Shakhriyar Mamedyarov


Date of birth: 12 April 1985

Country: Azerbaijan

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


7 gold,

3 silver

2 bronze.

Seven of these were won by Shakhriyar:

4 gold

2 silver

1 bronze.

Shakhriyar is the only chess player in the World who became U20 World champion twice.