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Rauf Mamedov
R Mamedov 
photograph copyright © 2007 Zahir Ahmadov

Number of games in database: 1,754
Years covered: 1997 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2654 (2691 rapid, 2660 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2709
Overall record: +335 -146 =491 (59.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 782 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (263) 
    B40 B22 B51 B50 B52
 Caro-Kann (83) 
    B10 B18 B11 B12 B13
 French Defense (78) 
    C07 C10 C05 C02 C03
 Giuoco Piano (64) 
    C53 C50 C54
 Ruy Lopez (63) 
    C77 C67 C65 C78 C69
 King's Indian Attack (63) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (329) 
    B31 B32 B30 B33 B22
 King's Indian (171) 
    E94 E91 E67 E81 E60
 Queen's Pawn Game (75) 
    A41 A40 A45 D02 D00
 Sicilian Dragon (53) 
    B76 B78 B77 B72 B36
 Slav (44) 
    D12 D10 D17 D11 D18
 Robatsch (37) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Mamedov vs U Bajarani, 2010 1-0
   R Mamedov vs J Mullon, 2011 1-0
   R Mamedov vs Shengelia, 2001 1-0
   R Mamedov vs S Feller, 2008 1-0
   R Mamedov vs Wojtaszek, 2014 1-0
   R Mamedov vs A Shomoev, 2009 1-0
   R Mamedov vs A Riazantsev, 2015 1-0
   R Mamedov vs Navara, 2021 1-0
   E Alekseev vs R Mamedov, 2018 0-1
   R Mamedov vs H Wang, 2014 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Moscow Open (2013)
   European Team Championship (2017)
   Baku Chess Festival (2007)
   MrDodgy Invitational 3 (2022)
   Gashimov Memorial (2021)
   Airthings Masters (2023)
   Batumi Open (2001)
   Dubai Open (2004)
   World Junior Championship (2008)
   European Championship (2018)
   European Championship (2008)
   FIDE Online Olympiad (2020)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   European Championship (2019)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Millionaire Chess (Blitz Tiebreaks) 2016 by Tabanus

   🏆 FIDE World Cup
   Nepomniachtchi vs R Mamedov (Aug-07-23) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   R Mamedov vs Nepomniachtchi (Aug-07-23) 0-1, rapid
   Nepomniachtchi vs R Mamedov (Aug-06-23) 1/2-1/2
   R Mamedov vs Nepomniachtchi (Aug-05-23) 1/2-1/2
   A Predke vs R Mamedov (Aug-04-23) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Apr-26-1988, 35 years old) Azerbaijan

[what is this?]
Mamedov became a Grandmaster in April 2004, a few days before his 16th birthday when he won the Dubai Open. He is the 2008 Champion of Ajerbaijan, came =1st at the category 16 SPICE tournament in Lubbock, Texas in 2009 and placed 6th in the Baku Open (2010). His =5th (9th on tiebreak) at the 12th European Individual Championship (2011) qualified him for the World Cup (2011), where he bowed out in the first round to Indian GM Abhijeet Gupta. In 2012, he placed =4th with 6/9 at the 6th International Tashkent Open, Memorial of Agzamov. In June 2013, he came =5th (6th on tiebreak) at the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2013) with 19.5/30, a point from the lead. In September 2013, he was outright first at the US Masters 2013. In July 2015, he was =1st (2nd on tiebreak behind Aleksandr Lenderman) at the World Open. One of the Organizer's Nominees to the World Cup (2015), Mamedov won his first round game against Russian GM Evgeny Najer, but was eliminated from the event by losing to Fabiano Caruana in the second round.


Wikipedia article: Rauf Mammadov

 page 1 of 71; games 1-25 of 1,754  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Mamedov vs Radjabov ½-½801997Wch U10C05 French, Tarrasch
2. R Mamedov vs G Guseinov  1-0431999Baku-B U18B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
3. A Pashikian vs R Mamedov  1-0321999EU-ch U12B72 Sicilian, Dragon
4. R Mamedov vs E Romanov  ½-½521999EU-ch U12C45 Scotch Game
5. O Berezin vs R Mamedov  1-0272000Donetsk City-chE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
6. L Volkov vs R Mamedov  1-0342000Donetsk City-chB30 Sicilian
7. S Titus vs R Mamedov  1-0502000Donetsk City-chB30 Sicilian
8. R Mamedov vs I Abdelnabbi  0-1522000Dubai OpenB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
9. Sadegi Adel vs R Mamedov  ½-½292000Dubai OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
10. R Mamedov vs N Saleh  1-0552000Dubai OpenB02 Alekhine's Defense
11. R Mamedov vs R Graf  0-1322000Dubai OpenC03 French, Tarrasch
12. A Moussa Othman vs R Mamedov  1-0432000Dubai OpenE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
13. S Tayeb vs R Mamedov  ½-½402000Dubai OpenB72 Sicilian, Dragon
14. A Fier vs R Mamedov  ½-½262000Wch U12B97 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. R Mamedov vs G Kacheishvili  0-1542001Cappelle OpenE46 Nimzo-Indian
16. M Abdullaev vs R Mamedov  0-1582001Batumi OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. R Mamedov vs Z Izoria  ½-½832001Batumi OpenB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
18. Mamedyarov vs R Mamedov 1-0412001Batumi OpenC11 French
19. R Mamedov vs K Rukhaia  ½-½662001Batumi OpenC41 Philidor Defense
20. L Gogochuri vs R Mamedov  0-1252001Batumi OpenB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
21. R Mamedov vs I Tsurtsumia  1-0352001Batumi OpenB06 Robatsch
22. M Gagunashvili vs R Mamedov 0-1362001Batumi OpenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
23. R Mamedov vs Shengelia 1-0482001Batumi OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. T Gelashvili vs R Mamedov  1-0452001Batumi OpenB20 Sicilian
25. S Djeranian vs R Mamedov  ½-½502001EU-ch U14B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
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Nov-16-10  BobCrisp: He's going for the record of Colonel Moreau.
Feb-06-13  Jafar219: Mamedov rules Moscow!
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  al wazir: The shirt he's wearing in the photo reads "KGB" and "USSR." Is there a message there?
Aug-14-14  Strongest Force: I wouldn't want to meet Rauf in a dark alley. He is big and looks mean. Actually, I though Rauf was Nak, online. They were both 14 and Rauf became one of only two "talk-buddies" that I had online at that time. The other was Kamsky: two very nice guys.
Feb-28-15  cro777: Rauf Mamedov, the 2015 champion of Azerbaijan, is likely to replace Wesley So at the 2nd Vugar Gashimov Memorial which should take place from 16-25th April in Shamkir, Azerbaijan.

Wesley So will compete at the USA Championship which is scheduled for March 31 to April 14 in Saint Louis.

Schedule conflict?

Mar-20-15  CountryGirl: Rauf is an absolute killer at blitz. Have a look at some of his games on YouTube - he has great wins against the cream of the world's elite. No one is safe!
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Rauf Mamedov for entering the top 100 live ratings. His draw against Anand today gave him 1.9 points, which bumps him up to 2654.3 and 99th place.
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  offramp: Happy birthday to him. In the picture of him on this page, what is that T-shirt he is wearing? It seems to say CCCP, ie the USSR.
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  Penguincw: Happy 26th birthday to Rauf Mamedov. Good luck in his game today against Carlsen, with black.

P.S. Even if he loses, he'll still be at 2655.4, which is currently 93rd.

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  offramp: <Penguincw: Happy 26th birthday to Rauf Mamedov. Good luck in his game today against Carlsen, with black. P.S. Even if he loses, he'll still be at 2655.4, which is currently 93rd.>

I like the extra 0.4 in <2655.4>. It means that if he is about to enter a revolving door at the same time as a GM rated only 2655.0, then RAUF goes in FIRST!!

May-06-15  whiteshark: "<Rauf Mamedov> was by far the lowest-rated player in the recent Shamkir Chess tournament and did in fact finish last, but his seven draws and two losses were anything but a bad result in his first supertournament. In an <interview> after the event he talks about what it was like to face the giants of the game and how losing to Carlsen on his birthday was a useful wake-up call for the Nakhchivan Open."

May-06-15  torrefan: Needs to lose weight to win tournaments.

Fat players don't win tournaments nowadays.

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  Penguincw: Rauf Mamedov came close to winning the World Open: he scored 7/9 (+5,-0,=4), which was tied with Aleksandr Lenderman, but he lost the Armageddon game.
Apr-26-16  Conrad93: He's the only player I know of at this level, who plays the KID consistently, but he plays it in his own style, sometimes even choosing novel moves early in the game.

The only comparable player I can think of is Ilya Smirin, but I think Smirin has the edge over Mamedov.

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  HeMateMe: Can anyone explain the Coat of Arms on Rauf's shirt, in his photo here?

"Alex, I'll take middle Asia medieval Coat of Arms for 1000, please."

Apr-20-18  zborris8:
Apr-25-18  ChessHigherCat: <offramp: Happy birthday to him. In the picture of him on this page, what is that T-shirt he is wearing? It seems to say CCCP, ie the USSR.>

And even more disturbing than that, the three-letter word above it seems to be K G ?

What could the third letter B?

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  WannaBe: Could be Kappa Gamma <???>

Beta, Gamma, Epsilon, Eta, Iota, Kappa, Mu, Nu, Pi (long shot), Rho.

Rho, Rho, Rho your boat, gently down the Volga...

Apr-25-18  ChessHigherCat: <WannaBe: Could be Kappa Gamma <???> Beta, Gamma, Epsilon, Eta, Iota, Kappa, Mu, Nu, Pi (long shot), Rho.>

Why is Pi a long shot? Sounds logical to me: Ma made off with the pie.

Apr-26-18  zborris8:
You can buy that T-shirt here:
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  Penguincw: Carlsen vs. Mamedov, chess24 blitz video.

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  Penguincw: Facing Carlsen must have done wonders for him.

Mamedov is the last perfect player at Aeroflot 2020, with 3/3

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  Penguincw: Mamedov finishes in a 4 way tie for 1st at Aeroflot, losing out on tiebreaks.

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  Tabanus: (Rauf Mammadov), is that him?
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