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Vugar Gashimov

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Born: July 24, 1986 in Baku, Azerbaijan

Playing Style:

Gashimov considers himself a universal player, equally adept at tactics and positional play. He is known as a particularly strong blitz player. While health issues kept Gashimov from playing as much chess as he wanted to for many years, this only slowed his accent; by late 2009, he was ranked among the top 10 players in the world.

Notable Accomplishments:

  • Won Azerbaijan National Chess Championship three times (1995, 1996, 1998)
  • Four-time member of Azerbaijani Chess Olympiad team (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008)
  • Won 2005 Acropolis International Tournament
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