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Mikhail Vitalyevich Ulibin
Number of games in database: 484
Years covered: 1985 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2455 (2459 rapid, 2428 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2587

Overall record: +171 -116 =192 (55.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 5 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (71) 
    B40 B51 B93 B56 B30
 French Defense (21) 
    C01 C05 C02 C00 C07
 Ruy Lopez (20) 
    C90 C84 C67 C95 C65
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    E00 A41 A40
 Catalan (12) 
    E04 E06 E05
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (11) 
    C90 C84 C95 C91 C85
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (94) 
    C05 C14 C07 C02 C00
 French Tarrasch (46) 
    C05 C07 C03
 Sicilian (28) 
    B83 B80 B40 B81 B22
 Dutch Defense (26) 
    A90 A84
 English, 1 c4 c5 (19) 
    A30 A36 A34 A37
 French (17) 
    C00 C13 C11
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Ulibin vs Lautier, 1989 1-0
   M I Sorokin vs Ulibin, 1986 0-1
   L Nestorovic vs Ulibin, 2012 0-1
   Van Wely vs Ulibin, 2003 0-1
   Kasparov vs Ulibin, 1988 1/2-1/2
   Matthew Tan vs Ulibin, 2008 0-1
   F Nordstrom vs Ulibin, 2002 0-1
   Ulibin vs D Brandenburg, 2008 1-0
   Ulibin vs T Luukkonen, 2003 1-0
   Kupreichik vs Ulibin, 1989 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   St. Petersburg Open (2003)
   13th Unive Tournament (Open) (2009)
   32nd Rilton Cup (2002)
   Russian Championship (1996)
   Rilton Cup (2007)
   Rilton Cup (2009)
   Russian Championship Higher League Tomsk (2004)
   Russian Championship (2003)
   Cappelle-la-Grande (2014)
   6th Dubai Open (2004)
   Cappelle la Grande (2009)
   29th Cappelle-la-Grande (2013)

   🏆 Runavik Open
   Ulibin vs J K Thorgeirsson (Nov-26-17) 1-0
   Ulibin vs O Korneev (Nov-25-17) 0-1
   V Stefansson vs Ulibin (Nov-25-17) 1-0
   T Bakre vs Ulibin (Nov-24-17) 0-1
   Ulibin vs A Karason (Nov-23-17) 1-0

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(born May-31-1971, 48 years old) Russia

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GM (1991) Mikhail Vitalyevich Ulibin won the strong Zagreb Open (Croatia) in 2010.

Wikipedia article: Mikhail Ulibin

Last updated: 2018-03-16 06:04:43

 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 484  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Martynov vs Ulibin  1-0321985URS-ch U25A07 King's Indian Attack
2. Smirin vs Ulibin  0-1531985URS-ch U25C18 French, Winawer
3. Ulibin vs A Nosenko  1-0231985URS-ch U25B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
4. Ivanchuk vs Ulibin  ½-½451985URS-ch U25A61 Benoni
5. Ulibin vs Shirov 1-0111985URS-ch U25B29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
6. Ulibin vs A Maksimenko  1-0291985URS-ch U25B82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
7. Gelfand vs Ulibin 1-0301985URS-ch U25C03 French, Tarrasch
8. Shabalov vs Ulibin  0-1381985URS-ch U25B56 Sicilian
9. Ulibin vs M V Golubev  ½-½331985Klaipeda jr SU-qualB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
10. Ulibin vs A Dreev  0-1351986Sochi Juniors-AB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
11. Ulibin vs Gelfand ½-½461986Sochi Juniors-AB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
12. M I Sorokin vs Ulibin 0-1241986USSRC05 French, Tarrasch
13. Ulibin vs Kholmov  ½-½411986URS-ch otborC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
14. Savon vs Ulibin 1-0291986URS-ch otborE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
15. Ulibin vs Krasenkow  0-1471986URS-ch otborB33 Sicilian
16. Ulibin vs Glek  0-1401986URS-ch otborC01 French, Exchange
17. Ulibin vs Dvoirys  1-0801987KurskB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
18. Ulibin vs Chekhov  ½-½271987URS-ch otborB33 Sicilian
19. Ulibin vs O Svirin  1-0201987Smolensk,RUSB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
20. Ulibin vs Shirov  ½-½421987URS-ch JuniorsC78 Ruy Lopez
21. Ulibin vs Anastasian  0-1291987URS-ch otborB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
22. Yermolinsky vs Ulibin  ½-½431987URS-ch otborA30 English, Symmetrical
23. Ulibin vs Pigusov  ½-½421987URS-ch otborB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
24. Shirov vs Ulibin  1-0361988SSSRE41 Nimzo-Indian
25. Dvoirys vs Ulibin  ½-½431988URS-ch FL56C05 French, Tarrasch
 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 484  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Sneaky: No disrepect to this fine Grandmaster, but I'll always remember him for being on the receiving end of the modern classic Oll vs Ulibin, 1989.
Apr-06-04  BiLL RobeRTiE: That is a nice game, illustrating the thematic bishop sacrifice in the Winawer w/ Qg4. It's a pity nobody at such a high level plays 3...Bb4 anymore.
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  WTHarvey: Here are some puzzles from Mikhail's games:
May-31-06  BIDMONFA: Mikhail Ulibin

ULIBIN, Mikhail

May-31-09  WhiteRook48: I probably would still play 3...Bb4
May-31-09  WhiteRook48: but I'm not high level
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  Tabanus: He has now won the 9. Winterthurer Schachwoche, Congratulations!


Oct-11-09  Open Defence: interestingly no one has tried 3.Nc3 against his French Defence since 2005!
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  Albertan: I have analyzed the second round game between Michael De Verdier (elo 2270), and GM Ulibin from the second round of the 2009-2010 Rilton Cup chess tournament, and posted this analysis to the first page of my blog using the program Chessviewer Deluxe.I hope you drop by my blog at and play through the game.
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  Tabanus: The Zagreb Open (Croatia) 2010 ended today. Winner was Ulibin:, congratulations.

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  Tabanus: He was 2nd today in Stockholm Elo Challenge 12-16 May 2010:

May-31-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy Birthday, GM Ulibin!


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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday wishes to GM Ulibin! I was born 2 years before him on the same day. May he play many more brilliant games!
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  offramp: Where's Ulibin now?
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  PhilFeeley: < Tabanus: The Zagreb Open (Croatia) 2010 ended today. Winner was Ulibin:, congratulations.>

Now there's a tournament where I've never heard of anyone, including the winner. This doesn't happen often as I'm around here a lot, but it just shows how many hundreds of strong players there are now.

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  PhilFeeley: <offramp: Where's Ulibin now?>

He didn't play at all in 2015. There's only one game from 2016 - 54th Groningen Open - why no more I don't know. Other games are here:

He only played the Runavik Open (Faroe Islands) in 2017 (games at, according to our database, but there's more here: I don't know why there's nothing for 2018 yet. He probably has a full-time job somewhere else other than chess. (Again, there's more at

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