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 […]
Despite having 7.5 out of 8 points after eight rounds and one point ahead of GM Yakubboev, Jobava needed at least a draw in the final ninth round to secure the title. As it turned out Jobava chose to play the Slav Defense and the players entered a variation that is known to be equal, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Today Jobava faced the current World Junior Champion GM Parham Maghsoodloo in the sixth round of Abu Dhabi Masters and it turned into a very creative, tactical and sharp game. “This game was a continuation from last night’s final rounds’ blitz game where I also faced Maghsoodloo with the white pieces. Yesterday I played d4 as […]
In round 5 of Abu Dhabi Masters, Jobava faced UAE’s number one player GM Salem. Both are tactical players and so we were not too surprised when the game turned into a very sharp game in the Slav Defense. Salem was pushing hard as white, perhaps with a slight advantage but Jobava played a brilliant […]
GM Jobava had a sky-rocketing start in the 26th Abu Dhabi Masters Chess tournament. After four rounds he is in the sole lead with 4 points out of 4! In round 3, he outplayed Chinese IM Xu Yi with the black pieces in the opening and in the last round (4) he beat Serbian GM […]
I the third round of Abu Dhabi Masters, Jobava won against Chinese IM Xu Yi with the black pieces. He has maximum points 3.0 out of 3 and in shared first place.
Playing with the white pieces, Jobava won comfortably against IM Zandos Agmanov from Kazakhstan after 32 moves.
I received a special invitation from my sponsor Mobile Labs to play Deltalift Open in Sweden. It is a traditional tournament played at the Swedish west-coast, located right at the beach close to Halmstad in a small village called Tylösand. The owner of the hotel is in fact the former member of the pop-group Roxette, […]