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D Dubov 
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Daniil Dubov
Number of games in database: 403
Years covered: 2006 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2655 (2700 rapid, 2713 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2661
Overall record: +82 -52 =117 (56.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      152 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (24) 
    E46 E39 E32 E21 E33
 Reti System (22) 
    A06 A04 A05
 Slav (22) 
    D11 D10 D12 D15 D16
 King's Indian (16) 
    E60 E97 E94 E91 E61
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    D02 A50 A45 A41 A40
 King's Indian Attack (11) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (56) 
    B67 B46 B69 B22 B40
 Slav (24) 
    D12 D10 D11 D13 D16
 Modern Benoni (20) 
    A57 A59 A58 A79 A70
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (18) 
    B67 B69 B60 B61 B64
 Benko Gambit (17) 
    A57 A59 A58
 Sicilian Taimanov (12) 
    B46 B48 B47
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Frolyanov vs D Dubov, 2012 0-1
   D Dubov vs Lu Shanglei, 2015 1-0
   D Dubov vs Potkin, 2012 1-0
   D Dubov vs E Ovod, 2013 1-0
   D Dubov vs S Fedorchuk, 2013 1-0
   A Riazantsev vs D Dubov, 2015 0-1
   E Alekseev vs D Dubov, 2015 0-1
   E Safarli vs D Dubov, 2014 0-1
   D Dubov vs Khalifman, 2014 1-0
   Leko vs D Dubov, 2014 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Russian Chess Championships Higher League (2012)
   Aeroflot Open (2015)
   Russian Team Championships (2013)
   Tata Steel Group B (2013)
   Russian Team Championships (2012)
   Bronstein Memorial (2014)
   European Individual Championships (2013)
   World Cup (2013)
   European Club Cup (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   Qatar Masters (2015)
   Qatar Masters (2014)
   Bundesliga 2014/15 (2014)
   European Individual Championships (2014)
   European Individual Championship (2015)

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(born Apr-18-1996, 19 years old) Russia
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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.

In July 2015, Dubov finished 5th on tiebreak at the Russian Higher League Championship and thereby qualified to compete in the Russian Superfinal in August 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) and in November-December 2014, a more or less rating neutral 4.5/9 at the powerful Qatar Masters (2014). He finished 2014 with 2/4 in the Nutcracker Match of the Generations (2014) and 3/8 at the Nutcracker rapid, both results again being close to the rating-neutral.

2015 saw him take =1st alongside Ian Nepomniachtchi at the Aeroflot Open (2015), scoring 7/9 and placing 2nd on tiebreak (wins with Black).

Team events

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 RGSU in the Russian Team Championships (2012) (aka the Russian Premier League), including a victory over Cuban super-GM Leinier Dominguez Perez. (4) In the 2014 season of the Russian Premier League, he won team silver and in 2015 individual bronze. (4a) In the 2013-14 Bundesliga, Dubov playing board 3 for SK Turm Emsdetten, which ended up placing 8th out of 16 teams. (5)

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. He also played board 6 with the powerful Russian team ShSM RGSU in the European Club Cup (2014), placing a respectable 4th for his board and assisting his team to =4th (6th on tiebreak). In the 2014-15 Bundesliga, Dubov is playing board 2 for SK Turm Emsdetten.

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. 10/19 at the Moscow Championship Final A Blitz was also below expectation, causing him to shed 30 blitz rating points.


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 highest rating to date was 2661 in June 2015 after having entered the top 100 for the first time in May 2015 when he was rated 2659.

Sources and references

(1) Interview by Ipatov with Dubov held in December 2011: (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.":; (3); (4); (4a); (5)

Latest update 14 July 2015

 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 403  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. D Dubov vs I Nyzhnyk  0-144 2006 EU-ch U10B01 Scandinavian
2. I Nyzhnyk vs D Dubov  1-047 2007 17th EU-ch U12 BoysB40 Sicilian
3. D Dubov vs M Bryakin  1-054 2008 EU-ch U12 18thB12 Caro-Kann Defense
4. D Dubov vs O Bortnyk  0-134 2008 EU-ch U12 18thB22 Sicilian, Alapin
5. L Kessler vs D Dubov  0-137 2008 EU-ch U12 18thD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
6. K Tomsia vs D Dubov  ½-½31 2008 EU-ch U12 18thD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. D Dubov vs O Gorbanovsky  1-046 2008 EU-ch U12 18thC53 Giuoco Piano
8. J Santos Latasa vs D Dubov  0-135 2008 EU-ch U12 18thD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. A Boruchovsky vs D Dubov  0-145 2008 EU-ch U12 18thB22 Sicilian, Alapin
10. B Grachev vs D Dubov  1-063 2010 Moscow TeamsA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
11. V Popov vs D Dubov  1-039 2010 Chigorin Mem Classic OpenA30 English, Symmetrical
12. D Dubov vs A V Kharitonov  ½-½25 2010 Moscow TeamsE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
13. D Dubov vs E Bronnikova 1-026 2010 Chigorin Mem Classic OpenA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
14. D Dubov vs M Krylov  ½-½39 2010 Moscow TeamsA40 Queen's Pawn Game
15. D Dubov vs Epishin  ½-½18 2010 Chigorin Mem Classic OpenE12 Queen's Indian
16. V Baikov vs D Dubov  ½-½57 2010 Moscow TeamsD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. V Zvjaginsev vs D Dubov  1-059 2010 Chigorin Mem Classic OpenB53 Sicilian
18. D Dubov vs A Krapivin  1-048 2010 Moscow TeamsD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Z Sichinava vs D Dubov  0-134 2010 Chigorin Mem Classic OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
20. D Dubov vs A Abramichev  1-037 2010 Chigorin Mem Classic OpenE97 King's Indian
21. D Dubov vs G Morozov  1-032 2010 Moscow TeamsD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. D Dubov vs V Kovalev  ½-½16 2010 Chigorin Mem Classic OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
23. A Ljubivyi vs D Dubov  ½-½40 2010 Chigorin Mem Classic OpenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. V Gagarin vs D Dubov  ½-½30 2010 Moscow TeamsD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. A Hadzimanolis vs D Dubov  ½-½27 2010 Chigorin Mem Classic OpenA06 Reti Opening
 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 403  PGN Download
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Aug-16-13  Conrad93: I'm sure he is good, but he is certainly not the next World Champion.

You hear this way too often. He's just another clone.

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  twinlark: <I'm sure he is good, but he is certainly not the next World Champion.>

There you go with more trolling. Only one person is going to be the next World Champion, not every prospect that comes into sight.

Do you think that:

(a) everyone doesn't already know that and

(b) it's no reason to disrespect any player, let alone a grandmaster?

It's entirely possible - remembering that in the 40 years since Fischer was World Champion, there have been only four new World Champions in the classical tradition - that the next twenty years will see only two or three (maybe even only one) new World Champions. Does that make every other player with ambitions to the crown chopped chicken food?

<You hear this way too often. He's just another clone.>

Then criticise the people making these assertions. Derogatory labeling of a young GM because you think his supporters are too enthusiastic is aiming at the wrong target.

That should be abundantly clear from the fanatic trolls at the Wesley So page that deface this site. As much as they try everyone's patience, no one criticises Wesley So because of the messianic hype and trolling in which some of his so-called supporters engage.

Your comments are all the more strange in this context because there is no evidence of fanatic trolling or anything other than a few admiring comments from random kibitzers on the subject of Dubov.

What does put your comments about Dubov into context, however, is your long standing practice of disrespecting elite players since you have come to this website.

Aug-17-13  Dionysius1: Hi <twinlark>. I think you're contributing to the dilution of the effect of calling people "trolls". Here's a quotation from yesterday's The Guardian about it. <The word once had quite a specialised meaning limited to a particular sort of disruptive behaviour, but it has now become a catch-all term to describe any behaviour that some journalists and editors deem inappropriate. Their responses to what they call “trolling” often seem less about combating abuse than reasserting their role as gatekeeper, to restore to themselves the right to decide who gets to speak in public and who doesn’t.>
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  perfidious: <twinlark>: This is another fine young player with a big future: doesn't matter one whit what <Conrad>, that pimple on CG's fundament, has to say.
Aug-17-13  Dionysius1: Hi <twinlark>. I think you're contributing to the dilution of the effect of calling people "trolls". Here's a quotation from yesterday's The Guardian about it. <The word once had quite a specialised meaning limited to a particular sort of disruptive behaviour, but it has now become a catch-all term to describe any behaviour that some journalists and editors deem inappropriate. Their responses to what they call “trolling” often seem less about combating abuse than reasserting their role as gatekeeper, to restore to themselves the right to decide who gets to speak in public and who doesn’t.> And here's the source
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  twinlark: <Dionysius1: Hi <twinlark>. I think you're contributing to the dilution of the effect of calling people "trolls".>

If my criticism was only about his post here, then you might have a point, but Conrad93 has a long history of pissing people off in this site with his egregious, vainglorious and repetitively stupid put-downs of elite players.

Also, what <perfidious> said.

Aug-17-13  Abdel Irada: I would say that <Conrad93> is a troll by any standard, including the primary definition.

He is not posting to make a point; he is doing so to get attention by provoking a reaction, not to the topic of the discussion, but to his posts as such.

I have already demonstrated in past conversations with <C93> that he is of mediocre chess understanding; this in itself would cause most prudent non-trolls to think long and hard before ridiculing world-class players. That he does so anyway, without the least evidence of reflection, marks his efforts as trolling.

Aug-17-13  Troller: Apparently Dubov is the next World Cup winner, going by the Lex Pono. Congratulations!
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  whiteshark: <Troller> Lex Pono evidences, until proof of the contrary. ;D
Aug-18-13  Conrad93: I was not trolling. Trolling is a very specific act.

Criticism of Wesley So is also not trolling. The kid is good, but like any other child prodigy he will be an overall ordinary player in the future.

Aug-18-13  Conrad93: The constant delcarations that he is the next Capablanca is getting annoying.
Aug-18-13  Jim Bartle: He's the next Capablanca!
Aug-18-13  JoergWalter: <Aug-18-13 Jim Bartle: He's the next Capablanca!>

there is similarity - look at the hair, the nose and chin...

Aug-18-13  SoUnwiseTheKnight B4: I thought Magnus was the next Capablanca :( Its sad he couldn't even hold it until November. Will the Norwegian settle for being the next Smyslov? That title is up for grabs.
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  twinlark: They're both the next Capablanca.
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  tamar: Daniil ain't just a river in Egypt.
Aug-19-13  Abdel Irada: <tamar: Daniil ain't just a river in Egypt.>

And "insane" doesn't necessarily mean one is splashing around somewhere near Île de France.

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  whiteshark: Let's not forget <The Jewel of Daniil> with <Daniil deVito>
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  twinlark: Of course R. Daniil Olivaw helped save the galaxy from itself.
Aug-21-13  Abdel Irada: <twinlark: Of course R. Daniil Olivaw helped save the galaxy from itself.>

I assume you refer to the infamous Galactic Galactose Scandal, in which the too-aptly named Milky Way attempted suicide by dairy overdose?

If so, I only hope the gag order will be enforced more leniently (and less fatally) than usual.

Dec-04-13  cbpatzer: The young Dubov is playing a match vs Shirov in the battle of generations with 3 engines analysis and video
Dec-07-13  dumbgai: Poor Dubov got royally spanked from both sides of the Semi-Slav, as well as in a couple other crazy tactical games. Can't fault him for lack of effort, but it appears he still has quite a lot of room for improvement.
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  parisattack: <dumbgai: Poor Dubov got royally spanked from both sides of the Semi-Slav, as well as in a couple other crazy tactical games. Can't fault him for lack of effort, but it appears he still has quite a lot of room for improvement.?>

Yes, he took a beating from Shirov! But sometimes you have to step back to move forward.

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  waustad: Happy 18th b'day!
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Danill Dubov for his performance at the Aeroflot Open (2015). He finished with 7/9, which is tied for 1st with Nepomniachtchi. Both were +5,-0,=4, but Nepo had more black games (5-4), so he will be invited to Dortmund. Still, to finish in 2nd as a 22nd seed is impressive.

If it's any consolation, he gained rating points in every single game he played, except for one (he lost 0.1 in that one). Overall, he gains 27.8 rating points, which is moving him from 2627 to 2655, which looks like a career high (and 5th best junior).

For the record, 2655 is currently good enough for a tie for 95th place on the overall list.

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