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Alexander Baburin
Number of games in database: 653
Years covered: 1986 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2485 (2485 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2598
Overall record: +277 -109 =265 (62.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      2 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (79) 
    E60 E62 E67 E63 E66
 Nimzo Indian (59) 
    E32 E38 E37 E33 E43
 Queen's Pawn Game (28) 
    A40 E00 A41 A46 A50
 Grunfeld (26) 
    D76 D94 D78 D73 D74
 Modern Benoni (24) 
    A58 A56 A61 A73 A70
 Queen's Gambit Declined (24) 
    D35 D31 D36 D30 D06
With the Black pieces:
 Alekhine's Defense (112) 
    B03 B04 B05 B02
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (52) 
    D27 D20 D22 D21 D24
 Queen's Gambit Declined (29) 
    D37 D31 D35 D39 D30
 Sicilian (28) 
    B90 B50 B23 B51 B22
 Queen's Pawn Game (19) 
    D02 D00 A46 A40 A41
 Sicilian Najdorf (15) 
    B90 B92 B93 B96
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Baburin vs S Fokin, 1989 1-0
   Baburin vs J van de Mortel, 1993 1-0
   V Kuksov vs Baburin, 1986 0-1
   M Heidenfeld vs Baburin, 1999 1/2-1/2
   Baburin vs B Lengyel, 1990 1-0
   J Gallagher vs Baburin, 2001 0-1
   Baburin vs N Gurieli, 1995 1-0
   Baburin vs Nunn, 2006 1-0
   Baburin vs J Ryan, 1996 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   E.U. Championship and Cork Chess Congress (2005)
   Bunratty Masters (2014)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   European Club Cup (2007)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   European Club Cup (2006)
   Olympiad (2008)
   15th European Team Championship (2005)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)

GAMES ANNOTATED BY BABURIN: [what is this?]
   Baburin vs S Jessel, 2008

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ALEXANDER BABURIN
(born Feb-19-1967, 47 years old) Russia (citizen of Ireland)

[what is this?]
Alexander Baburin was born in 1967 in Gorky, USSR. He learned chess from his father at the age of 7. He became an IM in 1990. Three years later, he moved to Dublin with his wife and son, and in 1996, he became the first Irish Grandmaster.

His best tournament results include clear 1st with 8/9 at the Isle of Man in 1997 and third place at Torshavn 2000. He has played for Ireland in four Olympiads and is editor-in-chief of the internet newspaper Chess Today. Irish champion in 2008.

Wikipedia article: Alexander Baburin


 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 653  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Baburin vs I Belov  ½-½33 1986 Tournament (team)D76 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
2. Baburin vs V Ruban  0-153 1986 Tournament (team)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. E Ragozin vs Baburin 1-019 1986 D39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
4. N Vekshenkov vs Baburin  0-134 1986 URSE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
5. V Kuksov vs Baburin 0-127 1986 B02 Alekhine's Defense
6. Goldin vs Baburin  ½-½35 1986 Tournament (tt) Andropov (RUS)D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Baburin vs E Pigusov  ½-½25 1987 Sverdlovsk ttA61 Benoni
8. M Kislov vs Baburin  1-039 1987 GorkiB23 Sicilian, Closed
9. Baburin vs A Mukoseev  1-033 1987 It (open)E12 Queen's Indian
10. Yermolinsky vs Baburin  1-041 1987 tD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Baburin vs A Filipenko  0-141 1987 TumenB10 Caro-Kann
12. Baburin vs E Pigusov  1-034 1988 Voronezh (Russia)A61 Benoni
13. Doroshkievich vs Baburin  ½-½33 1988 VoronezhD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Baburin vs Dvoirys  ½-½82 1988 Ch RussiaD76 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
15. Baburin vs Karasev  ½-½43 1988 Riga (Latvia)A89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
16. Baburin vs Kholmov  ½-½56 1988 Voronezh (Russia)E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
17. I Lukianov vs Baburin  0-138 1988 RUS ch sfB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. V Ruban vs Baburin  ½-½18 1988 Ch RussiaD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Baburin vs V Zhelnin 1-044 1988 Gorky (Russia)E60 King's Indian Defense
20. Baburin vs Antoshin  ½-½28 1988 Voronezh (Russia)D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. Baburin vs Vyzmanavin  0-139 1988 Riga (Latvia)E00 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Y Yakovich vs Baburin  1-020 1988 Ch RussiaD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. V Zilberstein vs Baburin  0-141 1988 Voronezh (Russia)E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
24. Dzuban vs Baburin  1-044 1988 Riga (Latvia)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Baburin vs E Gleizerov  ½-½24 1988 Ch RussiaD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
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Mar-25-08  fromoort: Likewise, check out his record against the Nimzo-Indian!
Sep-27-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

" I won't admire any guy who plays in the same boring style as me! "

-- Aleksandar Baburin

Likewise! :D

Sep-27-08  Cactus: As an extremely boring chess player, those are my thoughts exactly.
Sep-27-08  SniperOnG7: I was looking through his games against the King's Indian, and I must say I quite like his playing style. Solid. He'd find a weakness and win a pawn to obtain the advantage. Very practical chess. Btw, I'm a boring player too :P
May-19-09  shutupimthinking: I'm told GM Baburin will be playing in the Nagoya Open this weekend - really looking forward to meeting him and, if I'm lucky (it's a 5-round swiss), getting my first game against a GM! A little unsettling to hear that he is so successful against the KID (it's my only response to d4), but I'm sure he would school me in any opening, so never mind!
May-26-09  shutupimthinking: Well, here it is - my game against GM Baburin. I lost, of course, but thoroughly enjoyed the game and felt I had aquitted myself reasonably well given the 700-point rating gap.

[Event "Nagoya Open"]
[Site "Nagoya"]
[Date "2009.05.24"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Iveson,T"]
[Black "Baburin,A"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. e4 Nf6 2. d3 e5 3. f4 Nc6 4. Nf3 exf4 5. Bxf4 d5 6. e5 Nh5 7. Bg5 Be7 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. d4 O-O 10. Nc3 Bg4 11. Nxd5 Qd8 12. Ne3 Bxf3 13. Qxf3 Qh4+ 14. g3 Nxd4 15. O-O-O Nxf3 16. gxh4 Nxe5 17. Rd5 Rfe8 18. Nc4 Nxc4 19. Bxc4 Nf6 20. Rd4 Rad8 21. Rhd1 Rxd4 22. Rxd4 Kf8 23. h5 h6 24. Bd5 Rd8 25. Rb4 Rxd5 26. Rxb7 a5 27. Rxc7 Rxh5 28. c4 Rxh2 29. c5 Nd5 30. Ra7 Nb4 31. Rxa5 Nd3+ 32. Kd1 Nxb2+ 33. Ke1 Rc2 34. Rb5 Nd3+ 0-1 *

Now with my thoughts and some comments from GM Baburin:

1. e4 Nf6 2. d3 (this move was suggested to me by a chessgames.com member as a way of avoiding the main lines of the Alekhine, in which my opponent is an expert. I hadn't done any real study though, and as we shall see I started to go wrong pretty quickly) e5 3. f4 Nc6 4. Nf3 exf4 5. Bxf4 d5 6. e5 (this felt like a bit of a stretch, but Black is forced to put his knight in a precarious position on the rim, so I felt it was justified) Nh5 7. Bg5?! (according to GM Baburin, this was my first mistake. I was desperate to get d4 in before he did, but he recommended 7.Bc1!, a strange-looking move, allowing Black to play d4 but preserving the dark-squared bishop and preparing to target the h5 knight) Be7 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. d4 O-O 10. Nc3 Bg4! (ignoring the threat to d5 and instead exploiting White's slow development on the kingside) 11. Nxd5 Qd8 12. Ne3? (GM Baburin felt c4 was necessary here, eg 12.c4 Bxf3 13. Qxf3 Qh4+ 14. g3 Nxd4 15. O-O-O Nxf3 16. gxh4 and now White can meet 16...Nxe5 with 17. Be2, with a far more promising poition) Bxf3 13. Qxf3 Qh4+ 14. g3 Nxd4 15. O-O-O Nxf3 (the dust has settled and I am a clear pawn down, plus my h-pawns are hopelessly weak) 16. gxh4 Nxe5 17. Rd5 Rfe8 18. Nc4 Nxc4 19. Bxc4 Nf6 20. Rd4 Rad8 21. Rhd1 Rxd4 22. Rxd4 Kf8 23. h5 h6 24. Bd5?? (the final blunder, missing the obvious pin, but White was lost in any case) Rd8 25. Rb4 Rxd5 26. Rxb7 a5 27. Rxc7 Rxh5 28. c4 Rxh2 29. c5 Nd5 30. Ra7 Nb4 31. Rxa5 Nd3+ 32. Kd1 Nxb2+ 33. Ke1 Rc2 34. Rb5 Nd3+ 0-1 *

GM Baburin tied for first in the tournament but lost the blitz tie-break against a Tokyo-based British IM. I finished with 2/5, losing this game plus two others, both against former Japanese national champions. A very strong tournament by Nagoya standards!

May-26-09  Open Defence: well done.. I like your approach against the Alekhine, and 7.Bc1 seems very interesting
May-26-09  zanshin: <shutupimthinking> Interesting game - it's rare that we get comments from both players.

I played with it a little using Rybka and she suggested 7.Be3 instead, allowing d4 by White, but re-positioning the Bishop on f2. She agrees with GM Baburin that 12.c4 was needed. Good job on the tournament and thanks for sharing.

May-27-09  returnoftheking: <GM Baburin tied for first in the tournament but lost the blitz tie-break against a Tokyo-based British IM.> ughaibu comes to mind!
May-27-09  fromoort: Hey good job, <shutupimthinking>! I remember suggesting 2. d3 to you a few days ago; never imagined you were up against GM Baburin! He's one of my favorite players. I model my openings after his, and in fact, I suggested 2. d3 because it annoys me when I play against it, since it takes the game away from main line Alekhine.

Now, thanks to you, I can study GM Baburin's play against this move and hopefully learn something!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the game, by the way.

May-27-09  Open Defence: <ughaibu> are you an IM ?
May-27-09  shutupimthinking: Thanks for the comments guys, and thanks again <fromoort> for your helpful suggestion! I think I'll be adopting 2.d3 against the Alekhine from now on (except in blitz perhaps).

It's certainly not the most ambitious choice, but if you play 1.e4 you have to be prepared for so many different systems (1...e5, Sicilian, French, Scandinavian, Alekhine, Modern, etc...) so it's handy to have these early deviations to keep your opponent out of their favourite lines.

I play the Closed Sicilian, Ruy Lopez Exchange, French Exchange, 5.Nc3 against the Petroff...all considered slightly inferior at the top level because in theory they allow Black to equalise fairly easily. But at club level what this means in practical terms is that both players are playing (to quote <MaxxLange>) 'real chess' by about move 10, which rarely happens in the Open Sicilian or Ruy Lopez main lines.

Anyway, good luck with your opening research <fromoort>, and watch out for 7.Bc1!

May-27-09  Atking: G A Thomas vs Alekhine, 1925 (Baden-Baden) is a game I could suggest to you <shutupimthinking>. Do you know how long GM Baburin will stay in Japan? Did he met the shogi champions Mr Habu and Mr Moriuchi?
May-27-09  fromoort: <shutupimthinking>You're welcome.

You are certainly right in that a 1. e4 player has to be prepared for so many different openings! Of course this is true to a large extent for 1. d4 players as well, but not quite as much. This is one reason why I'm a 1. d4 player as White.

Did GM Baburin say anything about your move 3. f4? I have never seen that move in my (limited) amateur experience.

May-28-09  shutupimthinking: <Atking> An interesting opening - 2...c4 seems to give White the opportunity to transpose into a Closed Sicilian, which is probably what I would go for (although I'm not sure what happens after 3.Nc3 d5, for example). In any case, a very nice and instructive game.

As I recall GM Baburin was here for a week or so visiting a friend (the IM who won the tournament). Not sure if he met any shogi players. Do you play shogi yourself?

<fromoort> He described the position as a reversed Latvian Gambit, and when he was talking about 7.Bc1 he seemed to be referring to known theory, although I could be wrong about that. 3.f4 seemed like a fairly natural move anyway, and I'd be happy to try it again.

Jun-09-09  fromoort: <shutupimthinking> Hmm...Interesting coincidence, although the corresponding move ...f5 occurs as the second move and not the third in that opening. I used to play the Latvian (as Black) in blitz for surprise value.
Jun-09-09  MaxxLange: Black does not play ....d6 in the Latvian, do they? If not, I disagree that it is a Latvian Gambit reversed.

I want to call it a King's Gambit Declined sideline... 1 e4 e5 2 f4 Nf6?! and I guess maybe White might not like 3 fxe5 Nxe4, and could play into 3 d3 Nc6 4 Nf3 exf4, reaching the game position

Jul-17-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

<Modern chess is too much concerned with things like pawn structure. Forget it; checkmate ends the game.>

-- Short

Mar-19-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: Story by GM Alexander Baburin: Once a Russian master did really well in the semi-final of of USSR Championship. He drunk heavily and smoked a lot and also played cards every night and so on. Yet, he was about to qualify to the final - he needed only a draw in the last round. So, he went for a nice walk in the evening, got in bed early and later he did his morning exercises. He played the last game like a novice and lost without any chance...
Aug-29-10  zoren: great story
Mar-05-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

I won't admire any guy who plays in the same boring style as me!

-- Aleksandar Baburin

Whoever else should?

Aug-30-13  phil6875: <shutupimthinking> Just looking again at your game with GM Baburin.

After the 15th move you say 'the dust has settled and I am a clear pawn down, plus my h-pawns are hopelessly weak'. I'm not sure you were a pawn down since after 16. gxh4 Nxh5 there is this best continuation, 17. Nd5 c6 18. Be2 cxd5 19. Rxd5 Rae8 20. Bxh5 g6

Jun-06-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: <whiteshark: Quote of the Day

I won't admire any guy who plays in the same boring style as me!

-- Aleksandar Baburin>

Funny. The Groucho Marx version of it would be "I'd never accept an invitation to play in a tournament where the organizers invite someone with a terribly boring style like mine"... or something like that.

Jul-28-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: Hope everyone is enjoying their chess today :)
Oct-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: I wonder why Mr. Baburin didn't play in the Isle of Man tournament.
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