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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 (2411 rapid, 2435 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 (154) 
    B90 B87 B89 B30 B77
 French Defense (39) 
    C19 C18 C11 C10 C13
 Sicilian Dragon (21) 
    B77 B78 B35 B76 B72
 Sicilian Najdorf (21) 
    B90 B98 B94 B99 B96
 French Winawer (19) 
    C19 C18 C16
 Sicilian Taimanov (19) 
    B48 B45 B46 B47
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (192) 
    E92 E97 E84 E67 E76
 Sicilian (160) 
    B77 B76 B78 B22 B70
 Sicilian Dragon (103) 
    B77 B76 B78 B70 B72
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    A45 A46 A40 A41
 King's Indian Attack (7) 
 Reti System (6) 
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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 E Grabowski, 2004 1-0
   D Gurevich vs M Golubev, 1992 0-1
   M Golubev vs Korchnoi, 2006 1-0
   M Golubev vs A Kovchan, 2006 1-0
   Adorjan vs M Golubev, 1994 0-1
   S Bogdanovich vs M Golubev, 2010 0-1
   Lapshun vs M Golubev, 1987 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 MikhailGolubev
   My 10 selected King's Indian games by AdolfoAugusto

   🏆 Ukraine Cht 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
   A Nesteretz vs M V Golubev (May-25-17) 0-1, blitz

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(born May-30-1970, 47 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 Usenko  ½-½261981Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
6. N Gashibayazov vs M V Golubev 1-0321981Odessa Ch sfB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
7. Didkovsky vs M V Golubev  1-0271981Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
8. Zhigailo vs M V Golubev  0-1301981Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
9. M V Golubev vs A Z Rakhmangulov  0-1351981Odessa, Ukrsovprof opB06 Robatsch
10. Y Tarapatin vs M V Golubev  ½-½231981Odessa (local competitions)B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
11. Stasiuk vs M V Golubev  1-0481981Yalta jrB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
12. M V Golubev vs Meduschevsky  1-0341981Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
13. Y Korsunsky vs M V Golubev  0-1291981Smela jr ttB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
14. A Brodsky vs M V Golubev  ½-½701981Odessa (local competitions)B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
15. V Melnik vs M V Golubev  ½-½281981Odessa Ch sfB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
16. N Kovytev vs M V Golubev  1-0541981Odessa, Ukrsovprof opA48 King's Indian
17. G Bergart vs M V Golubev  0-1471982Odessa Ch jr /83A45 Queen's Pawn Game
18. M V Golubev vs Melnikov  1-0241982Odessa Ch jr /83C51 Evans Gambit
19. O Lozovatyi vs M V Golubev  0-1171982Odessa Ch jr /83B53 Sicilian
20. I Belin vs M V Golubev  0-1431982Odessa Ch jr /83E67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
21. M V Golubev vs D Kostin  1-0321982Odessa Ch jr /83B02 Alekhine's Defense
22. V Kravchenko vs M V Golubev  ½-½411982Odessa Ch jr /83E67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
23. M V Golubev vs V Bliumberg  ½-½361982Odessa Ch jr /83C40 King's Knight Opening
24. M V Golubev vs V Vladyshevsky  1-0251982Odessa Ch jr /83C41 Philidor Defense
25. M V Golubev vs Alekseiuk  1-0291982Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
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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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  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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