Tbilisi: Jobava Declines Unexpected Gift in the Weirdest Draw of 10th Round

Время публикации: 27.02.2015 05:45 | Последнее обновление: 27.02.2015 06:12

While yesterday's most important result was, of course, Tomashevsky's draw that secured him the first place, the weirdest game of the day was certainly Kasimdzhanov - Jobava. Not only its outcome left the eye-witnesses puzzled - the preceding events were also utterly strange.

The Georgian player did something wrong in the opening and found himself in trouble already in the beginning. Despite his usual tactical resourcefulness, he eventually ended up in a lost position.


Instead of the only defence, 28...Rxf4+ 29.Ke3 Nxe6! (if 30.Ng7 or 30.Ng3 then Black is still in the game after 30...Ng5!, although his position remains difficult), Baadur played 28...Rxc4? which could have led to an instant win for White after 29.Ne7. The idea and the lines are so simple that they don't require any detailed explanations or analysis. However, the series of Kasimdzhanov's hallucinations continued in the most unpredictable way.
Rustam, who was having about eight minites on his clock, played 29.Nh6?? Rxf4+ 30.Ke1 Bg6 31.Nf7+ Kg7, and the decorations have suddenly changed. Now it's White who is a pawn down in a battered position.
32.Nd6 Rxa4 33.Kf2.

Surprise number 2: here the opponents... agreed to a draw! After, for instance, 33...Kf8 'Black still has a few practical problems to solve, but White's position is quite bad, of course' - Kasimdzhanov. It remains unclear at the moment of the publication who offered a draw.

Levan Kipiani, Minister of Sports and Youth of Georgia, gave the start to the most unusual game of the round

Kasimdzhanov was looking stunned during the press conference. It took him long time to believe that he had missed the elementary 30...Nd5+ after his intended 30.Ke3: 'That's horrible. How I am playing!.. It's a nightmare!' He also added a strong Russian expression, without anything unprintable though.

'Maybe I'm just tired. It's a long and difficult tournament, and there is still one game to go...', Kasimdzhanov concluded with regret.

Jobava had noticed he had been losing in one move right after his own blunder. Why did he decline such an unexpected fantastic present, then?

'First of all, I remember the story from Tashkent. You (talking to Rustam - CN) know what I'm talking about (here the opponents looked at each other, Kasimdzhanov livened up, and both burst into laughster - CN). It was time to give this back. Secondly, I felt simply disgusted to play this for a win', Baadur explained.

Since the opponents didn't say anything about what exactly had happened in Tashkent, Chess-News has to rely on its own sources. Our best suggestion is the story that we found in Jobava's facebook timeline.

During the Tashkent stage of the Grand Prix, Baadur lost a large banknote, presumably in the hotel. The receptionists told him they hadn't found anything like that, but later on Rustam came to Jobava's room and returned the banknote found by Rustam's wife to its happy owner. By coincidence, their battle over the board happened the same day. Jobava won.

[Event "Tbilisi FIDE GP 2015"] [Site "Tbilisi GEO"] [Date "2015.02.26"] [Round "10.5"] [White "Kasimdzhanov, Rustam"] [Black "Jobava, Baadur"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2705"] [BlackElo "2696"] [ECO "D16"] [Opening "QGD Slav"] [Variation "Steiner variation"] [EventDate "2015.02.15"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 dxc4 5. a4 Bg4 6. Ne5 Bh5 7. f3 Nfd7 8. Nxc4 e5 9. g3 Bb4 10. dxe5 O-O 11. Bh3 Qe7 12. f4 f6 13. e6 Nc5 14. f5 Nba6 15. O-O Rfd8 16. Qc2 Rd4 17. Rf4 Rad8 18. Be3 Rxf4 19. Bxf4 Bxc3 20. bxc3 Nxe6 21. fxe6 Qc5+ 22. Ne3 g5 23. Kf2 gxf4 24. gxf4 Nc7 25. Rg1+ Kh8 26. c4 Rd4 27. Qf5 Qxf5 28. Nxf5 Rxc4 29. Nh6 Rxf4+ 30. Ke1 Bg6 31. Nf7+ Kg7 32. Nd6 Rxa4 33. Kf2 1/2-1/2


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