Baadur Jobava

Biography:
Baadur Jobava was born in Gali, Georgia, on 26 November 1983. Characterized by a brilliant and sacrificial style, he broke into the chess jet set in 2001, when aged 18, he earned himself the Grandmaster title. Two years later, Baadur seized his first international title by winning the Dubai Open, followed by a win in Batumi. In that same year of 2003, he won his first national championship, a feat he would repeat in 2007. In 2004 he qualified for the final stage of the World Championship and later in the year he won the gold medal on Board 4 at the Calvia Olympiads. The following year he won the second edition of the Samba Cup in Denmark and in 2006 he came on top of the strongest Swiss tournament in the world, Moscow’s Aeroflot Open. Four years later, at the 2010 Olympiads in Khanty Mansiysk, Jobava succeeded in defeating the then number one in the world and today World Champion Magnus Carlsen. After having reached his rating peak (2734) in September 2012, Grandmaster Jobava is now ranked number 36 in the world with 2713 points and is Georgia’s number one player by a clear lead.

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