Baadur Jobava is a Chess Grandmaster from Georgia with Elo ratings exceeding 2600 from FIDE, making him one of the best Georgian chess players of all time.
Full Name: Baadur Jobava
Title: Grandmaster (2001)
International Master (2000)
Place of birth: Gali, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
Born: November 26, 1983
World ranking: 284
Peak rating: 2734 (September 2012)
Most Played Openings
With The White Pieces
- Sicilian Defense
- Queen’s Pawn Game
- Nimzo-Larsen Attack
With The Black Pieces
- Sicilian Defense
Baadur Jobava is a Georgian chess Grandmaster born on November 26, 1983, in Gali, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union. Jobava was awarded the title of Grandmaster in 2001. As of October 2022, his FIDE rating was 2578, while his Peak rating was 2734 as of September 2012. Beglar Jobava, his younger brother, is also an International Master at chess.
In 2003, Jobava won the Dubai Open with a score of 7 out of 9. He competed in the FIDE World Chess Championship 2004 but was eliminated in the initial set by Ruben Felgaer. In 2005, Jobava won the 2nd Samba Cup in Skanderborg, Denmark. Jobava won the Railyaway Hotel Cup and the reputable Aeroflot Open in 2006. In the 2008 President’s Cup in Baku, he finished 1st-8th with Nigel Short, Vadim Milov, Aleksej Aleksandrov, Tamaz Gelashvili, Alexander Lastin, Gadir Guseinov, and Farid Abbasov. Jobava took silver in the 2010 European Individual Tournament in Rijeka.
In August 2011, Jobava shared first place and second place with Hrant Melkumyan in the Lake Sevan tournament in Martuni, winning on a deciding set. He won the 32nd Edoardo Crespi Trophy in Milan in December 2011 with 8.5/9, completing two points higher than second-placed Vladimir Malaniuk. Jobava triumphed at the European Rapid Chess Championship in Warsaw in the same month, beating out 746 other players.
In January 2014, Jobava came equitable second and third on deciding set in the 2014 Tata Steel Challengers championship in Wijk aan Zee, scoring 8.5/13. A month later, Jobava won the David Bronstein Memorial in Minsk on deciding set over Sergey Fedorchuk and Mikhail Oleksienko. In July, Jobava placed second behind Wesley So at the ACP Golden Classic in Bergamo, Italy.
Jobava earned 8/9 points to win the 19th HZ Chess Tournament in Vlissingen, the Netherlands, in August 2015. At the 2017 European Individual Championship in Minsk, Jobava finished first in a tie with Maxim Matlakov and Vladimir Fedoseev, earning the silver medal on a deciding set. Jobava won the Abu Dhabi Masters in 2019 with a comfortable victory after scoring 8 out of 9 possible points and a 2904 performance rating.
The first six Titled Tuesday blitz competitions on Chess.com were won by Jobava, who also streams similar competitions and informal games to his 17,000 Twitch followers under the nickname “JamesBlunder.”
In 2004 and 2016, Jobava earned gold medals for individual board performance.
Since 2000, Jobava has participated in the Chess Olympiad for the Georgian national team. In 2004, Jobava won the individual gold medal with a score of 8.5/10.
Baadur Jobava vs Evgeny Bareev – European Club Cup, Round 7 – Rethymnon, Greece – October 04, 2003
Baadur Jobava vs Sergey Karjakin – Russian Team Championship, Round 2 – Loo, Russia – April 08, 2013
Baadur Jobava vs Nigel Short – Xtracon Chess Open, Round 8 – Elsinore, Eastern Denmark – July 28, 2017
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