Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

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Shakhriyar Hamid oglu Mammadyarov () (born 12 April 1985 in Sumgayit, Azerbaijan), also known for his Shah nickname, is a chess Grandmaster. On the September 2010 FIDE rating list he was ranked number nine in the world with an Elo rating of 2756.

Early career

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov was born April 12, 1985 in Sumgayit, Azerbaijan.

In 2003 he won the World Junior Chess Championship. He repeated his victory in 2005 (thus becoming the only two-time champion), achieving an incredible 2953 performance rating after eight rounds.

In 2005 Mamedyarov competed at European Club Cup and had the second highest performance rating (2913) among all of the participants (Vassily Ivanchuk had the highest).

IM Goran Antunac has commented that Mamedyarov is a true virtuoso at handling the pieces, always finding the best squares for them.

Mamedyarov attained joint first place in Aeroflot Open in Moscow in February 2006, with a score of 6½/9. In October 2006, he won the closed Essent Chess Tournament in Hoogeveen with 4½ of six games, beating Judit Polgár on Sonneborn-Berger.

In the Chess World Cup 2007 Mamedyarov advanced to the third round where he was knocked out by Ivan Cheparinov.

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