GM Sergei Movsesian in the 10th round

In today’s Round 10, Jobava will play Armenian GM Sergei Movsesian. It is 11 years ago they played a classical game which ended in a draw in the Olympiad 2008. Both players have had a tough tournament so far, scoring 4.5/9, but both players are looking for improving their standings in the last two rounds. […]

Draw versus GM Bassem Amin in 9th round after time-trouble

With only 3 rounds left, Jobava was facing Egypt’s strongest player GM Bassem Amin in round 9 of FIDE Grand Swiss on Isle of Man. Jobava chose the Sämisch variation in the Kind’s Indian Defense, followed by long-castle and preparing for an attack on the king-side. In move 12, Jobava deviated from any game played […]

Miraculous save against Oparin in round 8

In the 8th round, Jobava went “all in” to try to win the game. Avoiding known theoretical lines in the opening however, can be a huge risk. “I did not want a draw so I allowed him to attack in order for me to create some counter-play. However, 12..Re8 followed by 13..Nc6 was a mistake […]

Jobava escaped a potential draw for the opponent in the 7th round

With three losses after the first six rounds, Jobava was determined to recover in the 7th round, playing with the white pieces vs IM Anna Zatonskih. It became a game where Jobava dominated the middle-game and everything looked like a highway to victory. However, a momentary lapse of concentration in time-trouble, Jobava’s 32. Nf3? could […]

Both ups and downs for Jobava in first five rounds

Jobava had an excellent start in the FIDE chess.com Grand Swiss on Isle of Man, scoring a full point against British GM David Howell and then drawing GM Aleksey Dreev in the second round. Then Jobava’s long streak of not losing finally came to an end due to some unlucky circumstances. In the game versus […]

Jobava enters FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss tomorrow!

Today Jobava will enter the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss tournament on Isle of Man, with a record prize fund of 432 500 USD. The winner not only receives 70 000 USD in first prize, but also will qualify for the FIDE Candidates tournament, which essentially will give the winner a chance to challenge World Champion […]

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 […]