Baadur Jobava

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Baadur Jobava
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Full name Baadur Jobava
Country  Georgia
Born (1983-11-26) November 26, 1983 (age 31)
Gali, Georgia
Title Grandmaster (2001)
FIDE rating 2693 (September 2015)
(No. 38 in the January 2012 FIDE World Rankings)
Peak rating 2734 (September 2012)

Baadur Jobava (Georgian: ბაადურ ჯობავა; born November 26, 1983) is a Georgian chess grandmaster. His first major achievement on the international scene was winning the Dubai Open 2003 with 7/9.[1] He took the gold medal at the 2004 36th Chess Olympiad, scoring 8½/10. He has taken part in the Olympiads 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010. In the 2010 Olympiad, he defeated the world's number one player Magnus Carlsen in the Georgia-Norway match. He took part in the FIDE World Chess Championship 2004, but was knocked out in the first round by Ruben Felgaer. He won the Georgian Chess Championship in 2003[2] and 2007.[3] He won the Second Samba Cup in Skanderborg, Denmark in 2005.[4] 2006 was a good year for Jobava, winning the Railyaway Hotel Cup[5] and the prestigious Aeroflot Open, the strongest open tournament in the world.[6] In 2008 he tied for 1st–8th with Nigel Short, Vadim Milov, Aleksej Aleksandrov, Tamaz Gelashvili, Alexander Lastin, Gadir Guseinov and Farid Abbasov in the President's Cup in Baku.[7] In August 2011 he tied for 1st–2nd with Hrant Melkumyan in the Lake Sevan tournament in Martuni and won the event on tie-break.[8] In December 2011 he won the 32nd Edoardo Crespi Trophy in Milan with 8,5/9, finishing two points ahead of second placed Vladimir Malaniuk.[9] In the same month Jobava won the European Rapid Chess Championship in Warszawa ahead of 746 players.[10]

He became well known for his home preparation by beating grandmaster Evgeny Bareev in a prepared line that lasted 34 moves[11] until his opponent resigned. In the 2004 Olympiad he won in a similar way against Alexander Grischuk.[12]

In early-August, 2015, he won the 19th HZ Chess Tournament in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. He finished with 8 points out of a possible 9 (+7-0=2)

His younger brother Beglar Jobava is also a chess player, an International Master.[13]


  1. ^ "FIDE Archive - Tournament report July 2003". 2003-04-20. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  2. ^ "FIDE Archive - Tournament report July 2003: GEO 63rd Champ". FIDE. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  3. ^ "The Week in Chess 646". Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  4. ^ "Chess News - Jobava wins the Samba Cup in Denmark". Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  5. ^ "FIDE Archive - Tournament report October 2006". 2006-07-10. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  6. ^ "Chess News - Baadur Jobava wins Aeroflot Open". 2006-02-18. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  7. ^ "FIDE Archive. Tournament report July 2008: President's Cup, 2008". World Chess Federation. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  8. ^ Nadanian, Ashot (2011-08-02). "Lake Sevan 2011 - Jobava wins volcanic event". Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Baadur Jobava wins Edoardo Crespi Trophy". FIDE. 2011-12-11. Retrieved 18 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "European Rapid Chess Championship 2011". Retrieved 18 December 2011. 
  11. ^ Baadur Jobava vs Evgeny Bareev European Clubs Cup 2003. Caro-Kann Defense:Classical Variation(B19) 1-0
  12. ^ "Corus Chess 2006 - Biography of Baadur Jobava". Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  13. ^ "Interview with Baadur Jobava" (in Russian). ChessPro. Archived from the original on 29 April 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 

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