Abu Dhabi Masters: Jobava in Sole Lead, Karthikeyan Murali trails a point behind

Jobava in Sole Lead, Karthikeyan Murali trails a point behind

The Georgian super grandmaster, Baadur Jobova took the sole lead with the full score at the end of round 5 of the Master’s section of Abu Dhabi Chess Festival in progress here at Hotel Sofitel.

Jobava on his way to victory against Salem Saleh

Jobova, who has lost a good number of rating points, started as the 26th seed but his class is evident the way he demolished his opponents. He is followed by Iran’s GM Parham Maghsoodloo on the second place. Tied for third place are ten players including Indian GM Karthikeyan Murali.

GM Murali Karthikeyan

Pairings of the next round for IND

Rd. Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
6 3 14
GM Karthikeyan Murali 2612 4 4 GM Volokitin Andrei 2636
7
6 8 36
GM Aryan Chopra 2553 GM Onischuk Vladimir 2640
6
6 11 74
FM Assaubayeva Bibisara 2375 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 2607
15
6 13 18
GM Antipov Mikhail Al. 2599 GM Praggnanandhaa R 2569
32
6 15 78
FM Rathanvel V S 2367 GM Abdusattorov Nodirbek 2594
21
6 17 24
GM Vaibhav Suri 2591 GM Xu Yi 2531
39
6 19 57
IM Krishna C R G 2444 3 3 GM Akopian Vladimir 2650
5
6 20 8
GM Ter-Sahakyan Samvel 2632 3 3 IM Aditya Mittal 2429
61
6 21 19
GM Bai Jinshi 2599 3 3 GM Laxman R.R. 2426
62
The participation of the Indian contingent in this US $ 70,000 prize money tournament is to provide exposure to young Indian talents in strong international events.