Shakhryar Mamedyarov – Tata Steel 2016 player previews

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

Tata Steel 2016 is one of the strongest tournaments in 2016. The Masters bracket of the tournament features 14 of the most renowned chess players today. Each day before the tournament, Chessdom brings you a pre-tournament summary for one of the 14 participating Grandmasters.

Magnus Carlsen / Fabiano Caruana / Anish Giri / Liren Ding / Wesley So / Sergey Karjakin / Pavel Eljanov / Shakhryar Mamedyarov / Evgeny Tomashevsky / Michael Adams / David Navara / Yi Wei / Yifan Hou / Loek van Wely

One of Mamedyarov’s top achievements last year has to be qualifying for the FIDE World Cup. Along with Nakamura, Vachier-Lagrave  and Svidler, the top Azerbaijani GM played excellently and was able to qualify for the top 8 of the event. Additionally, Mamedyarov is currently among the top 20 rated players and has been steadily rising in rating for past months.

GM Mamedyarov has participated in the Corus / Tata Steel tournaments 2 times – once in 2006, where he finished 12th and once more in 2008, where he placed 9th. He is taking part in the 2016 tournament, exactly a decade after his first participation in the event.

Follow the Tata Steel 2016 live daily on with triple engine analysis by Komodo, Stockfish, and Houdini and via GM commentary in pgn and pdf by GM Kuljasevic, GM Grigorov, IM Videnova, and GM Arnaudov through Chess Insider (January) and Modern Chess (January) magazines.

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