Baadur Jobava

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Baadur Jobava
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Jobava at the 2016 Chess Olympiad
Born (1983-11-26) 26 November 1983 (age 36)
Gali, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
TitleGrandmaster (2001)
FIDE rating2620 (February 2020)
Peak rating2734 (September 2012)

Baadur Jobava (Georgian: ბაადურ ჯობავა; born 26 November 1983) is a Georgian chess grandmaster and three-time Georgian champion (2003,[1] 2007,[2] 2012[3]). He competed in the FIDE World Chess Championship in 2004 and in the FIDE World Cup in 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2017.


Jobava won the Dubai Open in 2003 with a score of 7 points out of 9.[4] He took part in the FIDE World Chess Championship 2004, where he was knocked out in the first round by Ruben Felgaer. He won the 2nd Samba Cup in Skanderborg, Denmark in 2005.[5] In 2006 Jobava won the Railyaway Hotel Cup[6] and the prestigious Aeroflot Open.[7]

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.[8] Jobava won the silver medal in the European Individual Championship 2010, held in Rijeka. 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.[9] In December 2011 he won the 32nd Edoardo Crespi Trophy in Milan with 8½/9, finishing two points ahead of second placed Vladimir Malaniuk.[10] In the same month Jobava won the European Rapid Chess Championship in Warsaw ahead of 746 players.[11]

In January 2014, Jobava finished equal second and third on tiebreak in the Tata Steel Challengers tournament in Wijk aan Zee scoring 8½/13.[12] In the following month he won the David Bronstein Memorial in Minsk on tiebreak over Sergey Fedorchuk and Mikhailo Oleksienko.[13] In July he finished second behind Wesley So at the ACP Golden Classic in Bergamo, Italy.[14] In August, 2015, he took clear first place in the 19th HZ Chess Tournament in Vlissingen, the Netherlands, scoring 8/9 points (+7−0=2).[15] In 2017 Jobava tied for first with Maxim Matlakov and Vladimir Fedoseev in the European Individual Championship in Minsk, taking the silver medal on tiebreak.[16]

Team competitions[edit]

Jobava has played for the Georgian national in the Chess Olympiad since 2000.[17] He won the individual gold medal in 2004, scoring 8½/10 points. In 2010, he defeated the world's number one player Magnus Carlsen in the Georgia–Norway match. In 2016, he won the individual gold medal for the best first board performance, which included wins over the former world champions Ruslan Ponomariov and Veselin Topalov.[18]

Personal life[edit]

His younger brother Beglar Jobava is also a chess player, an International Master.[19]

Notable games[edit]


  1. ^ "FIDE Archive – Tournament report July 2003: GEO 63rd Champ". FIDE. Retrieved 2011-12-18.
  2. ^ "The Week in Chess 646". Retrieved 2011-12-18.
  3. ^ Nikoladze, Sopho (2012-05-28). "Jobava wins Georgian Championship with 2½ point lead". ChessBase. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  4. ^ "FIDE Archive – Tournament report July 2003". 2003-04-20. Retrieved 2011-12-18.
  5. ^ "Chess News – Jobava wins the Samba Cup in Denmark". Retrieved 2011-12-18.
  6. ^ "FIDE Archive – Tournament report October 2006". 2006-07-10. Retrieved 2011-12-18.
  7. ^ "Chess News – Baadur Jobava wins Aeroflot Open". 2006-02-18. Retrieved 2011-12-18.
  8. ^ "FIDE Archive. Tournament report July 2008: President's Cup, 2008". World Chess Federation. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  9. ^ Nadanian, Ashot (2011-08-02). "Lake Sevan 2011 – Jobava wins volcanic event". Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  10. ^ "Baadur Jobava wins Edoardo Crespi Trophy". FIDE. 2011-12-11. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
  11. ^ "European Rapid Chess Championship 2011". Retrieved 18 December 2011.
  12. ^ Standings of Tata Steel Challengers 2014 Tata Steel Chess
  13. ^ Ramirez, Alejandro (2014-02-20). "Three winners in Minsk". ChessBase. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  14. ^ Silver, Albert (2014-07-20). "ACP Golden Classic: Wesley So is the winner". ChessBase. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Baadur Jobava convincing in HZ Chess Tournament". Chessdom. 2015-08-09. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Maxim Matlakov wins European Chess Championship 2017". Chessdom. 2017-06-12. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  17. ^ Baadur Jobava team chess record at
  18. ^ "Baadur Jobava stuns the big names to strike Olympiad gold". The Guardian. 2016-09-23. Retrieved 2016-09-23.
  19. ^ "Interview with Baadur Jobava" (in Russian). ChessPro. Archived from the original on 29 April 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2010.
  20. ^ "Baadur Jobava vs. Evgeny Bareev, European Club Cup (2003)".

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