“It is very gratifying for the chess community that this tournament took place. Of course, the pandemic period was making dramatic adjustments. Fortunately, the Vugar Hashimov Chess Foundation, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Azerbaijan Chess Federation and our wonderful sponsor SOCAR did their best to hold the tournament. they did. “
Mahir Mammadov, President of the Azerbaijan Chess Federation (ACF) and FIDE Vice-President, said this after the opening ceremony of the 7th international super tournament dedicated to the memory of European champion Vugar Hashimov in Baku.
He said the tournament was organized in a rapid-blitz format, not a classic one. “This is a more convenient format for chess players during the pandemic. We managed to find 7-8 days between the upcoming World Rapid-Blitz Chess Championship with the matches for the chess crown in the city of Baku. Fortunately, the world’s most famous and strong chess players responded positively to our invitation. Anand is the winner of the matches for the world chess crown held in 3 systems. This is an absolute record. Russian Sergey Karyakin and US representative Fabiano Caruana were contenders. In short, our famous chess players Shahriyar Mammadyarov, Rauf Mammadov and Hashimov’s nephew Vugar Asadli He is performing at the memorial. I think we will witness an interesting chess fight. “
Explaining why Norwegian world champion Magnus Carlsen did not participate in the tournament, Mammadov said it was unethical to send him an invitation: “As you know, Carlsen participated in 4 of the previous 6 tournaments and won each of them. These tournaments were held in Shamkir. This time, the memorial was held in Baku. Of course, we did not think about inviting Carlsen here, because he was fighting for the chess crown. It is not a scenario. I hope that he will take part in the next tournaments as in previous years. The tournament was organized in a short time. Therefore, we had to solve a lot of organizational issues in a secret situation. “