Jewish Grandmaster Wins Chess Championship And $60,000

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Azeri-Jewish chess grandmaster Teimour Radjabov, 33, became emotional following his victory on Sunday in the final match of the Champions Chess Tour Airthings Masters online tournament, winning the $60,000 grand prize.

His opponent in the crucial final standoff was an Armenian player, 38-year-old Levon Aronian.

During the first day of the finals, Teimour won with a 2.5-1.5 score and beat his opponent 2-1 on the second day. Upon finishing the last game, Radjabov broke into tears.

In the match for the third place, Daniil Dubov of Russia lost to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France.

Rajabov is the 10th-ranked chess player in the world. He earned the title of grandmaster at the age of 14, which made him the second-youngest grandmaster in history at the time. In 2003, Rajabov gained international attention after beating then-world No. 1 Kasparov in the Linares International Chess Tournament, followed by victories over former world champions Viswanathan Anand and Ruslan Ponomariov the same year.

“This is a huge deal for me. I am not the kind of person who likes to show his emotions during the game. But after I won the tournament, I felt really overwhelmed and could not hold back my tears,” Norwegian government-owned radio and television public-broadcasting company NRK quoted Radjabov as saying.

“The final match was quite intense. I was so close to getting defeated but managed to save the day,” he continued. “I wanted to give my country a reason to feel proud. Aronian must’ve come with the same objective. I just hope we can all live in peace.”

Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev and his wife, Mehriban Aliyeva, sent a congratulatory letter to Radjabov, saying: “Your convincing victory during this competition by demonstrating professionalism, will and perseverance made the people of Azerbaijan happy. This success of yours is also a clear indication of the high intellectual potential of our people.”




  1. He is not Jewish kehalacha. His mother is not Jewish; she is an Azeri Muslim. Even his last name is his mother’s(the biological father’s name is Sheinin). Unfortunately, there was a somewhat common shameful practice among us the Soviet Jews to try to loose the Jewish last name by any means possible, hence a child in a mixed marriage often took on a mother’s last name. Kasparov is another example; a child of an Armenian mother, he didn’t have the guts to be Weinstein as his biological father. It is shameful, and we shouldn’t take pride in these products of intermarriage.


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