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Mikhail Kobalia
Number of games in database: 938
Years covered: 1994 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2614 (2567 rapid, 2569 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2679

Overall record: +293 -127 =377 (60.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 141 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (158) 
    B90 B51 B31 B30 B50
 Ruy Lopez (63) 
    C78 C65 C84 C80 C67
 French Defense (51) 
    C10 C07 C18 C05 C11
 Caro-Kann (37) 
    B13 B12 B14 B18 B10
 Sicilian Najdorf (37) 
    B90 B92 B93 B94
 French Tarrasch (22) 
    C07 C05 C03 C09
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (125) 
    B46 B42 B43 B40 B22
 Slav (87) 
    D11 D15 D10 D12 D16
 Semi-Slav (39) 
    D45 D44 D47 D43
 Ruy Lopez (34) 
    C67 C65 C76 C78 C60
 Sicilian Kan (33) 
    B42 B43 B41
 Sicilian Taimanov (33) 
    B46 B47 B48 B49 B45
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Kobalia vs Hjartarson, 2020 1-0
   M Kobalia vs B Kantsler, 2001 1-0
   M Kobalia vs Nalbandian, 1999 1-0
   M Kobalia vs V Akopian, 2006 1-0
   M Kobalia vs Bibek Thing, 2019 1-0
   Karjakin vs M Kobalia, 2004 0-1
   M Kobalia vs Karjakin, 2004 1/2-1/2
   I Khairullin vs M Kobalia, 2004 0-1
   Kharlov vs M Kobalia, 2004 0-1
   M Kobalia vs A Krivonogov, 2001 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02 (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Chigorin Memorial Open (1997)
   Novgorod Open (1999)
   Isle of Man Masters (2007)
   European Championship (2003)
   Chigorin Memorial (2017)
   European Championship (2009)
   Gibraltar Masters (2020)
   European Championship (2005)
   European Championship (2011)
   European Championship (2012)
   European Championship (2018)
   European Championship (2001)
   European Championship (2010)
   European Championship (2019)
   Rilton Cup 2018/19 (2018)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1998 World Junior chess championship by gauer

   🏆 President of UZB Prizes
   M Kobalia vs N Abdusattorov (Nov-16-21) 1/2-1/2,
   A Sarana vs M Kobalia (Aug-16-21) 1/2-1/2
   V Fedoseev vs M Kobalia (Aug-16-21) 0-1
   M Kobalia vs A Sarana (Aug-16-21) 1/2-1/2
   M Kobalia vs V Fedoseev (Aug-16-21) 1-0

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(born May-03-1978, 43 years old) Russia
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Grandmaster. Won the Arctic Chess Challenge 2010 and scored 7.5/11 in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), placing 18th on tiebreak and thereby qualifying for the World Cup (2011), where he was eliminated in the first round tiebreaker by compatriot GM Igor Lysyj. His strong result in the 13th European Individual Championship (2012) qualified him for the World Cup (2013), where he defeated Denis Khismatullin in the first round but lost to compatriot and former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik in the second round tiebreaker.

Wikipedia article: Mikhail Kobalia

 page 1 of 39; games 1-25 of 964  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Kobalia vs O Izchenko  ½-½311994St Petersburg op2B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
2. Korotylev vs M Kobalia  ½-½291994Moscow-chA99 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky Variation with b3
3. M Kobalia vs Korotylev  ½-½691995RUS-ch U18B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
4. V Malakhov vs M Kobalia 1-0951995RUS-ch U18C05 French, Tarrasch
5. T Gelashvili vs M Kobalia  0-1421995Wch U18C55 Two Knights Defense
6. M Kobalia vs Sutovsky  1-0681995Wch U18B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
7. Psakhis vs M Kobalia  0-1561996Vienna opC05 French, Tarrasch
8. V Malakhatko vs M Kobalia ½-½531996Yalta opA04 Reti Opening
9. M Kobalia vs Turov  1-0471996EU-ch U18B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
10. A Gelman vs M Kobalia  0-1301996Ch Moscow (open)C28 Vienna Game
11. V L Ivanov vs M Kobalia  0-1251996Moscow GM2C57 Two Knights
12. M Kobalia vs Kholmov  1-0461996Moscow-AC10 French
13. M Kobalia vs Sadvakasov  1-0321996Moscow GM2C41 Philidor Defense
14. M Kobalia vs Ponomariov  1-0401996EU-ch U18B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
15. M Kobalia vs Shaked 1-0351996Wch U18C05 French, Tarrasch
16. M Kobalia vs S Williams  1-0401996Wch U18C05 French, Tarrasch
17. M Kobalia vs Sadvakasov  1-0581996Wch U18B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. M Kobalia vs Korotylev  ½-½371996RUS-Cup2B08 Pirc, Classical
19. M Kobalia vs V Malakhov  0-1341997RUS-ch U20E54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
20. M Kobalia vs Turov  1-0481997RUS-ch U20B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
21. M Kobalia vs Hertneck 0-1391997CredisC05 French, Tarrasch
22. Hertneck vs M Kobalia  0-1341997CredisA12 English with b3
23. M Kobalia vs Turov  ½-½261998RUS-ch U20E54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
24. M Kobalia vs Kasimdzhanov  0-1351998Hoogovens-BC07 French, Tarrasch
25. M Kobalia vs Tiviakov  0-1451998Anibal op 5thA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
 page 1 of 39; games 1-25 of 964  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  WTHarvey: Here are some puzzles from Mikhail's early games not shown here:
May-03-06  BIDMONFA: Mikhail Kobalia


May-03-08  brankat: Happy birthday Mikhail!
Mar-14-09  blacksburg: Gregory Shahade is angry at you, Mikhail Kobalia. you wouldn't like him when he's angry.

M Kobalia vs Naiditsch, 2009

M Kobalia vs V Malakhov, 2009

Mar-17-09  atripodi: Kobalia made up for it today:
Mar-17-09  blacksburg: yeah, that game was bananas.
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: Birthday happy GM Kobalia!
May-03-09  WhiteRook48: happy birthday!
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  wordfunph: 32nd Birthday happy GM Kobalia!
May-03-10  newzild: Yet another megastrong super-GM that I've never heard of...
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  whiteshark: <blacksburg: yeah, that game was bananas.> Ok, if you'd like to express it this way... A Volokitin vs M Kobalia, 2009

but to me someone else deserved it much more to be attributed like that...

May-03-10  Quarticom: happy birthday GM Kobalia!
Aug-08-10  Don Cossacks: Winner of Arctic Chess Challenge 2010 with 7.5 points with a last round victory over GM Loek Van Wely.Congratulations!

May-03-18  paavoh: Happy 40th!

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