Everything comes to an end, but still today’s draw vs GM Ni Hua was a decent result with the black pieces.
Jobava concluded the game as follows: “The top Chinese players are always hard to beat. It was a good game from both of us and he defended well in the middle-game where I created some pressure. But he managed to find some of the best moves and only-moves.”
After 7 rounds, Jobava is still in the sole lead at 6.5 points, one point ahead of seven chasing players at 5.5 points with only two rounds left. One of the guys that will be trying to catch up is Polish GM Bartel Mateusz which Jobava will be facing in tomorrow’s round 8 on the first board.