Jobava won the 8th round vs Bartel with his b3 signature opening

Jobava played his signature b3 opening for the first time in the tournament and the middle-game turned out to be very complex. Bartel came into time trouble and did a decisive mistake and Jobava won his 7th game out of 8! An incredible performance. A draw will be enough tomorrow to secure the title.

Please note that tomorrow’s final round starts at 8.00 CEST or 10.00 local time in Abu Dhabi.

Below the interview with Jobava by GM Peter Leko and GM Iordachescu.