Teymur Rajabov


Born in 12 March 1987 FIDE rating 2726 (May 2016)

Teimour Rajabov is an Azerbaijani chess Grandmaster and former chess prodigy. On the June 2015 FIDE list, Rajabov has an Elo rating of 2738, making him No. 1 in Azerbaijan and 22nd in the world. He has twice qualified for the Candidates Tournament (the winner of which earns a World Championship match), in 2012 and 2013.

Rajabov earned the title of Grandmaster in March 2001 at the age of 14, making him the second-youngest grandmaster in history at the time. In Linares 2003, not yet 16 years old, he became the first player in seven years to beat Harry Kasparov with the black pieces in a rated game, a feat no player repeated before Kasparov's retirement two years later.