Jobava is Georgia’s top player and has one of the most aggressive sacrificial styles of any player near the pinnacle of world chess. He first made a name for himself as a 19-year-old in 2003, when he won the strong Dubai Open and the Georgian Championship. He also demonstrated his preparation skills by defeating 125-point higher rated Evgeny Bareev in a spectacular game where all 34 moves had apparently been prepared by him in advance. Those performances pushed Jobava above 2600 and into the world’s Top 100, but despite winning a gold medal on board 4 at the 2004 Olympiad he struggled to climb further. In 2006 he won the Aeroflot Open to earn the right to play in the annual Dortmund supertournament, but he went on to finish last with four losses and no wins. He finally crossed 2700 in 2009, in 2011 he won the European Rapid Chess Championship and in September 2012 he achieved a career high rating of 2734 and 19th place on the FIDE rating list.
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