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Vugar Gashimov
Full nameVüqar Həşimov
CountryAzerbaijan  Azerbaijan
(1986-07-24)July 24, 1986
Baku, Azerbaijan
January 11, 2014(2014-01-11) (aged 27)
Heidelberg, Germany
FIDE rating2737
(#18 in the January 2013 FIDE ranking list)
Peak rating2761 (January 2012)
Vugar Gashimov (24 July 1986 – 11 January 2014)[1] was a leading chess grandmaster from Azerbaijan who died recently from a brain tumour.[2]

Gashimov was a noted player of bullet chess (2/3 minutes a side), and three times Azerbaijani national chess champion (1995, 1996 and 1998).[3] He won at Athens 2005 (Acropolis International).[4] He was a two-times winner of the huge Cappelle-la-Grande Open: in 2007 and 2008 (with other players).

Team competitions

Gashimov played for Azerbaijan in the Chess Olympiads of 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008.[5] 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 won the bronze medal in 2007.[6][7]


Gashimov was treated for a brain tumor in a hospital in Heidelberg, Germany, and died on the night of 11 January 2014.[2][8]