GM Baadur Jobava. [Photo: AD Chess Festival]
Report by IA Praful Zaveri
Baadur Jobava, the elite Grandmaster from Georgia was back in the winning ways by annexing the 26th Abu Dhabi Masters Chess Championship with a stunning 8/9 and putting the field way behind him.
Starting as a rank outsider with 26th seeding, Jobava’s display left the ratings go haywire with 7 wins and 2 draws. The win fetched Jobava US $ 13000 purse and a hefty gain of 32 ELO to put him back in the 2600+ club and his march towards 2700+
A critical 8th round game for Jobava.
17-year GM Yakubboev Nodirbek from Uzbekistan came into the spot light by securing a clear 2nd place with a score of 7/9. He lucky win against Indian GM Karthikeyan in the penultimate round steered him to the top of the table.
The tournament witnessed a tie for 3-10 place between 7 players, with World Junior Chess Champion, Parham Maghsoodloo edging out the field on a better tie-break. The prize winners from 4-10 were GM Socko Bartosz, GM Indjic Aleksander, GM Saleh Saleh from host UAE, GM Petrosyan Manuel, GM Bartel Mateusz, GM Ni Hua and GM Tabatabaei Amin.
The best performance amongst Indians was registered GM Aryan Chopra, who secured 11th place while the four Indian Grandmasters, Karthikeyan (13), Deep Sengupta (14), Aravind Chithambaram (19) & Vaibhav Suri (20) finished in top 20.
The Indian contingent scored norms galore in this event: Rathanvel, Raahil Mullick, Aronyak Ghosh, Nitish Belurkar, Senthil Maran, Mahalakshmi scored IM norms while P Nandhidhaa & Tarini Goyal earned WGM & WIM norm respectively.
The event was concluded with a glittering prize distribution ceremony by the Abu Dhabi Chess & Culture Club.
Final Ranking after 9 Rounds
|6||3||GM||Salem A.R. Saleh||UAE||2668||6,5||0,0||2562||52,5|
|18||25||GM||Santos Latasa Jaime||ESP||2586||6,0||0,0||2526||45,5|
|19||15||GM||Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.||IND||2607||6,0||0,0||2513||48,0|