Mahammad Muradli wins Azerbaijani Championship

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2/24/2022 – The 2022 Azerbaijani Championship took place in Nakhchivan on 4-18 February. Unlike previous events, this year’s championship was held in two stages, with a 9-round Swiss tournament followed by a 4-player knockout. Mahammad Muradli beat Musratdin Iskandarov to grab his second national title. | Photos: Azebaijani Chess Federation

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Press release by the International Chess Federation

Mahammad Muradli, aged 18, won the 2022 Azerbaijani Championship. Muradli repeated his success from 2019 when he took his first national title.

The Azerbaijani Championship took place in Nakhchivan on 4-18 February 2022. Unlike previous events, the 2022 championship was held in two stages. At the first stage, 28 participants competed in a 9-round Swiss tournament with classical time control. The top-4, namely Vasif  Durarbayli (7/9), Musratdin Iskandarov (7/9), Aydin Suleymanli (6/9) and Mahammad Muradli (5½/9), advanced to the knockout stage. Interestingly, the future champion barely made it into the second stage on tiebreak criteria.

Azerbaijani Chess Championship 2022

Each match in the semifinals and the final consisted of two classical games, plus two rapid games, two blitz games and an Armageddon in case of ties.  

In the semifinals, Muradli prevailed over defending champion Durarbayli by winning the second rapid game (they had exchanged blows in the classical games), while Iskandarov whitewashed Suleymanli.

In the final, Mahammad Muradli took the first game with white after Musratdin Iskandarov missed a good drawing chance in a time scramble. Facing a must-win situation, Musratdin reached an overwhelming position and came very close to levelling the score in the second game, but let his advantage slip away with a hasty 34th move and ended up losing.

In the match for bronze, Vasif Durarbayli defeated Aydin Suleymanli by a score of 2-0.

Final standings - Preliminary stage

Rk SNo Name FED Rtg Pts TB1 TB2 TB3
1 1 Durarbayli Vasif AZE 2615 7.0 6 0.5 47.5
2 4 Iskandarov Misratdin AZE 2566 7.0 6 0.5 46.0
3 5 Suleymanli Aydin AZE 2530 6.0 5 0.0 49.5
4 6 Muradli Mahammad AZE 2528 5.5 5 0.0 44.5
5 10 Ibrahimli Murad AZE 2418 5.5 5 0.0 43.5
6 3 Safarli Eltaj AZE 2597 5.5 4 0.0 42.5
7 8 Ahmadzada Ahmad AZE 2467 5.5 3 0.0 49.5
8 17 Ilyasli Ughur AZE 2310 5.0 4 0.0 41.0
9 9 Babazada Khazar AZE 2427 5.0 3 0.5 43.0
10 11 Shahaliyev Ismayil AZE 2380 5.0 3 0.5 41.0

...24 players

All games - Knockout stage



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