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Daniil Dubov
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Number of games in database: 1,448
Years covered: 2006 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2699 (2770 rapid, 2720 blitz)
Overall record: +207 -97 =338 (58.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 806 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Gambit Declined (57) 
    D30 D31 D37 D35 D38
 Queen's Pawn Game (57) 
    E10 D02 A46 A40 E00
 Catalan (56) 
    E06 E04 E05 E01
 English, 1 c4 e5 (52) 
    A29 A21 A28 A20 A22
 English, 1 c4 c5 (41) 
    A33 A30 A37 A34 A32
 English (41) 
    A13 A10 A15 A18 A11
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (187) 
    B31 B30 B33 B67 B40
 Queen's Pawn Game (54) 
    A45 D02 A40 A46 E10
 Ruy Lopez (41) 
    C78 C84 C77 C92 C69
 Slav (39) 
    D12 D10 D11 D16 D17
 Grunfeld (38) 
    D78 D85 D80 D79 D73
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (31) 
    B67 B60 B69 B61 B64
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Dubov vs Karjakin, 2020 1-0
   Dubov vs R Svane, 2019 1-0
   Dubov vs Giri, 2019 1-0
   Dubov vs A Brkic, 2016 1-0
   Karjakin vs Dubov, 2020 0-1
   J B Bjerre vs Dubov, 2019 0-1
   Dubov vs Carlsen, 2020 1-0
   Dubov vs Karjakin, 2020 1-0
   Dubov vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2020 1/2-1/2
   Ding Liren vs Dubov, 2020 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Russian Championship Higher League (2012)
   Aeroflot Open (2015)
   FIDE Online Steinitz Memorial (2020)
   MrDodgy Invitational 3 (2022)
   Tata Steel Group B (2013)
   Airthings Masters 2020/21 (2020)
   Bronstein Memorial (2014)
   European Club Cup (2014)
   European Championship (2013)
   Gibraltar Masters (2018)
   European Championship (2019)
   Qatar Masters (2015)
   Gibraltar Masters (2014)
   European Championship (2014)
   Lindores Abbey Tal Mem (2021)

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   Arquebus//Metaverse by CSSVirginia

   🏆 Levitov Chess Week Rapid
   Nepomniachtchi vs Dubov (Sep-23-23) 1-0, rapid
   Dubov vs Grischuk (Sep-23-23) 1-0, rapid
   Mamedyarov vs Dubov (Sep-23-23) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Dubov vs So (Sep-23-23) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Kramnik vs Dubov (Sep-22-23) 0-1, rapid

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(born Apr-18-1996, 27 years old) Russia
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Daniil Dubov became an FM in 2008, an IM in 2010 and a GM on 28 March 2011, aged 14 years 11 months and 14 days. GM Dubov is a rising young Russian star who has played with great consistency since he commenced playing competition. He was previously coached by GM Sergey Dolmatov. His current coach is GM Sergei Yuryevich Shipov (1), who described Dubov’s style as being akin to that of Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian. (2)


Dubov has an impressive array of age-based competition results under his belt, frequently fighting above his “weight” in a manner reminiscent of Teimour Radjabov. Starting with 3rd place at the U10 Championship of Russia in 2006 and =2nd in the European U10 championship 2006, he came =3rd at the Moscow U16 Open in 2006, 2nd at the Moscow U16 in 2007, =4th in the Moscow U18 Championship, was runner-up on count back in the U12 European Championship in 2008 behind co-leader, the recently retired Kiprian Berbatov, and runner up at the U16 Russian Championship of 2009.

At the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), he scored 6/11 against 9 GMs and an IM to gain his 3rd GM norm (details of other norms below) and in the following year, he stunned the field to come =1st (2nd on tiebreak) in the Russian Chess Championship Higher League (2012) with 7.5/11 to qualify for the Russian Superfinals (2012) in which, at his first attempt, he scored a highly creditable 4/9 (-1 =8), only a point behind the six co-leaders in a low scoring contest; it also pushed his live rating to above 2600 for the first time. He scored 7.5/11, half a point from the lead, in the European Individual Championship (2013) placing =11th and qualifying for the World Cup (2013) where he defeated Sergey Fedorchuk in the first round by 2-0 and in one of the shocks of the World Cup, eliminated former FIDE World Champion and Ukrainian GM Ruslan Ponomariov in the Armageddon blitz tiebreaker in the second round. However, he was eliminated when he lost to Ukrainian GM Anton Korobov in the third round. He competed in the European Individual Championship (2014), and while he scored a reasonably solid 6.5/11, it was insufficient for a place or for qualification into the World Cup of 2015.

In July 2015, Dubov finished 5th on tiebreak at the Russian Higher League Championship and thereby qualified to compete in the Russian Superfinal in August 2015.


At the age of ten, Dubov played in the Moscow Team Championships of 2006, recording his first win against an international master, Aleksei Kireev. He competed at the Aeroflot Tournament in the C Division in 2007, scoring 6/9. He scored 5/9 at the Moscow Summer Open 2007. In 2008, Dubov came 2nd with 8/11 in the Black Sea Coast Trophy International Open at the Eforie Nord and =3rd at the David Bronstein Memorial 2008 Open. His 5/9 at the 2009 Aeroflot Open A2 while still 12 years old won him his 1st IM norm. His second IM norm followed when he won the 7th Vanya Somov Memorial World’s Youth Stars competition ahead of a galaxy of talented young stars including GM Aleksandr Shimanov. He bagged his 3rd IM norm the same year when he scored 5/9 in the World Chess Tour - 4th GM Tournament when he secured a draw against former Champion of Azerbaijan, GM Rufat Bagirov , in the last round, also registering his first win against a GM - Rashid Agiliaevich Ziatdinov. After coming =4th in the Moscow Championship of 2010 with 7/9, he scored 6/9 against a powerful field in the 14th Voronezh 2010 Masters, with an even score against 6 GMs (+1 -1 =4) and defeating the rest of his opponents to win his 1st GM norm. His 6/9 at the 2nd International Chess Tournament of Rethymno in Greece was followed by 5/9 against 9 GMs in the 2011 Aeroflot Open 5/9 rated between 2621 and 2689, a feat which earned him his 2nd GM norm. His 3rd GM norm came with the abovementioned positive 6/11 result in the European Individual Championship of 2011 against opponents that included nine grandmasters, all rated over 2600.

Dubov started 2012 by scoring 6.5/9 at the Moscow Open, placing =4th, and soon after scored 4.5/9 at the Aeroflot Open (2012). He followed up with some excellent results in the 2012 Moscow Championship where he came 2nd with 7/9 (including a win over the tournament leader former U18 World Champion Ivan Popov). In January 2013, he placed outright 5th at the Tata Steel Group B (2013) with 7.5/13. In February 2014, he scored a solid 6/9 at the Bronstein Memorial (2014) and in November-December 2014, a more or less rating neutral 4.5/9 at the powerful Qatar Masters (2014). He finished 2014 with 2/4 in the Nutcracker Match of the Generations (2014) and 3/8 at the Nutcracker rapid, both results again being close to the rating-neutral.

2015 saw him take =1st alongside Ian Nepomniachtchi at the Aeroflot Open (2015), scoring 7/9 and placing 2nd on tiebreak (wins with Black).

Team events

In 2009, Dubov won a bronze medal playing board 2 for the gold medal winning Russian team at the 8th World U16 Olympiad in Akhisar in Turkey and in the 2011 edition of this event held in Kocaeli (also in Turkey), won a bronze on the top board with his team again taking gold. (3) In the Russian Premier League of 2012, Dubov won bronze playing board 3 for Navigator Moscow, which placed 8th - he played 7 games for a +3 =3 -1 result, stacking up a TPR of 2683. In addition, he scored 4.5/7 for his team ShSM RGSU in the Russian Team Championship (2012) (aka the Russian Premier League), including a victory over Cuban super-GM Leinier Dominguez Perez. (4) In the 2014 season of the Russian Premier League, he won team silver and in 2015 individual bronze. (4a) In the 2013-14 Bundesliga, Dubov playing board 3 for SK Turm Emsdetten, which ended up placing 8th out of 16 teams. (5)

In 2014, he played for the Ankara Demirspor club in the Turkish Super League, helping his team to 7th place out of 13 teams, leading from top board with a strong 7/12. He also played board 6 with the powerful Russian team ShSM RGSU in the European Club Cup (2014), placing a respectable 4th for his board and assisting his team to =4th (6th on tiebreak). In the 2014-15 Bundesliga, Dubov is playing board 2 for SK Turm Emsdetten.

Rapid and Blitz

An expert blitz player at an early age, Dubov won the U10 rapid chess championship of Russia in 2005, was runner-up in the same event in 2006, second in the European U10 rapid chess championship of 2006, second in the European U12 rapid chess championship in 2008 and champion of Moscow at the U18 lightning tournament in 2008. He also won the 2011 Moscow Rapid. His campaign in the rejigged Aeroflot Rapid Open (2013) was auspicious, scoring 6.5/9 in the main rapid, albeit losing the playoff for a place in the final to Abhijeet Gupta, while scoring 12.5/18 (=12th) in the blitz event picking up 70 blitz points. His best effort so far came in June 2013 when he placed 7th in the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2013) where he scored 18/30. He placed 2nd at the Norges Rafisklag Blitz 2013 behind Anish Giri and scored 8.5/11 in the European Rapid Championship held in Poland in December 2013. Soon afterwards he scored an excellent 16.5/22 at the European Blitz Championship, placing =4th behind Anton Korobov, Vladislav Ivanovich Tkachiev and Bartosz Socko.

In May 2014, he contested the Russian rapid championship, scoring a par-for-rating 5/9, a point and a half behind the winner, Pavel Maletin. His 8/15 at the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2014) was enough to stack on another 27 points to his rapid rating while his 12/21 at the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2014) was below expectation. 10/19 at the Moscow Championship Final A Blitz was also below expectation, causing him to shed 30 blitz rating points.


In December 2013, Dubov played a best-of-six match, the Battle of the Generations (2013), against former World Champion Challenger Alexey Shirov in Moscow and lost by 1-5 (=2 -4).

Ratings and rankings

Dubov’s highest rating to date(May 20, 2018) was 2701 in March 2018. He entered the top 100 for the first time in May 2015 when he was rated 2659.

Sources and references

(1) Interview by Ipatov with Dubov held in December 2011: (2) Shipov: "Daniil was initially a very solid, positional player in Petrosian’s style, but our common goal is to develop him into a truly universal player.":; (3); (4); (4a); (5)

Wikipedia article: Daniil Dubov

Last updated: 2018-05-20 20:28:21

 page 1 of 58; games 1-25 of 1,448  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Dubov vs I Nyzhnyk 0-1442006EU-ch U10B01 Scandinavian
2. Dubov vs I Beradze  1-0252006EU-ch U10B15 Caro-Kann
3. I Beradze vs Dubov  0-1382007EU-ch U12 17thB40 Sicilian
4. I Nyzhnyk vs Dubov  1-047200717th EU-ch U12 BoysB40 Sicilian
5. Dubov vs O Gorbanovsky  1-0462008EU-ch U12 18thC53 Giuoco Piano
6. L Kessler vs Dubov  0-1372008EU-ch U12 18thD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
7. Dubov vs M Bryakin  1-0542008EU-ch U12 18thB12 Caro-Kann Defense
8. A Boruchovsky vs Dubov  0-1452008EU-ch U12 18thB22 Sicilian, Alapin
9. J Santos Latasa vs Dubov  0-1352008EU-ch U12 18thD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. K Tomsia vs Dubov  ½-½312008EU-ch U12 18thD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Dubov vs O Bortnyk  0-1342008EU-ch U12 18thB22 Sicilian, Alapin
12. Dubov vs V Fedoseev  1-0392009Young Stars of the WorldB12 Caro-Kann Defense
13. Dubov vs A Rychagov  ½-½41201014th Master OpenA87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
14. Dubov vs R Jumabayev  1-033201014th Master OpenD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
15. A Ljubivyi vs Dubov  ½-½402010Chigorin Memorial Classic OpenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. Dubov vs A Abramichev  1-0372010Chigorin Memorial Classic OpenE97 King's Indian
17. Zvjaginsev vs Dubov  1-0592010Chigorin Memorial Classic OpenB53 Sicilian
18. Dubov vs E Bronnikova 1-0262010Chigorin Memorial Classic OpenA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
19. A Hadzimanolis vs Dubov  ½-½272010Chigorin Memorial Classic OpenA06 Reti Opening
20. Dubov vs V Kovalev  ½-½162010Chigorin Memorial Classic OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
21. Z Sichinava vs Dubov  0-1342010Chigorin Memorial Classic OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Dubov vs Epishin  ½-½182010Chigorin Memorial Classic OpenE12 Queen's Indian
23. V Popov vs Dubov  1-0392010Chigorin Memorial Classic OpenA30 English, Symmetrical
24. Dubov vs M Krylov ½-½392010Moscow TeamsA40 Queen's Pawn Game
25. B Grachev vs Dubov  1-0632010Moscow TeamsA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
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Dec-12-21  Albertan: ´´Dubov hits back at accusations of betrayal.´´:

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  MissScarlett: Dubov hits back at accusations of betrayal...from his new apartment overlooking the Saint Louis Chess Club...
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  moronovich: <Albertan: ´´Dubov hits back at accusations of betrayal.´´:

Thanks <Albertan> ! Much appreciated and highly recommended.

Dec-12-21  Stefan Lukke: If Dubov hasn't 'defected' already then this recent criticism detailed in <Albertan>'s link below will indeed make him more inclined to go to St. Louis or elsewhere as <MissScarlett> quipped.

Does any one have a detailed account of the amount of players from Russia/Soviet Union etc who did move to say France, Switzerland etc? Spassky and Korchnoi are obvious examples. Shirov too.

Dec-13-21  MrMelad: Kasparov moved too, but only after his retirement.

<Albertan> thanks for the link, very interesting!

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  beatgiant: <Stefan Lukke> There are lots of former Soviet GMs around Europe, US and Canada and it's hard to make a complete list. Here are a few notable ones off the top of my head.

World Champions:
Alekhine: France
Spassky: France
Kasparov: US
Kramnik: Switzerland

Bogoljubov: Germany
Korchnoi: Switzerland
Gelfand: Israel

USSR Champions:
Bogatyrchuk: Canada
Gulko: US
Dorfman: France
Sokolov: France
Bareev: Canada

Yusupov: Germany
Salov: Spain
Shirov: Spain

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  saffuna: This "scandal" led me to look into Karjakin a little.

He supports Putin and suppported the annexation of Ukraine in 2014 (which I assume most posters already knew). That helps explain his current attitude toward Dubov.

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  beatgiant: <Stefan Lukke> We might add Kamsky (US), although last I heard, he's living in Russia again.
Dec-13-21  Stefan Lukke: Thanks <beatgiant> that is quite the list. Intriguing actually and food for thought.
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  MissScarlett: Those are just the better known names. Dozens if not hundreds have left Eastern Europe for the Anglosphere.
Dec-14-21  Albertan: Dubov faces criticicism in Russia after working for Carlsen:

Dec-14-21  amadeus: Do they pay his taxes?
Dec-21-21  Albertan: Nakamura and Dubov get Grand Prix wildcards:

Dec-21-21  Albertan: Daniil Dubov Becomes Final Participant of FIDE Grand Prix:

Jan-29-22  Z truth 000000001: Dubov on masks, etc...

<It’s not that I hate masks. My point is that when you need to wear it over-the-board it basically becomes kind of impossible to play, so the legend of me being anti-vax or whatever is not exactly true. I was wearing a mask on my way from the board to the toilet, for instance, and everybody was required to do so and this was fine, but at least over-the-board I think you should be allowed to play without a mask, or you just don’t play. This is my point. If you think I’m that close to be infected that I need to wear a mask, then I think it’s better for everybody that I don’t play. It’s better for me, it’s better for my opponents as well, and I didn’t think it’s declaring a war or something. I thought it’s better for everybody and I feel like that’s what I ought to do. If the guy can be actually infected then it’s probably better if he skips a game instead of playing this game in a mask. >

Feb-25-22  macer75: Any news of Dubov's views on the rapidly deteriorating geopolitical situation?
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  MissScarlett: <Daniil Dubov doing insane callisthenics for two minutes straight>

Those reverse hand dips look very dodgy.

Feb-28-22  Z4all: <Daniil Dubov doing insane callisthenics for two minutes straight>

Those reverse hand dips look very dodgy.>

The girls (besides <Missy>) don't look too impressed!

Mar-27-22  Justawoodpusher: <macer75>
Dubov signed an open letter condeming the war in Ukraine

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  MissScarlett: <Dubov: No. There's not much to look forward to. I find it hard to think about my future in chess. Nuclear war could break out. I could miss the end of the world while analyzing the Italian opening.>

Mar-30-22  Z truth 000000001: I miss the calisthenics.
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  MissScarlett: Reminds me of something Portisch said about being too busy studying the games of Capablanca to take much notice of the Hungarian Uprising in 1956.
Apr-01-22  csmath: Daniil is a good person and a sensible person. He is also very perceptive. His view shows a very healthy attitude for the difficult position he is in. I wish him the best.
Sep-06-22  saturn2: I enjoy his banter blitz videos. Very instructive..He explains most moves and mentions the alternatives. His voice and face remind me of the great actor Oscar Werner. My other banter favorites are Carlsen, Nepo and Firuja. Nakamura I also like but it is not banter. Interesting was his comment on puzzles which he does not like and thinks Carlsen is also not good at them.
Apr-30-23  fabelhaft: <Daniil is a good person and a sensible person. He is also very perceptive. His view shows a very healthy attitude for the difficult position he is in. I wish him the best>

Yes, that was exactly my opinion up until now, when it is claimed that he has joined Grischuk in the party that shares the latter’s positive views on Stalin…

<Daniil Dubov was solemnly enlisted in the Communist Party of the Russian Federation. The party charter was learned, the exam in the history of the CPSU was passed, the grandmaster was temporarily released from the membership fee and raising flowers to Stalin's grave>

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