Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

 Azerbaijan

Born on April 12nd, 1985, FIDE rating: 2814 (April 2018)

Mamedyarov competed in the Candidates Tournament in 2011 and 2014. After winning the 2017 FIDE Grand Prix he qualified for the Candidates Tournament 2018 and took the second place there. 

A gold medalist at the 2012 Chess Olympiad on the third board, he is a three-time European Team Champion as a member of Azerbaijan’s national team (2009, 2013, 2017).  

In 2003 he won the World Junior Chess Championship. He repeated his victory in 2005 (thus becoming the only two-time champion among juniors). 

In June 2013 Mamedyarov won the World Rapid Chess Championship. 

The two times winner of the tournament "Shamkir Chess" dedicated to the memory of Vugar Gashimov. Mamedyarov won two times in the European Chess Club Cup by playing at SOCAR  Azerbaijan team.