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Teimour Radjabov
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Number of games in database: 2,055
Years covered: 1996 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2765 (2758 rapid, 2757 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2793

Overall record: +348 -156 =711 (57.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 840 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Reti System (103) 
    A04 A06 A05
 Queen's Gambit Declined (88) 
    D37 D38 D39 D30 D35
 Sicilian (86) 
    B97 B46 B96 B90 B43
 Queen's Pawn Game (74) 
    D02 A45 A46 E10 A50
 Slav (68) 
    D10 D15 D12 D17 D11
 Grunfeld (63) 
    D85 D97 D80 D86 D87
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (239) 
    B30 B33 B32 B31 B45
 King's Indian (217) 
    E97 E92 E60 E94 E81
 French Defense (107) 
    C11 C05 C02 C03 C01
 Ruy Lopez (73) 
    C67 C63 C65 C80 C78
 French (56) 
    C11 C00 C10 C12
 Queen's Gambit Declined (55) 
    D37 D35 D38 D31 D30
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kasparov vs Radjabov, 2003 0-1
   Shirov vs Radjabov, 2007 0-1
   Anand vs Radjabov, 2003 0-1
   Radjabov vs Anand, 2006 1-0
   Karjakin vs Radjabov, 2008 0-1
   Radjabov vs Karjakin, 2006 1-0
   Radjabov vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2008 1-0
   Radjabov vs O Bortnyk, 2016 1-0
   Ponomariov vs Radjabov, 2003 0-1
   Eljanov vs Radjabov, 2008 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02 (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Cap d'Agde (2006)
   European Championship (2005)
   Corus Group B (2001)
   Elista Grand Prix (2008)
   FIDE Grand Prix (2008)
   FIDE Moscow Grand Prix (2002)
   Corus Group A (2007)
   World Cup (2019)
   Airthings Masters 2020/21 (2020)
   Skilling Open (2020)
   FTX Crypto Cup (2021)
   World Cup (2011)
   World Cup (2005)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2012)

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   Radjabov vs. Ivanchuk by percyblakeney
   Azeri players' masterpieces by ahmadov
   Defesa Índia do Rei by Gerareis
   Blunderdome's favorite games of 2010-2011 by Blunderdome

   🏆 Meltwater Tour Final
   Vachier-Lagrave vs Radjabov (Oct-04-21) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Radjabov vs Vachier-Lagrave (Oct-04-21) 1-0, rapid
   Vachier-Lagrave vs Radjabov (Oct-04-21) 0-1, rapid
   Radjabov vs Mamedyarov (Oct-03-21) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Mamedyarov vs Radjabov (Oct-03-21) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Mar-12-1987, 34 years old) Azerbaijan

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Teimour Radjabov was born March 12, 1987 in Baku and started playing chess when he was four years old. He became an International Master in 1999 at the age of 11 years and 11 months and in 2001, at the age of 14 years and 14 days, he became the youngest Grandmaster in the world at the time, and the second youngest person after Bu Xiangzhi ever to become a GM at that time. In January 2002, with a rating of 2599 he entered FIDE's World Top 100 rating list, the 2nd youngest to ever do so after Judit Polgar, with an initial world ranking of 93rd. He has remained on this list ever since. He became the youngest player ever to defeat long-time World Champion Garry Kasparov in 2003. That same year he tallied wins against FIDE World Champions Viswanathan Anand and Ruslan Ponomariov.


In 1994, Radjabov won an U9-Tournament in Dresden winning all games. He was U10 European Champion 1996 and 1997, and U12 European and World Champion in 1998. In 1999, he won the European Under-18 Championship when he was still 12, a record that still stands.

Radjabov’s first tilt at the world championship cycle was during the FIDE World Championship knockout tournament held in Moscow in 2002, where he lost in the first round to Jaan Yukhanovich Ehlvest . In 2004, he made it to the semifinals of the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament, but lost to the British player Michael Adams after defeating Mateusz Bartel, Peter Heine Nielsen, Etienne Bacrot, Pavel Smirnov, and Leinier Dominguez Perez in preliminary rounds. In the FIDE World Cup (2005) qualifier, he bested Diego Flores and Murtas Muratovich Kazhgaleyev before losing to Loek van Wely in round 3. In the World Chess Cup (2007) , he beat Vladimir Genba before bowing out to Bartlomiej Macieja in round 2. At the World Cup (2009) he defeated Mohamed Ezat but lost to Konstantin Rufovich Sakaev in round 2. Despite his poor showing in the 2009 World Cup, Radjabov had placed second in the FIDE Grand Prix 2008–2010 series, qualifying him for the World Championship Candidates (2011) for the World Chess Championship 2012. There, Radjabov was eliminated in the quarterfinal by Vladimir Kramnik in blitz tiebreak after tieing the classical and rapid matches 2-2 each. By reason of his rating, he qualified for the World Cup (2011), where he defeated Cuban GM Francisco De la Paz Perdomo, Indian GM Parimarjan Negi, French GM Etienne Bacrot and Russian GM Dmitry Jakovenko in the early rounds, but lost to Ukrainian veteran, GM Vassily Ivanchuk, in their quarter final match. The sting of this loss was offset by being selected by the organisers to be the 8th Candidate at the World Championship Candidates (2013) that was held in London in March 2013, but he fared poorly, coming last with 4/14, losing half his games and shedding over 30 ratings points (for the rating period to 1 May 2013). He started participating in the 2012-13 Grand Prix, but his first foray in the series was the 3rd event, the FIDE Grand Prix Zug (2013), in which he placed equal last with 4.5/11. He subsequently withdrew from the Grand Prix series.

He qualified by rating to contest the World Cup (2013), where he defeated Jorge Cori in the first round and Cuban GM Lazaro Bruzon Batista in the second round tiebreaker. He was defeated by Russian GM and former Candidate Peter Svidler in the third round. This loss combined with Levon Aronian 's elimination in the third round, means that he cannot qualify for the Candidates via rating replacement, as he is second rating reserve after Karjakin; in other words he needed Aronian and Kramnik - who are otherwise the rating qualifiers to the Candidates - to both win through to the World Cup final for him to qualify on rating for the Candidates.

Qualifying as one of the organizer's nominees to play in the Grand Prix series 2014-2015, Radjabov scored 5.5/11 and sole 8th in both the FIDE Grand Prix Baku (2014) and the FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2014), all but eliminating him from contention for one of the top two places in the Grand Prix series, and qualification for the Candidates Tournament 2016. He still had a chance to qualify for the Candidates through the World Cup (2015), as he was one of the Organizer's Nominees to play in this event. He defeated young US GM Samuel Sevian and veteran Israeli GM Ilya Yulyevich Smirin in the first two rounds but fell to Russian GM Peter Svidler in the first set of third round tiebreakers to be eliminated from the Cup.

Classical tournaments

Radjabov’s early successes include winning the 1998 Kasparov Cup, and in Budapest. In 2001:

- he took =1st in the Alushta Spring 2001 with Alexander Riazantsev and Alexander Goloshchapov, while he

- came =2nd with the legendary Viktor Korchnoi behind the even more legendary Anatoly Karpov at the Najdorf memorial.

In 2002:

- he took 2nd place behind Kasparov at the Moscow World Chess Grand Prix 2002.

In 2003:

- Radjabov blooded himself in the super tournaments at Corus, Linares and Dortmund such that in the following year at Linares (2004) he scored an extremely creditable 6/12, placing =4th alongside Veselin Topalov , a point behind winner Kramnik and a half point behind joint second Kasparov and Peter Leko .

In 2005:

- he was outright 2nd behind Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu with 9.5/13 in the 6th European Individual Championship

- 1st at the powerful GM tournament at XIII Dos Hermanas (2005) and

- =6th with 6/9 behind the 5 joint first place getters by half point at Aeroflot A 2005.

The following year, in 2006:

- he came joint second at the prestigious Morelia-Linares (2006) and

- =2nd at Biel Int'l Festival (2006) with Magnus Carlsen behind Alexander Morozevich.

Radjabov's greatest success yet came at the start of 2007, when he shared first place at the category 19 Corus (2007) with Topalov and Levon Aronian.

In 2008:

- he came first at Odessa Chess Tournament

- =3rd with Anand behind Carlsen and Aronian at Corus (2008)

- he scored 8/13 (+4 -1 =8) to share first place in the Elista Grand Prix (2008) with Alexander Grischuk and Dmitry Jakovenko

- he came 3rd at M-Tel 2008 behind Vassily Ivanchuk and Topalov.

In 2009

- he scored 7.5/13 to come =2nd at Corus (2009) with Sergei Movsesian and Aronian half point behind Karjakin.

In 2010

- at the King's Tournament (2010) he came =2nd with Boris Gelfand behind Carlsen.

In 2012:

- at the Tata Steel (2012), he came =2nd with 8/13 (+3 -0 =10; TPR 2834) behind Aronian and alongside Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana, the only undefeated player in the A group.

- In June he came =2nd (3rd on tiebreak) alongside Fabiano Caruana in the category 22 Tal Memorial (2012) with 5/9 (+2 -1 =6; TPR 2818) behind Magnus Carlsen.

On 2013:

- Following on from his poor performances at the Candidates and the Grand Prix event at Zug, Radjabov also fared poorly in the category XXI Norway Chess (2013), scoring 3/9 and losing another 12 rating points.

- His poor form continued at the Kings Tournament (2013), where his 3.5/8 (-1 =7) placed him 4th out of a field of 5.

In 2014:

- He returned to top chess at the inaugural Gashimov Memorial (2014), a category XXII 6-player DRR event to commemorate the late Azeri grandmaster, and scored 5/10 placing =3rd behind Carlsen and Caruana, picking up 11 rating points.

In 2015:

- He participated in Tata Steel (2015), scoring 6/13 and finishing 8th out of 14.

Team Competition

<Olympiads and other national team events> Radjabov has represented his native Azerbaijan at the Olympiads since 2002, and won his first medal at the Chess Olympiad (2012) when he won individual bronze on the top board. He played board 2 for Azerbaijan at the Chess Olympiad (2014) held in Tromsø in Norway.

A regular participant in the European Team Championships since 2003, he led the Azerbaijani team to victory at the 17th European Team Championship (2009) in Novi Sad and in November 2011 to 2nd place at the European Team Championship (2011) at Porto Carras, Greece. Toward the end of 2013, Radjabov played board 2 for Azerbaijan, which won the gold medal at the European Team Championship (2013). In 2015, he also played board 2 for his country at the European Team Championship (2015).

He was also a member of the Azerbaijani team which lost the Azerbaijan vs the World (2009) by 10.5-21.5. He has also played for Azerbaijan in the World Team Championships; at the World Team Championship (2010), he won a silver medal for board 2, Azerbaijan coming fourth, and at the World Chess Team Championship (2011), he scored a bronze medal on the top board, although his team came 7th.

<European Club Cup> A regular participant in the European Club Cup, he has been a member of the winning team at the European Champion's Cup five times, once with the Bosna club from Bosnia in 2002, once with French NAO Chess Club team in 2004, once with the Ural Sverdlovsk region team in 2008, and twice with the SOCAR Baku team, in 2012 and 2014. He has also won team silver medal with the Ladja-Kazan club from Russia in 2006. He won an individual gold medal at the European Club Cup (2011), scoring 4.5/5 and a TPR of 3016 on the top board of SOCAR Baku, leading his team to a silver medal. The following year he helped his team, SOCAR Baku, to the gold medal at the European Club Cup (2012), scoring 4/6 on top board and in 2013 he played second board for SOCAR, this time helping his team to win bronze in the European Club Cup (2013). He struck gold twice at the European Club Cup (2014) when he won team and individual bronze (for 3+ 3+) playing board 5 for his team SOCAR Baku. at the European Club Cup (2015), he scored individual and team silver playing for SOCAR Baku. His total medal tally at the ECC is team: 5 golds 4 silvers 2 bronzes, and individually: 2 golds and 2 silver. (1)

<National Leagues> Radjabov has also competed in club and team championships in Greece, France, Spain and Russia.


A top class rapid player, Radjabov beat Carlsen in the Match of the Hopes (2007) by 3-2. In 2006 he was 1st at Cap d'Agde (2006), defeating Karjakin in the final. He lost the Chess Classic Mainz (2006) to Anand by 5-3 but in January 2008, he won the ACP World Rapid Cup in Odessa. In June 2014, he placed =6th with 10/15 at the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2014), a point behind the winner Carlsen. Also in that month, he was =12th with 12.5/21 in the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2014). Radjabov lost ratings points at the Mind Games rapid event in Beijing in December 2014, scoring only 2/7 against top level opponents, but gained nearly a 100 blitz points in his 3rd placed 18/30 result at the Mind Games blitz event. In 2015 he was equal second alongside Ian Nepomniachtchi and Leinier Dominguez Perez at the World Rapid Championship (2015) with 10.5/15, a point behind the winner Magnus Carlsen.


Radjabov's highest ever standard rating was 2793 in November 2012, when he also achieved his highest world ranking so far, ie: #4.


Radjabov's ICC handle is "Velimirovich" in tribute to the late tactical grandmaster Dragoljub Velimirovic. He is the UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador for Azerbaijan advocating universal salt iodization in Azerbaijan.

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Wikipedia article: Teimour Radjabov


Last updated: 2019-01-13 04:29:11

 page 1 of 83; games 1-25 of 2,072  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Radjabov vs M Goguadze  1-0281996Wch U10A06 Reti Opening
2. P Berta vs Radjabov 0-1281996EU-ch U10C02 French, Advance
3. T Manescu vs Radjabov 0-1901996EU-ch U10C05 French, Tarrasch
4. Harikrishna vs Radjabov 1-0301996Wch U10A10 English
5. Radjabov vs A Nakamura 1-0221996Wch U10A46 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Radjabov vs G Guseinov  1-0521996EU-ch U10D02 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Radjabov vs J C Sadorra  1-0461996Wch U10A04 Reti Opening
8. V Gashimov vs Radjabov  ½-½271996Wch U10B40 Sicilian
9. Radjabov vs I Cheparinov 1-0371996Wch U10A04 Reti Opening
10. Radjabov vs I Hera  1-0561996Wch U10B40 Sicilian
11. Radjabov vs Anisimov  1-0651996EU-ch U10A45 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Radjabov vs Wojtaszek ½-½221996EU-ch U10A05 Reti Opening
13. Radjabov vs Fier 1-0271996Wch U10A45 Queen's Pawn Game
14. M Erwich vs Radjabov  1-0321996Wch U10C02 French, Advance
15. Radjabov vs V Gashimov  ½-½211996EU-ch U10C45 Scotch Game
16. Radjabov vs A Avetisian  1-0231996EU-ch U10D00 Queen's Pawn Game
17. M Szablewski vs Radjabov ½-½1151996EU-ch U10A93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
18. A Murariu vs Radjabov  0-1481996EU-ch U10A07 King's Indian Attack
19. Anton Petrov vs Radjabov  1-0521997Kasparov CupC05 French, Tarrasch
20. Radjabov vs D Batsanin  0-1301997Kasparov CupA04 Reti Opening
21. A Mista vs Radjabov  1-0361997Kasparov CupA40 Queen's Pawn Game
22. G Guseinov vs Radjabov  ½-½491997Kasparov CupC10 French
23. Radjabov vs K Gratka 0-1441997Kasparov CupA04 Reti Opening
24. Radjabov vs G Sargissian 1-0471997Kasparov CupA04 Reti Opening
25. V Gashimov vs Radjabov  ½-½261997Kasparov CupA15 English
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  HeMateMe: Radjy's bio here says he lost half of his games at the 2013 candidates in London. Ouch! Seven losses? I'd say he's peaked, at this point in time.

If someone gets the virus during the tournament then they are forced to withdraw, all the remaining players are retested and the event goes on, with some rescheduling.

Chessplayers can't afford hookers, so at least one Avenue is closed off.

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  Jambow: Caoili has a checkered past with inciting trouble it seems. She is externally pretty to me at least and a bit homely on the inside. You meet these women in life who are able to get trouble instigated but someone else has to back them up...

Her comparison to Kournikova is absurd and delusional she has is it ssa backwards...

Mar-11-20  Everett: Disappointed both with Radjabov, and for him as well. How could anyone pass on this opportunity, if you REALLY wanted it?

All the reasoning in the world does not eliminate the probable cause: lack of desire

Mar-11-20  Everett: Meanwhile, MVL backs in to the Candidates without earning it. This just stinks
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  Petrosianic: In fact, he did earn it. There's a reason why he got the vacant spot and someone else didn't.
Mar-11-20  fisayo123: Oh Teimour. You used to be my favourite player (back when you played the Sicilian and King's Indian) but where has the ambition gone? Once in a lifetime opportunity to be the World Champion and you don't capitalize on it.
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  Petrosianic: <Once in a lifetime opportunity to be the World Champion>

If you used to be a fan of his, how could you not know that he's been in the Candidates before?

Mar-12-20  fisayo123: <Petrosianic> Of course I know that. Those two things do not contradict one another. Every chance you play in the Candidates is a once in a lifetime opportunity to qualify for the WC match.
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  Petrosianic: If you get, say, five such opportunities, then none of them were "once in a lifetime". That's just basic math.
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  Petrosianic: I think I see what you're getting at, but it's hyperbole.

Like saying every day is a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to the grocery store (because this is the only time in your life that you can ever go TODAY). But if there's nothing special about going today versus going any other day, then people wouldn't normally call that a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. That's not to say that candidates opportunities aren't quite rare, though.

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  Absentee: <Petrosianic: Like saying every day is a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to the grocery store (because this is the only time in your life that you can ever go TODAY)>

What if you could go to the grocery store... TWICE? In the same day!

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  perfidious: <parmetd: Not sure I follow why the Kournikova reference makes you angry?>

The reason why I considered that Caoili likening her career in chess to that of Kournikova as a tennis player was nettlesome and utterly gormless is summed up well below:

<fabelhaft....Caoili making this comparison herself (that the difference between the two is that Caoili knows how to play chess while Kournikova doesn’t know how to play tennis) is at least unfair to Kournikova. She reached #8 in the world, a Wimbledon semi in single, won Grand Slams in double where she was ranked #1 in the world.

Caoili was never anywhere close to the best women in the world. Her latest classical event, when she was 28, was against players in the lower 2200s and she scored more losses than draws and no wins. At her peak rating she was 376 Elo below #1 on the women’s list.

So I have my doubts about her being right about considering herself so much better than Kournikova :-)>

Mar-26-20  Jafar219: He was right.
Jul-25-20  macer75: <Arianne Caoili tweets: <What a little pussy. Good luck @Vachier_Lagrave !!!>>

That's all I'm gonna say about that.

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  perfidious: That whole business is done with; really, there is no more fit to say on the matter.
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  MissScarlett: <Teimour Radjabov

Level 1:
The terrorist state of Armenia is attacking civilians again and again, 5 dead, 35 wounded, Ganja city is outside of the conflict zone but getting attacked again and again, just shows the terroristic behavior of their leadership and military forces. #StopArmenianTerrorism

11:48 PM · Oct 16, 2020>

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  Messiah: The Donald Trump of chess.
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  transpose: I like Radjabov's chess--he played extremely sharp openings when he first entered the world scene--he has since adopted more solid openings but quite capable of defeating anyone on any given day. His performance in the Airthings Masters (rapid) is world class. His ability to remain calm in time pressure is also admirable--I think I read once he was a Bhuddist.
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  MissScarlett: Congrats on <Making Azerbaijan Great Again>...wherever it is.
May-16-21  macer75: MAGA!
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  ketchuplover: vs. Shak today I think 10.Bxd5 is worth a shot :)
May-24-21  Albertan: 'Teimour Radjabov has, as expected, been given a spot in the 2022 Candidates Tournament after his pandemic concerns saw him replaced by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave for the event that began in 2020. The other spots will go to the loser of this year’s World Championship match, two players in the World Cup, two players in the FIDE Grand Swiss and finally two players from a FIDE Grand Prix Series set to take place from February to April next year. Potentially we can then have the Candidates and another World Championship match in 2022.'


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  fabelhaft: <two players from a FIDE Grand Prix Series set to take place from February to April next year. Potentially we can then have the Candidates and another World Championship match in 2022>

That sounds like a tough schedule. If some players are supposed to qualify in April, how soon after that can they hold Candidates? Very little time to prepare for some players.

If they are supposed to start a Grand Prix tournament series in February and try to finish it already before May, the Candidates could hardly be played immediately afterwards, and then they would be supposed to squeeze in a title match before the year is over as well.

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  fabelhaft: The latest Candidates had a very similar schedule as the bunch before it. The event was scheduled to be finished in April, but all the players qualified for it the previous year. The last player in was the wild card, announced in December. But still, quite a few months to prepare for all the qualified players.

The idea about having some players qualify for the Candidates through a tournament series beginning in February and ending in April, and holding the title match the same year, will leave very little time between qualification and Candidates.

I wonder why it’s suddenly such a hurry? Most of the next Candidates field will be in well before this title match is played. When Carlsen played Caruana the qualifications for the next Candidates were far into the future, with most of the qualification events held around a year after the match. I guess they want to make up for time lost somehow but it all feels a bit too hurried.

Interesting also that the rating spots are gone, no easy way in for players like Caruana and Ding Liren. They will have to do great in knockout, Swiss, or Grand Prix tournament series to get into the Candidates.

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  Whitehat1963: This is probably at the very least a tired if not silly topic, but do we really believe that Radjabov’s peak rating (2793) being higher than Fischer’s peak rating (2785) or Karpov’s peak rating (2780) actually means that Radjabov at his best was a better player than Fischer or Karpov at their best?

Maybe, but I find it extremely hard to believe.

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