A chess tournament is being held in Baku to commemorate famous Azerbaijani grandmaster Vugar Hashimov, who died on January 11.
The famous Azerbaijani chess player was honored with a minute of silence at the opening ceremony.
The tournament, organized by the ASAN Konulluleri youth organization, is underway in nine rounds and will last three days with participation of ASAN Service center's volunteers.
Vugar Hashimov, born in Baku in 1986, was taught to play chess by his father, when he was six years old. Hashimov became Azerbaijan's champion for three times: in 1995, 1996 and 1998. He also was the silver medalist of European youth championship for four times (1996-2000).
Azerbaijani grandmaster played for the national team of Azerbaijan in Chess Olympiads in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 and was a member of the Azerbaijani team that played against the world team in Baku within the Cup of the Azerbaijani President of Azerbaijan, which was held on May 7-9, 2009.
Hashimov won a bronze medal in the European Team Championship in 2007, and became the European Champion with the national team in 2009 (exactly Vugar brought his team a decisive point in the final round). Moreover, he became European vice-champion within the national team in 2011 and the winner of the Reggio Emilia tournament in 2010-2011 years.
Hashimov was known as a strong player in blitz.
After youthful successes Hashimov had to interrupt his activities for awhile and have surgery. The disease gave itself known again in 2011, when he suddenly became unconscious during the match against French national team within European Championship. Then a long-term treatment in Switzerland and Germany has began, but he failed to beat the disease.
After the news about the death of Vugar Hashimov players from around the world expressed their sincere condolences. Participants of the traditional super tournament in Wijk aan Zee commemorated famous Azerbaijani chess player silence minute.