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Mikhail Vladimirovich Golubev
M V Golubev 
Number of games in database: 747
Years covered: 1979 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2476 (2413 rapid, 2341 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2570

Overall record: +299 -135 =238 (62.2%)*
   * 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 B30 B89 B77
 French Defense (39) 
    C19 C18 C10 C11 C01
 Sicilian Najdorf (24) 
    B90 B98 B96 B99 B94
 Sicilian Dragon (20) 
    B77 B78 B35 B76 B70
 Sicilian Taimanov (19) 
    B48 B45 B46 B47
 French Winawer (19) 
    C19 C18 C16
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (192) 
    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) 
 English (5) 
    A10 A16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M V Golubev vs V Podinic, 2001 1-0
   V Bogdanovski vs M V Golubev, 1991 0-1
   M V Golubev vs E Grabowski, 2004 1-0
   M V Golubev vs R Mantovani, 1992 1-0
   M V Golubev vs A Kovchan, 2006 1-0
   M V Golubev vs Korchnoi, 2006 1-0
   D B Gurevich vs M V Golubev, 1992 0-1
   S Bogdanovich vs M V Golubev, 2010 0-1
   Lapshun vs M V Golubev, 1987 0-1
   D Bunzmann vs M V Golubev, 2002 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Efim Geller Memorial (2005)
   Pivdenny Bank Chess Cup (2008)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Mikhail Golubev's best games by MikhailGolubev
   Mikhail Golubev's favourite games by daveyjones01
   My 10 selected King's Indian games by AdolfoAugusto
   My 10 selected King's Indian games by MikhailGolubev

   🏆 Ukraine Cht Blitz
   A Nesteretz vs M V Golubev (May-25-17) 0-1, blitz
   M V Golubev vs Sergiy Trokhimishin (May-25-17) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   M V Golubev vs Evgen Dedkov (May-25-17) 1-0, blitz
   V Lukiyanchuk vs M V Golubev (May-25-17) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   M V Golubev vs A Aliferenko (May-25-17) 1/2-1/2, blitz

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(born May-30-1970, 48 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 30; games 1-25 of 747  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Bendersky vs M V Golubev  1-0461979Odessa (local competitions)E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
2. M V Golubev vs S Obukhov  ½-½381979Odessa, Ukrsovprof opB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
3. Karavaev vs M V Golubev  0-1181980Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
4. M V Golubev vs M Fiodorov  ½-½231980Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
5. Y Tarapatin vs M V Golubev  ½-½231981Odessa (local competitions)B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
6. Stasiuk vs M V Golubev  1-0481981Yalta jrB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
7. M V Golubev vs Meduschevsky  1-0341981Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
8. Y Korsunsky vs M V Golubev  0-1291981Smela jr ttB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
9. A Brodsky vs M V Golubev  ½-½701981Odessa (local competitions)B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
10. V Melnik vs M V Golubev  ½-½281981Odessa Ch sfB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
11. M V Golubev vs Usenko  ½-½261981Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
12. N Gashibayazov vs M V Golubev 1-0321981Odessa Ch sfB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
13. Didkovsky vs M V Golubev  1-0271981Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
14. Zhigailo vs M V Golubev  0-1301981Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
15. M V Golubev vs A Z Rakhmangulov  0-1351981Odessa, Ukrsovprof opB06 Robatsch
16. N Kovytev vs M V Golubev  1-0541981Odessa, Ukrsovprof opA48 King's Indian
17. M V Golubev vs V Bliumberg  ½-½361982Odessa Ch jr /83C40 King's Knight Opening
18. M V Golubev vs V Vladyshevsky  1-0251982Odessa Ch jr /83C41 Philidor Defense
19. M V Golubev vs Alekseiuk  1-0291982Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
20. N Bondarchuk vs M V Golubev  1-0371982Odessa Ch jr /83B53 Sicilian
21. M V Golubev vs Sergei Orlov  ½-½371982Odessa Ch jr /83B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
22. B Orlov vs M V Golubev ½-½221982Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
23. V Bichnevich vs M V Golubev  1-0361982Odessa Ch jr /83A42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
24. M V Golubev vs D Minond  1-0361982Odessa Ch jr /83C51 Evans Gambit
25. V Chayka vs M V Golubev 1-0351982Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
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  MikhailGolubev: Annotated the Dragon game Carlsen-Jones for ChessBase:
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  MikhailGolubev: Some people have asked why thereís no index of games or opponents in my book Understanding the Sicilian Ė I donít think itís critical, but I made the list of games:
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  zanzibar: Surprised your editor didn't insist on one...
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  TheFocus: <zanzibar> I am surprised, too. indexes are very useful.
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  offramp: The most dreaded phrase in any chess book: "Numbers refer to games".
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  zanzibar: Like here?"Numbers+refer+to+games"&source=bl

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  MikhailGolubev: Chess Postmodern?
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  MikhailGolubev: 13 rapid games in 5,5 hrs is quite much for an old man. Some fragments from the Two Rooks chess club tournament in Odessa, 3 February 2018: https://mikhailgolubev.files.wordpr...
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  MikhailGolubev: Understanding the Sicilian - a new Customer Review of my book at Amazon:
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  MikhailGolubev: Which players most often make winning sacrifices? :) Statistics Page
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  MikhailGolubev: FM Carsten Hansen reviewed my book "Understanding the Sicilian" in American Chess Magazine, Issue No 4, Fall 2017, giving it 4/5 (with a conclusion: "The end result is a very worthy book from which the reader will undoubtedly learn a great deal simply by looking over the authorís shoulders as he engages in the Sicilian Defense").
Feb-09-18  Muttley101: Mikhail, firstly thank you for posts and activity here. I have looked at the games you've referenced here, and want to get hold of your latest book as a consequence. Keep it up! I'm sure many users appreciate this.

On another note, indexes are really, really useful. Many reasons, but the simplest is of course- you want to find a game- look it up in the index! Plus, its a condensed contents descriptor also. They might be a pain to do, but they don't take long.

All the best :)

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  MikhailGolubev: <Muttley101> Thank you! There is a detailed index of variations (four pages), I agree that it could make sense to have the index of opponents as well.
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  MikhailGolubev: All my chess games, 1979-2018. CBV, updated: Including 8 recent games from the 24 March 2018 blitz tournament in the Two Rooks Odessa chess club.
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  MikhailGolubev: On 7 April 2018 I took 2nd place in the Odessa Region Blitz Championship. Crosstable here: The end of the 9th round:
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  MikhailGolubev: How to lose, having an extra rook :)
Golubev vs FM Molchanov, Two Rooks chess club blitz tournament, Odessa, 11 April 2018. Video source: Two Rooks chess club
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  MikhailGolubev: Welcome to Odessa! The town of falling stones
Today's action the Odessa railway station. Activists gave helmets to visitors to the city in a protest against decaying historical buildings.
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  MikhailGolubev: Biggest Titled Tuesday (2 examples from my games).
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  MikhailGolubev: Too complicated for me!
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  MikhailGolubev: Another mystery in the Sicilian Dragon:
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  MikhailGolubev: In the 1990s, while seriously working on what I thought was rather a fresh opening line, I surprisingly found that it has been played as White by Vasiukov as long ago as 1954! Now this game Vasiukov vs Aronin, 1954 is available in databases. I played a few games in this variation.
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  MikhailGolubev: I am a Guru according to New in Chess
Jun-08-18  Retireborn: <Mikhail> Time to change your name to Mikhail Guruvich, perhaps.
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  MikhailGolubev: 2Retireborn: it'll be misleading, I'm afraid)
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  MikhailGolubev: Comprendre la Sicilienne is the new, French edition of my book Understanding the Sicilian. The book is translated by CM Frank Lohťac-Ammoun and published by Olibris, the number one French language chess publisher. PDF samples are available at: The original, English edition of Understanding the Sicilian was published one year ago. (There are 120 Sicilian games of mine, with many opening variations discussed). Since finalising the work, I was quite surprised with Gelfand's 8...d5, 8...Re8 experiments in the Accelerated Dragon.
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