Date of birth: 12 April 1985
Highest World ranking: 4
Current World Ranking: 22
Highest rating: 2772
Current rating: 2729
Hobbies: football, bowling, music, ping-pong, horse-riding
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov was born on 12th April 1985 in Sumgait , Azerbaijan . He graduated from
Sumgait school №23 and his chosen career is that of professional chess player. Shakhriyar’s father
taught him how to play chess in the summer of 1993 and in that year he commenced attendance at
chess school in Sumgait where his first chess trainer was Valide Bayramova.
Mamedyarov’s family is the only family in Azerbaijan which has three chess grandmasters: GM
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, his older sister WGM Zeinab Mamedyarova and their younger sister
WGM Turkan Mamedyarova. This chess family has 12 medals from individual European and World
Seven of these were won by Shakhriyar:
Shakhriyar is the only chess player in the World who became U20 World champion twice.