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M Golubev 
Mikhail Golubev
Number of games in database: 644
Years covered: 1979 to 2010
Last FIDE rating: 2494 (2459 rapid, 2425 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2570
Overall record: +268 -119 =205 (62.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      52 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (117) 
    B87 B30 B89 B77 B90
 French Defense (33) 
    C19 C18 C11 C10 C00
 Sicilian Dragon (19) 
    B77 B78 B35 B72 B76
 French Winawer (16) 
    C19 C18 C16
 French (13) 
    C11 C10 C00 C13
 Sicilian Taimanov (13) 
    B45 B46 B48 B47
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (186) 
    E92 E97 E84 E67 E99
 Sicilian (124) 
    B77 B76 B70 B22 B78
 Sicilian Dragon (81) 
    B77 B76 B70 B78 B72
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    A45 A40 A46 A41
 Reti System (6) 
 Modern Defense (5) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Bogdanovski vs M Golubev, 1991 0-1
   M Golubev vs V Podinic, 2001 1-0
   M Golubev vs R Mantovani, 1992 1-0
   M Golubev vs E Grabowski, 2004 1-0
   M Golubev vs Korchnoi, 2006 1-0
   M Golubev vs A Kovchan, 2006 1-0
   D Gurevich vs M Golubev, 1992 0-1
   M Golubev vs Sutovsky, 1993 1-0
   S Bogdanovich vs M Golubev, 2010 0-1
   M Oleksienko vs M Golubev, 2007 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 MikhailGolubev
   My 10 selected King's Indian games by MikhailGolubev

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(born May-30-1970, 46 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 26; games 1-25 of 644  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. M Golubev vs S Obukhov  ½-½38 1979 Odessa, Ukrsovprof opB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
2. V Bendersky vs M Golubev  1-046 1979 Odessa (local competitions)E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
3. M Golubev vs M Fiodorov  ½-½23 1980 Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
4. Karavaev vs M Golubev  0-118 1980 Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
5. A Brodsky vs M Golubev  ½-½70 1981 Odessa (local competitions)B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
6. N Kovytev vs M Golubev  1-054 1981 Odessa, Ukrsovprof opA48 King's Indian
7. N Gashibayazov vs M Golubev  1-032 1981 Odessa Ch sfB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
8. M Golubev vs Usenko  ½-½26 1981 Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
9. M Golubev vs A Rakhmangulov  0-135 1981 Odessa, Ukrsovprof opB06 Robatsch
10. Zhigailo vs M Golubev  0-130 1981 Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
11. Didkovsky vs M Golubev  1-027 1981 Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
12. Stasiuk vs M Golubev  1-048 1981 Yalta jrB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
13. Y Tarapatin vs M Golubev  ½-½23 1981 Odessa (local competitions)B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
14. Y Korsunsky vs M Golubev  0-129 1981 Smela jr ttB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
15. M Golubev vs Meduschevsky  1-034 1981 Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
16. V Melnik vs M Golubev  ½-½28 1981 Odessa Ch sfB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
17. I Belin vs M Golubev  0-143 1982 Odessa Ch jr /83E67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
18. M Golubev vs V Vladyshevsky  1-025 1982 Odessa Ch jr /83C41 Philidor Defense
19. M Golubev vs V Bliumberg  ½-½36 1982 Odessa Ch jr /83C40 King's Knight Opening
20. A Brodsky vs M Golubev  1-026 1982 Odessa (local competitions)B72 Sicilian, Dragon
21. M Golubev vs S Orlov  ½-½37 1982 Odessa Ch jr /83B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
22. N Bondarchuk vs M Golubev  1-037 1982 Odessa Ch jr /83B53 Sicilian
23. G Kuzmin vs M Golubev  1-048 1982 Orlyonok, Kuzmin SimulB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
24. M Golubev vs Alekseiuk  1-029 1982 Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
25. M Golubev vs D Minond  1-036 1982 Odessa Ch jr /83C51 Evans Gambit
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Apr-29-05  tanginamo: GM Golubev is coming out with a new book, "Understanding the King's Indian" by Gambit publishing, may 2005 i believe, for all the KID fans.
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  MikhailGolubev: My book "Understanding the King's Indian" was published in February 2006. More information can be found at:
or http://mikhail-golubev.livejournal....
May-28-06  SnoopDogg: Your the real <GM Golubev>?
May-30-06  BIDMONFA: Mihail Golubev


Jan-17-07  AdrianP: Welcome to, GM Golubev - I hope that you will stick around and participate in the discussions.
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  whiteshark: Happy birthday, GM Golubev !!
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  parisattack: I fancy myself as something of an 'annotation connoisseur' and find GM Golubov's in Chess Today right up there with my ATFs - Keres, Reshevsky, Karpov and Gligoric!
Jun-23-08  Augalv: Featured Chess Author - GM Mikhail Golubev

Mikhail is author of three highly acclaimed books

As the still young and already very informative website Chessdom requested, I will try to introduce myself as a chess books author. I wrote three opening books and also one chapter for the book Experts versus the Sicilian. Subjects of all these works were openings / systems that I played for something like 20 years, so perhaps it would be correct to say that I try to choose topics which are familiar to me. From other point of view, even 30 (already) years of playing experience in some other openings, for example 3.Nc3 against French Defence with White, do not give me impression that I am ready to prepare reference work about them: I still do not know and feel the topic for that adventure.

My books can be of interest to chess players who are at least a bit serious about their openings. Every of these three books required quite serious efforts from my part (and, it is necessary to add, considerable editorial efforts by the publishers). Some 50-60 articles on various topics can be compared with a book by overall size of material (and maybe by size of the fee?) - but in case of book, the amount of required time and energy per page is several times higher. Partly it is because every book needs a consistency in presentation and reasonable balance between all its parts.

Full article:

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  whiteshark: For the biographer:

Mikhail Golubev's self-definition:

Born on 30 May 1970 in Odessa.
A silver medalist of the Ukrainian U-17 Championship in 1984. Shared 7th-10th places in the USSR U-18 Championship in 1985. Played on the Ukrainian U-18 team in 1988.
International Chess Grandmaster since 1996.
Champion of Ukraine in 1996.
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. Clear or shared first in 16 international tournaments with a long time control (1992-2006).

Active as chess journalist since 1998.

In 1998-2003 editor of the website Ukrainian Chess Online.

In October 2006 - February 2007 member of the Board of the Association of Chess Professionals.

Author of chess books: Easy Guide to the Dragon (1999), The Sicilian Sozin (2001), Understanding the King's Indian (2006)."


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  refutor: Golubev now writes the monthly King's Indian updates at
Aug-05-09  sonsurvivor: happy bÝrthday!!!
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  whiteshark: <Player of the Day>

If I may ask the biographer for an update. :D

Aug-05-09  WhiteRook48: it's not his birthday
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  wordfunph: GM Mikhail Golubev's books..

+ Easy Guide to the Dragon
+ The Sicilian Sozin
+ Understanding the King's Indian

happy 40th birthday Mikhail!

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  MikhailGolubev: My homepage (with links to the Eng. Twitter, Rus./Ukr. Twitter, Facebook etc.) since 2009 is here:
May-30-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy birthday, GM Golubev!



Aug-05-12  rilkefan: I quite enjoyed _Understanding the KID_ and the analysis I come across here and there.
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  MikhailGolubev: Our new weekly chess TV program (TRC Krug - Odessa, Ukraine): Youtube channel: Facebook page:
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  MikhailGolubev: Odessa chess TV program, details & links in English:
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  twinlark: <whiteshark>

I've upgraded his bio.

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  MikhailGolubev: still playing classical/long control chess (2004)
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  whiteshark: <twinlark: <Thank you very much for your efforts! <Your doing Caissa's job!!>>> :D

<MikhailGolubev> What's a decade in respect of eternity? ;D

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  Stonehenge: Happy Birthday :)
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