Rauf Mammadov: "The victory would be a present for my birthday"

The seventh round of the ShamkirChess 2018 Super Tournament in the memory of Vugar Hashimov is going to end. The Press Service of the Tournament reports that, the Azerbaijani grand master played a draw with the Dutch representative Anish Giri.

Anish Giri said that the result was propriate for the game after the party: “In fact, I got some precedence. Because, my target was to win, therefore I tried to play till the end. Rauf was very attentive, so the result did not change. That is why, the draw was inevitable. There is no any correlation of this result with the birth day of my opponent. Unfortunately, I could not defeat him. If I won the game, my score would change in the Tournament Table”.

The Azerbaijani grand master Rauf Mammadov said that he would like to win on his birthday: “The best present would be my winning for my birthday. I have done 7 draws in a raw along the rounds. Ultimately, I wanted to win. Unfortunately, I could not. I would like to tell my gratitude to my friends congratulating my birthday. Three years ago, I was defeated by Magnus Carlsen on my birthday in Shamkir. 14 years ago, I defeated Anton Korobov, because his time had finished, and I won the game. And today, Anish had some advantageous, yet he could not continue his precedence. In the end, the draw was recorded. I think that, what happens on the birthday is always influence on human. Pleasing things are always lovely”.

Press Service of the ShamkirChess 2018 Tournament