Thursday, September 28, 2023

Youth Chess Tournament at Coronado Library to Include International Grandmaster – May 20

Don’t miss the Fifth Annual San Diego-Azerbaijan Youth Chess Tournament, including a talk for youth by an international chess grandmaster! The tournament is presented by the Coronado Public Library in partnership with the Global Neighborhood Project and will go from 10 am to 2:30 pm on Saturday, May 20 in the Winn Room at the Coronado Public Library. Check-in for players begins at 9:30 am.

The Grandmaster is Vasif Durarbayli, and the open chess tournament will feature 40 young San Diego County chess players. Durarbayli will present certificates and make closing remarks that afternoon.

Durarbayli, who started playing chess at the age of 6, became an international master at the age of 15 in 2007, and three years later became a grandmaster. A native of Azerbaijan, which he represented in several Chess Olympiads, he now resides in St. Louis. The grandmaster designation is the highest designation in chess. Chess titles are awarded by the International Chess Federation. There are 1,721 grandmasters worldwide.

There is no charge to players to participate in the event. The tournament is limited to 40 players, and they must register in advance.

To register, visit

Thirteen-year-old Isaac Wang of San Diego moves rook against chess Grandmaster Vais Durarbayli during a May 18 exhibition at the La Jolla/Rifford Public Library. Wang, the U.S. 2002 K-6 champion played two games against Durarbayli, an international champion from Azerbaijan. The match was a prelude to an open chess tournament that will feature 40 young San Diego County players on May 20 at the Coronado Public Library. This fifth annual San Diego-Azerbaijan Youth Chess Tournament is an event of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Global Neighborhood Project, a grassroots outreach program.
Photo by Barry Carlton