Allayar Shirliyev, a young chess player from Turkmenistan, won a chess match against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, a grandmaster from Azerbaijan. The duel, organized by the Chess Federation of Turkey, was held online. The triumph over the Azerbaijani blitz and rapid chess champion was achieved by his Turkmen rival on the 43rd move.
The winner is only 17 years old, but this is not his first world-class achievement. Under the guidance of Shohrat Myratguliyev, the famous Turkmen coach and international referee, Allar was able to convincingly prove that as an athlete using a specific kind of attack, he can defeat even experienced world-class chess players.
For example, in 2017 Allayar defeated Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the head of the World Chess Federation. It took him 34 moves to do so. And in 2019, the Turkmenistani challenged the famous grandmaster from the United States, Nakamura Hikaru. That time the victory was achieved by Shirliev on the 15th move. The same year he defeated another American, world-class grandmaster Gata Kamsky. The victory came to the young chess player on the 25th move.
In 2020 Allayar Shirliev won his duels with the head coaches of the Russian and German men's teams. He was able to defeat Alexander Ryazantsev in 53 moves and Georg Meyeri in 69 moves. Allayar defeated Russia's Alexander Donchenko on move 35 and Azerbaijan's Eltas Saparli on move 68. It also took him 28 moves to defeat another representative of Azerbaijan, Grandmaster Vugar Rasulov.
Source: Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper