Jobava Wins, Norms Galore for Indians

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.

GM Aryan Chopra. [Photo: AD Chess Festival]
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

Rk. SNo Name FED Rtg Pts.  TB1  TB2  TB3
1 26
GM Jobava Baadur GEO 2584 8,0 0,0 2591 54,5
2 28
GM Yakubboev Nodirbek UZB 2574 7,0 0,0 2591 52,0
3 4
GM Maghsoodloo Parham IRI 2656 6,5 0,0 2586 54,5
4 10
GM Socko Bartosz POL 2625 6,5 0,0 2573 51,0
5 11
GM Indjic Aleksandar SRB 2617 6,5 0,0 2565 52,0
6 3
GM Salem A.R. Saleh UAE 2668 6,5 0,0 2562 52,5
7 23
GM Petrosyan Manuel ARM 2592 6,5 0,0 2561 51,0
8 13
GM Bartel Mateusz POL 2612 6,5 0,0 2543 52,5
9 2
GM Ni Hua CHN 2668 6,5 0,0 2541 52,5
10 17
GM Tabatabaei M.Amin IRI 2601 6,5 0,0 2531 46,0
11 36
GM Aryan Chopra IND 2553 6,0 0,0 2554 45,5
12 16
GM Zubov Alexander UKR 2607 6,0 0,0 2551 47,0
13 14
GM Karthikeyan Murali IND 2612 6,0 0,0 2549 48,5
14 37
GM Sengupta Deep IND 2546 6,0 0,0 2537 47,5
15 22
GM Can Emre TUR 2593 6,0 0,0 2536 47,5
16 21
GM Abdusattorov Nodirbek UZB 2594 6,0 0,0 2532 47,5
17 9
GM Esipenko Andrey RUS 2625 6,0 0,0 2527 48,0
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
20 24
GM Vaibhav Suri IND 2591 6,0 0,0 2466 46,5