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Mamedyarov 
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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
Number of games in database: 1,505
Years covered: 1999 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2736 (2784 rapid, 2749 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2775
Overall record: +340 -133 =482 (60.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      550 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Slav (98) 
    D10 D11 D15 D17 D12
 Queen's Gambit Declined (80) 
    D37 D31 D38 D39 D30
 Grunfeld (72) 
    D94 D90 D85 D80 D70
 Nimzo Indian (64) 
    E32 E20 E25 E34 E21
 King's Indian (59) 
    E60 E62 E61 E63 E67
 Queen's Indian (58) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14 E16
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (104) 
    C95 C80 C70 C76 C69
 Sicilian (69) 
    B46 B90 B48 B66 B30
 Grunfeld (61) 
    D85 D86 D78 D90 D80
 English (41) 
    A15 A16 A17 A10 A11
 King's Indian (41) 
    E60 E62 E67 E91 E70
 Petrov (38) 
    C42 C43
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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 Kharlov, 2006 1-0
   Kramnik vs Mamedyarov, 2008 0-1
   Mamedyarov vs B Galstian, 2002 1-0
   Mamedyarov vs A Giri, 2013 1-0
   V Erdos vs Mamedyarov, 2012 0-1
   V Laznicka vs Mamedyarov, 2009 0-1
   Mamedyarov vs Topalov, 2013 1-0

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

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

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

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SHAKHRIYAR MAMEDYAROV
(born Apr-12-1985, 30 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. However, 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. However, he has qualified for the World Cup 2015 via the ratings path, and can still qualify for the Candidates if he makes the final.

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).

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).

Teams

Mamedyarov has long been an excellent and prolific team player. He has played in the European Team Championships, the European Club Cup, the German Bundesliga, and in team championships in Turkey, Spain, Russia, Macedonia and Spain. He has also played in the World Team Championship (2010), where 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.

Distinctions include winning 2nd place on Board 2 in the European Team Championship in 2003 and winning 1st place on Board 1 at the 21st European Club Cup (2005). In 2006, he scored 7.5/9 in the Russian Teams Championship and was the best player of the French Club Championship, scoring 9 points out of 11. He won a bronze medal on Board 1 in the European Club Cup (2007) in Turkey, a bronze on Board 1 in the Euro Club Cup (2008) in Kallithea, Greece, and was the best individual player with 8/9 at the World Team Chess Championships 2009. Shakhriyar won 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), team gold at the European Team Championship (2013), team gold for his team SOCAR Baku in the 28th European Club Cup (2012), individual gold (for board 5) and team bronze with his team SOCAR at the European Club Cup (2013), and individual bronze (board 3) and team gold again with SOCAR, at the European Club Cup (2014).

Match

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.

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/

Latest update: 2 August 2015


 page 1 of 61; games 1-25 of 1,505  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 Sadegi Adel 1-047 2000 Dubai OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. K Asrian vs Mamedyarov 1-044 2000 Dubai OpenC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
6. Mamedyarov vs C S Gokhale  ½-½28 2000 Dubai OpenD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
7. B Abdulla vs Mamedyarov  ½-½31 2000 Dubai OpenC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
8. Mamedyarov vs M Al Sayed ½-½55 2000 Dubai OpenE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
9. Mamedyarov vs Shumiakina  ½-½41 2000 Dubai OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
10. A Riazantsev vs Mamedyarov 0-166 2000 Dubai OpenB50 Sicilian
11. A Guseinov vs Mamedyarov 1-083 2000 Dubai OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
12. A Riazantsev vs Mamedyarov  ½-½41 2000 Dubai OpenE82 King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation
13. Mamedyarov vs Dolmatov  1-036 2000 Dubai OpenA48 King's Indian
14. J C Ibarra Jerez vs Mamedyarov  ½-½16 2001 WYB16A45 Queen's Pawn Game
15. S Khukhashvili vs Mamedyarov  ½-½39 2001 openC45 Scotch Game
16. Mamedyarov vs Sutovsky  0-136 2001 EuTChD76 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
17. V Iakymov vs Mamedyarov  ½-½51 2001 EYCC B16C56 Two Knights
18. F Mustafaev vs Mamedyarov 0-140 2001 AZE-ch U16C54 Giuoco Piano
19. Mamedyarov vs Jobava  0-136 2001 Tbilisi Nona 60E66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
20. L Trent vs Mamedyarov 0-131 2001 WYB16C45 Scotch Game
21. A Yegiazarian vs Mamedyarov 1-044 2001 Tbilisi Nona 60C42 Petrov Defense
22. Romanishin vs Mamedyarov  ½-½56 2001 EuTChD76 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
23. A Zatonskih vs Mamedyarov  0-176 2001 openC42 Petrov Defense
24. R Babaev vs Mamedyarov  ½-½20 2001 AZE EUR-ch qualC42 Petrov Defense
25. M Bartel vs Mamedyarov  0-143 2001 EYCC B16C42 Petrov Defense
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Apr-04-15  MamedyarovFan: Hi: As you see, Shak did not play well in Aeroflot and just offered a draw to GM Khalifman on move 13 in the last round 9. Shak said he should not have played Aeroflot but was anxious to make up for his bad performance in Reykjavik. His second error (he said) was declining a draw against GM khairullin in round 2 despite having a worse position. I guess the desire to beat 2600 players leads to risky play and has backfired twice now. His fans make very interesting comments... e.g. <parisattack>, <FairyPromotion:> and <Penguincw>, to mention just a few. Note for example <Penguincw>'s comments about Shak's game against GM Grigoriants at Mamedyarov vs Grigoriants, 2015. Yes, for the last few moves before the draw was agreed, GM Grigoriants was practically out of time... e.g. he would get down to a few seconds, make his move and then 30 seconds would get added but would still be at about 40 seconds! He would have to carry on under this pressure for about 11 more moves if Shak wanted to try to flag him, so it is unlikely he would find the computer line pointed out by <Penguincw>.

Shak's rating went down to about 2722 in early 2013 and then 2013 turned out to be his best year ever. So I am hoping that his poor showing thus far in 2015 will be turned out later this year... starting with a big victory in Shamkir 16-26 April (http://www.shamkirchess.az/?options...). Note that GM Radjabov had to withdraw for health reasons from this GM Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir, and is replaced by GM Adams (http://www.chessdom.com/adams-to-re...). Bye for now to Shak's fans from your intrepid reporter who will be out of touch but periodically reading your comments. Shak is not over the top yet and it is more than wishful thinking that I feel he has it in him to soon warrant the opening of <parisattack>' finest krug rose champagne :-)

Apr-05-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: < Shak said he should not have played Aeroflot but was anxious to make up for his bad performance in Reykjavik. >

Reminds me of Caruana, trying to play in too many tournaments. I personally recommend to attend the Gashimov Memorial (gotta honour your compatriot) and then just take it easy. But then this is probably how he makes his living...

Anyway, he was 5/9 (+3,-2,=4) but shed 16 rating points. He went from 13th to 21st on the live ratings. Radjabov is now the top Azeri player.

Good luck for the future!

< Note for example <Penguincw>'s comments >

Thanks for the recognition. Tbh, I don't know how or why I became a Shak fan, but I have no regrets. ;)

Apr-05-15  MagnusVerMagnus: Wow, this dude just lost a free invite to the Candidates playing in 2 crappy events, what a tragedy.
Apr-08-15  FairyPromotion: I hadn't visited this page lately, and it's nice to see that there were great contributions. Greetings to each one of you.

<MamedyarovFan> thanks for your wonderful posts. It's really nice to have some of Shak's own insights, and as you already mentioned Shak is more than capable of restoring his lost rating. However I respectfully disagree with <Penguincw's> Caruana comparison, as I think Mamedyarov's problem was not fatigue, but rather a psychological one. It seems to me that the loss against L'Ami had a very negative effect on his future play. Thus, I believe what Mamedyarov needs the most at the moment is not rest, but an elite tournament, and luckily Gashimov Memorial is very soon. A mere solid performance here should clear his mind, and that's what he'll need most for the World Cup. Winning the event and/or some games against some of the top guys can even be huge confidence boosters.

<parisattack> You hit the nail in the head, as defense doesn't seem to be his forte. Lets just hope that in his last games the mindset of playing opens were part of the fault and that he'll be more tenacious in the future.

P.S.: We should have a Shak fans re-unification come the World Cup. Be sure to clear your schedules! ;)

Apr-12-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy 29th birthday to Mamedyarov! Good luck at the upcoming Gashimov Memorial. It'll be a tough tournament, especially considering he's only the 8th highest rated player there (out of 10).
Apr-18-15  MagnusVerMagnus: "AND IT'S ALLLLL OVERRRRRRRRRR" he tapped yet again after getting rag dolled, what a loser.
Apr-19-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: Beautiful game by Carlsen...not much of a birthday week present for Shak.

I think Shak is a little 'played out' here, needs a break to rest, retool his openings, study endgames for a couple of months.

May-13-15  MamedyarovFan: Hi <parisattack>, <FairyPromotion>,<Penquinw> and all fans of Shakhriyar! Just a quick (and rare) note to update you on Shak's schedule. May 16-17 Rabat Blitz (http://rabatblitz.com/home.html). Then (indubitably listening to his fans here!) a break from tournaments till August when he becomes very busy. August -- Turkish league; September -- World Cup; October: World Blitz and Rapid Championships, and European Club Cup; November -- European Team Championship; December -- Qatar Open. I'll be clearing my schedule for Krug Rose party with his fans when he wins the World Cup ;-)
May-23-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Mamedyarov did participate at the Rabat Blitz tournament, and he finished in 2nd place with 18/21, <half> a point ahead of Erwin L'Ami, who he lost with white in R5 with a blunder.

http://en.chessbase.com/post/rabat-...

May-25-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: Thank you for the update <MamedyarovFan> and of course it is always a pleasure to hear from you on CG.com! The vintage Krug is still aging and getting better; we'll hope for the same from our man <Shak>!

A fine result at the Blitz, indeed <Penguincw>. But a rest this summer I think would be a good thing.

Jul-31-15  MamedyarovFan: Hi again all fans of Shakhriyar: Shak will play in the Turkish Super League Aug 4 to Aug 15 2015 in Kocaeli Turkey (see http://superlig2015.tsf.org.tr/ but in Turkish!) Then on 16 Aug he starts a six-game match against GM Marcus Ragger in Vienna. His remaining 2016 commitments appear in my last email above, including the World Cup in Baku, Sept 10 - Oct 4 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess...). Please keep the Krug Rose at the ready <parisattack> for celebrations with <Penquincw>, <FairyPromotion>, <Ahmadov>, etc. ;-) Shak has also received a good offer to play in the Tata Steel Masters from Jan 16th 2016 in Wijk aan Zee.
Jul-31-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: Chessic salutations <MamedyarovFan> I hope you and <Shak> are having a good summer! Thank you for the update.

The group for the Krug Rose salut is growing...Our Man best not keep us waiting too long. ;)

Jul-31-15  MamedyarovFan: Ha Ha <parisattack>, but just to make assurance doubly sure, the salivating fans hope you promise the Krug Rose if Shak either wins the world cup or gets to 2800 by end of Wijk Aan Zee... and if both, they are desirous of you signing a legal document saying you will open two bottles of same vintage! Our people will be on to your people about the rights to put Shak's name on all your bottles of Krug ROse and selling them for a fortune, thus enabling all of us fans to retire with golden chess sets to Ye Ould Chess Senior Home where in competition our old age, laundered chess pieces and treachery will overcome youth and skill among the carers any time ;-)
Aug-01-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: A 'shakpagne' - Krug 2800!

Two bottles is no problem. One for me and Shak to share; the other for everyone else. I'll bring thimbles! Perhaps we'll invite <FairyPromotion> over to our table...

We're hoping Shak has used at least part of the summer to come up with a Power Play Black Repertoire!

Aug-01-15  MamedyarovFan: Thimbles? After all these years we know you!! For shame <parisattack> ;-) Your math is very good but I rather thought I'd get at least as much Krug Rose as a super-GM for my central contributory role in the nefarious dastartly deed of robbing your winery to put your Krug Rose to some avaricious use! Seriously, yes I hope Shak has dealt with your Black opening concerns. I do know he has been laying low, working on his chess and endeavouring to get fit etc. The denouement that results from his efforts will present itself on Aug 3 at the Turkish League when we can expect him to permanently jettison all capriciousness and hence experience a bouleversement of his recent fortune. Sorry that I am likely to be out of touch again for some time, but will be with his fans in spirits, er spirit!
Aug-01-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: Your effusive prose convinces me <MamedyarovFan> - I will mortgage the farm and purchase a case of Krug Rose for our celebrations. A full bottle for everyone.

Be well, my friend!

Aug-02-15  MamedyarovFan: I am grateful to the internet for my effusive prose! "...mortgage the farm and purchase a case of Krug Rose for our celebrations"... You, <parisattack> are the perfect fidus achates for Shak and his other fans!!
Aug-17-15
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  Penguincw: Mamedyarov wins Game 1 with white against Ragger!
Aug-21-15
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  Penguincw: Half way home, and Mamedyarov leads 2 1/2-1/2. R4 (with Ragger taking white) was supposed to be on August 20th, but got pushed back to August 21st.
Aug-21-15
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  parisattack: I've only played over Game 1, the Fischer-Barendreght Spanish (on ChessBomb). Very nice game by Shak.
Aug-21-15  john barleycorn: <parisattack> yes, nice indeed.
Aug-22-15
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  Penguincw: In Game 5, Mamedyarov goes for a Ruy Lopez Exchange, and loses in just 26 moves to white against Ragger. Still leads the match 3-2, but Ragger with a white win can tie the match.
Aug-27-15
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  Penguincw: Mamedyarov wins 3 1/2-2 1/2.
Sep-03-15  FairyPromotion: The World Cup starts in a week. In case you haven't seen it, here are the pairings: http://en.chessbase.com/Portals/4/f...

We can consider the World Cup as two separate 64 player knockout tournaments, one for the left, and for the right side of the diagram above. The winner of each side will earn a spot in the Candidates Tournament, which is far more important than "merely" becoming a finalist.

Most of my favorite players are on the left side, and I'm not exactly sure who I'm rooting for. My heart wants to see Wei Yi in the Candidates ASAP, but I would also be glad if Ding Liren, Aronian, or MVL come out as the winners. Topalov will earn his spot by rating, so this time I'll skip him.

On the right side it's all about Shak. I really hope that he will make it. But it has to be pointed out that while the players were evenly distributed by their classical strength, the right side is the much tougher one. That is because most of the stronger speed chess players (Nakamura, Grischuk, Karjakin, Nepo, and even Ivanchuk) are there. Shak himself is of course great at speed chess too, but on the left side this would have been a much bigger advantage. Nevertheless, I am quite optimistic about his chances. We'll see.

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Oh, and I just saw this:

<parisattack: A 'shakpagne' - Krug 2800!

Two bottles is no problem. One for me and Shak to share; the other for everyone else. I'll bring thimbles! Perhaps we'll invite <FairyPromotion> over to our table...>

The infamous Paris Attack, Godfather Variation. Always with an offer that one can't refuse! ;)

Sep-04-15
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  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!

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