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Mikhail Ulybin
M Ulybin 
Number of games in database: 1,823
Years covered: 1984 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2469 (2459 rapid, 2443 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2587

Overall record: +727 -325 =718 (61.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 53 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (241) 
    B51 B30 B93 B40 B52
 Ruy Lopez (89) 
    C78 C84 C90 C80 C67
 French Defense (72) 
    C01 C05 C07 C00 C11
 Catalan (60) 
    E04 E06 E01 E07 E09
 King's Indian (58) 
    E97 E94 E91 E60 E70
 Queen's Pawn Game (51) 
    E00 A41 A46 A50 D02
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (302) 
    C05 C14 C02 C11 C01
 Dutch Defense (119) 
    A90 A84 A81 A93 A95
 French Tarrasch (110) 
    C05 C07 C03
 Sicilian (79) 
    B40 B80 B83 B31 B62
 English, 1 c4 c5 (75) 
    A30 A37 A32 A36 A34
 French (66) 
    C11 C00 C13 C10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Sorokin vs M Ulybin, 1986 0-1
   M Ulybin vs Lautier, 1989 1-0
   F Nordstrom vs M Ulybin, 2002 0-1
   Van Wely vs M Ulybin, 2003 0-1
   L Nestorovic vs M Ulybin, 2012 0-1
   Smirin vs M Ulybin, 1988 0-1
   M Ulybin vs D Brandenburg, 2008 1-0
   M Tan vs M Ulybin, 2008 0-1
   Kasparov vs M Ulybin, 1988 1/2-1/2
   Vyzmanavin vs M Ulybin, 1995 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Chelyabinsk (1991)
   Rilton Cup 1998/99 (1998)
   USSR Junior Championship (1985)
   Lee Cup 3rd (1996)
   World Junior Championship (1989)
   13th Unive Tournament (Open) (2009)
   World Junior Championship (1990)
   St. Petersburg Open (2003)
   Vienna Open (1998)
   Groningen Open (2019)
   12th Essent Open (2008)
   29th Cappelle-la-Grande (2013)
   Dubai Open (2004)
   Rilton Cup 2002/03 (2002)
   Berliner Sommer (1994)

   🏆 Sheikh Russel GM
   Chanchal Kumer Ghosh vs M Ulybin (Oct-27-21) 1/2-1/2
   M Ulybin vs S Himanshu (Oct-26-21) 1/2-1/2
   Krasenkow vs M Ulybin (Oct-25-21) 1-0
   M Ulybin vs M Lodhi (Oct-24-21) 1-0
   K A Islam vs M Ulybin (Oct-23-21) 0-1

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(born May-31-1971, 51 years old) Russia

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He played in the Soviet junior championships of 1984, 1985 (3rd place),1986, 1987, and 1988 (tied for 1st–2nd with Gata Kamsky). Ulibin took the silver medal in the World Junior Chess Championship of 1991. He was awarded the title of grandmaster by FIDE in 1991.

In 1994, he finished second behind Peter Svidler in the Russian championship at Elista and played for Russia's second team in the Moscow Chess Olympiad. His team took the bronze medal.

He won the 1998/1999 Rilton Cup in Stockholm. In 2001, Ulibin won the Monarch Assurance International tournament at Port Erin, Isle of Man. In 2002, he won the Masters' tournament of the 12th Abu Dhabi Chess Festival edging out Evgeny Gleizerov and Shukhrat Safin on tiebreak, after all finished on 6½/9 points.

In 2003, he tied for 3rd–10th with Vladimir Belov, Alexei Kornev, Farrukh Amonatov, Alexey Kim, Alexander Areshchenko, Andrey Shariyazdanov, and Spartak Vysochin in the St. Petersburg 300 Open tournament. Ulibin came first in the Master Open Tournament in Biel 2007.

Mikhail Vitalyevich Ulybin won the strong Zagreb Open (Croatia) in 2010.In 2011, he won the Central Serbia Championship in Paraćin; tied for 2nd–6th with Konstantine Shanava, Maxim Turov, Robert Hovhannisyan, and Levon Babujian in the 4th Karen Asrian Memorial tournament in Jermuk; and came first at Winterthur.

At the Groningen Open (2019) he tied 4th through 6th, with 6.5/9.

Wikipedia article: Mikhail Ulibin

Last updated: 2021-11-23 03:44:01

 page 1 of 73; games 1-25 of 1,824  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Smirin vs M Ulybin  1-0241984USSR Junior ChampionshipC17 French, Winawer, Advance
2. V Ozolins vs M Ulybin  0-1401984USSR Junior ChampionshipC19 French, Winawer, Advance
3. Dreev vs M Ulybin  1-0641984USSR Junior ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
4. M Ulybin vs Janjghava  0-1371985URS-chT (Juniors)C42 Petrov Defense
5. Smirin vs M Ulybin  ½-½411985URS-chT (Juniors)E42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
6. M Ulybin vs A Nosenko  1-0231985USSR Junior ChampionshipB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
7. Shabalov vs M Ulybin  0-1381985USSR Junior ChampionshipB56 Sicilian
8. M Ulybin vs A Maksimenko  1-0291985USSR Junior ChampionshipB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
9. Smirin vs M Ulybin  0-1531985USSR Junior ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
10. Ivanchuk vs M Ulybin  ½-½451985USSR Junior ChampionshipA61 Benoni
11. Gelfand vs M Ulybin 1-0301985USSR Junior ChampionshipC03 French, Tarrasch
12. M Ulybin vs Shirov 1-0111985USSR Junior ChampionshipB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
13. P Martynov vs M Ulybin  1-0321985USSR Junior ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
14. M Ulybin vs Sagalchik  ½-½311985USSR Junior ChampionshipC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
15. M Ulybin vs Golubev  ½-½331985Klaipeda jr SU-qualB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
16. M Ulybin vs Gelfand  ½-½461986USSR Junior ChampionshipB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
17. Smirin vs M Ulybin  ½-½291986USSR Junior ChampionshipC05 French, Tarrasch
18. A Martynov vs M Ulybin  0-1541986USSR Junior ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
19. M Ulybin vs D Ruzele  0-1531986USSR Junior ChampionshipB57 Sicilian
20. M Sorokin vs M Ulybin 0-1241986USSR Junior ChampionshipC05 French, Tarrasch
21. M Ulybin vs Ivanchuk  1-0661986Sochi Juniors (U20)B82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
22. M Ulybin vs Dreev  0-1351986Sochi Juniors (U20)B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
23. M Ulybin vs Gelfand ½-½461986Sochi Juniors (U20)B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
24. M Ulybin vs Serper  0-1251986Sochi Juniors (U20)C42 Petrov Defense
25. M Ulybin vs D Ruzele  1-0261986Sochi Juniors (U20)B89 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: No disrepect to this fine Grandmaster, but I'll always remember him for being on the receiving end of the modern classic Oll vs Ulibin, 1989.
Apr-06-04  BiLL RobeRTiE: That is a nice game, illustrating the thematic bishop sacrifice in the Winawer w/ Qg4. It's a pity nobody at such a high level plays 3...Bb4 anymore.
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  WTHarvey: Here are some puzzles from Mikhail's games:
May-31-06  BIDMONFA: Mikhail Ulibin

ULIBIN, Mikhail

May-31-09  WhiteRook48: I probably would still play 3...Bb4
May-31-09  WhiteRook48: but I'm not high level
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: He has now won the 9. Winterthurer Schachwoche, Congratulations!


Oct-11-09  Open Defence: interestingly no one has tried 3.Nc3 against his French Defence since 2005!
Dec-29-09  Albertan: I have analyzed the second round game between Michael De Verdier (elo 2270), and GM Ulibin from the second round of the 2009-2010 Rilton Cup chess tournament, and posted this analysis to the first page of my blog using the program Chessviewer Deluxe.I hope you drop by my blog at and play through the game.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: The Zagreb Open (Croatia) 2010 ended today. Winner was Ulibin:, congratulations.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: He was 2nd today in Stockholm Elo Challenge 12-16 May 2010:

May-31-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy Birthday, GM Ulibin!


Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday wishes to GM Ulibin! I was born 2 years before him on the same day. May he play many more brilliant games!
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  offramp: Where's Ulibin now?
Aug-23-18  PhilFeeley: < Tabanus: The Zagreb Open (Croatia) 2010 ended today. Winner was Ulibin:, congratulations.>

Now there's a tournament where I've never heard of anyone, including the winner. This doesn't happen often as I'm around here a lot, but it just shows how many hundreds of strong players there are now.

Aug-23-18  PhilFeeley: <offramp: Where's Ulibin now?>

He didn't play at all in 2015. There's only one game from 2016 - 54th Groningen Open - why no more I don't know. Other games are here:

He only played the Runavik Open (Faroe Islands) in 2017 (games at, according to our database, but there's more here: I don't know why there's nothing for 2018 yet. He probably has a full-time job somewhere else other than chess. (Again, there's more at

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