more beluga, please! <MamedyarovFan> please make <Mr. V> a member of the 'Azerbaijan Friends of Pound Society.'

Sep-14-15  FairyPromotion: <parisattack: more beluga, please!>

I have some connections with people who sail over the Caspian Sea. If Shak delivers, you guys might be in for some fresh recipes. =)

Sep-14-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: <FairyPromotion> If Shak keep drawing with women, the eggs will stay in the sea. Why can't he give knight-odds like Fischer? ;)
Sep-15-15  FairyPromotion: <parisattack> Hou obviously is not to be underestimated. In such a format it's always wise to take the draw with black, yet I'm kind of dissapointed that he would play the Berlin. Doesn't he realize what kind of a party he is missing? :P
Sep-18-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: I don't know about the Berlin, either. I guess OK as a drawing weapon...still, can't get to 2800 drawing with 2700s.

I've had Qs about <Shak's> defense for a few years...but insofar as he has 800 ELO on me, I defer. :)

Still, this case of Krug Rose 1996 will be 'drink soon' soon.

Sep-19-15  dumbgai: Pretty dumb interview question regarding his game with Hou Yifan

<Playing a woman, how is it different for you?>

Mamedyarov answered:

<It depends from a woman, my opponent is a world champion, I am playing the strongest woman in today's chess. With such woman you need to play more cautiously than with men.>

Sep-21-15  fisayo123: Shakhriyar is playing well in this World Cup. Good to see.
Sep-25-15  Mr. V: Mamedyarov fought hard until elimination. A very respectable showing at the World Cup. He was eliminated by Karjakin. Those two have some great games between them; here's a good one from last year's Candidates: Mamedyarov vs Karjakin, 2014
Jan-01-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: Happy New Year to <Shak>, <MamedyarovFan> and all Shak's <fans>.

Let's hope he can put it together this year for a stronger run towards 2800!

Jan-18-16  ketchuplover: dropping rooks won't help that
Jan-18-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: <Lawrence Trent ‏@LawrenceTrentIM 4h4 hours ago

Feeling for Shak right now... tragic #tatasteelchess>

Apr-12-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.
May-21-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: In his final tournament before the Gashimov Memorial, Mamedyarov finishes tied for first (2nd after tiebreaks, behind Safarli) in the Nakhchivan Open with a score of 7/9 (+5,-0,=4), ending on a 3/3 run.
May-21-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: In his final tournament before the Gashimov Memorial, Mamedyarov finishes tied for first (2nd after tiebreaks, behind Safarli) in the Nakhchivan Open with a score of 7/9 (+5,-0,=4), ending on a 3/3 run.

http://www.chess-results.com/tnr219...

Jun-05-16  FairyPromotion: Greetings to all the Shak fans. :)

Mamedyarov won the 2016 edition of the Gashimov Memorial with style. Once again he ended the tournament on a 3/3 run, including back to back wins against rating favorites Caruana and Giri. This helped him tie Caruana, who had a red hot start to the tournament (4.5/5), and force the tie him for the first place. The rapid tie-breakers were drawn, while Mamedyarov won the blitz tie-break.

Congratulations to Shak! We in this page know that he is capable of such performances, so now lets just hope that he will sustain his form for longer periods!

Jun-05-16  ketchuplover: ditto!
Jun-05-16  rgr459: congratulations, Sharkh!
Jun-05-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: <FairyPromotion> Hear, Hear!

Yes I do hope this is a turn for him; he's had some rough games. The difference I see in his Gashimov games is his nerves seemed to have held together. Also, in the rapids games he defended very well.

Perhaps <MamedyarovFan> will check in soon, give us some inside scoop!

Jun-05-16  Mr. V: He really does play some of the most beautiful games, even in the most surprising of circumstances. I love his play enough to admit he may never beat Carlsen and become World Champion, but I want nothing more than to see him make the candidates one more time and stun us all with his unique brilliance.
Jul-27-16  MamedyarovFan: Hi fans of Shak! Sorry <parisattack> that my communications are so rare – on your advice to be prepared to recite the complete Cantos, I spent my time memorising it... I am still at page 1, line 1 :-) I know Shak very much appreciates the support of his fans, but he is not very expressive – however when he reaches 2800 he might become sufficiently forthright to welcome himself along with < Penguincw>, <FairyPromotion>, and all his fans to share your krug rose!

Just a quick bit of news: Shak was invited to play in the Sinquefield Cup (http://grandchesstour.org/2016-sinq...) but he had already committed to play at least eight games in the Turkish Super League which overlaps. He will play his first game in round 4 of this league today Thursday 28 July (live games at e.g. https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t... and www.chessbomb.com ). Each team has to have an U20 player but since GM Fedoseev withdrew quite late, Shak’s team, Besiktas Jimnastik Istanbul, is much weakened. In June the Azerbaijani National team had one of their training camps in Gabala, Azerbaijan in preparation for the upcoming Olympiad in September. I think Shak considered his game against GM Giri (Mamedyarov vs A Giri, 2016) to be the best of his wins in the 3rd Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir.

Best wishes to all fans of Shak!

Jul-27-16
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  parisattack: Hello <MamedyarovFan>! It is wonderful to hear from you. Perhaps the Cantos do not translate too well into Azerbaijani. Let's go just with Eliot's Little Giddings.

I am sorry Shak missed the Sinquefield Cup this year, but we'll be following his efforts in the Turkish Leagues. Thank you for the updates and the link!

The Krug Rose is 'ready' and I purchased another bottle for the 2800 celebration - One for me and Shak, the other for all the rest of you. :)

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