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Rauf Mamedov
R Mamedov 
photograph copyright © 2007 Zahir Ahmadov
Number of games in database: 1,462
Years covered: 1997 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2654 (2691 rapid, 2660 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2709

Overall record: +309 -136 =438 (59.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 579 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (226) 
    B22 B40 B51 B52 B50
 Caro-Kann (73) 
    B10 B18 B11 B13 B12
 French Defense (63) 
    C07 C10 C05 C03 C02
 Ruy Lopez (51) 
    C77 C67 C65 C78 C69
 King's Indian Attack (51) 
 Giuoco Piano (50) 
    C53 C54 C50
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (256) 
    B31 B32 B22 B30 B33
 King's Indian (150) 
    E91 E94 E81 E67 E60
 Queen's Pawn Game (67) 
    A41 A40 A45 A46 D00
 Sicilian Dragon (39) 
    B76 B78 B36 B72 B77
 Slav (36) 
    D12 D10 D17 D11 D18
 Robatsch (35) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Mamedov vs U Bajarani, 2010 1-0
   R Mamedov vs J Mullon, 2011 1-0
   R Mamedov vs Shengelia, 2001 1-0
   R Mamedov vs S Feller, 2008 1-0
   R Mamedov vs Wojtaszek, 2014 1-0
   E Alekseev vs R Mamedov, 2018 0-1
   R Mamedov vs A Shomoev, 2009 1-0
   V Durarbayli vs R Mamedov, 2007 0-1
   R Mamedov vs A Riazantsev, 2015 1-0
   R Mamedov vs Wang Hao, 2014 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Team Championship (2017)
   Baku Open (2010)
   Baku Chess Festival (2007)
   European Championship (2011)
   Batumi op (2001)
   European Championship (2010)
   Corsica Masters Open (2011)
   World Junior Championship (2008)
   Dubai Open (2004)
   European Championship (2018)
   European Championship (2008)
   European Championship (2019)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)
   FIDE Online Olympiad (2020)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Millionaire Chess (Blitz Tiebreaks) 2016 by Tabanus

   🏆 World Blitz Championship
   R Mamedov vs Santos Latasa (Dec-30-21) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   D Gukesh vs R Mamedov (Dec-30-21) 1-0, blitz
   R Mamedov vs V Durarbayli (Dec-30-21) 1-0, blitz
   Harikrishna vs R Mamedov (Dec-30-21) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   J van Foreest vs R Mamedov (Dec-30-21) 1-0, blitz

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(born Apr-26-1988, 33 years old) Azerbaijan

[what is this?]
Mamedov became a Grandmaster in April 2004, a few days before his 16th birthday when he won the Dubai Open. He is the 2008 Champion of Ajerbaijan, came =1st at the category 16 SPICE tournament in Lubbock, Texas in 2009 and placed 6th in the Baku Open (2010). His =5th (9th on tiebreak) at the 12th European Individual Championship (2011) qualified him for the World Cup (2011), where he bowed out in the first round to Indian GM Abhijeet Gupta. In 2012, he placed =4th with 6/9 at the 6th International Tashkent Open, Memorial of Agzamov. In June 2013, he came =5th (6th on tiebreak) at the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2013) with 19.5/30, a point from the lead. In September 2013, he was outright first at the US Masters 2013. In July 2015, he was =1st (2nd on tiebreak behind Aleksandr Lenderman) at the World Open. One of the Organizer's Nominees to the World Cup (2015), Mamedov won his first round game against Russian GM Evgeny Najer, but was eliminated from the event by losing to Fabiano Caruana in the second round.


Wikipedia article: Rauf Mammadov

 page 1 of 63; games 1-25 of 1,557  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Mamedov vs Radjabov ½-½801997Wch U10C05 French, Tarrasch
2. R Mamedov vs G Guseinov  1-0431999Baku-B U18B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
3. A Pashikian vs R Mamedov  1-0321999EU-ch U12B72 Sicilian, Dragon
4. R Mamedov vs E Romanov  ½-½521999EU-ch U12C45 Scotch Game
5. O Berezin vs R Mamedov  1-0272000Donetsk City-chE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
6. L Volkov vs R Mamedov  1-0342000Donetsk City-chB30 Sicilian
7. S Titus vs R Mamedov  1-0502000Donetsk City-chB30 Sicilian
8. R Mamedov vs I Abdelnabbi  0-1522000Dubai OpenB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
9. Sadegi Adel vs R Mamedov  ½-½292000Dubai OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
10. R Mamedov vs N Saleh  1-0552000Dubai OpenB02 Alekhine's Defense
11. R Mamedov vs R Graf  0-1322000Dubai OpenC03 French, Tarrasch
12. A Moussa Othman vs R Mamedov  1-0432000Dubai OpenE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
13. S Tayeb vs R Mamedov  ½-½402000Dubai OpenB72 Sicilian, Dragon
14. Fier vs R Mamedov  ½-½262000Wch U12B97 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. R Mamedov vs G Kacheishvili  0-1542001Cappelle op 17thE46 Nimzo-Indian
16. M Abdullaev vs R Mamedov  0-1582001Batumi OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. R Mamedov vs Z Izoria  ½-½832001Batumi OpenB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
18. Mamedyarov vs R Mamedov 1-0412001Batumi OpenC11 French
19. R Mamedov vs K Rukhaia  ½-½662001Batumi OpenC41 Philidor Defense
20. L Gogochuri vs R Mamedov  0-1252001Batumi OpenB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
21. R Mamedov vs I Tsurtsumia  1-0352001Batumi OpenB06 Robatsch
22. M Gagunashvili vs R Mamedov 0-1362001Batumi OpenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
23. R Mamedov vs Shengelia 1-0482001Batumi OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. T Gelashvili vs R Mamedov  1-0452001Batumi OpenB20 Sicilian
25. S Djeranian vs R Mamedov  ½-½502001EU-ch U14B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
 page 1 of 63; games 1-25 of 1,557  PGN Download
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Dec-14-09  notyetagm: And now the exact same tactical idea I saw in a blitz game moments ago.

42 ?

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42 e3-e4+!!

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[Event "ICC 3 0"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2009.12.14"]
[Round "-"]
[White "Silent-Bomber"]
[Black "VerdeNotte"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ICCResult "Black resigns"]
[WhiteElo "3216"]
[BlackElo "3343"]
[Opening "King's Indian: fianchetto, classical variation"] [ECO "E67"]
[NIC "KI.65"]
[Time "05:18:28"]
[TimeControl "180+0"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. O-O d6 6. c4 Nbd7 7. Nc3 e5 8. h3 Re8 9. dxe5 Nxe5 10. Nxe5 dxe5 11. Qb3 c6 12. Be3 Qc7 13. Rfd1 Be6 14. Na4 Nd7 15. Rd2 Nb6 16. Nxb6 axb6 17. Bxb6 Qe7 18. Rad1 Ra6 19. Bd8 Qc5 20. Qxb7 Qxc4 21. b3 Qb5 22. Qxb5 cxb5 23. Bb7 Ra7 24. Bc6 Rf8 25. Bxb5 Bxh3 26. a4 Be6 27. Bb6 Rb7 28. Bc5 Bxb3 29. Bxf8 Bxf8 30. Rd7 Rb6 31. Rc1 Kg7 32. Rc6 Rb8 33. Bc4 Bxc4 34. Rxc4 Rb2 35. Rcc7 Kh6 36. Rxf7 Bd6 37. Rxh7+ Kg5 38. Rc6 Bb8 39. e3 Ra2 40. Rg7 Rxa4 41. Rcxg6+ Kf5 42. e4+ Rxe4 43. g4+ Rxg4+ 44. Rxg4 e4 45. R4g5+ Kf4 46. R5g6 Kf5 47. Rb6 Bf4 48. Rf7+ Kg5 49. Rb5+ Kg4 50. Rxf4+ Kxf4 51. Kg2 e3 52. Rb4+ Kf5 53. fxe3 Ke5 54. Kf3 Ke6 55. e4 Kf6 56. Ke3 Ke6 57. Rb5 Kd6 58. Kf4 Kc6 59. Rd5 Kc7 60. Ke5 Kc6 61. Kd4 Kc7 62. e5 Kc6 63. e6 Kb7 64. e7 Ka6 65. e8=Q Kb6 66. Qe6+ Ka7 1-0

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  Tabanus: Placed 6th in Baku Open (Azerbaijan) 23-31 August 2010:

Nov-16-10  BobCrisp: He's going for the record of Colonel Moreau.
Feb-06-13  Jafar219: Mamedov rules Moscow!
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  al wazir: The shirt he's wearing in the photo reads "KGB" and "USSR." Is there a message there?
Aug-14-14  Strongest Force: I wouldn't want to meet Rauf in a dark alley. He is big and looks mean. Actually, I though Rauf was Nak, online. They were both 14 and Rauf became one of only two "talk-buddies" that I had online at that time. The other was Kamsky: two very nice guys.
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  cro777: Rauf Mamedov, the 2015 champion of Azerbaijan, is likely to replace Wesley So at the 2nd Vugar Gashimov Memorial which should take place from 16-25th April in Shamkir, Azerbaijan.

Wesley So will compete at the USA Championship which is scheduled for March 31 to April 14 in Saint Louis.

Schedule conflict?

Mar-20-15  CountryGirl: Rauf is an absolute killer at blitz. Have a look at some of his games on YouTube - he has great wins against the cream of the world's elite. No one is safe!
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Rauf Mamedov for entering the top 100 live ratings. His draw against Anand today gave him 1.9 points, which bumps him up to 2654.3 and 99th place.
Apr-26-15  offramp: Happy birthday to him. In the picture of him on this page, what is that T-shirt he is wearing? It seems to say CCCP, ie the USSR.
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  Penguincw: Happy 26th birthday to Rauf Mamedov. Good luck in his game today against Carlsen, with black.

P.S. Even if he loses, he'll still be at 2655.4, which is currently 93rd.

Apr-26-15  offramp: <Penguincw: Happy 26th birthday to Rauf Mamedov. Good luck in his game today against Carlsen, with black. P.S. Even if he loses, he'll still be at 2655.4, which is currently 93rd.>

I like the extra 0.4 in <2655.4>. It means that if he is about to enter a revolving door at the same time as a GM rated only 2655.0, then RAUF goes in FIRST!!

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  whiteshark: "<Rauf Mamedov> was by far the lowest-rated player in the recent Shamkir Chess tournament and did in fact finish last, but his seven draws and two losses were anything but a bad result in his first supertournament. In an <interview> after the event he talks about what it was like to face the giants of the game and how losing to Carlsen on his birthday was a useful wake-up call for the Nakhchivan Open."

May-06-15  torrefan: Needs to lose weight to win tournaments.

Fat players don't win tournaments nowadays.

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  Penguincw: Rauf Mamedov came close to winning the World Open: he scored 7/9 (+5,-0,=4), which was tied with Aleksandr Lenderman, but he lost the Armageddon game.
Apr-26-16  Conrad93: He's the only player I know of at this level, who plays the KID consistently, but he plays it in his own style, sometimes even choosing novel moves early in the game.

The only comparable player I can think of is Ilya Smirin, but I think Smirin has the edge over Mamedov.

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  HeMateMe: Can anyone explain the Coat of Arms on Rauf's shirt, in his photo here?

"Alex, I'll take middle Asia medieval Coat of Arms for 1000, please."

Apr-20-18  zborris8:
Apr-25-18  ChessHigherCat: <offramp: Happy birthday to him. In the picture of him on this page, what is that T-shirt he is wearing? It seems to say CCCP, ie the USSR.>

And even more disturbing than that, the three-letter word above it seems to be K G ?

What could the third letter B?

Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Could be Kappa Gamma <???>

Beta, Gamma, Epsilon, Eta, Iota, Kappa, Mu, Nu, Pi (long shot), Rho.

Rho, Rho, Rho your boat, gently down the Volga...

Apr-25-18  ChessHigherCat: <WannaBe: Could be Kappa Gamma <???> Beta, Gamma, Epsilon, Eta, Iota, Kappa, Mu, Nu, Pi (long shot), Rho.>

Why is Pi a long shot? Sounds logical to me: Ma made off with the pie.

Apr-26-18  zborris8:
You can buy that T-shirt here:
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  Penguincw: Carlsen vs. Mamedov, chess24 blitz video.

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  Penguincw: Facing Carlsen must have done wonders for him.

Mamedov is the last perfect player at Aeroflot 2020, with 3/3

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  Penguincw: Mamedov finishes in a 4 way tie for 1st at Aeroflot, losing out on tiebreaks.

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