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Alexander Yevgenyevich Baburin
Number of games in database: 694
Years covered: 1986 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2419 (2485 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2598

Overall record: +293 -120 =279 (62.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (85) 
    E60 E62 E67 E63 E66
 Nimzo Indian (63) 
    E32 E38 E37 E33 E43
 Queen's Gambit Declined (27) 
    D35 D30 D31 D36 D06
 Grunfeld (27) 
    D76 D78 D94 D74 D70
 Slav (26) 
    D12 D11 D10 D15 D13
 Queen's Pawn Game (25) 
    A40 A41 E00 A46 E10
With the Black pieces:
 Alekhine's Defense (117) 
    B03 B04 B05 B02
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (52) 
    D27 D20 D22 D29 D21
 Queen's Gambit Declined (38) 
    D31 D37 D35 D30 D39
 Sicilian (25) 
    B90 B52 B23 B51 B22
 Queen's Pawn Game (21) 
    D02 D00 A46 A41 D05
 Sicilian Najdorf (15) 
    B90 B92 B93 B96
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Baburin vs S N Fokin, 1989 1-0
   Baburin vs J Ryan, 1996 1-0
   J Gallagher vs Baburin, 2001 0-1
   Baburin vs J van de Mortel, 1993 1-0
   M Borriss vs Baburin, 1992 1/2-1/2
   U Skorna vs Baburin, 1994 0-1
   Baburin vs B Lengyel, 1990 1-0
   R Djurhuus vs Baburin, 1993 1/2-1/2
   Fedorov vs Baburin, 2000 0-1
   V Kuksov vs Baburin, 1986 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   E.U. Championship and Cork Chess Congress (2005)
   Bunratty Masters (2016)
   Bunratty Masters (2014)
   Bunratty Masters (2019)
   European Team Championship (2005)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   European Club Cup (2007)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   European Club Cup (2006)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (2018)

   Baburin vs S Jessel, 2008

   🏆 Bunratty Masters
   M Heidenfeld vs Baburin (Feb-24-19) 1/2-1/2
   Baburin vs A Rawlinson (Feb-24-19) 1-0
   Baburin vs Gavin Melaugh (Feb-23-19) 1/2-1/2
   C Nettleton vs Baburin (Feb-23-19) 0-1
   Baburin vs J McMorrow (Feb-23-19) 1-0

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(born Feb-19-1967, 53 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Ireland)

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GM Alexander Yevgenyevich Baburin was born in 1967 in Gorky, USSR. He learned chess from his father at the age of 7. He became an IM in 1990. Three years later, he moved to Dublin with his wife and son, and in 1996, he became the first Irish Grandmaster.

His best tournament results include clear 1st with 8/9 at the Isle of Man in 1997 and third place at Torshavn 2000. He has played for Ireland in four Olympiads and is editor-in-chief of the internet newspaper Chess Today. Irish champion in 2008.

Wikipedia article: Alexander Baburin

Last updated: 2018-03-14 15:03:59

 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 694  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Ragozin vs Baburin 1-0191986URSD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
2. V Kuksov vs Baburin 0-1271986URSB02 Alekhine's Defense
3. N Vekshenkov vs Baburin  0-1341986URSE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
4. Baburin vs V Ruban  0-1531986Tournament (team)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. Goldin vs Baburin  ½-½351986Tournament (team)D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Baburin vs I G Belov ½-½331986Tournament (team)D76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
7. Baburin vs Pigusov  ½-½251987URS Army-chTA61 Benoni
8. M A Kislov vs Baburin  1-0391987GorkiA07 King's Indian Attack
9. Baburin vs A Mukoseev  1-0331987BelgorodE12 Queen's Indian
10. Yermolinsky vs Baburin  1-0411987URS Army-chTD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
11. Baburin vs A V Filipenko  0-1411987TumenB10 Caro-Kann
12. Podgaets vs Baburin  1-0261988RigaD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Baburin vs Karasev  ½-½431988RigaA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
14. Doroshkievich vs Baburin  ½-½331988VoronezhD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Baburin vs V Zhelnin 1-0441988Gorky (Russia)E60 King's Indian Defense
16. I Lukianov vs Baburin  0-1381988RUS ch sfB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. Baburin vs Vyzmanavin  0-1391988RigaE00 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Dzuban vs Baburin  1-0441988RigaD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Y R Yakovich vs Baburin  1-0201988RSFSR-chD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. M I Sorokin vs Baburin 1-0231988RSFSR-chB23 Sicilian, Closed
21. Baburin vs Gleizerov  ½-½241988RSFSR-chD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
22. Baburin vs Pigusov  1-0341988RSFSR-chA61 Benoni
23. Baburin vs Kholmov  ½-½561988RSFSR-chE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
24. Baburin vs Dvoirys  ½-½821988RSFSR-chD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
25. Baburin vs Antoshin  ½-½281988RSFSR-chD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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Dec-05-03  igilug: Ciao Alex , I'm Marco's friend I'd like to invite you to Castlebar for xmass and a game of chess! I maybe able to beat you! P.s I certainly was joking lol
Mar-07-04  badbadLeroyBrown: I met Alexander Baburin at a tournament in Los Angeles in the late 90's. He's a tall blonde/blue eyed fellow (very nordic in appearance). He spoke excellent English and was very friendly. Alexander is a class act.
Apr-23-04  acirce: He wrote the brilliant "Winning Pawn Structures". Look it up, highly recommended.
Apr-24-04  Benjamin Lau: Some used to consider "Winning Pawn Structures" to be practically a requirement for playing 1. d4 well (although certainly IQPs appear in other openings as well of course). Are there any other books with a similar reputation today?
Jul-06-04  ConLaMismaMano: This guy plays a lot the Alekhine's Defence with he an expert on this opening?
Jul-07-04  Cyphelium: It has been his main defence to 1. e4 for many years, and to survive that at GM level, I think you have to be an expert on it.
Premium Chessgames Member
  cu8sfan: Alexander Baburin wrote in today's edition of his "Chess Today": <Apparently anyone can bevome FIDE President, so after a few beers in Calvia I decided to run for FIDE President in 2006>. Great! I'd vote for him. As almost everyone would make a better job than Ilyumzhinov I am sure Baburin would make a fine FIDE President. The worst thing that could happen now is that many players have the same idea and all of the votes get evenly split and Ilyumzhinov wins again...
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  Joshka: What is the home country of Alex? He's originally from Russia?
May-22-05  maoam: <Joshka>

I believe Baburin lives in Ireland now, he was originally born in Russia as you stated.

May-22-05  WMD: Isn't Kasparov the obvious unity candidate?
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  WTHarvey: Here are some puzzles from Aleksandar's games:
Jun-21-07  BIDMONFA: Alexander Baburin

BABURIN, Alexander

Oct-19-07  ericlgame: He was once my teacher
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: I recommend chess today(chess newsletter)
Mar-25-08  fromoort: Baburin has an amazing record playing against the King's Indian defense.
Mar-25-08  fromoort: Likewise, check out his record against the Nimzo-Indian!
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

" I won't admire any guy who plays in the same boring style as me! "

-- Aleksandar Baburin

Likewise! :D

Sep-27-08  Cactus: As an extremely boring chess player, those are my thoughts exactly.
Sep-27-08  SniperOnG7: I was looking through his games against the King's Indian, and I must say I quite like his playing style. Solid. He'd find a weakness and win a pawn to obtain the advantage. Very practical chess. Btw, I'm a boring player too :P
May-19-09  shutupimthinking: I'm told GM Baburin will be playing in the Nagoya Open this weekend - really looking forward to meeting him and, if I'm lucky (it's a 5-round swiss), getting my first game against a GM! A little unsettling to hear that he is so successful against the KID (it's my only response to d4), but I'm sure he would school me in any opening, so never mind!
May-26-09  shutupimthinking: Well, here it is - my game against GM Baburin. I lost, of course, but thoroughly enjoyed the game and felt I had aquitted myself reasonably well given the 700-point rating gap.

[Event "Nagoya Open"]
[Site "Nagoya"]
[Date "2009.05.24"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Iveson,T"]
[Black "Baburin,A"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. e4 Nf6 2. d3 e5 3. f4 Nc6 4. Nf3 exf4 5. Bxf4 d5 6. e5 Nh5 7. Bg5 Be7 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. d4 O-O 10. Nc3 Bg4 11. Nxd5 Qd8 12. Ne3 Bxf3 13. Qxf3 Qh4+ 14. g3 Nxd4 15. O-O-O Nxf3 16. gxh4 Nxe5 17. Rd5 Rfe8 18. Nc4 Nxc4 19. Bxc4 Nf6 20. Rd4 Rad8 21. Rhd1 Rxd4 22. Rxd4 Kf8 23. h5 h6 24. Bd5 Rd8 25. Rb4 Rxd5 26. Rxb7 a5 27. Rxc7 Rxh5 28. c4 Rxh2 29. c5 Nd5 30. Ra7 Nb4 31. Rxa5 Nd3+ 32. Kd1 Nxb2+ 33. Ke1 Rc2 34. Rb5 Nd3+ 0-1 *

Now with my thoughts and some comments from GM Baburin:

1. e4 Nf6 2. d3 (this move was suggested to me by a member as a way of avoiding the main lines of the Alekhine, in which my opponent is an expert. I hadn't done any real study though, and as we shall see I started to go wrong pretty quickly) e5 3. f4 Nc6 4. Nf3 exf4 5. Bxf4 d5 6. e5 (this felt like a bit of a stretch, but Black is forced to put his knight in a precarious position on the rim, so I felt it was justified) Nh5 7. Bg5?! (according to GM Baburin, this was my first mistake. I was desperate to get d4 in before he did, but he recommended 7.Bc1!, a strange-looking move, allowing Black to play d4 but preserving the dark-squared bishop and preparing to target the h5 knight) Be7 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. d4 O-O 10. Nc3 Bg4! (ignoring the threat to d5 and instead exploiting White's slow development on the kingside) 11. Nxd5 Qd8 12. Ne3? (GM Baburin felt c4 was necessary here, eg 12.c4 Bxf3 13. Qxf3 Qh4+ 14. g3 Nxd4 15. O-O-O Nxf3 16. gxh4 and now White can meet 16...Nxe5 with 17. Be2, with a far more promising poition) Bxf3 13. Qxf3 Qh4+ 14. g3 Nxd4 15. O-O-O Nxf3 (the dust has settled and I am a clear pawn down, plus my h-pawns are hopelessly weak) 16. gxh4 Nxe5 17. Rd5 Rfe8 18. Nc4 Nxc4 19. Bxc4 Nf6 20. Rd4 Rad8 21. Rhd1 Rxd4 22. Rxd4 Kf8 23. h5 h6 24. Bd5?? (the final blunder, missing the obvious pin, but White was lost in any case) Rd8 25. Rb4 Rxd5 26. Rxb7 a5 27. Rxc7 Rxh5 28. c4 Rxh2 29. c5 Nd5 30. Ra7 Nb4 31. Rxa5 Nd3+ 32. Kd1 Nxb2+ 33. Ke1 Rc2 34. Rb5 Nd3+ 0-1 *

GM Baburin tied for first in the tournament but lost the blitz tie-break against a Tokyo-based British IM. I finished with 2/5, losing this game plus two others, both against former Japanese national champions. A very strong tournament by Nagoya standards!

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  Open Defence: well done.. I like your approach against the Alekhine, and 7.Bc1 seems very interesting
May-26-09  zanshin: <shutupimthinking> Interesting game - it's rare that we get comments from both players.

I played with it a little using Rybka and she suggested 7.Be3 instead, allowing d4 by White, but re-positioning the Bishop on f2. She agrees with GM Baburin that 12.c4 was needed. Good job on the tournament and thanks for sharing.

May-27-09  returnoftheking: <GM Baburin tied for first in the tournament but lost the blitz tie-break against a Tokyo-based British IM.> ughaibu comes to mind!
May-27-09  fromoort: Hey good job, <shutupimthinking>! I remember suggesting 2. d3 to you a few days ago; never imagined you were up against GM Baburin! He's one of my favorite players. I model my openings after his, and in fact, I suggested 2. d3 because it annoys me when I play against it, since it takes the game away from main line Alekhine.

Now, thanks to you, I can study GM Baburin's play against this move and hopefully learn something!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the game, by the way.

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