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Mikhail Kobalia
Number of games in database: 698
Years covered: 1994 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2624 (2636 rapid, 2563 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2679

Overall record: +221 -91 =281 (61.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 105 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (123) 
    B90 B51 B50 B31 B30
 Ruy Lopez (46) 
    C78 C65 C91 C88 C84
 French Defense (34) 
    C10 C07 C03 C18 C11
 Caro-Kann (27) 
    B14 B13 B12 B18 B19
 Sicilian Najdorf (26) 
    B90 B93 B92
 French Tarrasch (18) 
    C07 C03 C05 C09 C06
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (101) 
    B46 B42 B43 B22 B40
 Slav (68) 
    D15 D11 D10 D12 D16
 Semi-Slav (31) 
    D45 D43 D47 D44
 Sicilian Taimanov (30) 
    B46 B47 B48 B49
 Sicilian Kan (28) 
    B42 B43 B41
 Ruy Lopez (27) 
    C67 C65 C76 C78 C99
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Kobalia vs Akopian, 2006 1-0
   M Kobalia vs E Nakar, 2016 1-0
   M Kobalia vs T Nalbandian, 1999 1-0
   Karjakin vs M Kobalia, 2004 0-1
   A Volokitin vs M Kobalia, 2009 0-1
   D Solak vs M Kobalia, 2001 0-1
   M Kobalia vs A Brkic, 2009 1-0
   Caruana vs M Kobalia, 2010 0-1
   M Kobalia vs Jobava, 2012 1-0
   V Popov vs M Kobalia, 2010 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   Isle of Man International (2007)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2007)
   67th Russian Championship Higher League (2014)
   58th Russian Championship Semifinals (2005)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   Gibtelecom Chess Festival (2006)
   Russian Chess Championships Higher League (2011)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   XXIV European Club Cup (2008)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   Aeroflot Open (2015)
   European Individual Championship (2016)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1998 World Junior chess championship by gauer

   P Idani vs M Kobalia (Mar-01-17) 0-1
   C Sandipan vs M Kobalia (Feb-28-17) 1-0
   M Kobalia vs Huzman (Feb-27-17) 1/2-1/2
   Jobava vs M Kobalia (Feb-26-17) 1-0
   M Kobalia vs D Gordievsky (Feb-25-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born May-03-1978, 38 years old) Russia
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Grandmaster. Won the Arctic Chess Challenge 2010 and scored 7.5/11 in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), placing 18th on tiebreak and thereby qualifying for the World Cup (2011), where he was eliminated in the first round tiebreaker by compatriot GM Igor Lysyj. His strong result in the 13th European Individual Championship (2012) qualified him for the World Cup (2013), where he defeated Denis Khismatullin in the first round but lost to compatriot and former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik in the second round tiebreaker.

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 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 698  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. M Kobalia vs O Izchenko  ½-½31 1994 St Petersburg op2B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
2. A Korotylev vs M Kobalia  ½-½29 1994 Moscow-chA99 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky Variation with b3
3. M Kobalia vs Sutovsky  1-068 1995 w-u18 boys Guarapuava BRAB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
4. M Kobalia vs A Korotylev  ½-½69 1995 RUS-ch U18B66 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6
5. T Gelashvili vs M Kobalia  0-142 1995 Ch World (cadets) (under 18)C55 Two Knights Defense
6. V Malakhov vs M Kobalia 1-095 1995 RUS-ch U18C05 French, Tarrasch
7. M Kobalia vs M Turov  1-047 1996 EU-ch U18B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
8. M Kobalia vs Sadvakasov  1-058 1996 Wch U18B86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
9. A Gelman vs M Kobalia  0-130 1996 Ch Moscow (open)C28 Vienna Game
10. M Kobalia vs Ponomariov  1-040 1996 EU-ch U18B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
11. M Kobalia vs Sadvakasov  1-032 1996 Moscow GM2C41 Philidor Defense
12. V Malakhatko vs M Kobalia ½-½53 1996 Yalta opA04 Reti Opening
13. M Kobalia vs Shaked 1-035 1996 Ch World (cadets) (under 18)C05 French, Tarrasch
14. V L Ivanov vs M Kobalia  0-125 1996 It (cat.8)C57 Two Knights
15. M Kobalia vs Kholmov  1-046 1996 Moscow-AC10 French
16. M Kobalia vs S Williams  1-040 1996 Wch U18C05 French, Tarrasch
17. M Kobalia vs A Korotylev  ½-½37 1996 RUS-Cup2B08 Pirc, Classical
18. M Kobalia vs M Turov  1-048 1997 RUS-ch U20B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
19. M Kobalia vs V Malakhov  0-134 1997 RUS-ch U20E54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
20. M Kobalia vs Hertneck 0-139 1997 CredisC06 French, Tarrasch
21. Hertneck vs M Kobalia  0-134 1997 CredisA12 English with b3
22. M Kobalia vs Razuvaev  ½-½11 1998 RUS-chB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
23. Sakaev vs M Kobalia 1-025 1998 RUS-chD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Morozevich vs M Kobalia  ½-½49 1998 RUS-chB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
25. M Kobalia vs O Korneev  1-042 1998 RUS-chC48 Four Knights
 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 698  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-20-05  WTHarvey: Here are some puzzles from Mikhail's early games not shown here:
May-03-06  BIDMONFA: Mikhail Kobalia


Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Happy birthday Mikhail!
Mar-14-09  blacksburg: Gregory Shahade is angry at you, Mikhail Kobalia. you wouldn't like him when he's angry.

M Kobalia vs Naiditsch, 2009

M Kobalia vs V Malakhov, 2009

Mar-17-09  atripodi: Kobalia made up for it today:
Mar-17-09  blacksburg: yeah, that game was bananas.
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: Birthday happy GM Kobalia!
May-03-09  WhiteRook48: happy birthday!
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: 32nd Birthday happy GM Kobalia!
May-03-10  newzild: Yet another megastrong super-GM that I've never heard of...
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <blacksburg: yeah, that game was bananas.> Ok, if you'd like to express it this way... A Volokitin vs M Kobalia, 2009

but to me someone else deserved it much more to be attributed like that...

May-03-10  Quarticom: happy birthday GM Kobalia!
Aug-08-10  Don Cossacks: Winner of Arctic Chess Challenge 2010 with 7.5 points with a last round victory over GM Loek Van Wely.Congratulations!

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