National GM wins his first victory in Tata Steel Masters

15 January 2018 11:59 (UTC+04:00)

By Laman Ismayilova

Azerbaijani GM Shahriyar Mammadyarov continues his successful performances at the world competitions.

The chess player won the first victory in the tournament "Tata Steel Masters" in the second round.

The 33-year-old grandmaster defeated the Chinese Hou Yifan, Trend reported. His asset is one and a half points, which put him on the fourth line of the tournament.

 National GM will meet with the Russian Maxim Matlakov in the third round on January 16.

The 80th Tata Steel Chess Tournament is held in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands on January 12-28.

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament is one of the most prestigious events in the international chess calendar. The "Wimbledon of Chess" attracts the very best chess grandmasters in the world, along with thousands of amateur players.

The tournament has two main player groups, each with 14 players. They are known as the Tata Steel Masters and the Tata Steel Challengers. Both the Masters and the Challengers played their first round on  January 13. In addition to Grandmaster events, the Tata Steel Chess Tournament also organises amateur events that are open to players of all levels.

Shahriyar Mammadyarov is a two-time World Junior Champion and gold-medalist at European Team Championships. After winning Essent Tournament in 2006, Mammadyarov achieved the world fame. He was the best player at the World Team Chess Championships 2009.

The national GM won the team gold medal for Azerbaijan at the European Team Chess Championship in 2009, 2013 and 2017. Shahriyar represented Azerbaijan at the Chess Olympiads in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010 and 2016.

Azerbaijani GM ended the year at the third place of the FIDE rating list for 2017.

The national chess player managed to do this with a high rating of 2,804 after scoring 3.5/4 in the classical segment of the 2017 Nutcracker tournament in Moscow.

In 2017, Azerbaijani men's chess team, including Shahriyar Mammadyarov,Teymur Rajabov, Arkady Naidich, Rauf Mammadov and Gadir Huseynov claimed a glorious victory in the history of national chess, becoming the third-time European champion during the last eight years.

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Laman Ismayilova  is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova

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