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Mikhail Golubev
M Golubev 
Number of games in database: 678
Years covered: 1979 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2476 (2438 rapid, 2435 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2570

Overall record: +274 -122 =212 (62.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 70 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (123) 
    B90 B87 B77 B89 B30
 French Defense (38) 
    C19 C18 C11 C10 C00
 Sicilian Dragon (19) 
    B77 B78 B35 B76 B72
 French Winawer (18) 
    C19 C18 C16
 French (16) 
    C10 C11 C13 C00
 Sicilian Najdorf (15) 
    B90 B98 B99 B96 B94
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (190) 
    E92 E97 E84 E67 E99
 Sicilian (130) 
    B77 B76 B22 B70 B78
 Sicilian Dragon (84) 
    B77 B76 B70 B78 B72
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    A45 A46 A40 A41
 Reti System (6) 
 Modern Defense (5) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Golubev vs V Podinic, 2001 1-0
   V Bogdanovski vs M Golubev, 1991 0-1
   M Golubev vs R Mantovani, 1992 1-0
   M Golubev vs A Kovchan, 2006 1-0
   D Gurevich vs M Golubev, 1992 0-1
   M Golubev vs Korchnoi, 2006 1-0
   M Golubev vs E Grabowski, 2004 1-0
   S Bogdanovich vs M Golubev, 2010 0-1
   M Golubev vs G Sagalchik, 1983 1-0
   D Bunzmann vs M Golubev, 2002 0-1

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

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

   🏆 Lviv Rapid Cup
   M Golubev vs Y Vovk (May-08-17) 0-1, rapid
   Vladislav Bakhmatsky vs M Golubev (May-08-17) 0-1, rapid
   M Golubev vs V Matviishen (May-08-17) 0-1, rapid
   N Legky vs M Golubev (Jan-05-17) 0-1, rapid
   M Golubev vs K Reshetkov (Jan-05-17) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born May-30-1970, 47 years old) Ukraine

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Grandmaster (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

 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 678  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Bendersky vs M Golubev  1-0461979Odessa (local competitions)E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
2. M Golubev vs S Obukhov  ½-½381979Odessa, Ukrsovprof opB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
3. Karavaev vs M Golubev  0-1181980Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
4. M Golubev vs M Fiodorov  ½-½231980Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
5. Y Tarapatin vs M Golubev  ½-½231981Odessa (local competitions)B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
6. Stasiuk vs M Golubev  1-0481981Yalta jrB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
7. M Golubev vs Meduschevsky  1-0341981Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
8. Y Korsunsky vs M Golubev  0-1291981Smela jr ttB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
9. A Brodsky vs M Golubev  ½-½701981Odessa (local competitions)B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
10. V Melnik vs M Golubev  ½-½281981Odessa Ch sfB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
11. M Golubev vs Usenko  ½-½261981Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
12. N Gashibayazov vs M Golubev 1-0321981Odessa Ch sfB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
13. Didkovsky vs M Golubev  1-0271981Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
14. Zhigailo vs M Golubev  0-1301981Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
15. M Golubev vs A Rakhmangulov  0-1351981Odessa, Ukrsovprof opB06 Robatsch
16. N Kovytev vs M Golubev  1-0541981Odessa, Ukrsovprof opA48 King's Indian
17. M Golubev vs V Bliumberg  ½-½361982Odessa Ch jr /83C40 King's Knight Opening
18. M Golubev vs V Vladyshevsky  1-0251982Odessa Ch jr /83C41 Philidor Defense
19. M Golubev vs Alekseiuk  1-0291982Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
20. N Bondarchuk vs M Golubev  1-0371982Odessa Ch jr /83B53 Sicilian
21. M Golubev vs S Orlov  ½-½371982Odessa Ch jr /83B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
22. B Orlov vs M Golubev ½-½221982Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
23. V Bichnevich vs M Golubev  1-0361982Odessa Ch jr /83A42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
24. M Golubev vs D Minond  1-0361982Odessa Ch jr /83C51 Evans Gambit
25. V Chayka vs M Golubev 1-0351982Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
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  zanzibar: < Immortality !) >

I guess <CG> wasn't quite enough... ha!

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  MikhailGolubev: Understanding the Sicilian - Criticism
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  MikhailGolubev: <Retireborn> Yes, Kasim game is also in the Moskalenko book, probably the only example there where I lost. Quite a nice combination. Well, after losing once to Gufeld, I do not really care about the immortality, he put the game in some five books or so I guess. :) Also, a loss to Korchnoi is in his 55 selected games with Black.
Oct-15-17  Retireborn: <Mikhail> Very sporting of you to let Kasimdzhanov play out that mate, I thought.
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  MikhailGolubev: <Retireborn> As a rule I am not playing till the mate in the lost positions, but, well, since the game developed in a normal way, i.e. no conflicts between players or something, why not to preserve a bit more chess beauty for the world? I like good combinations! :)
Oct-16-17  Retireborn: <Mikhail> I first saw the game in CHESS (Malcolm Pein's magazine) around 10 years ago. Can't remember now if it was you or Kasim who wrote the annotations, but they were very good, and are mostly preserved in my own database.
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  MikhailGolubev: <Retireborn> Kasimdzhanov annotated this game here and there, it must have been his notes in CHESS, I guess. I annotated this game as well, in my book Understanding the King's Indian (2006), in particular. Indeed, stronger engines can make some lines look different now. It was an interesting game, as Dr Robert Huebner told me and perhaps he is right. :)
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  MikhailGolubev: In my opinion, "GM" Iuri Shkuro should be disqualified. My open letter to the Ukrainian Chess Federation President, Viktor Kapustin (lang. Rus) FB: PDF: https://mikhailgolubev.files.wordpr... posted by CN:
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  morfishine: Miss Scarlett is a him, and long relegated to ignore wasteland, a fitting location


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  MikhailGolubev: Understanding The Sicilian - my comment on book review by Dennis Monokroussos: (at the bottom of the page)
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  MikhailGolubev: Rapid in TWO ROOKS Odessa chess club:
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  MikhailGolubev: Winning against the Bird's Opening.
Kobets-Golubev, Two Rooks rapid 10+3, Odessa 26.11.2017: 1.f4 Nf6 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.b3 d6 4.Bb2?! e5! 5.fe de 6.Ne5? Ne5 7.Be5 Ng4 8.Bg3 Qf6!? 9.Nc3 Bd6 10.Ne4 Bg3 11.hg Qe5 12.d3 Ne3 13.Qc1 Qa1 14.Qa1 Nc2 etc (0-1, 24)
Nov-28-17  dumbgai: Nice attack. White is already in big trouble after ...Ng4 because black will in some order play Bd6 and Qf6, when white can’t stop the threats against f2. He shouldn’t have taken that early pawn!
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  MikhailGolubev: My book Understanding the Sicilian reviewed in German by IM Frank Zeller (Schach 12/2017):
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  MikhailGolubev: On December, 16th I acted as an Arbiter at the annual lawyer's chess tournament "Advokatska Tura" in Odessa. (1st place - IM Tishin). Short videos:
63 Photos & report in Russian language:
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  MikhailGolubev: On 24th Dec gave a simul in the new Odessa chess club TWO ROOKS Nice place! Photos Video by Pavlo Makarov
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  MikhailGolubev: There'll be an interview with me in CHESS magazine (UK), January 2018 issue. Grateful for their interest!
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  zanzibar: <MikhailGolubev> I noticed you tagged a few games as being annotated in your Sicilian book.

Might I suggest you also build a collection for them as well? It would make for a handy reference (plus offers the advantage of being all in one place).


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  OhioChessFan: <Understanding the Sicilian - Criticism >

Strange an NM thinks Dragon analysis is a waste of time.

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  MikhailGolubev: <zanzibar> Thank you for the suggestion, which is sensible, but really many games from the book (about half of them) are not in Chessgames database yet, and also I am not planning to make/post a collection of this kind without asking the publisher.
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  MikhailGolubev: <OhioChessFan> Any Dragon analysis is waste of time?! Or mine? Or his/her? :)
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  MikhailGolubev: interviewed/questioned in Chess Magazine, Jan 2018 issue
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  OhioChessFan: I realize the Dragon is a bit out of favor at the elite level, but I was surprised to see someone identifying himself as an NM criticizing you for analyzing it. Maybe you are correct, and the waste of time was theirs!

Thanks for posting on this site.

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  zanzibar: <MG> I was afraid of that. Thanks for the reply all the same.
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  MikhailGolubev: Looking for a chess job again.
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