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Teimour Radjabov
Photo copyright © 2008 Farid Khayrulin.  
Number of games in database: 1,719
Years covered: 1996 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2751 (2738 rapid, 2743 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2793

Overall record: +340 -154 =661 (58.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 564 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Reti System (91) 
    A04 A06 A05
 Sicilian (79) 
    B97 B46 B96 B90 B40
 Queen's Pawn Game (69) 
    A45 D02 A46 E10 A50
 Slav (66) 
    D10 D15 D12 D11 D17
 Grunfeld (51) 
    D85 D97 D80 D86 D87
 Queen's Indian (49) 
    E12 E15 E17 E19 E14
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (217) 
    B30 B33 B32 B31 B45
 King's Indian (208) 
    E97 E92 E60 E94 E81
 French Defense (102) 
    C11 C05 C02 C03 C01
 French (54) 
    C11 C00 C12 C10
 Ruy Lopez (49) 
    C63 C67 C65 C80 C78
 Dutch Defense (43) 
    A90 A84 A93 A88
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kasparov vs Radjabov, 2003 0-1
   Shirov vs Radjabov, 2007 0-1
   Anand vs Radjabov, 2003 0-1
   Radjabov vs Anand, 2006 1-0
   Karjakin vs Radjabov, 2008 0-1
   Radjabov vs Karjakin, 2006 1-0
   Radjabov vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2008 1-0
   Ponomariov vs Radjabov, 2003 0-1
   Radjabov vs O Bortnyk, 2016 1-0
   Van Wely vs Radjabov, 2007 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02 (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Cap d'Agde (2006)
   Hotel Bali Stars (2003)
   FIDE Grand Prix (2008)
   Corus (2007)
   Elista Grand Prix (2008)
   Pivdenny Bank Chess Cup (2007)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   European Club Cup (2016)
   Cap d'Agde (2008)
   World Cup (2011)
   World Cup (2015)
   FIDE World Cup (2005)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   European Club Cup (2011)

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   Blunderdome's favorite games of 2010-2011 by Blunderdome
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   Teimour Radjabov: azeri Jewel by randzo
   Kings Indian Defence, Main Line with Be2 by DHW

   🏆 Tata Steel Masters
   Radjabov vs J K Duda (Jan-16-19) 1/2-1/2
   Anand vs Radjabov (Jan-15-19) 1/2-1/2
   Radjabov vs R Rapport (Jan-14-19) 1/2-1/2
   Mamedyarov vs Radjabov (Jan-13-19) 1/2-1/2
   Radjabov vs Kramnik (Jan-12-19) 1/2-1/2

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(born Mar-12-1987, 31 years old) Azerbaijan

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Teimour Radjabov was born March 12, 1987 in Baku and started playing chess when he was four years old. He became an International Master in 1999 at the age of 11 years and 11 months and in 2001, at the age of 14 years and 14 days, he became the youngest Grandmaster in the world at the time, and the second youngest person after Bu Xiangzhi ever to become a GM at that time. In January 2002, with a rating of 2599 he entered FIDE's World Top 100 rating list, the 2nd youngest to ever do so after Judit Polgar, with an initial world ranking of 93rd. He has remained on this list ever since. He became the youngest player ever to defeat long-time World Champion Garry Kasparov in 2003. That same year he tallied wins against FIDE World Champions Viswanathan Anand and Ruslan Ponomariov.


In 1994, Radjabov won an U9-Tournament in Dresden winning all games. He was U10 European Champion 1996 and 1997, and U12 European and World Champion in 1998. In 1999, he won the European Under-18 Championship when he was still 12, a record that still stands.

Radjabov’s first tilt at the world championship cycle was during the FIDE World Championship knockout tournament held in Moscow in 2002, where he lost in the first round to Jaan Yukhanovich Ehlvest . In 2004, he made it to the semifinals of the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament, but lost to the British player Michael Adams after defeating Mateusz Bartel, Peter Heine Nielsen, Etienne Bacrot, Pavel Smirnov, and Leinier Dominguez Perez in preliminary rounds. In the FIDE World Cup (2005) qualifier, he bested Diego Flores and Murtas Muratovich Kazhgaleyev before losing to Loek van Wely in round 3. In the World Chess Cup (2007) , he beat Vladimir Genba before bowing out to Bartlomiej Macieja in round 2. At the World Cup (2009) he defeated Mohamed Ezat but lost to Konstantin Rufovich Sakaev in round 2. Despite his poor showing in the 2009 World Cup, Radjabov had placed second in the FIDE Grand Prix 2008–2010 series, qualifying him for the World Championship Candidates (2011) for the World Chess Championship 2012. There, Radjabov was eliminated in the quarterfinal by Vladimir Kramnik in blitz tiebreak after tieing the classical and rapid matches 2-2 each. By reason of his rating, he qualified for the World Cup (2011), where he defeated Cuban GM Francisco De la Paz Perdomo, Indian GM Parimarjan Negi, French GM Etienne Bacrot and Russian GM Dmitry Jakovenko in the early rounds, but lost to Ukrainian veteran, GM Vassily Ivanchuk, in their quarter final match. The sting of this loss was offset by being selected by the organisers to be the 8th Candidate at the World Championship Candidates (2013) that was held in London in March 2013, but he fared poorly, coming last with 4/14, losing half his games and shedding over 30 ratings points (for the rating period to 1 May 2013). He started participating in the 2012-13 Grand Prix, but his first foray in the series was the 3rd event, the FIDE Grand Prix Zug (2013), in which he placed equal last with 4.5/11. He subsequently withdrew from the Grand Prix series.

He qualified by rating to contest the World Cup (2013), where he defeated Jorge Cori in the first round and Cuban GM Lazaro Bruzon Batista in the second round tiebreaker. He was defeated by Russian GM and former Candidate Peter Svidler in the third round. This loss combined with Levon Aronian 's elimination in the third round, means that he cannot qualify for the Candidates via rating replacement, as he is second rating reserve after Karjakin; in other words he needed Aronian and Kramnik - who are otherwise the rating qualifiers to the Candidates - to both win through to the World Cup final for him to qualify on rating for the Candidates.

Qualifying as one of the organizer's nominees to play in the Grand Prix series 2014-2015, Radjabov scored 5.5/11 and sole 8th in both the FIDE Grand Prix Baku (2014) and the FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2014), all but eliminating him from contention for one of the top two places in the Grand Prix series, and qualification for the Candidates Tournament 2016. He still had a chance to qualify for the Candidates through the World Cup (2015), as he was one of the Organizer's Nominees to play in this event. He defeated young US GM Samuel Sevian and veteran Israeli GM Ilya Yulyevich Smirin in the first two rounds but fell to Russian GM Peter Svidler in the first set of third round tiebreakers to be eliminated from the Cup.

Classical tournaments

Radjabov’s early successes include winning the 1998 Kasparov Cup, and in Budapest. In 2001:

- he took =1st in the Alushta Spring 2001 with Alexander Riazantsev and Alexander Goloshchapov, while he

- came =2nd with the legendary Viktor Korchnoi behind the even more legendary Anatoly Karpov at the Najdorf memorial.

In 2002:

- he took 2nd place behind Kasparov at the Moscow World Chess Grand Prix 2002.

In 2003:

- Radjabov blooded himself in the super tournaments at Corus, Linares and Dortmund such that in the following year at Linares (2004) he scored an extremely creditable 6/12, placing =4th alongside Veselin Topalov , a point behind winner Kramnik and a half point behind joint second Kasparov and Peter Leko .

In 2005:

- he was outright 2nd behind Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu with 9.5/13 in the 6th European Individual Championship

- 1st at the powerful GM tournament at XIII Dos Hermanas (2005) and

- =6th with 6/9 behind the 5 joint first place getters by half point at Aeroflot A 2005.

The following year, in 2006:

- he came joint second at the prestigious Morelia-Linares (2006) and

- =2nd at Biel Int'l Festival (2006) with Magnus Carlsen behind Alexander Morozevich.

Radjabov's greatest success yet came at the start of 2007, when he shared first place at the category 19 Corus (2007) with Topalov and Levon Aronian.

In 2008:

- he came first at Odessa Chess Tournament

- =3rd with Anand behind Carlsen and Aronian at Corus (2008)

- he scored 8/13 (+4 -1 =8) to share first place in the Elista Grand Prix (2008) with Alexander Grischuk and Dmitry Jakovenko

- he came 3rd at M-Tel 2008 behind Vassily Ivanchuk and Topalov.

In 2009

- he scored 7.5/13 to come =2nd at Corus (2009) with Sergei Movsesian and Aronian half point behind Karjakin.

In 2010

- at the King's Tournament (2010) he came =2nd with Boris Gelfand behind Carlsen.

In 2012:

- at the Tata Steel (2012), he came =2nd with 8/13 (+3 -0 =10; TPR 2834) behind Aronian and alongside Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana, the only undefeated player in the A group.

- In June he came =2nd (3rd on tiebreak) alongside Fabiano Caruana in the category 22 Tal Memorial (2012) with 5/9 (+2 -1 =6; TPR 2818) behind Magnus Carlsen.

On 2013:

- Following on from his poor performances at the Candidates and the Grand Prix event at Zug, Radjabov also fared poorly in the category XXI Norway Chess (2013), scoring 3/9 and losing another 12 rating points.

- His poor form continued at the Kings Tournament (2013), where his 3.5/8 (-1 =7) placed him 4th out of a field of 5.

In 2014:

- He returned to top chess at the inaugural Gashimov Memorial (2014), a category XXII 6-player DRR event to commemorate the late Azeri grandmaster, and scored 5/10 placing =3rd behind Carlsen and Caruana, picking up 11 rating points.

In 2015:

- He participated in Tata Steel (2015), scoring 6/13 and finishing 8th out of 14.

Team Competition

<Olympiads and other national team events> Radjabov has represented his native Azerbaijan at the Olympiads since 2002, and won his first medal at the Chess Olympiad (2012) when he won individual bronze on the top board. He played board 2 for Azerbaijan at the Chess Olympiad (2014) held in Tromsø in Norway.

A regular participant in the European Team Championships since 2003, he led the Azerbaijani team to victory at the 17th European Team Championship (2009) in Novi Sad and in November 2011 to 2nd place at the European Team Championship (2011) at Porto Carras, Greece. Toward the end of 2013, Radjabov played board 2 for Azerbaijan, which won the gold medal at the European Team Championship (2013). In 2015, he also played board 2 for his country at the European Team Championship (2015).

He was also a member of the Azerbaijani team which lost the Azerbaijan vs the World (2009) by 10.5-21.5. He has also played for Azerbaijan in the World Team Championships; at the World Team Championship (2010), he won a silver medal for board 2, Azerbaijan coming fourth, and at the World Chess Team Championship (2011), he scored a bronze medal on the top board, although his team came 7th.

<European Club Cup> A regular participant in the European Club Cup, he has been a member of the winning team at the European Champion's Cup five times, once with the Bosna club from Bosnia in 2002, once with French NAO Chess Club team in 2004, once with the Ural Sverdlovsk region team in 2008, and twice with the SOCAR Baku team, in 2012 and 2014. He has also won team silver medal with the Ladja-Kazan club from Russia in 2006. He won an individual gold medal at the European Club Cup (2011), scoring 4.5/5 and a TPR of 3016 on the top board of SOCAR Baku, leading his team to a silver medal. The following year he helped his team, SOCAR Baku, to the gold medal at the European Club Cup (2012), scoring 4/6 on top board and in 2013 he played second board for SOCAR, this time helping his team to win bronze in the European Club Cup (2013). He struck gold twice at the European Club Cup (2014) when he won team and individual bronze (for 3+ 3+) playing board 5 for his team SOCAR Baku. at the European Club Cup (2015), he scored individual and team silver playing for SOCAR Baku. His total medal tally at the ECC is team: 5 golds 4 silvers 2 bronzes, and individually: 2 golds and 2 silver. (1)

<National Leagues> Radjabov has also competed in club and team championships in Greece, France, Spain and Russia.


A top class rapid player, Radjabov beat Carlsen in the Match of the Hopes (2007) by 3-2. In 2006 he was 1st at Cap d'Agde (2006), defeating Karjakin in the final. He lost the Chess Classic Mainz (2006) to Anand by 5-3 but in January 2008, he won the ACP World Rapid Cup in Odessa. In June 2014, he placed =6th with 10/15 at the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2014), a point behind the winner Carlsen. Also in that month, he was =12th with 12.5/21 in the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2014). Radjabov lost ratings points at the Mind Games rapid event in Beijing in December 2014, scoring only 2/7 against top level opponents, but gained nearly a 100 blitz points in his 3rd placed 18/30 result at the Mind Games blitz event. In 2015 he was equal second alongside Ian Nepomniachtchi and Leinier Dominguez Perez at the World Rapid Championship (2015) with 10.5/15, a point behind the winner Magnus Carlsen.


Radjabov's highest ever standard rating was 2793 in November 2012, when he also achieved his highest world ranking so far, ie: #4.


Radjabov's ICC handle is "Velimirovich" in tribute to the late tactical grandmaster Dragoljub Velimirovic. He is the UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador for Azerbaijan advocating universal salt iodization in Azerbaijan.

Live ratings:

Wikipedia article: Teimour Radjabov


Last updated: 2019-01-13 04:29:11

 page 1 of 69; games 1-25 of 1,724  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. T Manescu vs Radjabov 0-1901996EU-ch U10C05 French, Tarrasch
2. M Erwich vs Radjabov  1-0321996Wch U10C02 French, Advance
3. V Gashimov vs Radjabov  ½-½271996Wch U10B40 Sicilian
4. Radjabov vs G Guseinov  1-0521996EU-ch U10D02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Radjabov vs A H T dos Santos Fier 1-0271996Wch U10A45 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Radjabov vs J C Sadorra  1-0461996Wch U10A04 Reti Opening
7. Radjabov vs R Wojtaszek ½-½221996EU-ch U10A05 Reti Opening
8. Radjabov vs A Nakamura 1-0221996Wch U10A46 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Harikrishna vs Radjabov 1-0301996Wch U10A10 English
10. P Berta vs Radjabov 0-1281996EU-ch U10C02 French, Advance
11. Radjabov vs I Hera  1-0561996Wch U10B40 Sicilian
12. Radjabov vs M Goguadze  1-0281996Wch U10A06 Reti Opening
13. Radjabov vs P Anisimov  1-0651996EU-ch U10A45 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Radjabov vs I Cheparinov 1-0371996Wch U10A04 Reti Opening
15. A Murariu vs Radjabov  0-1481996EU-ch U10A07 King's Indian Attack
16. Radjabov vs A Avetisian  1-0231996EU-ch U10D00 Queen's Pawn Game
17. M Szablewski vs Radjabov ½-½1151996EU-ch U10A93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
18. Radjabov vs V Gashimov  ½-½211996EU-ch U10C45 Scotch Game
19. A Iljin vs Radjabov  ½-½171997EU-ch U10A90 Dutch
20. R Mamedov vs Radjabov ½-½801997Wch U10C05 French, Tarrasch
21. Radjabov vs V Ionescu  ½-½171997EU-ch U10A05 Reti Opening
22. Radjabov vs Tomashevsky 1-0451997Wch U10A10 English
23. Radjabov vs D Batsanin  0-1301997Kasparov CupA04 Reti Opening
24. Radjabov vs D Baramidze 1-0171997EU-ch U10A04 Reti Opening
25. Radjabov vs K Labeckas  1-0321997Wch U10A06 Reti Opening
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Aug-10-16  Howard: Am I missing something, or has Radjabov not been playing the KID much over the last few years, despite his playing it very frequently earlier in his career ?

If so, why has he dropped it ?

Sep-06-16  lorker: What has happened to him? He barely even seems to be at 2600 strength these days. Really shocking fall from the top.
Oct-01-16  cplyakap: He finally dropped from 2700's.He's 2696 now.He was 2793 in March 2013.Very shocking downfall in 3.5 years.
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  MissScarlett: Just think, at this rate, in 35 years, he could be playing at our level.
Oct-01-16  fisayo123: I've been a huge Teimour fan but I don't think he takes chess that seriously anymore. He doesn't have the same fire in his belly as he did in his youth and when you lose that hunger, it's hard to succeed at that level.
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  HeMateMe: Isn't he married into some billionaire energy company in Azerbaijan? His wive's relatives are worth millions. That might dim your enthusiasm for studying Rook + piece endgames.
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  MissScarlett: Socar paunch.
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  sonia91: He fell below 2700 in the November 2016 list, shocking indeed...
Feb-15-17  ketchuplover: Good luck in the Grand Prix Series
May-17-17  cplyakap: He is 2720.7 now and I hope he continues his form. We really missed Teimour for a long time.
Jul-13-17  Chessmaster9001: Radjabov is playing spectacular chess lately. His win over Svidler in Geneva was a little gem
Jul-15-17  cplyakap: Radjabov wins Geneva Grand Prix by +3 score, accumulated 170 Grand Prix points and continues his chance to qualify Candidates 2018. Radja returns, go Radja!
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  sonia91: He is one of the organiser's nominees to play in the World Cup:
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  cro777: Artemiev knocked out Radjabov in the second round of the World Cup 2017 in Tilisi (Georgia) after dramatic playoff.

Teymur Rajabov: "Always pity to lose, especially when you know that you are stronger, but my opponent was better in the critical moment and deserved it."

Nov-05-17  cplyakap: He is 2746 now. Although he is very far away from his old days (He was 2793 and 4th rank on April 2013 FIDE rating list.), he seems blow away the cobwebs and stopped his sharp decline continuing since May 2013!
Apr-28-18  Whitehat1963: Drawjabov.
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  Count Wedgemore: He was afraid of losing. From now on his name will be Timore Radjabov.
Jun-27-18  Hobobill30: LOL whitehat1963 he plays the kings indian as his main defence and the sicilian. His chess is pure fighting chess. what more can you ask for? who cares the result is a draw yet the game was fun to watch. you comment makes him sound like peter leko or anish giri (very great players but play very solid)
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  MissScarlett: Surreptitiously, he's crept back over 2750, and is currently #17 on the live rating list.

Saw a reddit thread discussing his rating decline, and his marriage (in 2011) was cited a couple of times, but the arrival of his daughter in July 2013 would seem more to the point.

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  MissScarlett: <Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said that the hijacking of an EgyptAir plane that landed at Larnaca airport was not linked to terrorism. Unconfirmed reports have suggested the lone hijacker wanted to talk to his estranged wife in Cyprus. But others say he is demanding the release of female prisoners in Egypt. When asked to confirm whether the incident was over a woman, Mr Anastasiades laughed and said: "Always there is a woman involved.">

He actually says "Always there is a woman in the middle.", but I don't wish to labour the point.

Aug-11-18  fisayo123: He hasn't played those openings as his "main defence" in years though. Now you're most likely to see a Queen's gambit Declined and a Berlin from him. And his play with the white pieces has never been anything inspiring. That's the point.
Oct-03-18  epistle: I'm now a fan
Oct-03-18  Kapmigs: A "sweep win" daw, as if meringue "sweep loss" hehe. Anyways--
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  MissScarlett: A solid Olympiad showing (+4 =6) has boosted him as high as #14. A top 10 return beckons....
Nov-21-18  ketchuplover: Best wishes at Wijk aan Zee young man
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