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Eltaj Safarli (Azerbaijani: Eltac Səfərli; born 18 May 1992 in Baku) is an Azerbaijani chess Grandmaster.[1] As of December 2018, he is ranked as No. 5 in Azerbaijan and No. 72 in the world rankings.

Eltaj Safarli
Eltaj Safarli 2018.jpg
Eltaj Safarli, 43rd Chess Olympiad
Full nameEltac Səfərli
Country Azerbaijan
Born (1992-05-18) May 18, 1992 (age 27)
Baku, Azerbaijan
TitleGrandmaster (2008)
FIDE rating2593 (September 2019)
Peak rating2694 (October 2016)
RankingNo. 72 (December 2018)
Peak rankingNo. 46 (October 2016)
Eltaj Safarli
Medal record
Representing  Azerbaijan
Men's Chess
European Championship
Silver medal – second place 2011 Porto Carras Team
Gold medal – first place 2013 Warsaw Team

He entered tournaments from the age of 6, with modest success.[2] Safarli won the Azerbaijan Championships in 2010 and 2016.[3] He won the under 10 World Youth Chess Championship in Heraklion in 2002.[4]

Team competitionsEdit

Safarli played in the silver medal-winning Azerbaijani team at the European Team Chess Championship in Porto Carras in 2011, alongside Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Teimour Radjabov, Vugar Gashimov and Qadir Huseynov.

Notable tournament victoriesEdit

  • 2010 Mikhail Chigorin Memorial, Saint Petersbourg, 1st
  • Winner of Azerbaijan Chess Championship (2010, 2016)
  • Co-winner of the Tata Steel Challengers Tournament 2016 (+6-1=5)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Eltaj Safarli Wins Mikhail Chigorin Memorial". Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Eltaj Safarli Interview (and game against Wesley So)". Chess Videos, Chess DVDs, Chess Software and more. 2011-10-16. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  3. ^ "Eltaj Safarli and Narmin Kazimova are new champions of Azerbaijan - Chessdom". www.chessdom.com. Retrieved 2016-04-07.
  4. ^ "The Week in Chess 420". theweekinchess.com. Retrieved 2016-04-07.

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