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Sunday, April 22, 2012

GM Baadur Jobava Wins Dubai Chess Blitz

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Top seed GM Baadur Jobava of Georgia won the Dubai International Chess Blitz Tournament on April 20 at the Dubai Chess Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He beat six opponents and drew with three others to finish alone with 7-1/2 points out of 9 rounds.
GM Baadur Jobava displays his winner's Cup. 

Four players shared 2nd to 5th place. Tied with 7 points each were GMs Mikheil Mchedlishvili of Georgia, Vladimir Baklan and Alexander Kovchan of Ukraine, and Avetik Grigoryan of Armenia. A strong group of 84 players from 21 countries took part in the one-day competition including 21 Grandmasters and 9 International Masters. At stake was a total of $5,000 in cash prizes.

On his way to winning the top prize of $1,000 Jobava, rated 2706, beat GMs Gevorg Harutjunyan of Armenia, David Arutunian and Levan Pantsulaia of Georgia and IM Fouad El Taher of Egypt. Jobava drew with GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami of Iran, Alexander Kovchan of Ukraine and coasted to a draw in the last round with compatriot GM Mikheil Mchedlishvili.

Visit for round by round results and final standings.

Top standings after 9 Rounds
Rk. Name FED Rtg Pts.
1 GM Jobava Baadur GEO 2706 7.5
2 GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil GEO 2626 7
GM Baklan Vladimir UKR 2612 7
GM Grigoryan Avetik ARM 2600 7
GM Kovchan Alexander UKR 2598 7
6 GM Andriasian Zaven ARM 2616 6.5
GM Hovhannisyan Robert ARM 2600 6.5
IM El Taher Fouad EGY 2483 6.5
Baghdasaryan Vahe ARM 2406 6.5
10 GM Volkov Sergey RUS 2623 6.5
11 GM Miezis Normunds LAT 2557 6
GM Harutjunyan Gevorg ARM 2455 6
Dilanyan Grigor ARM 2276 6
14 GM Petrosian Tigran L ARM 2643 6
GM Salem A R Saleh UAE 2522 6
IM Ramnath Bhuvanesh R IND 2343 6
17 GM Pantsulaia Levan GEO 2595 5.5
GM Arutinian David GEO 2553 5.5
IM Grigoryan Karen H ARM 2510 5.5
IM Roy Chowdhury Saptarshi IND 2405 5.5
21 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar IND 2633 5.5
GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan IRI 2581 5.5
GM Kayumov Sergey UZB 2505 5.5
Hilwani Talal SYR 2277 5.5
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