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A Korobov 
Anton Korobov
Number of games in database: 640
Years covered: 1998 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2700 (2664 rapid, 2705 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2723
Overall record: +195 -89 =185 (61.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      171 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (56) 
    E55 E47 E53 E32 E21
 Slav (40) 
    D17 D10 D15 D16 D18
 Grunfeld (33) 
    D86 D85 D87 D70 D78
 King's Indian (31) 
    E97 E94 E92 E90 E70
 Queen's Indian (23) 
    E12 E15 E17 E13
 Queen's Gambit Declined (21) 
    D31 D35 D38 D36 D39
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (124) 
    B90 B94 B92 B51 B22
 Sicilian Najdorf (44) 
    B90 B94 B92
 Semi-Slav (26) 
    D45 D43 D47 D44
 King's Indian (24) 
    E63 E92 E90 E99 E70
 Sicilian Scheveningen (19) 
    B84 B80 B81 B82 B83
 French Defense (19) 
    C18 C05 C17 C04 C02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Korobov vs D Vocaturo, 2011 1-0
   Naiditsch vs A Korobov, 2010 0-1
   Jobava vs A Korobov, 2013 0-1
   A Korobov vs Areshchenko, 2013 1-0
   A Korobov vs I Cheparinov, 2010 1/2-1/2
   S Zhigalko vs A Korobov, 2014 0-1
   A Korobov vs C Sandipan, 2014 1-0
   A Korobov vs Nakamura, 2013 1-0
   A Korobov vs Kramnik, 2013 1/2-1/2
   Kamsky vs A Korobov, 2013 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Ukrainian Championship (2012)
   Aeroflot Open (2012)
   73rd Ukrainian Championship (2004)
   Aeroflot Open (2010)
   Moscow Open (2015)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   28th European Club Cup (2012)
   World Cup (2013)
   European Individual Championship (2015)
   X Anibal Open (2003)
   Kolkata Open (2012)
   European Individual Championships (2013)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   European Club Cup (2013)
   European Individual Championships (2014)

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(born Jun-25-1985, 30 years old) Ukraine
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IM (2001), GM (2003); Ukrainian Junior Champion (2001); Ukraine Champion 2002 and 2012.


<Youth> Korobov was runner up in the 2001 U16 World Championship behind Konstantine Shanava.

<Junior (U20)> Korobov won the 2001 Ukrainian Junior Championship with 8/10, aged 16, a point ahead of runner up Andrei Volokitin, and three points clear of Alexander Areshchenko, 11 year-old (!) Sergey Karjakin, and Sergey Fedorchuk.

<National> He first played in the Ukraine Championship 2001, breaking even with 4.5/9, and then went on to become the champion of Ukraine in 2002. He was second behind Nikita Vitiugov in the 73rd Ukrainian Championship (2004) and third in the 2006 and 2008 Ukraine Championships before again breaking through to win the Ukrainian Championship (2012), a feat which also enabled his breakthrough into the 2700 club on live ratings for the first time. Korobov was outright 3rd in the Ukrainian Championship (2013) behind Yuriy Kryvoruchko and Ruslan Ponomariov respectively. He was =3rd at the Ukrainian Championship (2014).

<Continental> Korobov started playing in the European Championship in 2001, also participating in 2003, and from 2010-2013 inclusive. His best results were =5th (13th on count back) in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), thereby qualifying him to play in the World Cup (2011), and 7.5/11 (half point off the lead) at the European Individual Championships (2013), which qualified him for the World Cup. Two years later, he placed =5th (6th on tiebreak) with 7.5/11 at the European Individual Championship (2015) to qualify for the World Cup 2015.

<World> At the World Cup (2011), he defeated Zhou Jianchao in the first round, but fell to Nikita Vitiugov in the second round. At the World Cup (2013), he defeated Vasif Durarbayli in the 1st round, Georgian #1 GM Baadur Jobava in the second round, Russian teenager GM Daniil Dubov in the third round and US GM Hikaru Nakamura in the Round of 16 (fourth round). However he was eliminated from the event in the quarter final (fifth round) by the eventual winner, former World Champion and Russian GM Vladimir Kramnik. Korobov's 7.5/11 in the European Individual Championship (2015) placed him in the group that qualified to play in the World Cup (2015); there he defeated Dragan Solak in the first round but was eliminated when he lost his second round game to Dmitry Andreikin.

Standard Tournaments

Good results flowed early. A strong second with 9.5/14 behind Zahar Efimenko at the double round robin Governor’s Cup that was held in 2001. This was followed by outright first with 7/9 at the round robin Summer Youth Board 2 Boys in 2002 and =1st at the X Anibal Open (2003) in Spain. There followed somewhat of a hiatus in his career, where he was semi-retired in practical terms for about 4 years before he re-entered serious tournament play with =1st at the 3rd Yefim Geller Memorial Tournament in Odessa in 2007, 2nd at the 2008 Czech Open, 1st at the Pardubice Open in 2009 and 2010, 1st at the double round robin Prince Mohammed International Tour in 2009, =1st at the New Year’s All-Ukrainian Open and a strong 2nd behind Le Quang Liem in Aeroflot Open (2010). He also won the Abu Dhabi Masters in 2010. In 2011, he came first in the Nakhchivan Open, this being followed by =1st at the Aeroflot Open (2012) with 6.5/9 placing 2nd on tiebreak behind Mateusz Bartel and ahead of Pavel Eljanov, Fabiano Caruana, Dmitry Andreikin and many other GMs He also took out first place at the double round robin 1st International GM Round Robin Chess Tournament in New Delhi in Dec 2012.

In January 2014, he placed =2nd with 6.5/9 at the Vladimir Dvorkovich Memorial held in Taganrog in Russia. In April 2014, he scored 6/9 - par for rating - placing =10th at the 16th Dubai Open. In July 2015 he was =1st with 8/11 at the 8th Annual K. Asrian Memorial, albeit 2nd on tiebreak behind Mikhailo Oleksienko.

Team events

Korobov first played for the Ukrainian national team (other than junior teams) at the FIDE World Team Championship (2013). He has played in many national leagues, including:

- the children’s national team in the Children’s Olympiad of 2000, scoring an individual gold for board 4, and helping his team to win the silver medal;

- European Club Cup in 2002, 2010, 2011, 2012 scoring team bronze and individual silver for his team PGMB Luhansk in the European Club Cup (2010). Playing first reserve for SOCAR Baku in the European Club Cup (2014), he won both individual and team gold;

- Russian Premier League 2008, 2012, 2013, scoring team bronze with his team (Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk region) in the Russian Team Championships (2013). He played for Siberia Novosibirsk in the Russian Team Championship (2015) (aka the Russian Premier League) on board five and won team gold and individual silver;

- Ukrainian Team Championships in 2001, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 scoring four individual and three team golds, one team and one individual silver, and two team and one individual bronze;

- European U18 Team Championships of 2001 and 2002 where he helped his team to team gold and silver respectively, also winning individual silver in 2002 playing board 2;

- European Youth Team Championship 2002;

- Arab Club Cups Championship 2003 and 2006 in Amman, Jordan, scoring individual silver and team bronze in the 2006 league, for his team Al-Mokawlon;

- Moscow team Championships 2007;

- Czech Liga and Extraliga of 2009, 2011, and 2012-13, and 2015;

- Croatian A League 2014 for the ŠK Zagreb club, winning individual silver and team gold and for the

- Turkish Super League in 2015.

He also scored an individual gold for Kharkov at the All-Ukrainian Games (Chess).

In 2014, he made his first appearance for Ukraine in an Olympiad, playing board 4 at the Chess Olympiad (2014), scoring 4.5/7, his team placing 6th.

Rapid and Blitz

Korobov had an exceptional year in the rapid form of the game in 2013. He scored 9.5/11 to place =4th in the European Rapid Championship and won the European Blitz Championship with 18.5/22, these events being in December 2013 in Warsaw. 2014 produced more modest results, including =3rd with 8/11 at the Ukraine Rapid Championship, 6.5/15 at the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2014), =2nd with 8.5/11 at the Ukraine Blitz Championship and 12.5/21 at the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2014). he scored an unplaced 16.5/30 at the European Blitz Championship but scored 9/11 at the European rapid Championship to place =5th, half a point from the shared lead.

Ratings and Rankings

Korobov made it into the top 100 ranked players in the world in November 2009 and has remained there since. He first crossed 2700 in September 2012. His highest rating to date was 2723 in January 2014 when he also reached his equal best world ranking of #25,


His ICC handle is DarkOcean.


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Wikipedia article: Anton Korobov

Latest update 15 September 2015

 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 640  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Korobov vs Eljanov  1-035 1998 UKR-ch U20D85 Grunfeld
2. Y Kruppa vs A Korobov  1-030 1998 UKR-chTD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. Oral vs A Korobov  ½-½46 1999 Komercni Banka opB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
4. A Korobov vs Radjabov  0-156 1999 EU-ch U18A40 Queen's Pawn Game
5. A Korobov vs M Brodsky  0-158 1999 Swidnica opA43 Old Benoni
6. Kholmov vs A Korobov  1-043 1999 Komercni Banka opB54 Sicilian
7. A Korobov vs Radjabov  0-150 2000 RUS-CupA84 Dutch
8. D Yevseev vs A Korobov  1-053 2000 Chigorin MemorialD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. Kholmov vs A Korobov  ½-½47 2000 Moscow Kasparov CupB54 Sicilian
10. G Kuzmin vs A Korobov  ½-½31 2000 Chigorin MemorialB50 Sicilian
11. A Korobov vs S Voitsekhovsky  1-072 2000 Chigorin MemorialE97 King's Indian
12. E Agrest vs A Korobov  1-032 2001 2nd European ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. A Korobov vs M Ekdyshman  1-033 2001 WYB16E97 King's Indian
14. G Pinter vs A Korobov  1-029 2001 TCh-Europe Boys U18B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
15. Kupreichik vs A Korobov  ½-½37 2001 2nd Governor's CupB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
16. Bu Xiangzhi vs A Korobov  1-079 2001 WJunE46 Nimzo-Indian
17. Karjakin vs A Korobov 0-124 2001 2nd Governor's CupB89 Sicilian
18. A Korobov vs Motylev  0-140 2001 2nd European ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. A Korobov vs N Firman  ½-½33 2001 ch-UKRE10 Queen's Pawn Game
20. A Korobov vs I Kukel Jr  ½-½24 2001 TCh-Europe Boys U18D85 Grunfeld
21. A Korobov vs Areshchenko  ½-½11 2001 WYB16A54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
22. M R Venkatesh vs A Korobov 0-127 2001 WJunB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. A Korobov vs V Komliakov  1-032 2001 2nd Governor's CupA50 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Y Shulman vs A Korobov  ½-½26 2001 2nd European ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
25. Miroshnichenko vs A Korobov  ½-½36 2001 ch-UKRB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
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Aug-22-13  JoergWalter: I think he is the middle guy on this picture

Aug-22-13  JoergWalter: <<twinlark> I mentioned the interview to someone that knows him and they said it was "his usual style" and that "usually Kramnik feels himself as the best ironic guy together with Svidler but now we have Korobov".>

Marx brothers of chess?

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  whiteshark: Looking at his Fide-Rating Progress Chard since 2000, there are some quarters w/o games but no consecutive quarters.

<Withdrawal> looks different, no?

Aug-22-13  KlingonBorgTatar: Could be the Marx Bros. but I hope not the Three Stooges. :-)

Congrats and Good Luck, Cowboy! Don't forget to pack your trusty six- shooters with silver bullets against Vlad the Impaler!

Aug-25-13  Conrad93: I expected more comments on this profile after his great success at the World Cup.
Aug-25-13  KlingonBorgTatar: To be a Ukrainian National Chempion is no small feat. He follows in the footsteps of the greats : David Bronstein and Isaak Boleslavsky. And Feodor Bogatyrchuk ,Ukrainian medical radiologist and Soviet Chempion, who has a plus score against no other than Mikhail Botvinnik. 3-0 if I may add.

To be knocked out by Kamnik is no disgrace. Kramnik afterall beat Kasparov to become World Champion.

Watch out, this Cowboy Korobov, will still make waves , as he has just done.

Za Mir!!

This young man has already made his mark and will still go further! Za Mir !!

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  twinlark: Indeed, with a little luck Korobov could have been a winner, except that he seemed to overestimate Kramnik in the first game!

He'll be disappointed he was eliminated, but he might feel encouraged enough to feel he has Kramnik's measure. Or close to it.

Aug-25-13  Conrad93: It seems like Korobov is in the habit of making "interesting" moves regardless of their soundness.

He tried to be too bold in the Kramnik game. He could have been more conservative.

That's really the only thing stopping him from reaching Kramnik's level of success.

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  chancho: I was watching the postmortem on the video and I could be wrong, but Korobov looked like he was in awe of Kramnik.
Aug-26-13  KlingonBorgTatar: What's his next tourney? Perhaps, some of his countrymen can help in this page.
Aug-26-13  Conrad93: <I was watching the postmortem on the video and I could be wrong, but Korobov looked like he was in awe of Kramnik.>

Of course he was. Even at the 2700+ level, Kramnik is one of the most dominating chess players of this century.

Aug-26-13  Conrad93: <What's his next tourney? Perhaps, some of his countrymen can help in this page.>

I hope it is something big. Ukraine is becoming more active in supporting the chess community, so hopefully there will be some great tournaments in his own home country.

When I went to Kiev there was no major chess club to go to. Most of the chess activity happens on the street or at the park.

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  twinlark: Yes, but there has to be reasonably good organisation there for the country to be #2 in the world by significant margin to #3.
Aug-28-13  Conrad93: <Yes, but there has to be reasonably good organisation there for the country to be #2 in the world by significant margin to #3.>

Ukraine was a major part of the Soviet Union. It's domination in the chess world is due in part to that history.

Armenia has the biggest support for its players out of any country, even Russia.

Aug-28-13  Conrad93: Remember when Karjakin changed his citizenship?

His main complaint was that Ukraine has less support than Russia when it comes to chess.

Aug-28-13  Conrad93: Sergei Karjakin:
"I am going to play for Russia and I am going to live in Russia, most likely. This decision was made because I didn't have enough support inside the country, in Ukraine. And I also need to train with good coaches and there are a few good coaches in Russia, for example Yuri Dokhoian, who worked with Garry Kasparov and now in this tournament he is working with me. So it's mostly because of the coaches."

When you talk about the support, can you talk about it a bit more? People have suggested that it also has to do with money, is this true?

"OK, I had a little bit support from the private sponsors, but I almost didn't have any support from the Federation. It's not like in Russia, where you have very big support from the Federation."

-- ChessVibes

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  strifeknot: Korobov is serving as second to Anna Ushenina in her WWC match with Hou Yifan.
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  Check It Out: I watched the Korobov interview with Susan Polgar and Lawrence Trent and it was funny. On the one hand Korobov said he quit chess because he doesn't like the traveling and would rather just stay at home. On the other, when asked if he was happy to advanced to the next round he was ambivalent so they asked if he just wanted to go home, to which he was also ambivalent because he had some unidentified problems at home.

This guy is a hoot!

Dec-06-13  dx9293: Congratulations on the Board 2 Gold medal in the World Team Championship!
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to Aeroflot Open (2012) winner, GM Anton Korobov.
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  Caissanist: Korobov played in the Moscow Open this year, so far as I know the only Ukrainian to do so. I guess it was worth his while, since he ultimately tied for second. It must have been an interesting trip.
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Anton Korobov for remaining the only player perfect at European Individual Championship (2015) through 4 rounds. The average rating of his opposition has been 2558, but he entered the tournament as the 11th seed. Tomorrow is a rest day, and after that, he'll have white against top seed Navara.
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to Anton Korobov!

He recently competed at the "8th Annual K. Asrian Memorial", finishing in a 3-way tie for 1st (2nd after tiebreaks) with 7/9.

Sep-30-15  sonia91: <He was second behind Nikita Vitiugov in the 73rd Ukrainian Championship (2004)> Vitiugov is Russian.
Sep-30-15  Mr. V: <Vitiugov is Russian.> Good catch! I think the writer meant to say Volokitin, not Vitiugov.
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