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V Gashimov 
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Vugar Gashimov
Number of games in database: 703
Years covered: 1995 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2737
Highest rating achieved in database: 2761
Overall record: +172 -69 =263 (60.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      199 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (105) 
    B23 B43 B97 B96 B48
 Ruy Lopez (103) 
    C65 C84 C67 C92 C78
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (42) 
    C84 C92 C99 C95 C91
 French Defense (34) 
    C11 C10 C18 C12 C19
 Caro-Kann (26) 
    B12 B18 B14 B10 B13
 French (22) 
    C11 C10 C12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (81) 
    B90 B70 B27 B76 B22
 Queen's Pawn Game (45) 
    E10 A46 A45 E00 A40
 Modern Benoni (42) 
    A60 A70 A61 A62 A77
 Nimzo Indian (30) 
    E20 E21 E34 E46 E41
 Petrov (28) 
    C42 C43
 Sicilian Dragon (23) 
    B70 B76 B78 B72 B79
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Gashimov vs Grischuk, 2008 1-0
   V Gashimov vs J Smeets, 2010 1-0
   A Giri vs V Gashimov, 2012 0-1
   V Gashimov vs B Lalic, 2007 1-0
   V Gashimov vs R Kempinski, 2011 1-0
   F Bellini vs V Gashimov, 2002 1/2-1/2
   V Gashimov vs M Roiz, 2009 1-0
   V Gashimov vs Kamsky, 2008 1-0
   V Gashimov vs Tiviakov, 2008 1-0
   V Gashimov vs Ivanchuk, 2011 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   21st European Club Cup (2005)
   Cappelle la Grande (2007)
   Arctic Chess Challenge (2007)
   World Junior Championships (2003)
   Cappelle la Grande (2006)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   Ordix Open (2009)
   World Cup (2009)
   5th Individual European Chess Championship (2004)
   World Cup (2011)
   World Junior Championship (Boys) (2005)
   6th Dubai Open (2004)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   European Club Cup (2009)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   GM Vugar Gashimov plays the Modern Benoni by verizondsl
   Vugar Gashimov`s Selected Games by Jafar219
   sorokahdeen's Intriguing Games by sorokahdeen
   C84 Spanish: Closed [White] by chess.master
   Azerbaijanians smashing armenians (Unfinished) by Jafar219
   98_A60–A79 Benoni - Black wins by whiteshark
   Your candidate moves by mark jc. Garado

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VUGAR GASHIMOV
(born Jul-24-1986, died Jan-10-2014) Azerbaijan

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IM (1998 – aged 12 years and 5 months); GM (2002 – aged 15 years 11 months).

Preamble:

Vugar Gashimov (Vüqar Həşimov) was born in Baku and learned the game from his father, a retired Army colonel and a candidate master, at the age of 6. He was one of several highly talented young grandmasters from Azerbaijan who came to prominence in world chess in recent years. Ill health, including epilepsy, brain tumors and high blood pressure, dogged him from 2000 onwards,forcing him out of competitive chess after Tata 2012, held at the beginning of that year. He passed away on 10 January 2014, aged 27.

Championships:

<Age>: Gashimov was runner-up to Pentala Harikrishna at the World U10 championship in 1996 and also runner-up at the European U18 Championship 2001 with 7.5/11, a point behind Zviad Izoria. Two years later, he placed =3rd with 8.5/13 at the World Junior Championships (2003) behind Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Sergei Azarov and two years after that, he was outright 3rd behind Mamedyarov and Ferenc Berkes at the World Junior Championship (Boys) (2005).

<National>: FIDE reported that Gashimov won the Azerbaijan national championships of 1995, 1996 and 1998, (1) but these are likely to have been youth championships given his age at the time of these events. In 2001, he was =2nd behind Mamedyarov.

<Continental>: Gashimov’s inaugural participation in the European Individual Chess Championship (EICC) was auspicious, and as it turns out, his best effort in that event. The 15 year-old IM placed =6th at the EICC in 2002 with a stunning 8.5/13, including victories against Baadur Jobava and Levon Aronian. He also played in the 2003 EICC, scoring 7/13, and then went on with a solid 8/13 in the 5th Individual European Chess Championship (2004), a modest 5/10 at the 7th European Individual Championship (2006) and a reasonably strong 7/11 at the European Individual Championships (2007), which was the last time he played in this continental tournament.

<World>: As a nominee of one of the host cities, Baku, Gashimov participated in the inaugural FIDE Grand Prix cycle. In the Baku Grand Prix (2008), Gashimov finished undefeated with 8/13 and tied with Magnus Carlsen and Wang Yue for first place, winning nominal first place on tiebreak. His second effort at the FIDE Grand Prix (2008) in Sochi was not as successful, scoring 6.5/13 and placing =8th alongside Vassily Ivanchuk. His third GP participation in the series - Elista Grand Prix (2008) - was more successful, scoring 7.5/13 to place outright 4th. His final event in the 2008-10 Grand Prix series was FIDE Grand Prix (2010), where his 6.5/13 was sufficient for =7th. Overall, he scored 333.3 GP points for his best three results (Baku, Sochi and Astrakhan), placing 6th overall in the Grand Prix series which was insufficient for Gashimov to qualify for the next stage as only the first two places qualified for the World Championship Candidates (2011).

The World Cup (2009) was held during the Grand Prix series. He overcame Walaa Sarwat, Zhou Jianchao, Li Chao and Fabiano Caruana but lost in the tiebreaker of the quarter final to eventual finalist Ruslan Ponomariov. By reason of his rating, Gashimov qualified for the World Cup (2011), where he defeated Canadian IM Eric Hansen, Sergei Azarov, Evgeny Tomashevsky and Peter Heine Nielsen in the early rounds, but again lost in the quarter final to eventual finalist Ruslan Ponomariov.

He qualified to play in the 2012-13 Grand Prix series, but withdrew from competitive chess due to ill health. Gata Kamsky replaced him in the Grand Prix.

Classical Tournaments:

Gashimov’s first significant tournament success was to win the U16 Kasparov Cup in 1999, which he did with a round to spare. In 2002, the 15-year old IM earned his first GM norm when he won the category 7 Alushtinskaja Spring International held in Alushta, Ukraine, with 9.5/12, 2.5 points clear of the joint runners up, Russian GM Viktor Varavin and former Russian Champion, GM Veniamen Shtyrenkov. A few months later, in March 2002, he earned his 2nd GM norm when he won the category 9 Puchko Memorial, also held in Alushta, with 11/13, a full point ahead of fellow up-and-coming 15year-old Alexander Areshchenko. He won his 3rd GM norm at the 2002 EICC (see above).

The 19 year-old GM took clear first place at Acropolis 2005 with 6.5/9. In 2006, he was =2nd with 7/9, half a point behind Alexander Moiseenko, at the Cappelle la Grande (2006), and went one better in terms of placements in the following two editions of that event when he scored joint first places at the Cappelle la Grande (2007) and the Cappelle la Grande of 2008, both years with 7/9. He also won the 16th Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival in August 2006.

More good results followed over the next five years. He came =2nd with Leinier Dominguez Perez at the category 15 Capablanca Memorial (2007) on 5.5/9, 2 points behind Ivanchuk, 1st at the International Open at Pontevedra in Spain 2007 with 7/9, =2nd with Carlsen and Kjetil A Lie with 7/9, half a point behind Moiseenko at the Arctic Chess Challenge (2007) in Tromso, Norway in August 2007; =3rd with 5.5/9 at the Casino de Barcelona (2007) in October behind Hikaru Nakamura and Dominguez, =2nd at the category 16 Reggio Emilio (2007) with 5.5/9, half a point behind Zoltan Almasi. =1st at the category 18 Karpov International (2008) with 5.5/9, =3rd at the Gibraltar Masters in 2009 with 7.5/10, half a point behind the co-leaders Vadim Milov and Peter Svidler, 2nd at the category 18 10th Karpov Tournament (2009) with 6/9, a point behind Alexander Motylev. He was somewhat less successful at Linares (2010) (4/10) and Nanjing Pearl Spring Tournament (2010) (4.5/10 (-1 =9)).

Gashimov won the category 18 Reggio Emilia (2010) with 6/9 on count back from Francisco Vallejo-Pons. 2012 saw him play his last tournament, which was the Tata Steel (2012).

Rapid/blitz:

Gashimov was a renowned rapid and blitz player. His rating at the ICC as a blitz player peaked at 3639 in February 2008 (userid: Diadematus) and he was at one stage the 2nd highest rated player in blitz behind Radjabov, and ahead of Nakamura. In Playchess, he was number 1 in bullet chess.

Teams:

<Olympiads>: Gashimov competed in the Bled Olympiad (2002), the 36th Olympiad (2004), the 37th Chess Olympiad (2006) and the 2008 Olympiad (2008), scoring an individual silver medal for board three at the last-mentioned. He didn’t compete in the Chess Olympiad (2010) due to being dropped from the national team because of a dispute involving the team coach, Zurab Azmaiparashvili. (2), (2a) He also didn’t compete in the Chess Olympiad (2012) due to poor health (see below).

<World Team Championship>: Played board 1 for Azerbaijan at the World Team Championship (2010) and board 2 in the 2011 edition of the event.

<European Team Championship>: Gashimov represented Azerbaijan at the European Team Championships of 2001, and at the 15th European Team Championship (2005), the European Team Chess Championships (2007), the 17th European Team Championship (2009) and the European Team Championship (2011), playing board 2 in 2001, 2009 and 2011, and board 3 in 2005 and 2007. He won team bronze in 2007, team gold and individual silver in 2009, and team silver and individual bronze in 2011.

<European Club Cup>: Gashimov's first taste of the continental club competition was in the 21st European Club Cup (2005), when he played for the Marmaisspor Club, winning individual silver for the top board. His next participation in this event was for the Ashdod City Club during 2008 and in the European Club Cup (2009), winning the gold medal for board 2 in 2009.

<National Club and Team Championships>: Gashimov was a prolific team player in national club championships throughout Europe during the latter half of the first decade, scoring a stunning 11/11 in the 2005 Turkish Super League and following up with 10/11 in the 2006 Turkish Super League. He also played in the French Top 16 competition in 2006, 2008 & 2010, the Aragon team championship of 2006; the Iranian Super League in 2006 and 2007, the Spanish League (CECLUB) from 2007 until 2010 inclusive, the Russian Team Championship in 2008, the Israel National League in 2010, the Croatian Team Championship in 2010, and in the German Bundesliga in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Rating and Ranking:

Gashimov's final standard rating was 2737 and at the time of his death, was rated number 20 in the world. He was unrated in rapid and blitz chess as he withdrew from competitive chess before the recent reintroduction by FIDE of ratings for the rapid forms of the game. His highest rating was achieved in January 2012 when he reached 2761 and was ranked number 10, while his peak rank was number 6 in the world in November 2009 when he was rated 2758.

Health problems:

Gashimov started experiencing significant health problems in early 2000 when he underwent several brain operations in Turkey aimed at preventing epileptic seizures. He was absent from chess since Tata Steel 2012, and he never resumed playing although he planned to recommence in 2014. (5) He reported on Twitter in June 2012 that: “I already stopped believing that, once I will return to play chess again...” (3)

The following was reported from an Azeri Minister on News.Az in November 2012: “Youth and Sports Minister Azad Rahimov has talked about the chess player of the Azerbaijani team, Vugar Gashimov, who is undergoing medical treatment. "Vugar is assisted by the state. Until recently, he was treated in Switzerland. At the initial treatment he was allocated EUR 35,000. Now he is in Hamburg, Germany. I think that in the future, Vugar will not be left without government support," the minister said.” (4)

Gashimov was being treated in a clinic in Heidelberg in Germany when he unexpectedly passed away on 10 January 2014. (5)

Other:

Gashimov's elder brother and manager was Sarkhan Gashimov.

Testimonial, Eulogy and memorial

"...one of the most talented & original players I've met. Always friendly with everyone." - extract from the eulogy by Magnus Carlsen (6)

Eulogy by Gashimov's girlfriend: http://en.chessbase.com/post/rememb...

Soon after Gashimov's death, the Azeri Chess Federation organised the Gashimov Memorial Tournament that was held in Shamkir in Azerbaijan in April 2014. It was organized as a two tier competition which featured most of Azerbaijan's top ten players and a similar number of elite players from other countries. The inaugural Gashimov Memorial (2014) was a category 22 double round robin event. It was won outright by the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen with Fabiano Caruana being the runner up. Other participants included the two top Azeri players, Teimour Radjabov (who lead the event at one stage after defeating Carlsen) and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov as well as Sergey Karjakin and Hikaru Nakamura.

The second tier was the Gashimov Memorial (Group B) (2014), a category 17 round robin event with ten players, including five Azeris and five others. The Azeris were Nijat Abasov, Vasif Durarbayli, Gadir Guseinov, Rauf Mamedov and Eltaj Safarli. The others were Pavel Eljanov, Alexander Motylev, Wang Hao, Etienne Bacrot and Radoslaw Wojtaszek. It was won by Eljanov, the runner-up being Motylev. .

Sources and footnotes:

http://www.chessdom.com/interview-w...

Wikipedia article: Vugar Gashimov; Live ratings: http://www.2700chess.com/; FIDE top list record of Gashimov: http://ratings.fide.com/top_files.p...; (1): http://grandprix.fide.com/vugar-gas...; (2): http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/u...; (2a) http://www.chessintranslation.com/2...; (3 ): https://twitter.com/dia_dematus/sta...; (4): http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com.au/...; (5) http://en.apa.az/news/205488; (6) https://twitter.com/intent/user?ori...


 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 703  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J R Vesin vs V Gashimov  ½-½28 1995 Ch World cadetsC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
2. V Gashimov vs Radjabov  ½-½27 1996 Wch U10B40 Sicilian
3. Radjabov vs V Gashimov  ½-½21 1996 EU-ch U10C45 Scotch Game
4. V Gashimov vs Radjabov  ½-½26 1997 Kasparov CupA15 English
5. G Sargissian vs V Gashimov  ½-½44 1997 Kasparov CupB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
6. V Gashimov vs Navara  1-060 1997 Wch U12B53 Sicilian
7. Radjabov vs V Gashimov  1-040 1998 Wch U12A04 Reti Opening
8. P Enders vs V Gashimov  1-022 1998 Ubeda op 3rdB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
9. Radjabov vs V Gashimov  ½-½70 1998 EU-ch U12A04 Reti Opening
10. V Gashimov vs Radjabov  0-151 1998 AZE-ch qualC11 French
11. R Graf vs V Gashimov  0-142 2000 Dubai OpenE41 Nimzo-Indian
12. M Bus vs V Gashimov  ½-½80 2000 Dubai OpenB20 Sicilian
13. V Gashimov vs I Shahrani  0-137 2000 Dubai OpenB58 Sicilian
14. V Gashimov vs A Shariyazdanov 0-168 2000 Dubai OpenA25 English
15. P Kotsur vs V Gashimov  1-037 2000 Dubai OpenB54 Sicilian
16. V Gashimov vs Filippov  0-126 2000 Dubai OpenB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
17. V Gashimov vs J M Bennett  1-024 2000 Dubai OpenB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
18. V Gashimov vs S Tayeb  1-047 2000 Dubai OpenB40 Sicilian
19. V Gashimov vs J Werle  ½-½30 2001 EYCC B18B58 Sicilian
20. V Gashimov vs Hertneck 0-143 2001 EuTChC19 French, Winawer, Advance
21. V Gashimov vs Y Drozdovskij  1-041 2001 EYCC B18C01 French, Exchange
22. J Norri vs V Gashimov  1-030 2001 EuTChE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
23. C Lupulescu vs V Gashimov  0-154 2001 EYCC B18B48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
24. T Wedberg vs V Gashimov  ½-½36 2001 EuTChA35 English, Symmetrical
25. V Jianu vs V Gashimov  0-155 2001 EYCC B18E20 Nimzo-Indian
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Apr-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: I was wondering who this chap was, I am sure I'd seen his games in opening books and elsewhere. What a bugger getting so ill - he was only 27! Life's a bastard. Poor fellow, and so talented.

Hard to find anything bad to say about Carlsen, he's a nice fellow, despite being a chess genius (!): he recognized Gashimov's talent and praised him for his affability etc

Well, for Gashimov to enjoy living he needed to not be ill. And life or fate or God or whatever you believe in seems to me to be completely random. People die at all kinds of ages in all kinds of ways. It makes no difference how "good" or "bad" you are, It all seems to be merely the luck of the draw:

'Life's a poor player, who struts and frets his hour upon the stage: It is a tale told by an idiot,
Full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.'

There is nothing to say about such a life and death except to talk about the good times he had (not only at the chess board).

Very sad.

Apr-27-14  renebolt: very sad, what a shockhing news!!. rip for him..
Jul-24-14  ColeTrane: mira ese Romanesque schnozz
Jul-24-14  Penguincw: R.I.P. Super GM Vugar Gashimov.
Jul-24-14  Balmo: The great Gashimov. One of my very favourite players, and a terrible loss to the chess world at just 27. If you haven't seen it, watch him outplay Azarov in the 2011 World Cup in Khanty Mansisk, the game must be somewhere here. Grande Gashimov!
Jul-24-14  NBAFan: Happy birthday to Mr. Gashimov, and RIP :(
Jul-24-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: <balmo>This is the game you mean: V Gashimov vs S Azarov, 2011
Jul-24-14  dx9293: This is still so sad and such an incredible loss to chess history. I cannot remember the last time a bonafide Top-10 player was struck down at such an early age.

Gashimov's early passing may be comparable only to someone like Pillsbury (who was 33) or Charousek, though I think Gashimov was a higher-ranked player in contemporary times than Charousek was in 1900.

Jul-25-14  MissScarlett: You could say he had top-10 potential, but he was world top-20. He played in only three supertournaments, in my estimation : Linares, 2010; Nanjing Pearl Spring, 2010; Tata Steel 2012. In terms of both achievement and public recognition, Pillsbury was on another level entirely.
Jul-25-14  dx9293: <MissScarlett> Gashimov WAS a Top-10 player, and in fact peaked at number 6.
Jul-25-14  MissScarlett: For how long was he a top 10 player?
Jul-25-14  dx9293: Have a look at this: <http://ratings.fide.com/top_files.p...>

I think we can say that there were mitigating circumstances that limited his time in the Top 10.

It's amazing Gashimov made it as far as he did in the first place, considering he had seizures and extended hospital stays even at a very young age.

Tournament invites are not a good way to measure a player's level. At all.

Jul-25-14  MissScarlett: So the answer is about six months. I stand by my point.
Jul-25-14  dx9293: <MissScarlett>

So let me get this straight:

A 22-23 year old player reaches the Top 10 after flying through the Top 100, peaking at #6 with a 2758 Elo (peak 2761), while experiencing extremely severe health problems that affect his play and HAS TO RETIRE two years later at 25 years old. Then he dies at 27, and you dispute my statement that Gashimov was a "bonafide Top-10 player?"

Yet another CG poster that places way too much importance in raw statistics and very little on the importance of CONTEXT.

Jul-25-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: It seems a trifle mean-spirited to go on about this; then again, we have come to expect this sort of thing from <Scarlett>, aka <RedShield>, who does not disappoint in any guise.
Jul-25-14  MissScarlett: Yes, I dispute it. Citing health issues as an explanation for him not maintaining a top 10 ranking is emotive but unwarranted. Let's stick to his results on the board. Comparing him in status to Pillsbury, who beat world champion Lasker five times, is nothing short of hyperbole.
Jul-25-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: < Pillsbury, who beat world champion Lasker five times>

And lost to the same Lasker five times too

Jul-25-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: the Gashimov-Anand score by the way was equal too - three draws.
Jul-25-14  MissScarlett: Look at Vishy's score against bonafide top-10ers like Carlsen, Nakamura or Aronian (to choose but three names at random).
Jul-25-14  dx9293: Pillsbury was a great player, and <probably> deserves a higher place in chess history than Gashimov, but NOT because of his results against one player, even Lasker. It would be because of his Hastings 1895 victory and being the strongest American player between Morphy and Marshall.

Also, I didn't even compare Gashimov to Pillsbury directly! I mused that the early passing of a player of Gashimov's level may only be comparable to Pillsbury's early demise.

Even to compare Gashimov and Pillsbury is <not> hyperbole. Get over yourself.

But as <perfidious> says, I shouldn't be surprised...

Jul-25-14  dx9293: <MS> Vishy's score against Nakamura and Aronian is terrible, and his score against Carlsen is getting worse by the year.

Matchups matter. Thanks for proving my point that Pillsbury's score against Lasker is not the main "feather in his cap."

Jul-25-14  MissScarlett: There's no probably about it. Pillsbury will still be remembered another century from now, Gashimov won't.
Jul-25-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: Is it possible that that is because of the Pillsbury Doughboy?
Jul-25-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: <Pillsbury will still be remembered another century from now, Gashimov won't.>

Not so sure Gashimov won't. He had some prominent results, his games were spectacular. And his early death only added to the chances of him being remembered long. Also, he is one of the strongest Azeri players ever - and in Azerbaijan chess is the sport number one.

Jul-26-14  MissScarlett: <Congratulations to Azerbaijan government&CF to honor Vugar Gashimov with this beautiful monument on his birthday.RIP>

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