GM Eltaj Safarli is champion of Azerbaijan

Safarli to participate in Aeroflot Open 2010

Eltaj Safarli

GM Eltaj Safarli, a commentator and frequent contributor of, is the new champion of Azerbaijan! GM Safarli gathered 6,5/9 points after 4 wins and 5 draws, the same score as GM Mammedov, but with a better tiebreak. “I am very happy, this is the first time I win the national championship,” GM Safarli shared, “Now I am preparing for Aeroflot and I hope that my good run with Reggio Emilia and the National Championship will continue.”

More about GM Safarli

GM Eltaj Safarli is one of the most progressing players of Azerbaijan. Since 2001 he represents the country at junior events, winning 3 gold medals with best results at U10 WCh Heraklio Greece 2002 1st place, U12 EUCh Urgup Turkey 2004 1st place, and also U20 WCh Gaziantep Turkey 2008 3rd place. In 2006 he won the A2 group of Aeroflot Chess with a GM norm, the other two he earned at Abu Dabi and Chigorin Memorial.

Currently GM Safarli is the 3rd best player U18 in Europe and has rating of 2594. He will be joining us for live commentary of Linares 2010 and other strong tournaments on

Azerbaijan Chess Championship standings

1 Safarli Eltaj 2594 6,5

2 Mamedov Nidjat 2610 6,5

3 Durarbeyli Vasif 2453 6

4 Rasulov Vugar Ural Oglu 2443 5,5

5 Ibrahimov Rasul 2550 5

6 Abasov Nijat Azad Oglu 2510 5

7 Abbasov Farid 2553 3,5

8 Bajarani Ulvi 2329 3,5

9 Mirzoev Azer 2594 2,5

10 Mammadov Ayaz Arzu Oglu 2338 1


You can often see GM Safarli at the top table