Vugar Gashimov (Azerbaijani: Vüqar Həşimov), born July 24, 1986, in Baku, was one of the leading chess players of his country. He was also a noted blitz specialist. Vugar won the Athens 2005 Acropolis International and the Cappelle-la-Grande open 2008.
In 2010/11 he won Reggio Emilia and won the event on tie-break. In the above picture you Fabiano Caruana, Nigel Short, Alexander Onischuk, Vugar Gashimov, Vallejo Pons (standing behind
WGM Martha Fierro), and Ivanchuk, with the tournament staff below. Here are three annotated games from that event:
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In 2010 Gashimov beat Magnus Carlsen in their round seven blindfold game at the Amber Chess Tournament. A year later Magnus got his revenge with a typical win in a theoretically drawn queen ending – GM Karsten Müller analysed the game extensively.
Gashimov played for Azerbaijan in the Chess Olympiads of 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008. He played in the gold medal-winning Azerbaijani team at the European Team Chess Championship in Novi Sad in 2009, alongside Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Teimour Radjabov, Rauf Mammadov and Gadir Guseinov. He previously won bronze medal (in 2007). In 2010 he did not represent his country at the Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, due to a conflict with the national chess federation.
At the Champions' Dinner during the Mainz Chess Classic we gave a remarkably difficult puzzle to a number of top players, including Vugar and his brother Sarkhan. Guess who solved the puzzle. The one who was weaker at over-the-board chess, by almost 400 Elo points!
Sarkhan Gashimov, the older brother and manager of GM Vugar Gashimov, is a project manager of Hewlett-Packard in Azerbaijan. He is also a strong chess player. Exactly two years ago he won the Donostia Blitz tournament, ahead of a bevy of strong GMs (Granda, Vachier-Lagrave, van Wely, Naiditsch, Cheparinov, Moiseenko).
When Vugar Gashimov fell ill in February 2000, doctors diagnosed epilepsy. Subsequently a brain tumor was found, and while receiving treatment for this in a hospital in Heidelberg, Germany, Gashmimov died on the night of 10-11 January 2014.