Baadur Jobava claims fourth Georgian national title

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2/11/2024 – Baadur Jobava won the Georgian Chess Championship for a fourth time in his career after scoring 7/9 points at the 2024 edition of the event, which ended earlier this week. The tournament took place in Tbilisi from January 29 to February 7 as a 10-player single round-robin with a classical time control. Nikolozi Kacharava and defending champion Mikheil Mchedlishvili finished in shared second place with 5½ points each. Kachavara took home the silver medal based on tiebreak criteria. | Photos: Georgian Chess Federation

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A clear victory

Press release by FIDE

Baadur Jobava is the new champion of Georgia. The 40-year-old native of Gali claimed his fourth national title after winning this event in 2003, 2007 and 2012.

The Georgian Chess Championship 2024 took place from January 29 to February 7, 2024, in the country’s capital, Tbilisi. A 10-player round-robin with classical time control brought together all the best Georgian players, including defending champion Mikheil Mchedlishvili.

Rating favourite Baadur Jobava and Luka Paichadze got off to a great start, scoring 3 points in the first four rounds. In round 5, however, their paths diverged. Luka suffered a defeat at the hands of Giga Quparadze, while Baadur drew with the 2022 champion Levan Pantsulaia and took the lead. He then pulled away by notching up two consecutive victories in rounds 6 and 7 and never looked back.

Baadur Jobava

Baadur Jobava

Going to the final ninth round a full point ahead of Giga Quparadze and Mikheil Mchedlishvili, Baadur convincingly outplayed Luka Paichadze and took the title with an excellent score of 7/9. The champion became the only unbeaten player in the event.

Nikolozi Kacharava (pictured below, left) pulled off a crucial last-round victory over Giga Quparadze and caught up with Mikheil Mchedlishvili (pictured below, right), who drew his game with Luka Kiladze. Both netted 5/7 points and tied for second place, but silver goes to Nikolozi thanks to his greater number of victories.

Nikolozi Kacharava, Mikheil Mchedlishvili

Nikolozi Kacharava and Mikheil Mchedlishvili

Jobava 1 - 0 Paichadze

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