Widely considered to be one of the top chess players from the nation of Azerbaijan as well as one of the most highly rated current players world wide.
He one his first Azerbaijan National Championship in 1995.
He is best known as a Blitz Chess Champion and he played in the gold medal-winning Azerbaijani team at the European Team Chess Championship in Novi Sad in 2009
His family recognized his chess skills when he was just a boy.
He has competed against and defeated chess great Alexander Grischuk.