Teimour Radjabov

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Teimour Radjabov
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Country  Azerbaijan
Born
12 March 1987 (1987-03-12) (age 27)
Baku, Azerbaijan, USSR
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2793
(#4 in the January 2013 FIDE ranking list)
Peak rating 2793 (November 2012)

Teimour Radjabov,[1] born 12 March 1987 in Baku, Azerbaijan, is the leading Azerbaijani chess player.

Radjabov earned the title of Grandmaster in March 2001 at the age of 14, making him the second-youngest grandmaster in history at that time (to Bu Xiangzhi).[2] Radjabov's playing style has been described as attacking and tactically influenced.[3][4]

Radjabov came second in the FIDE Grand Prix 2008–2010, qualifying him for the Candidates tournament for the World Chess Championship of 2012.

Radjabov is the youngest player ever to make the FIDE Top 100 Players list. His rating of 2599 in January 2002 ranked 93rd in the world while he was still 14 years old.[5]

In 2003, Radjabov defeated Garry Kasparov, Viswanathan Anand, and Ruslan Ponomariov with the black pieces. He is probably the first player ever to beat three former and reigning FIDE World Chess Champions with the black pieces in one year.

Radjabov reached the semi-finals (earning a bronze medal) at the FIDE World Chess Championship 2004.

Start of chess board.
a8 black king b8 black king c8 black king d8 black rook e8 black king f8 black king g8 black king h8 black rook
a7 black king b7 black king c7 black king d7 black king e7 black bishop f7 black king g7 black pawn h7 black king
a6 black pawn b6 black queen c6 black knight d6 black king e6 black pawn f6 black king g6 black king h6 black king
a5 black king b5 black pawn c5 black king d5 black pawn e5 white pawn f5 black king g5 black king h5 black king
a4 black king b4 black king c4 black pawn d4 white pawn e4 black king f4 white bishop g4 black knight h4 black king
a3 white pawn b3 black king c3 white pawn d3 black king e3 black king f3 black king g3 white knight h3 black king
a2 black king b2 white pawn c2 black king d2 white queen e2 white bishop f2 black king g2 black king h2 white pawn
a1 white rook b1 black king c1 black king d1 black king e1 white king f1 black king g1 black king h1 white rook
End of chess board.
Position after 21.Be2. Radjabov (Black) surprises Kasparov by sacrificing a knight for the initiative.

Position from Kasparov – Rajabov[change | change source]

In this key position play went:

21... Ngxe5!?
22. Qe3 Nd7
23. Qxe6 Bh4
24. Qg4 g5
25. Bd2 Rde8 and Black eventually won.

If Kasparov had taken the knight play would have gone:

22. Bxe5 Nxe5
23. dxe5 d4!

and Black comes through the centre.

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