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Mikhail Golubev
Number of games in database: 749
Years covered: 1979 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2461 (2335 rapid, 2355 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2570

Overall record: +299 -136 =239 (62.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 75 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (153) 
    B90 B87 B89 B30 B77
 French Defense (40) 
    C19 C18 C11 C10 C00
 Sicilian Najdorf (24) 
    B90 B98 B96 B99 B94
 Sicilian Dragon (20) 
    B77 B78 B35 B76 B70
 French Winawer (19) 
    C19 C18 C16
 Sicilian Taimanov (19) 
    B48 B45 B46 B47
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (193) 
    E92 E97 E84 E67 E99
 Sicilian (160) 
    B77 B76 B78 B22 B70
 Sicilian Dragon (103) 
    B77 B76 B78 B70 B72
 Queen's Pawn Game (19) 
    A46 A45 A40 D02 A41
 King's Indian Attack (7) 
 Uncommon Opening (5) 
    A00 B00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Golubev vs V Podinic, 2001 1-0
   V Bogdanovski vs Golubev, 1991 0-1
   Golubev vs Lupulescu, 2002 1-0
   Golubev vs R Mantovani, 1992 1-0
   Golubev vs E Grabowski, 2004 1-0
   Golubev vs Korchnoi, 2006 1-0
   A Istratescu vs Golubev, 1994 0-1
   D Gurevich vs Golubev, 1992 0-1
   Golubev vs A Kovchan, 2006 1-0
   Adorjan vs Golubev, 1994 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Swiss Championship (2001)
   Lasker Autumn GM (2001)
   Efim Geller Memorial (2005)
   Pivdenny Bank Chess Cup (2008)
   Groningen op (1993)
   Ukrainian Championship (2001)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Mikhail Golubev's best games by MikhailGolubev
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   My 10 selected King's Indian games by AdolfoAugusto
   My 10 selected King's Indian games by MikhailGolubev
   70l_middlegames SACS _Rxc3 The Soviet Sacrifice by whiteshark
   70l_middlegames SACS _Rxc3 The Soviet Sacrifice by webbing1947

   🏆 Title Chase Winter GM
   Golubev vs I Janik (Feb-14-19) 1/2-1/2
   Golubev vs Y Vovk (Feb-11-19) 1/2-1/2
   Golubev vs A Aliferenko (May-25-17) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   Golubev vs Evgen Dedkov (May-25-17) 1-0, blitz
   Golubev vs Sergiy Trokhimishin (May-25-17) 1/2-1/2, blitz

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(born May-30-1970, 51 years old) Ukraine

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GM Mikhail Vladimirovich Golubev (1996), author and journalist from Odessa, Ukraine.


Golubev was the silver medalist at the Ukrainian U17 Championship in 1984 and shared 7th-10th places in the USSR U18 Championship in 1985. He played on the Ukrainian U18 team in 1988 and was Ukrainian champion in 1996. He won the inaugural Neckar Open in 1997.

In total he was clear or equal first in 16 international tournaments with classical time controls (1992-2006).


His books include <Easy Guide to the Dragon>, <The Sicilian Sozin>; and <Understanding the King's Indian>.


He has been active as chess journalist since 1998 and was editor of the website Ukrainian Chess Online from 1998 till 2003.

Rating and ranking:

Highest ELO rating achieved: 2570 in January 1995. Highest position in the world rankings: 109th-119th in January 1994. Highest position among Ukrainians: 8th in January 1994.

Chess official:

Golubev was a member of the Board of the Association of Chess Professionals from October 2006 until February 2007.


Chessgames userid: User: MikhailGolubev; homepage:; Wikipedia article: Mikhail Golubev

Last updated: 2018-03-05 21:11:13

 page 1 of 32; games 1-25 of 791  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Bendersky vs Golubev  1-0461979Odessa (local competitions)E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
2. Golubev vs S Obukhov  ½-½381979Odessa, Ukrsovprof opB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
3. Golubev vs M Fiodorov  ½-½231980Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
4. Karavaev vs Golubev  0-1181980Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
5. Y Tarapatin vs Golubev  ½-½231981Odessa (local competitions)B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
6. N Gashibayazov vs Golubev 1-0321981Odessa Ch sfB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
7. Y Korsunsky vs Golubev  0-1291981Smela jr ttB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
8. Golubev vs Usenko  ½-½261981corrB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
9. Didkovsky vs Golubev 1-0271981corrB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
10. Stasiuk vs Golubev  1-0481981Yalta jrB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
11. Golubev vs A Rakhmangulov  0-1351981Odessa, Ukrsovprof opB06 Robatsch
12. Zhigailo vs Golubev  0-1301981Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
13. Golubev vs Meduschevsky  1-0341981Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
14. A Brodsky vs Golubev  ½-½701981Odessa (local competitions)B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
15. V Melnik vs Golubev  ½-½281981Odessa Ch sfB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
16. N Kovytev vs Golubev  1-0541981Odessa, Ukrsovprof opA48 King's Indian
17. Golubev vs D Kostin  1-0321982Odessa Ch jr 1982/83B02 Alekhine's Defense
18. V Bichnevich vs Golubev  1-0361982Odessa Ch jr 1982/83A42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
19. B Orlov vs Golubev ½-½221982corrB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
20. Golubev vs Alekseiuk  1-0291982Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
21. I Belin vs Golubev  0-1431982Odessa Ch jr 1982/83E67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
22. V Chayka vs Golubev  1-0351982corrB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
23. N Bondarchuk vs Golubev  1-0371982Odessa Ch jr 1982/83B53 Sicilian
24. Golubev vs V Bliumberg  ½-½361982Odessa Ch jr 1982/83C40 King's Knight Opening
25. G Bergart vs Golubev  0-1471982Odessa Ch jr 1982/83A45 Queen's Pawn Game
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  MikhailGolubev: The Old Tricks #5: The Worst Alekhine
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  OhioChessFan: Looking at Old Tricks #2, I am disappointed to miss it. It makes so much positional sense, it's almost not a tactical idea.

Gelfand vs Kramnik, 1996

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  OhioChessFan: <The Family Chess Tournament in Odessa: >

Did you ever do a simul where you alternated moves with another player?

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  OhioChessFan: <I found that already played more than one thousand Titled Tuesday blitz games. This milestone deserves a blog!>

You mention the 8...b5 line in the Samisch. I despise both sides of all Indians but always seem to do well. I just don't understand the general rules of play, but one move at a time, I seem to get through okay. I guess they aren't so immediately disastrous if you make a single sub-par move. Anyway, I'll have a look at that, more for knowing how to handle it as White, than trying it as Black.

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  MikhailGolubev: Three memorable games from Tatiana Morosova:
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  MikhailGolubev: <OhioChessFan: Did you ever do a simul where you alternated moves with another player?> Probably not. I don't remember that among the unusual types of competitions where I participated. Such simuls look quite strange actually, from any viewpoint.
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  OhioChessFan: <Old Tricks #4>

This is spectacular. It looks composed:

click for larger view

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  MikhailGolubev: European Teams: How Ukraine prevailed (my new blog at @chesscom, the game Martirosyan vs Volokitin annotated) #ETCC2021
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  MikhailGolubev: 'centipawn' is maybe the most stupid word ever
Nov-30-21  Retireborn: <Mikhail> Are you disrespecting the Metric System?!

In the future advantages will be measured in millipawns and even nanopawns, LOL.

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  MikhailGolubev: The Old Tricks #6: A superb combination from a forbidden movie
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  MikhailGolubev: The Rating Troublemakers: Sometimes They Return #Shkuro #Kobylianskyi #FIDE #chess #Ukraine
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  OhioChessFan: <The Old Tricks #6: A superb combination from a forbidden movie>

Wow, thanks for that. I never knew the story.

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  MikhailGolubev: The Old Tricks #7: A Loss by a Boss, an Evergreen Brilliance
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  OhioChessFan: What was your analysis technique? Analyze yourself, then engine check? Engine first, then play out human ideas? Something else?
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  MikhailGolubev: <OhioChessFan: What was your analysis technique? Analyze yourself, then engine check? Engine first, then play out human ideas? Something else?>which analysis do you mean?
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  OhioChessFan: I meant your Chess Today articles.
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  MikhailGolubev: <OhioChessFan: I meant your Chess Today articles>Typically there was not much time for annotating. It could have been two hours, for example. Most important in any game analysis is to find turning points, i.e. mistakes - whenever its' possible. And the rest can be done... how it gets. But as there was a free choice of the game, annotators could have selected games, which inspire in some way. A professional player gets some overall impression of the development of the game already after browsing it (it usually was an important part of the work, to select the game after browsing dozens or, sometimes, hundreds of them - so sometimes you have only few seconds to understand whether a game can be particularly curious... I would say that most game aren't), but indeed engines should be used as it gets to details.
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  MikhailGolubev: Classical chess vs blitz: all the sad truth
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  Messiah: <MikhailGolubev: Classical chess vs blitz: all the sad truth

That was less than gentlemanish.

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  OhioChessFan: I think it was brilliant.
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  MikhailGolubev: all my chess games (except casual/training online games), updated
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  MikhailGolubev: I annotated 10 games from the 2021 Ukrainian Chess Championships, which took place in December: (9 games + 1 game fragment, strictly speaking)
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  OhioChessFan: Kravtsiv played that whole game as if he thought he was better. Very strange against the Bishop pair.
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  Stonehenge: I wonder what happened here:

Golubev vs Martin Roepke, 1994

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