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Abu Dhabi Masters Tournament

Baadur 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]
Hua Ni6.5/9(+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]
N R Vignesh5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
M Mahalakshmi5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
* (150 players total; 118 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. Kryvoruchko vs V Antonio  0-1332019Abu Dhabi MastersC78 Ruy Lopez
2. Rajdeep Sarkar vs H Ni  ½-½532019Abu Dhabi MastersA21 English
3. A R Saleh Salem vs V S Rathanvel  1-0442019Abu Dhabi MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. Rithvik R Raja vs P Maghsoodloo  0-1492019Abu Dhabi MastersA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
5. V Akopian vs R Kulkarni  1-0362019Abu Dhabi MastersB42 Sicilian, Kan
6. D Deshmukh vs V Onyshchuk  1-0642019Abu Dhabi MastersB06 Robatsch
7. A Volokitin vs N Dixit  ½-½162019Abu Dhabi MastersC11 French
8. R Mullick vs S Ter-Sahakyan  1-0392019Abu Dhabi MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. A Esipenko vs Anand Pranav  1-0392019Abu Dhabi MastersE60 King's Indian Defense
10. Amit Doshi Moksh vs B Socko  0-1362019Abu Dhabi MastersE15 Queen's Indian
11. Indjic vs P V Nandhidhaa  1-0472019Abu Dhabi MastersA17 English
12. A Ghosh vs M Yilmaz  0-1282019Abu Dhabi MastersA04 Reti Opening
13. M Bartel vs S Kathmale  1-0302019Abu Dhabi MastersE12 Queen's Indian
14. K Krishnater vs M Karthikeyan  0-1382019Abu Dhabi MastersB41 Sicilian, Kan
15. P Venkatesh vs Zubov  0-1842019Abu Dhabi MastersB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
16. M A Tabatabaei vs A Mithil  1-0382019Abu Dhabi MastersB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
17. Paul Srijit vs M Antipov  ½-½872019Abu Dhabi MastersB32 Sicilian
18. J Bai vs Ankit Gajwa  1-0232019Abu Dhabi MastersA05 Reti Opening
19. M Pranesh vs N Petrov  ½-½332019Abu Dhabi MastersC77 Ruy Lopez
20. N Abdusattorov vs G Salem 1-0822019Abu Dhabi MastersC40 King's Knight Opening
21. Aditya S Samant vs E Can  0-1482019Abu Dhabi MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. M Petrosyan vs A Eynullayev  1-0232019Abu Dhabi MastersA34 English, Symmetrical
23. Shantanu Bhambure vs S Vaibhav  ½-½712019Abu Dhabi MastersD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
24. J Santos Latasa vs V Agrawal  1-0472019Abu Dhabi MastersE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
25. M A Gomes vs Jobava  0-1412019Abu Dhabi MastersA06 Reti Opening
 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 657  PGN Download
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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'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.
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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.
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.
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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