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Eltaj Safarli
E Safarli 
Number of games in database: 1,056
Years covered: 2001 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2598 (2693 rapid, 2634 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2694

Overall record: +296 -130 =383 (60.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 247 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (180) 
    B90 B30 B43 B40 B50
 Ruy Lopez (96) 
    C77 C67 C78 C65 C95
 French Defense (70) 
    C07 C01 C11 C10 C03
 Caro-Kann (37) 
    B10 B13 B14 B18 B11
 Sicilian Najdorf (34) 
    B90 B91 B96 B99 B94
 French Tarrasch (30) 
    C07 C03 C05 C09 C04
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (118) 
    B45 B90 B48 B92 B22
 Grunfeld (84) 
    D85 D80 D97 D70 D78
 English (50) 
    A15 A14 A16 A17 A13
 Ruy Lopez (47) 
    C72 C75 C84 C67 C92
 Sicilian Taimanov (31) 
    B45 B48 B47 B46
 Sicilian Najdorf (31) 
    B90 B92 B97 B94 B91
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   So vs E Safarli, 2009 0-1
   E Safarli vs A Obodchuk, 2014 1-0
   L'Ami vs E Safarli, 2007 0-1
   E Safarli vs A Donchenko, 2017 1-0
   E Safarli vs S Sjugirov, 2006 1-0
   E Safarli vs B Amin, 2013 1-0
   E Safarli vs T Krnan, 2015 1-0
   E Safarli vs G Guseinov, 2014 1/2-1/2
   E Safarli vs G Franchini, 2009 1-0
   A Seyb vs E Safarli, 2014 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   11th Essent Open (2007)
   Nakhchivan Open (2015)
   49th Biel Master Open (2016)
   Tata Steel Challengers (2016)
   Sharjah Masters (2018)
   World Junior Championship (2008)
   Dubai Chess Open (2015)
   Sunway Sitges Open (2021)
   8th Dubai Open (2006)
   European Championship (2018)
   World Junior Championship (2010)
   European Championship (2019)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)
   London Chess Classic Open (2016)
   Baku Olympiad (2016)

   🏆 Chessable Sunway Sitges
   Y Yu vs E Safarli (Dec-17-22) 1-0
   E Safarli vs Mukhammadali Abdurakhmonov (Dec-16-22) 1-0
   Daniel Garcia Ramos vs E Safarli (Dec-15-22) 0-1
   M Sidhant vs E Safarli (Dec-13-22) 1/2-1/2
   E Safarli vs M Wecker (Dec-12-22) 1-0

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(born May-18-1992, 30 years old) Azerbaijan

[what is this?]
He is a GM. He won the under 10 World Youth Championship in Heraklion in 2002. Azerbaijani champion in 2010. Winner of the 17th Chigorin Memorial in 2010 (St. Petersburg). His 7.5/11 result in the European Individual Championships (2013) qualified him to play in the World Cup (2013), where he defeated Egyptian #1, GM Bassem Amin in the first round, moving to round 2 where he lost to Hikaru Nakamura. In October 2013, he was second reserve for the bronze medal winning team SOCAR in the European Club Cup (2013). Safarli was one of the Organizer's Nominees for the World Cup (2015), but was eliminated from the event when he lost his first round match to Hungarian GM Csaba Balogh.

Wikipedia article: Eltaj Safarli

 page 1 of 44; games 1-25 of 1,096  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Safarli vs E Diktapanidis  1-0312001EYCC B10B07 Pirc
2. E Safarli vs S Guliyev  1-0392001EYCC B10B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
3. G Kanakaris vs E Safarli  0-1572001EYCC B10D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
4. E Safarli vs D Benidze  ½-½712001EYCC B10B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
5. M Matlakov vs E Safarli  1-0572001EYCC B10A00 Uncommon Opening
6. E Safarli vs P Lichmann  0-1352001EYCC B10B01 Scandinavian
7. A Sismanis vs E Safarli  0-1272001EYCC B10D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. E Safarli vs V Savanovic  0-1312001EYCC B10C26 Vienna
9. Jobava vs E Safarli 1-0322003Dubai op 5thB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
10. S Sale vs E Safarli  1-0512003Dubai op 5thB40 Sicilian
11. E Safarli vs Neverov  ½-½222003Dubai op 5thB54 Sicilian
12. M Dziuba vs E Safarli  1-0292003World Junior ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
13. C Esplana vs E Safarli  ½-½412003World Junior ChampionshipB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
14. E Safarli vs U Sevdimaliyev  1-0272003Wch U20B54 Sicilian
15. E Safarli vs L Pantsulaia  0-1512003World Junior ChampionshipB54 Sicilian
16. C Hanley vs E Safarli  ½-½252003World Junior ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
17. E Safarli vs G Rohit  0-1502003World Junior ChampionshipB56 Sicilian
18. E Safarli vs M Panchanathan  ½-½352003World Junior ChampionshipC46 Three Knights
19. J Jirka vs E Safarli  1-0482003World Junior ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Harikrishna vs E Safarli  1-0362004Dubai OpenE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
21. E Safarli vs Vakhidov 0-1272004Dubai OpenA43 Old Benoni
22. E Safarli vs A Gupta  1-0532004Dubai OpenB30 Sicilian
23. R Mamedov vs E Safarli  1-0302004Dubai OpenB83 Sicilian
24. E Moradiabadi vs E Safarli  ½-½362004Dubai OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
25. E Safarli vs S Kayumov  ½-½232004Dubai OpenD00 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 44; games 1-25 of 1,096  PGN Download
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Aug-06-08  BIDMONFA: Eltaj Safarli


Aug-06-08  DarthStapler: Surfin' Safarli!
Aug-08-08  VinnyRoo2002: I love the way this kid plays. I have no idea how good he'll become (I know he's pretty damn good already), but there's something really beautiful and original about the way he plays chess. I get a feeling he will climb up the rankings pretty rapidly.
Nov-01-08  notyetagm:

<A Corus of Online Approval

31 October 2008 15:50 PM | Last modified: 15:52>

Safarli playing in an ICC qualifier to earn the right to play in <2009 Corus C>!

Mar-03-09  Billy Vaughan: Strongest Azeri player whose last name does not end in the letter "v."
May-05-09  timhortons: Safarli is playing at dubai open 2009.

Wesley So preferred to play in biejing chess league rather than to defend his crown here.Maybe chinese chess league offer better pay and accomodation.

Safarli Eltaj (2599) - Priyadharshan K (2411) [B00]
11Dubai Dubai (9), 04.05.2009

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nf3 Be7 8.Bc4 0-0 9.0-0 Nc6 10.Bb3 Na5 11.Qe2 Nxb3 12.axb3 Be6 13.Rfd1 Qc7 14.Bg5 Rac8 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 16.Rac1 Be7 17.Nd5 Bxd5 18.Rxd5 f5 19.exf5 Rxf5 20.c4 Rcf8 21.Rf1 Qb6 22.Nd2 Rf4 23.g3 Rd4 24.Rxd4 Qxd4 25.Ne4 d5 26.Nc3 dxc4 27.Rd1 Qc5 28.bxc4 h6 29.Rd7 Bg5 30.Ne4 Qc6 31.Rd5 Bf6 32.Rd6 Qc8 33.Qd3 Bd8 34.Rd7 Bb6 35.c5 Bc7 36.Qd5+ Kh8 37.b4 a5 38.bxa5 Bxa5 39.Qxb7 Qxb7 40.Rxb7 Rc8 41.Kf1 1-0

May-05-09  timhortons:

Dubai Open participants.

May-17-09  ILikeFruits: i see him...
on playchess...
like every...
Jun-09-09  timhortons: Safarli equal Nakas playing time when it come to playing blitz/bullet online.


its either Safarli or Nakamura who top the bullet pool at

Jun-09-09  timhortons: Naka now kicking ass at eltaj safarli simply transfer playing at ICC and land in blitz top spot.

Jun-09-09  Udit Narayan: nice link!
Jun-27-09  Whitehat1963: How many young players can boast about defeating both Caruana and So while playing black? Here's one.
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  Tabanus: Safarli became Champion of Azerbaijan today with 6.5/9 and no losses,, congratulations!

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  Tabanus: And today 2nd in the 30th Open Internacional de Ajedrez "Villa de Benasque" 8-17 July 2010:

Nov-06-10  percyblakeney: Safarli was sole first in the Chigorin Memorial, going +6 -0 =3 in a rather strong field. Ivan Sokolov lost against Safarli but finished second, followed by Areshchenko, Andreikin, Dreev, Sakaev, etc:

Nov-15-10  wordfunph: congrats to GM Safarli for winning the 17th Chigorin Memorial!

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  Penguincw: Congrats to Eltaj Safarli for stopping Levan Pantsulaia cold at the Nakhchivan Open 2015. Pantsulaia had won all of his first 6 games (including beating 4th seed V Onischuk), but it was 7th seed Safarli who downed Pantsulaia. Both are now at 5/6 heading into Round 7.

Safarli will face 11th seed Gadir Guseinov (4.5/6) with black, while Pantsulaia will have white against 6th seed Tiviakov (also 4.5/6). Six other players are at 4.5/6.

So far, Safarli (2640) has gained a modest 6.3 rating points. If he wins his next 3 games, he could reach the top 100 live ratings (currently 2653.1 is needed).

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  Penguincw: And congrats to Safarli for winning the Nakhchivan Open 2015. Safarli would draw the next 2 games with black, and win in the final round with white against Pouya Idani. He finished in a tie for 1st with 7/9 (+5,-0,=4) with compatriot Gadir Guseinov, but edged him out on tiebreaks, which was average rating of opponents (2504 vs. 2413). Safarli entered as the 7th seed.

At 2640, he gained a solid 9.1 rating points to rise to, 2649.1, just 4 points behind #100 on the live ratings, Denis Khismatullin (2653.1).

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to GM Eltaj Safarli!
Jan-22-16  zanzibar: Public domain photo:

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  Penguincw: A bit late, but on his 26th birthday, Safarli draws Tiviakov with black in the final round en route to winning the Nakhchivan Open with a score of 7/9 (+5,-0,=4), edging out Mamedyarov on tiebreaks.
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  Penguincw: A bit late, but on his 26th birthday, Safarli draws Tiviakov with black in the final round en route to winning the Nakhchivan Open with a score of 7/9 (+5,-0,=4), edging out Mamedyarov on tiebreaks.

May-31-16  Conrad93: Weird. A KY Jelly ad on a chess site...
What's next? Viagra?
Oct-11-19  ketchuplover: Drawn goes Carlsen!
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  roberts partner: Looks like you mixed up two names. Carlsen drew today with Alexey Sarana. Safarli won today against Maxim Rodshtein.
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