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Tuesday, 18 May 2021 20:13
Vasif Durarbayli wins Azerbaijani Championship

Vasif Durarbayli is a new Azerbaijan Champion. The 29-year old native of Sumgait won his first national title and punched a ticket to the FIDE World Cup. 

The Azerbaijani Championship took place in Nakhchivan from May 03-18 2021 and was held in two stages. Twelve participants competed in a round-robin with the top four advancing to the knockout stage.  Each match consisted of two classical games. If tied, a 2-game rapid match (15 min + 10 seconds) was played, followed by a blitz portion (5 min +3 second) and an Armageddon game if needed.

Vasif Durarbayli, Nijat Abasov, Eltaj Safarli, and Nidjat Mamedov (2609) advanced to the playoff stage:

1

GM

Durarbayli, Vasif

2606

2

GM

Abasov, Nijat

2665

7

3

GM

Safarli, Eltaj

2598

7

4

GM

Mamedov, Nidjat

2609

5

GM

Asadli, Vugar

2572

6

IM

Suleymanli, Aydin

2535

6

7

GM

Abbasov, Farid

2528

8

IM

Muradli, Mahammad

2449

9

GM

Iskandarov, Misratdin

2535

10

IM

Gadimbayli, Abdulla

2470

4

11

IM

Garayev, Kanan

2331

12

GM

Sevdimaliyev, Urfan

2371


In the semifinals, Vasif Durarbayli whitewashed  Nidjat Mamedov whereas Nijat Abasov prevailed over Eltaj Safarli in the rapid games after two draws in classical format.  

In a dramatic final match, the future champion lost the third game with white pieces after two draws and found himself in a do-or-die situation. Durarbayli went through a lost position with black in Game 4 but managed to turn the tables on his opponent, levelled the score, and went on to win both blitz encounters. 

In the match for third place, Nidjat Mamedov defeated Eltaj Safarli and took bronze.

Official website: asf.org.az

Photo: official website of Azerbaijan Chess Federation