National chess player places sixth at European Championship

September 6, 2021 10:14 am (UTC + 04:00 am)


By Laman Ismayilova

Azerbaijani chess player Rauf Mammadov finished sixth at the European Men’s Chess Championship in Iceland.

The 2021 European Individual Chess Championship is a qualifying event for the 2023 FIDE World Cup.

Rauf Mammadov scored 7.5 points in the chess tournament.

Nijat Mammadov, who scored the same number of points, took 17th place thanks to additional indicators.

Another national chess player, including Nijat Abasov, took 42nd place (6.5 points), while Aydin Suleymanli took 67th place (6 points) and Riad Samadov took 91st (5.5 points).

The winner of the eleven-round tournament was Anton Demchenko (Russia).

Rauf Mammadov is three-time national champion. He participated in the FIDE World Cup in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2015.

He played in the gold medalist Azerbaijani team at the European Team Chess Championships in 2009, 2013 and 2017. The chess player produced the best tournament field 4 performance in 2017, scoring 8 / 9 for a score of 2920.

Nidjat Mamedov received the title of FIDE Grand Master in 2006. He played for Azerbaijan at the 2000 Chess Olympics in Istanbul, Turkey and at the 2010 and 2013 World Team Chess Championships.

Nijat Abasov reached his all-time highest score of 2,670 and was ranked No. 3 in Azerbaijan and No. 67 in the world last year.

Aydin Suleymanli has repeatedly represented Azerbaijan at the European Youth Chess Championships and the World Youth Chess Championships in different age groups, where he won three gold medals. In 2021, he won the Niksic Memorial with a score of 8/9.

Chess has been a popular game in Azerbaijan for centuries with ancient roots closely linked to traditions. The country could preserve these traditions as chess remains an extremely popular sport at the moment.

The earliest references to chess in Azerbaijan can be found in the works of 12th-century poets such as Khaqani and Nizami as well as in the works of one of the country’s most respected literary figures, Fuzuli.

The 42nd Chess Olympiad in Baku is a prime example of the great attention paid to the development of chess games in the country.

Almost 2,000 chess players from 175 countries took part in the tournament.

National chess players have always occupied high places in the highest ranked tournaments.

Shahriyar Mammadyarov is a three-time European team champion (2009, 2013 and 2017) and gold medalist at the 2012 Chess Olympics on the third chessboard.

In June 2016, Mammadyarov won the 3rd Shamkir chess tournament, the Vugar Gashimov Memorial. He beat Fabiano Caruana and Anish Giri in the last two rounds, which put him in a tie-breaking situation with Caruana. He beat Caruana in the tie-break, giving him the tournament victory.

In 2021, Mammadyarov defeated 13-time world champion Garry Kasparov at the Grand Chess Tour in Zagreb (Croatia).

Another Azerbaijani grandmaster, Teymour Rajabov, defeated Kasparov in 2003.

Teymur Rajabov obtained the title of Grandmaster at the age of 14, making him the second youngest Grandmaster in history at the time. In 2003, Rajabov gained international attention after defeating then-world No.1 Garry Kasparov in the Linares tournament, followed by victories over former world champions Viswanathan Anand and Ruslan Ponomariov in the same year.

GM Eltaj Safarli won the Azerbaijani Championships in 2010 and 2016. Safarli played in the Azerbaijani silver medalist team at the 2011 European Chess Team Championship.

Despite his short life, Vugar Hashimov made a remarkable contribution to the history of chess in Azerbaijan.

He played for the Azerbaijani national team at the Chess Olympics in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008.

Hashimov won a bronze medal at the European team championship in 2007 and became European champion with the national team in 2009. He was vice-European national team champion in 2011 and winner of the tournament. Reggio Emilia in 2010-2011. .

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