Daniil Dubov became an FM in 2008, an IM in 2010 and a GM on 28 March 2011, aged 14 years 11 months and 14 days. GM Dubov is a rising young Russian star who has played with great consistency since he commenced playing competition. He was previously coached by GM Sergey Dolmatov. His current coach is GM Sergei Shipov (1), who described Dubov’s style as being akin to that of Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian. (2)
Dubov has an impressive array of age-based competition results under his belt, frequently fighting above his “weight” in a manner reminiscent of Teimour Radjabov. Starting with 3rd place at the U10 Championship of Russia in 2006 and =2nd in the European U10 championship 2006, he came =3rd at the Moscow U16 Open in 2006, 2nd at the Moscow U16 in 2007, =4th in the Moscow U18 Championship, was runner-up on count back in the U12 European Championship in 2008 behind co-leader, the recently retired Kiprian Berbatov, and runner up at the U16 Russian Championship of 2009.
At the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), he scored 6/11 against 9 GMs and an IM to gain his 3rd GM norm (details of other norms below) and in the following year, he stunned the field to come =1st (2nd on tiebreak) in the Russian Chess Championships Higher League (2012) with 7.5/11 to qualify for the Russian Superfinals (2012) in which, at his first attempt, he scored a highly creditable 4/9 (-1 =8), only a point behind the six co-leaders in a low scoring contest; it also pushed his live rating to above 2600 for the first time. He scored 7.5/11, half a point from the lead, in the European Individual Championships (2013) placing =11th and qualifying for the World Cup (2013) where he defeated Sergey Fedorchuk in the first round by 2-0 and in one of the shocks of the World Cup, eliminated former FIDE World Champion and Ukrainian GM Ruslan Ponomariov in the Armageddon blitz tiebreaker in the second round. However, he was eliminated when he lost to Ukrainian GM Anton Korobov in the third round. He competed in the European Individual Championships (2014), and while he scored a reasonably solid 6.5/11, it was insufficient for a place or for qualification into the World Cup of 2015.
At the age of ten, Dubov played in the Moscow Team Championships of 2006, recording his first win against an international master, Aleksei Kireev. He competed at the Aeroflot Tournament in the C Division in 2007, scoring 6/9. He scored 5/9 at the Moscow Summer Open 2007. In 2008, Dubov came 2nd with 8/11 in the Black Sea Coast Trophy International Open at the Eforie Nord and =3rd at the David Bronstein Memorial 2008 Open. His 5/9 at the 2009 Aeroflot Open A2 while still 12 years old won him his 1st IM norm. His second IM norm followed when he won the 7th Vanya Somov Memorial World’s Youth Stars competition ahead of a galaxy of talented young stars including GM Aleksandr Shimanov. He bagged his 3rd IM norm the same year when he scored 5/9 in the World Chess Tour - 4th GM Tournament when he secured a draw against former Champion of Azerbaijan, GM Rufat Bagirov , in the last round, also registering his first win against a GM - Rashid Ziatdinov. After coming =4th in the Moscow Championship of 2010 with 7/9, he scored 6/9 against a powerful field in the 14th Voronezh 2010 Masters, with an even score against 6 GMs (+1 -1 =4) and defeating the rest of his opponents to win his 1st GM norm. His 6/9 at the 2nd International Chess Tournament of Rethymno in Greece was followed by 5/9 against 9 GMs in the 2011 Aeroflot Open 5/9 rated between 2621 and 2689, a feat which earned him his 2nd GM norm. His 3rd GM norm came with the abovementioned positive 6/11 result in the European Individual Championship of 2011 against opponents that included nine grandmasters, all rated over 2600.
Dubov started 2012 by scoring 6.5/9 at the Moscow Open, placing =4th, and soon after scored 4.5/9 at the Aeroflot Open (2012). He followed up with some excellent results in the 2012 Moscow Championship where he came 2nd with 7/9 (including a win over the tournament leader former U18 World Champion Ivan Popov). In January 2013, he placed outright 5th at the Tata Steel (Group B) (2013) with 7.5/13. In February 2014, he scored a solid 6/9 at the Bronstein Memorial (2014).
In 2009, Dubov won a bronze medal playing board 2 for the gold medal winning Russian team at the 8th World U16 Olympiad in Akhisar in Turkey and in the 2011 edition of this event held in Kocaeli (also in Turkey), won a bronze on the top board with his team again taking gold. (3) In the Russian Premier League of 2012, Dubov won bronze playing board 3 for Navigator Moscow, which placed 8th - he played 7 games for a +3 =3 -1 result, stacking up a TPR of 2683. In addition, he scored 4.5/7 for his team ShSM Our Hopes Moscow in the Russian Team Championships (2012), including a victory over Cuban super-GM Leinier Dominguez Perez. (4) In the 2013-14 Bundesliga, Dubov playing board 3 for SK Turm Emsdetten, which ended up placing 8th out of 16 teams. (5) Playing board 3, he helped his team ShSM Moscow to a silver medal in the Russian Team Championships (2014). In 2014, he played for the Ankara Demirspor club in the Turkish Super League, helping his team to 7th place out of 13 teams, leading from top board with a strong 7/12.
Rapid and Blitz
An expert blitz player at an early age, Dubov won the U10 rapid chess championship of Russia in 2005, was runner-up in the same event in 2006, second in the European U10 rapid chess championship of 2006, second in the European U12 rapid chess championship in 2008 and champion of Moscow at the U18 lightning tournament in 2008. He also won the 2011 Moscow Rapid. His campaign in the rejigged Aeroflot Rapid Open (2013) was auspicious, scoring 6.5/9 in the main rapid, albeit losing the playoff for a place in the final to Abhijeet Gupta, while scoring 12.5/18 (=12th) in the blitz event picking up 70 blitz points. His best effort so far came in June 2013 when he placed 7th in the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2013) where he scored 18/30. He placed 2nd at the Norges Rafisklag Blitz 2013 behind Anish Giri and scored 8.5/11 in the European Rapid Championship held in Poland in December 2013. Soon afterwards he scored an excellent 16.5/22 at the European Blitz Championship, placing =4th behind Anton Korobov, Vladislav Tkachiev and Bartosz Socko.
In May 2014, he contested the Russian rapid championship, scoring a par-for-rating 5/9, a point and a half behind the winner, Pavel Maletin. His 8/15 at the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2014) was enough to stack on another 27 points to his rapid rating while his 12/21 at the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2014) was below expectation.
In December 2013, Dubov played a best-of-six match, the Battle of the Generations (2013), against former World Champion Challenger Alexey Shirov in Moscow and lost by 1-5 (=2 -4).
Ratings and rankings
Dubov’s rating as of 1 September 2014 was:
<Standard> 2614 (#1 U18 Russian player, #3 U18 in the world);
<Rapid> 2651 (world #95); and
<Blitz> 2711 (world #35).
Sources and references
(1) Interview by Ipatov with Dubov held in December 2011: http://www.chessdom.com/interview-w... (2) Shipov: "Daniil was initially a very solid, positional player in Petrosian’s style, but our common goal is to develop him into a truly universal player.": http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp...; (3) http://www.olimpbase.org/playerswy/...; (4) http://www.olimpbase.org/playersru/...; (5) http://www.schachbund.de/SchachBL/b...