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Mikhail Golubev
Number of games in database: 748
Years covered: 1979 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2461 (2335 rapid, 2355 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2570

Overall record: +299 -136 =238 (62.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 75 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (153) 
    B90 B87 B89 B30 B77
 French Defense (40) 
    C19 C18 C11 C10 C01
 Sicilian Najdorf (24) 
    B90 B98 B94 B96 B99
 Sicilian Dragon (20) 
    B77 B78 B35 B76 B70
 French Winawer (19) 
    C19 C18 C16
 Sicilian Taimanov (19) 
    B48 B45 B46 B47
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (192) 
    E92 E97 E84 E67 E99
 Sicilian (160) 
    B77 B76 B78 B22 B70
 Sicilian Dragon (103) 
    B77 B76 B78 B70 B72
 Queen's Pawn Game (19) 
    A46 A45 A40 D02 A41
 King's Indian Attack (7) 
 English (5) 
    A10 A16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Golubev vs V Podinic, 2001 1-0
   V Bogdanovski vs Golubev, 1991 0-1
   Golubev vs Lupulescu, 2002 1-0
   Golubev vs R Mantovani, 1992 1-0
   Golubev vs E Grabowski, 2004 1-0
   Golubev vs Korchnoi, 2006 1-0
   A Istratescu vs Golubev, 1994 0-1
   D Gurevich vs Golubev, 1992 0-1
   Golubev vs A Kovchan, 2006 1-0
   Adorjan vs Golubev, 1994 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Efim Geller Memorial (2005)
   Pivdenny Bank Chess Cup (2008)
   Groningen op (1993)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Mikhail Golubev's favourite games by daveyjones01
   Mikhail Golubev's best games by MikhailGolubev
   My 10 selected King's Indian games by AdolfoAugusto
   My 10 selected King's Indian games by MikhailGolubev
   70l_middlegames SACS _Rxc3 The Soviet Sacrifice by webbing1947
   70l_middlegames SACS _Rxc3 The Soviet Sacrifice by whiteshark

   🏆 Ukraine Cht Blitz
   A Nesteretz vs Golubev (May-25-17) 0-1, blitz
   Golubev vs A Aliferenko (May-25-17) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   V Lukiyanchuk vs Golubev (May-25-17) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   Golubev vs Sergiy Trokhimishin (May-25-17) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   Golubev vs Evgen Dedkov (May-25-17) 1-0, blitz

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(born May-30-1970, 51 years old) Ukraine

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GM Mikhail Vladimirovich Golubev (1996), author and journalist from Odessa, Ukraine.


Golubev was the silver medalist at the Ukrainian U17 Championship in 1984 and shared 7th-10th places in the USSR U18 Championship in 1985. He played on the Ukrainian U18 team in 1988 and was Ukrainian champion in 1996. He won the inaugural Neckar Open in 1997.

In total he was clear or equal first in 16 international tournaments with classical time controls (1992-2006).


His books include <Easy Guide to the Dragon>, <The Sicilian Sozin>; and <Understanding the King's Indian>.


He has been active as chess journalist since 1998 and was editor of the website Ukrainian Chess Online from 1998 till 2003.

Rating and ranking:

Highest ELO rating achieved: 2570 in January 1995. Highest position in the world rankings: 109th-119th in January 1994. Highest position among Ukrainians: 8th in January 1994.

Chess official:

Golubev was a member of the Board of the Association of Chess Professionals from October 2006 until February 2007.


Chessgames userid: User: MikhailGolubev; homepage:; Wikipedia article: Mikhail Golubev

Last updated: 2018-03-05 21:11:13

 page 1 of 30; games 1-25 of 748  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Bendersky vs Golubev  1-0461979Odessa (local competitions)E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
2. Golubev vs S Obukhov  ½-½381979Odessa, Ukrsovprof opB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
3. Karavaev vs Golubev  0-1181980Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
4. Golubev vs M Fiodorov  ½-½231980Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
5. Golubev vs Meduschevsky  1-0341981Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
6. A Brodsky vs Golubev  ½-½701981Odessa (local competitions)B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
7. N Gashibayazov vs Golubev 1-0321981Odessa Ch sfB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
8. Golubev vs A Z Rakhmangulov  0-1351981Odessa, Ukrsovprof opB06 Robatsch
9. Y Korsunsky vs Golubev  0-1291981Smela jr ttB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
10. Golubev vs Usenko  ½-½261981corrB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
11. Didkovsky vs Golubev 1-0271981corrB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
12. V Melnik vs Golubev  ½-½281981Odessa Ch sfB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
13. Stasiuk vs Golubev  1-0481981Yalta jrB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
14. Zhigailo vs Golubev  0-1301981Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
15. Y Tarapatin vs Golubev  ½-½231981Odessa (local competitions)B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
16. N Kovytev vs Golubev  1-0541981Odessa, Ukrsovprof opA48 King's Indian
17. I Belin vs Golubev  0-1431982Odessa Ch jr 1982/83E67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
18. Golubev vs Alekseiuk  1-0291982Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
19. G Bergart vs Golubev  0-1471982Odessa Ch jr 1982/83A45 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Golubev vs V Bliumberg  ½-½361982Odessa Ch jr 1982/83C40 King's Knight Opening
21. V Bichnevich vs Golubev  1-0361982Odessa Ch jr 1982/83A42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
22. B Orlov vs Golubev ½-½221982corrB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
23. V Chayka vs Golubev  1-0351982corrB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
24. N Bondarchuk vs Golubev  1-0371982Odessa Ch jr 1982/83B53 Sicilian
25. Golubev vs D Kostin  1-0321982Odessa Ch jr 1982/83B02 Alekhine's Defense
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  OhioChessFan: The Round 2 win against Tang.
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  MikhailGolubev: <OhioChessFan> I'm playing the KID Saemisch with Black and almost never with White.
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  MikhailGolubev: "No arrogance, please!". My 10 page long article (survey) about the interesting and relatively fresh gambit line 8...b5 in the Saemisch King's Indian is published in the New in Chess Yearbook 137.
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  MikhailGolubev: Team Ukraine won the Live Chess World League for the 5th time!
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  MikhailGolubev: My online chess student from New Zealand, Alexandre, played very successfully in his most recent tournaments! An article on that, "Nelson Weekly":
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  OhioChessFan: <GMMG> how much time does it take you to realize a new student is really a special talent?
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  MikhailGolubev: <OhioChessFan: how much time does it take you to realize a new student is really a special talent?> Well, if talent is r e a l l y special, not much time is needed.
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  MikhailGolubev: So far I have played exactly 600 games in the #TitledTuesday online blitz tournaments. Not easy to explain why.
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  MikhailGolubev: ALL my preserved games – CBV. Updated. (Online training games are not included):
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  Messiah: <MikhailGolubev: ALL my preserved games – CBV. Updated. (Online training games are not included):

Thank you sir, very nice.

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  MikhailGolubev: I have been giving online chess lessons at, an online chess school focused on top quality instruction and efficient improvement, since November 2020. "Unleash the Dragon": the course begins on Thursday, February 25th. It runs for 10 consecutive Thursdays, from 6 to 7 PM Eastern Time.
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  OhioChessFan: What ELO range you looking at?
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  MikhailGolubev: <OhioChessFan> It's MasterChess staff, not me, who work on completing the class. Personally, I don't see particular limitations.
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  MikhailGolubev: The first GM Bogdanovich Memorial (annotated one of my games)
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  Stonehenge: GM Golubev, did you lose this game on time?

Didkovsky vs Golubev, 1981

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  MikhailGolubev: <Stonehenge> yes, as written there
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  Stonehenge: Thank you. There was a correction slip. I will delete it and add your comment to it.
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  MikhailGolubev: Another milestone: exactly 750 games, played in the Titled Tuesday blitz tournaments. It will be my real chess legacy.
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  OhioChessFan: Do you prepare for blitz specifically? For example, figure out certain openings to play against certain opponents?
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  MikhailGolubev: 2 <OhioChessFan> Almost never. These days I'm not playing any chess other than online blitz, but I don't take it that seriously. Playing my usual openings, as a rule. My serious chess career is over long ago. It does not mean that in blitz I can't improve upon my old games in some cases. Indeed it happens from time to time.
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  MikhailGolubev: My new chess study to solve
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  MikhailGolubev: An interview with surprising answers. #chess
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  Dionysius1: Not too sure about surprises, but thank you, it's a good read.
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  MikhailGolubev: An interview for TheChessMentor website, and the sad truth
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  MikhailGolubev: Unanalysed #10: As bad as it gets It's difficult to be proud with my Titled Tuesday games, but anyway below is a small selection from the last months.
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