Chess Grandmaster Baadur Jobava Banned After Racist Rant

Since I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in any quick play Chess event this story failed to appear on the AWdar until this morning when it was brought to my attention. Most people involved with Chess assumed there would be major changes after the pandemic ended, and it has been interesting watching the change from my perspective, but it has not been good for the older players who seem to either have “lost something” like the “edge” they had prior to the pandemic. On the other side of the board it has been very interesting watching the much younger players, many of whom have seemed to come from nowhere to threaten the hegemony of their elders. Just the other day Chessbase published an article, Which countries have the most inflated Elo ratings? ( Those of us old enough to remember a time ‘back in the day’ when the United States Chess Federation ratings were frozen for quite some time recall the “shake-out” that followed. Then there has been the ‘Rise of the Programs’. Again ‘back in the day’ we followed the moves and ideas produced by Grandmasters because, well, you know, they were GRANDMASTERS. These daze grandmasters utilize Chess programs to learn the correct way to play Chess. It must be difficult for grandmasters to wrap their minds around the fact that compared to the Chess programs, such as the Stockfish program used at, they have been regulated to second class status. Such is life…

The following story headlines the “TOP 10 RIGHT NOW” on the CHEAT SHEET at The Daily Beast:

Chess Grandmaster Banned From Prize Events After Racist Rant

AJ McDougall

Breaking News Rrporter
Published Feb. 06, 2023

Andreas Kontokanis via Wikimedia Commons (

Another day, another scandal in the cutthroat world of online chess. On Monday,—one of the largest such platforms in the world—said that it would hit a 2578-rated Georgian grandmaster with a partial ban after he was caught spewing racist vitriol and berating staff on a tournament stream. The grandmaster, Baadur Jobava, launched into the rant last Friday after losing to Xiangyu Xu, a Chinese grandmaster,

at a qualifier for the Airthings Masters, according to In footage of a conversation between Jobava and a moderator that surfaced on Reddit that day, the Georgian player can be heard saying, “This bitch fucked up. Ban all Chinese too. These motherfuckers. Not right. Call them. Not right.” ( After getting off the call with the moderator, Jobava continued to rant, accusing Xu of cheating and of failing to take action, “just sit and commentating bullshit.” In a statement to the “Global Chess Community” on Monday, a official said that Jobava’s account would be banned “for all prize events” through the end of the year in light of his “racial and incendiary comments.”

Chess Moves

Andrei Volokitin 2652 (UKR)

vs Robert Hovhannisyan 2622 (ARM)

Robert Hovhannisyan is Armenian Rapid Chess Championship ...
Robert Hovhannisyan is Armenian Rapid Chess Championship …

FIDE Grand Swiss 2021 round 06
C50 Giuoco Piano

  1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. O-O Nf6 5. d3 d6 6. c3 a5 7. Re1 Be6 8. Bb5 O-O 9. d4 Bb6
White to move

You can find the answer here:

Baadur Jobava 2582 (GEO)

vs Jules Moussard 2632 (FRA)

Jules Moussard

Event: FIDE Grand Swiss 2021
Site: Riga LAT Date: 11/01/2021
Round: 6.31
ECO: C21 Centre game
1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Nbd2 d5 5.Nxd4 Ne7 6.c3 Bc5 7.N2b3 Bb6 8.Bg5 O-O 9.exd5 Qxd5 10.Bxe7 Re8 11.Ne2

1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Nbd2 d5 TN (Komodo14 @depth 54 plays 4…Nc6; Stockfish 14 @depth 39 also plays 4..Nc6, but @depth 46 changes its whatever to 4…c5, which will be a Theoretical Novelty just as soon as your rating improves enough for you to be taken seriously and YOU spring the TN on some poor, unsuspecting GM as he sits there staring at the board, racking his brain, thinking, “Why me, Lord?”) 5.Nxd4 Ne7 (SF 13 plays 13…Qe7) 6.c3 (SF 8 plays the game move but SF 14 plays 6 exd5) 6…Bc5 7.N2b3 (Again Stockfish prefers to take the pawn with 7 exd5) 7…Bb6 (SF 8 plays the game move, but SF 9 plays 7…Bxd4) 8.Bg5 (SF plays 8 exd5) 8…O-O (SF plays 8…h6) 9.exd5 (SF 8 plays 9 Qe2. Why would you consider any other move?) 9…Qxd5 (Fritz plays 9…Re8) 10.Bxe7 Re8 11.Ne2

Black to move

This is one of those Highlander positions in which…

Highlander (Videogame) - There Can Be Only One - YouTube

There Can Be Only ONE! Funny Highlander Graphic - There ...

Your mission, should you decide to accept, is to find that move.