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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 (2360 rapid, 2321 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 B89 B30 B77
 French Defense (39) 
    C19 C18 C11 C10 C01
 Sicilian Najdorf (24) 
    B90 B98 B94 B99 B96
 Sicilian Dragon (20) 
    B77 B78 B76 B35 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 E83
 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) 
 Uncommon Opening (5) 
    A00 B00
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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
   D Bunzmann vs M V Golubev, 2002 0-1
   Lapshun vs M V Golubev, 1987 0-1
   Adorjan vs M V Golubev, 1994 0-1

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

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

   🏆 Ukraine Cht Blitz
   M V Golubev vs A Aliferenko (May-25-17) 1/2-1/2, 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

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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. M V Golubev vs M Fiodorov  ½-½231980Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
4. Karavaev vs M V Golubev  0-1181980Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
5. M V Golubev vs A Z Rakhmangulov  0-1351981Odessa, Ukrsovprof opB06 Robatsch
6. Y Tarapatin vs M V Golubev  ½-½231981Odessa (local competitions)B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
7. Stasiuk vs M V Golubev  1-0481981Yalta jrB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
8. M V Golubev vs Meduschevsky  1-0341981Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
9. Y Korsunsky vs M V Golubev  0-1291981Smela jr ttB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
10. A Brodsky vs M V Golubev  ½-½701981Odessa (local competitions)B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
11. V Melnik vs M V Golubev  ½-½281981Odessa Ch sfB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
12. M V Golubev vs Usenko  ½-½261981Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
13. N Gashibayazov vs M V Golubev 1-0321981Odessa Ch sfB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
14. Didkovsky vs M V Golubev  1-0271981Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
15. Zhigailo vs M V Golubev  0-1301981Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
16. N Kovytev vs M V Golubev  1-0541981Odessa, Ukrsovprof opA48 King's Indian
17. V Kravchenko vs M V Golubev  ½-½411982Odessa Ch jr /83E67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
18. M V Golubev vs V Bliumberg  ½-½361982Odessa Ch jr /83C40 King's Knight Opening
19. M V Golubev vs V Vladyshevsky  1-0251982Odessa Ch jr /83C41 Philidor Defense
20. M V Golubev vs Alekseiuk  1-0291982Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
21. N Bondarchuk vs M V Golubev  1-0371982Odessa Ch jr /83B53 Sicilian
22. M V Golubev vs Sergei Orlov  ½-½371982Odessa Ch jr /83B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
23. B Orlov vs M V Golubev ½-½221982Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
24. V Bichnevich vs M V Golubev  1-0361982Odessa Ch jr /83A42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
25. M V Golubev vs D Minond  1-0361982Odessa Ch jr /83C51 Evans Gambit
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  MikhailGolubev: The Week in Chess 1234. Open Championship of Odessa Region - report and games:
"It's not really a standard landmark but the issue number 1234 can't quite go unremarked" - Mark Crowther. And I'm very glad to contribute to this special issue!) Btw, my previous, rare in this decade long control games - Ukrainian ChT 2015, Odessa Klubis Mem 2016, were not in TWIC and ChessBase databases. But can be found at
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  OhioChessFan: What was your best game in Odessa?
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  MikhailGolubev: <OhioChessFan> The best thing is that I finished the tournament and alive: 11 games in 11 days, even if few turned to be rather a short draws, is too much for an almost veteran. Also, there was a "brain failure" and extremely stupid loss against the young FM Baidetsky in Round 2. Indeed, I can't say that I'm glad with quality of my play! Relatively best play from me was maybe against FM Sodol, but also there I missed one clever/tricky idea at some point which would make Black slightly better. Several games are interesting for openings, but were not well played overall. In the game vs FM Vavrik there was a tactical blow Nf5!. I am intending to play rather rapid and blitz tournaments, as usual in the last years.
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  MikhailGolubev: Sicilian Kan - Titled Tuesday blitz game
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  MikhailGolubev: My chess review for the Kyiv chess federation website. (The Odessa Region Open Championship Final).
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  MikhailGolubev: Chess Day Events in Odessa. Annotated games (incl. some curious stuff in the "Nimzowitsch–Rubinstein Variation" 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6)
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  Tabanus: Dear Mikhail Golubev, hello from Carlsen land! I have a question: CG has a game Lisitsa vs M V Golubev, 1983 - is this you and Valentina Lisitsa, the famous pianist? If so, you would have been 13 years old and she about 9 years old, respectively.
Aug-04-18  nok: What's the point of adorning page titles with resounding patronyms if you're going to address him as <Dear Mikhail Golubev> ?
Aug-04-18  ragtag: <Dear nk> wf! Seriously.
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  MikhailGolubev: <Tabanus> No, it was a game against the Odessa male player Lisitsa; hardly ever met him since the 1980s.
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  MikhailGolubev: Ukraine v Srbja, blitz 5+2 at : 97-85 :) Made 2 draws v GM Miljkovic. In the 1st game was winning in 1 move, in the 2nd was losing in 1. Likely, it's still possible to play 9_b5 in the A68 KID/Benoni. Hardly ever played in since 1987
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  MikhailGolubev: <nok> In English, patronyms are hardly necessary, unless I will be sentenced by the court somewhere, maybe. Don't know who added it. In Ukrainian, Russian languages patronyms are important, sometimes.
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  Tabanus: <MikhailGolubev> Many thanks. That should prevent jumps to conclusions.
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  OhioChessFan: GMMG, While I'm thinking of it, I greatly appreciate your contributions to the site.
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  MikhailGolubev: <OhioChessFan> Thank you, but I don't think that there's any significant contribution from my side. :)
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  MikhailGolubev: Regarding Kapustin's open letter #CleanHands4FIDE #Short #FIDE #Kapustin #UkrainianChessFederation #Makropoulos #Ilyumzhinov #Dvorkovich
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  MikhailGolubev: My old interview with Daniel Freeman of - who, sadly, passed away on 24 July 2018 - from Chess Today, 2006, can be found here:
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  Count Wedgemore: Hi there, GM Golubev. Thank you so much for posting that interview from Chess Today. It offered some interesting insights into how this site came about, and how Daniel Freeman viewed things (and the future) regarding this site 12 years ago. I am deeply saddened by his passing.

And thanks for your many excellent articles in Chess Today over the years.

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  morfishine: <MikhailGolubev> Thank you for posting the Daniel Freeman interview from 2006
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  MikhailGolubev: Thank you. Indeed, it wasn't me who posted the interview here at the ChessGames website. I am glad that it's still available online.
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  MikhailGolubev: A Titled Tuesday internet blitz game against GM Kamsky (Sicilian Kan)
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  MikhailGolubev: My new big chess review for the Kyiv chess federation website (lang; Rus.): Recent games of Ukrainian players, annotated. Including some good Korobov's wins from Abu Dhabi. Arjun Kalyan vs Kovchan 0-1 #SicilianDragon from Biel Open is what I like most.
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  MikhailGolubev: А new article on the Kyiv chess federation website (Rus. language): Kryvoruchko v Pantsulaia, Dubai 2018 #CaroKann - overview of the Short System
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  MikhailGolubev: My new review (language: Rus.) for the Kyiv Chess Federation website: Annotated games Yu.Vovk vs Buksa 1-0 (RL C83), Gasanov vs Aghayev 1-0 (QGA D24), Mikalsen vs Nedilko 1/2 (SI B86), etc.
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  MikhailGolubev: The eternal King's Indian :)
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