National directors general among the top 100 chess players
November 1, 2021 11:55 am (UTC + 04:00 am)
By Laman Ismayilova
The International Chess Federation (FIDE) has updated its ranking of the top 100 chess players in the world.
Azerbaijani chess player Shahriyar Mammadyarov took 11th place in the table, scoring 2,765 points.
At the same time, Teymur Rajabov placed 13th with 2,763 points.
The first place in the standings was taken by the Norwegian Magnus Carlsen (2,855 points), while the second and third places went to the Chinese Ding Liren (2,799 points) and the American chess player Fabiano Caruana (2,791 points).
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 three-time European team champion (2009, 2013 and 2017) and gold medalist at the 2012 Chess Olympics on the third chessboard.
He won the World Junior Chess Championship in 2003 and repeated his victory in 2005, becoming the only two-time champion, reaching a performance score of 2,953 after eight rounds. After winning the Essent tournament in 2006, Shahriyar gained worldwide fame.
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 beating then-world No.1 Garry Kasparov in the Linares tournament, followed by victories over former world champions Viswanathan Anand and Ruslan Ponomariov, all in the same year. .
He also won the European Team Chess Championship with Azerbaijan in 2009, 2013 and 2017. His main individual achievements include joint first place in the 2008 Elista Grand Prix, the 2017 Geneva Grand Prix and the Cup of the FIDE world 2019.
General manager Eltaj Safarli won the Azerbaijani Championships in 2010 and 2016. Safarli played in the Azerbaijani silver medalist team at the European Team Chess Championships in Porto Carras in 2011 alongside Shahriyar Mammadyarov, Teymur Rajabov , Vugar Hashimov and Qadir Huseynov, previously winning a bronze medal. medal in 2007 and gold in 2009.
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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