(#4 in the January 2013 FIDE ranking list)
|Peak rating||2793 (November 2012)|
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). Radjabov's playing style has been described as attacking and tactically influenced.
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.
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.
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.