The 26th Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival took place from 2-10 August 2019 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The Masters tournament was a 9-round Swiss open restricted to players with a FIDE rating of 2100 and above. The winner would receive $13,000. Time control: 90 minutes for the entire game plus a 30-second increment starting from move one. ... [more]
Player: Daniil Yuffa
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|Aug-05-19|| ||csmath: Abdusattorov versus Mag today, two of the most promising talents squaring off in round 5.|
|Aug-05-19|| ||Keyser Soze: <Abdusattorov>|
14 years old? Interesting..
|Aug-05-19|| ||csmath: And Mag wins after Abdusattorov blundered a pawn on move 15th.|
|Aug-05-19|| ||Sokrates: I read this on the official page:
<Women who visit Abu Dhabi face no restrictions on dress or behavior, whether they came alone or accompanied by their families. Women play a prominent role in public life and occupies prominent positions, reaching the rank of Minister. There is no doubt that Abu Dhabi female visitors will be met with open arms and welcome.>
|Aug-06-19|| ||Sokrates: Playing through Parham Maghsoodloo's victories I have the feeling he won most of them due to a higher level of concentration in the endgame. His style seems rather meticulous and sneaky than agressive and flashy.|
|Aug-06-19|| ||Clemens Scheitz: $ 13,000 to the winner? with all the money that those Sheikhs have...it's either a mistake or an insult.|
|Aug-07-19|| ||Sokrates: The best of them are in the mid 2600 segment, below the top 70. That may have a slight influence on the price money, but you're right, <Clemens Scheitz>, it's not much, all things taken into account.|
|Aug-07-19|| ||csmath: Jobava is running away with this. Today he has beaten Mag in middlegame complications (Mag seems to be weak in calculations like this or perhaps too eager to initiate them).|
So now Jobava has 6/6 with a smaller group of players on 5/6 (Socko, Ni Hua, IM Kartykeyan, and Yakubboev).
Jobava chaotic style is made for this type of competition but when he meets elite competition then he usually falters.
Tomorrow he will be seriously tested by Ni Hua who will play white.
|Aug-08-19|| ||Sokrates: Levitov Chess Week - a rapid tournament passed by CG - was won by Nepomniachschi. Surprisingly, the "retired" Kramnik also participated. Apparently, Kramnik's retirement was not to be taken all too literally and seriously.|
|Aug-08-19|| ||alexmagnus: < Apparently, Kramnik's retirement was not to be taken all too literally and seriously.>|
When Kramnik retired he said that he will still play rapid or blitz events. But not longer classical.
|Aug-08-19|| ||csmath: Looks like Jobava might win the game with Ni Hua. After better opening Ni Hua went for exchanges (apparently playing for a draw) and now black is better.|
As for Kramnik, he better stay retired. Look what happened to Morozevich in rapid-blitz match with Leko. Leko practically wiped the floor with Morozevich. In 16 games Morozevich was able to win one blitz game, lost 4 out of 6 rapid games and 4 out of 10 blitzes.
|Aug-08-19|| ||csmath: Jobava missed something in this game with Ni Hua and they drew. Ni Hua played too cautiously, stronger player (like Carlsen) would have punished bad opening of Jobava but it seems Ni Hua was more interested in a draw and started exchanging pieces in the middlegame. In either case Jobava keeps his lead in the tournament, 6.5/7, full point ahead of a group of six (Ni Hua, Bartel, Socko, Kartekiyan, Yakubboev, and Antipov) at 5.5/7.|
|Aug-08-19|| ||Sokrates: Ah, didn't know that, <alexmagnus>, thanks. In the big interview with him in New in Chess right after his announcement I didn't notice any such modification, but it's obviously true.|
His result in Levitov wasn't exactly promising, though: +2 -4 =1 ... 2.5/7. The victories were against the other "bottom" players Svidler and Bareev.
|Aug-09-19|| ||Pedro Fernandez: In my opinion Jobava is a "wooden spoon" in the Top Group, but here he looks out of the lot.|
|Aug-09-19|| ||Pedro Fernandez: The same like in Iran <Sókrates>.|
|Aug-09-19|| ||Sokrates: <Pedro Fernandez: The same like in Iran <Sókrates>.>|
Depends on what you mean by "the same", dear <Pedro>. In Iran the women players were forced to wear a hijab during the World Championships. Completely the opposite of what is requiered or rather not requiered less demanded in Abu Dhabi.
|Aug-09-19|| ||Pedro Fernandez: My dear <Sokrates>, I'm sure that the Danish people, as everywhere, it practices sometimes the sarcasm. Greetings my great friend.|
|Aug-09-19|| ||Sokrates: Dear <Pedro>, LOL - you bet Danes love irony and sarcasm - to such as degree that they are warned not to use it abroad, since it's often hard to detect and not to everyone's taste. You know, that's the difficulty of written words. If we had been seated in a bar or café next to each other cheering with a Caipirinha in our hands, such subtleties would be far easier to read, right? Come to Copenhagen, my friend, and I shall prove it to you! :-)|
|Aug-09-19|| ||csmath: Jobava beats Martel. He is now 1 full point ahead of IM Yakobboev (!) who is the only person that can catch Jobava. They will play in the last round so that is to watch.|
Jobava played one quite a crazy game today with Bartel with chances for both but in the chaos Jobava came ahead. Again!
|Aug-09-19|| ||jphamlore: Jobava basically played the Hippo as White versus Bartel in round 8 and was able to rely on his superior time management.|
If you got it, flaunt it.
|Aug-09-19|| ||csmath: Nodirbek Yakubboev is another extremely talented 17-year-old from Uzbekistan.
There is no doubt this teenager will join the ranks of strong GMs in the near future. |
He shares the first name with 15-year-old compatriot Abdusattorov, we better start learning these names.
I like to remind people that before Mongol invasion the Central Asia has been a science nursery of the world with many great scientists usually wrongly attributed to Arab's golden age. Apparently the great talent has not left the area.
|Aug-09-19|| ||csmath: There is another 14-year-old Javokhir Sindarov GM from Uzbekistan with 5/8 in this tournament. I am learning that this kid is the second youngest GM in the history, only after Karjakin.|
Yakubboev will play white against Jobava in the ultimate round. This will be the game to watch, we'll see how is this teenager going to put up with Jobava (likely) "insane" chess.
|Aug-09-19|| ||jphamlore: Uzbekistan already has a FIDE World Champion in Rustam Kasimdzhanov.|
|Aug-10-19|| ||csmath: Quick draw between Yakobboev and Jobava and Jobava wins tournament with 8/9. Quite impressive.|
|Aug-11-19|| ||Nezhmetdinov: Just played through Jobava's games from this tourney - it is quite astonishing what he got up
to. There is something so attractive about the wager he is making with his opponents as he leads them into these thickets - I believe I'm simply better at chess than you are, can you prove me wrong? There is no place to hide through the invocation of subtle TNs or computer-aided advance analysis - the opponent must feel how alone he is amongst the briars.
There is a parallel with some of Carlson's play - he too will seek positions in which he can outplay the opponent through a greater depth of understanding and perception: positions where each can "just play chess" a la Lasker.
The games reminded me of why I love chess in the first place - a pitiless, shared inquisition that privileges a rigorous imagination.
Great stuff Baadur, thank you.|
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