National GM defeats Dutch chess player
By Laman Ismayilova
Azerbaijani chess player Shahriyar Mammadyarov has won the seventh round of the Norway Chess 2022 tournament, reports Azernews.
Shahriyar Mammadyarov beat his Dutch rival Anish Giri and finished third in the top 10, scoring 11.5 points.
Meanwhile, Teymur Rajabov lost to Indian Viswanathan Ananda in an Armageddon match in Norway Chess 2022.
Norway Chess 2022 will last until June 10. According to the rules, chess players receive three points for victory. In the event of a tie, participants determine the winner of the Armageddon game.
The first edition took place in 2013 and had ten participants, including seven of the ten highest rated players in the world according to the FIDE World Rankings of May 2013.
Shahriyar Mammadyarov is a three-time European team champion (2009, 2013 and 2017) and gold medalist at the 2012 Chess Olympiad on the third board.
He won the World Junior Chess Championship in 2003 and repeated his victory in 2005, becoming the only double champion, earning a performance rating 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-break situation with Caruana. He beat Caruana on a tie-break, giving him the tournament victory.
In 2021, Mammadyarov defeated 13-time world champion Garry Kasparov in the Grand Chess Tour of Zagreb (Croatia).
Teymur Rajabov defeated Kasparov in 2003. Teymur Rajabov achieved the Grandmaster title at the age of 14, making him the second youngest Grandmaster in history at the time.
In 2003, Rajabov came to 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 all in the same year.
He also won the European Team Chess Championship with Azerbaijan in 2009, 2013 and 2017. His major individual achievements include joint first place at the 2008 Elista Grand Prix, 2017 Geneva Grand Prix and Coupe FIDE World Cup 2019.
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