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Abu Dhabi Masters Tournament

Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava8/9(+7 -0 =2)[games]
Nodirbek Yakubboev7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Parham Maghsoodloo6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Bartosz Socko6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Aleksandar Indjic6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
A R Saleh Salem6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Manuel Petrosyan6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Mateusz Bartel6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Ni Hua6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
M Amin Tabatabaei6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Chopra Aryan6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Alexander Zubov6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Murali Karthikeyan6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Deep Sengupta6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Emre Can6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Nodirbek Abdusattorov6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Andrey Esipenko6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Jaime Santos Latasa6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Chithambaram V R Aravindh6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Suri Vaibhav6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Daniil Yuffa5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Aleksej Aleksandrov5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Luka Paichadze5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Mikhail Antipov5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
V S Rathanvel5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Yi Xu5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Pouya Idani5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Javokhir Sindarov5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Jinshi Bai5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
* (150 players total; 121 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Abu Dhabi Masters (2019)

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. (1) Chief arbiter: Shohreh Bayat. (2)

Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava won with 8/9 and netted 13,000 USD.

Official site:
Interview with the winner:

See also side event: Abu Dhabi Leko - Morozevich Rapid & Blitz Match (2019)

(1) chess24: (2) Chess-Results:

 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 657  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C Aravindh vs Zhang Xiaowen  1-0942019Abu Dhabi MastersE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
2. C Krishnamachari Arjun vs I Gaponenko  0-1602019Abu Dhabi MastersA00 Uncommon Opening
3. Mahammad Muradli vs M Mahalakshmi 0-1342019Abu Dhabi MastersE15 Queen's Indian
4. O Al Hosani vs S Alavi  ½-½322019Abu Dhabi MastersE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
5. P Shyam Nikil vs Dehankar Mrudul  ½-½372019Abu Dhabi MastersC78 Ruy Lopez
6. A Krzywda vs N R Vignesh  0-1402019Abu Dhabi MastersA45 Queen's Pawn Game
7. M Costachi vs Datar Soham  1-0982019Abu Dhabi MastersD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. Habib Adnan vs M R Venkatesh  0-1482019Abu Dhabi MastersE61 King's Indian
9. Arash Tahbaz vs K Priyanka  1-0512019Abu Dhabi MastersB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
10. Samuel Asaka vs K Arjun  ½-½962019Abu Dhabi MastersD02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Raunak Sadhwani vs Altay Eynullayev  1-0432019Abu Dhabi MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. Karthikeyan Ajay vs R Vasquez Schroeder  0-1692019Abu Dhabi MastersA45 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Javokhir Sindarov vs J C Tabada  1-0262019Abu Dhabi MastersB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
14. M Senthil vs Temur Kuybokarov  1-0612019Abu Dhabi MastersD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
15. Kiriakov vs L R Srihari 1-0212019Abu Dhabi MastersA57 Benko Gambit
16. A H Abdulgalil Saleh vs U Bajarani  0-1562019Abu Dhabi MastersB53 Sicilian
17. P Iniyan vs R Pujari  1-0172019Abu Dhabi MastersD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. C R G Krishna vs Chatterjee Utsab  1-0472019Abu Dhabi MastersE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
19. Faisal Mohamed vs I Akash Pc  0-1302019Abu Dhabi MastersA10 English
20. Jun Hyeok Lee vs C Sakshi  1-0292019Abu Dhabi MastersA13 English
21. S Manush vs T Goyal  ½-½362019Abu Dhabi MastersD02 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Kamotra Soham vs B Assaubayeva  1-0392019Abu Dhabi MastersA15 English
23. Rakesh Kumar Jena vs Saina Salonika  ½-½282019Abu Dhabi MastersD02 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Karthik Thrish vs S Swaminathan  0-1412019Abu Dhabi MastersA37 English, Symmetrical
25. Sedrani Ammar vs Sharma Isha  1-0512019Abu Dhabi MastersB07 Pirc
 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 657  PGN Download
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  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.>


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  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's either a mistake or an insult.
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  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.

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  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.
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  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.
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  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.

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  Pedro Fernandez: In my opinion Jobava is a "wooden spoon" in the Top Group, but here he looks out of the lot.
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  Pedro Fernandez: The same like in Iran <Sókrates>.
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  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.

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  Pedro Fernandez: My dear <Sokrates>, I'm sure that the Danish people, as everywhere, it practices sometimes the sarcasm. Greetings my great friend.
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  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.
Aug-11-19  Nezhmetdinov: After I hit the kibitz button a short loading screen appeared on which the legend "Examine all moves that smite" floated in brown. Amen.
Aug-11-19  Nezhmetdinov: And again!
Aug-11-19  Nezhmetdinov: Und so weiter...
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