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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, 2423 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) 
    B87 B90 B77 B30 B89
 French Defense (38) 
    C19 C18 C11 C10 C13
 Sicilian Dragon (19) 
    B77 B78 B35 B72 B76
 French Winawer (18) 
    C19 C18 C16
 French (16) 
    C10 C11 C00 C13
 Sicilian Najdorf (15) 
    B90 B98 B99 B94 B96
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (190) 
    E92 E97 E84 E67 E83
 Sicilian (130) 
    B77 B76 B70 B22 B78
 Sicilian Dragon (84) 
    B77 B76 B70 B78 B72
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    A45 A46 A40 A41
 Reti System (6) 
 Uncommon Opening (5) 
    A00 B00
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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 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
   M Golubev vs Vitaly Krulik (Jan-05-17) 1-0, rapid
   N Legky vs M Golubev (Jan-05-17) 0-1, 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. M Golubev vs M Fiodorov  ½-½231980Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
4. Karavaev vs M Golubev  0-1181980Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
5. Y Korsunsky vs M Golubev  0-1291981Smela jr ttB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
6. A Brodsky vs M Golubev  ½-½701981Odessa (local competitions)B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
7. V Melnik vs M Golubev  ½-½281981Odessa Ch sfB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
8. M Golubev vs Usenko  ½-½261981Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
9. N Gashibayazov vs M Golubev  1-0321981Odessa Ch sfB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
10. Didkovsky vs M Golubev  1-0271981Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
11. Zhigailo vs M Golubev  0-1301981Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
12. M Golubev vs A Rakhmangulov  0-1351981Odessa, Ukrsovprof opB06 Robatsch
13. Y Tarapatin vs M Golubev  ½-½231981Odessa (local competitions)B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
14. Stasiuk vs M Golubev  1-0481981Yalta jrB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
15. M Golubev vs Meduschevsky  1-0341981Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
16. N Kovytev vs M Golubev  1-0541981Odessa, Ukrsovprof opA48 King's Indian
17. M Golubev vs S Orlov  ½-½371982Odessa Ch jr /83B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
18. B Orlov vs M Golubev  ½-½221982Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
19. V Bichnevich vs M Golubev  1-0361982Odessa Ch jr /83A42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
20. M Golubev vs D Minond  1-0361982Odessa Ch jr /83C51 Evans Gambit
21. G Kuzmin vs M Golubev  1-0481982Orlyonok, Kuzmin SimulB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
22. V Chayka vs M Golubev 1-0351982Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
23. G Bergart vs M Golubev  0-1471982Odessa Ch jr /83A45 Queen's Pawn Game
24. M Golubev vs Melnikov  1-0241982Odessa Ch jr /83C51 Evans Gambit
25. O Lozovatyi vs M Golubev  0-1171982Odessa Ch jr /83B53 Sicilian
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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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  MikhailGolubev: Euromaidan 2013/4 - videos
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  Stonehenge: Happy Birthday :)
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  MikhailGolubev: About two years ago I wrote the foreword to the book "Ivanchuk: Move by Move" (Everyman Chess 2015) by Junior Tay; it can be found here:
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  offramp: <MikhailGolubev> Ivanchuk had a superb result winning the World Rapid. It helps to even things up between him and his chess twin, Anand. The duo are equally talented but Anand seems to have achieved more.
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  MikhailGolubev: Was very glad to win the Odessa Christmas Rapid (for the second time, after 2015)
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  OhioChessFan: How do you prepare for Rapid chess?
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  MikhailGolubev: How to prepare for rapids?
To sleep well and and to be in the fighting mood, I guess.
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  MikhailGolubev: Very glad with the news that my new chess book, "Understanding the Sicilian" is released!
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  MikhailGolubev: The Chessgames Store
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  MikhailGolubev: My new book Understanding the Sicilian is reviewed by Davide Nastasio at the Georgia Chess News site here:
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  MikhailGolubev: Understanding the Siclian is my main book, there is effort and struggle in two years of writing and more than 35 'Sicilian' years in total.
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  OhioChessFan: What do you think would be the most common error on both sides for the club level player?
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  Petrosianic: Playing the Latvian Gambit.
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  MikhailGolubev: <<What do you think would be the most common error on both sides for the club level player?>> Well... Lack of concentration and also playing a move which one w a n t s to play instead of looking for a move which he/she s h o u l d play.
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  MikhailGolubev: Understanding the Sicilian, review in Dutch by B.H. Wilders (Nederlands Dagblad):
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  MikhailGolubev: "Understanding the Sicilian", review in Greek:
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  MikhailGolubev: Ukrainians at the #FIDEWorldCup2017 Rds 1-3 review, 12 annotated games/fragments lang: Rus; link to PGN viewer on the bottom
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