Mikheil Mchedlishvili wins 2023 Georgian Championship

by Press release
1/16/2023 – Am Freitag endete die 82. Georgische Landesmeisterschaft in Tiflis mit einem Sieg von Mikheil Mchedlishvili (Foto). Das Turnier wurde mit zehn Spielern im Modus jeder gegen jeden gespielt. Mchedlishvili kam als einziger Spieler auf 7 Punkte. Giga Quparadze wurde Zweiter vor Tornike Sanikidze. | Fotos: Georgischer Schachverband

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FIDE press release

Mikheil Mchedlishvili emerged as the winner of the 2023 Georgian Championship, earning his fourth national title.

The 82nd Georgian Championship, the 10-player round-robin with classical time control, took place from January 4-13, 2023, at the Nona Gaprindashvili Chess Palace in Tbilisi, Georgia. Although two top Georgian players - Baadur Jobava and the 2022 champion Levan Pantsulaia - did not participate, the event brought together seven GMs and three IMs.

Coming into the final round a full point ahead of his main rival, Mikheil Mchedlishvili (pictured above) made a quick draw with the black pieces against IM Gaioz Nigalidze to finish on 7/9 and secure the title. The fifth-seed GM Giga Quparadze (pictured below) also turned in a solid performance and came clear second, scoring 6/9. The champion and the runner-up completed the event undefeated and picked up 15 and 18 rating points, respectively.

Three players tied for third place, with Tornike Sanikidze claiming bronze thanks to the best score in the direct encounters.