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Anton Korobov
A Korobov 
Number of games in database: 1,525
Years covered: 1998 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2688 (2794 rapid, 2667 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2723

Overall record: +384 -140 =387 (63.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 614 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (127) 
    E54 E53 E32 E47 E46
 Queen's Gambit Declined (93) 
    D37 D38 D35 D31 D39
 Grunfeld (71) 
    D86 D85 D87 D80 D70
 Slav (70) 
    D10 D15 D17 D18 D16
 King's Indian (66) 
    E97 E94 E60 E81 E73
 Queen's Pawn Game (47) 
    A46 A41 D02 E00 D00
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (277) 
    B90 B94 B51 B92 B32
 Sicilian Najdorf (109) 
    B90 B94 B92 B96 B91
 Semi-Slav (58) 
    D45 D43 D44 D47
 French Defense (45) 
    C11 C02 C18 C05 C09
 King's Indian (45) 
    E63 E90 E97 E60 E61
 Queen's Indian (39) 
    E17 E12 E15
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Korobov vs Macieja, 2010 1-0
   Naiditsch vs A Korobov, 2010 0-1
   A Korobov vs A Mithil, 2018 1-0
   A Korobov vs Vocaturo, 2011 1-0
   Carlsen vs A Korobov, 2016 0-1
   Anand vs A Korobov, 2022 0-1
   A Korobov vs A S Rasmussen, 2008 1-0
   A Korobov vs Kasparov, 2021 1-0
   A Korobov vs Fedorchuk, 2001 1-0
   S Zhigalko vs A Korobov, 2014 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Czech Open A (2009)
   Sunway Sitges Open (2019)
   2nd Governor's Cup (2001)
   Moscow Open (2015)
   GRENKE Chess Open (2018)
   MrDodgy Invitational (2020)
   European Championship (2015)
   Sunway Sitges Open (2020)
   World Cup (2013)
   FIDE Online Steinitz Memorial (2020)
   Xtracon Open (2019)
   Kolkata Open (2012)
   European Championship (2011)
   Baku Olympiad (2016)
   European Championship (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Corsica Masters 2016 by Tabanus
   GCT Superbet Bucharest Rapid and Blitz 2019 by jcgandjc

   🏆 Chessable Sunway Sitges
   A Sumets vs A Korobov (Dec-17-22) 1/2-1/2
   A Korobov vs S Gupta (Dec-16-22) 1/2-1/2
   A Woodward vs A Korobov (Dec-15-22) 0-1
   G Jones vs A Korobov (Oct-22-22) 1-0
   E Blomqvist vs A Korobov (Oct-09-22) 1-0

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(born Jun-25-1985, 37 years old) Ukraine
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IM (2001), GM (2003); Ukrainian Junior Champion (2001); Ukrainian Champion in 2002, 2012 and 2018.


<Youth> Korobov was runner up in the 2001 U16 World Championship behind Konstantine Shanava.

<Junior (U20)> Korobov won the 2001 Ukrainian Junior Championship with 8/10, aged 16, a point ahead of runner up Andrei Volokitin, and three points clear of Alexander Areshchenko, 11 year-old (!) Sergey Karjakin, and Sergey Fedorchuk.

<National> He first played in the Ukraine Championship 2001, breaking even with 4.5/9, and then went on to become the champion of Ukraine in 2002. He was second behind Volokitin in the 73rd Ukrainian Championship (2004) and third in the 2006 and 2008 Ukraine Championships before again breaking through to win the Ukrainian Championship (2012), a feat which also enabled his breakthrough into the 2700 club on live ratings for the first time. Korobov was outright 3rd in the Ukrainian Championship (2013) behind Yuriy Kryvoruchko and Ruslan Ponomariov respectively. He was =3rd at the Ukrainian Championship (2014).

<Continental> Korobov started playing in the European Championship in 2001, also participating in 2003, and from 2010-2013 inclusive. His best results were =5th (13th on count back) in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), thereby qualifying him to play in the World Cup (2011), and 7.5/11 (half point off the lead) at the European Individual Championship (2013), which qualified him for the World Cup. Two years later, he placed =5th (6th on tiebreak) with 7.5/11 at the European Individual Championship (2015) to qualify for the World Cup 2015.

<World> At the World Cup (2011), he defeated Zhou Jianchao in the first round, but fell to Nikita Vitiugov in the second round. At the World Cup (2013), he defeated Vasif Durarbayli in the 1st round, Georgian #1 GM Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava in the second round, Russian teenager GM Daniil Dubov in the third round and US GM Hikaru Nakamura in the Round of 16 (fourth round). However he was eliminated from the event in the quarter final (fifth round) by the eventual winner, former World Champion and Russian GM Vladimir Kramnik. Korobov's 7.5/11 in the European Individual Championship (2015) placed him in the group that qualified to play in the World Cup (2015) there he defeated Dragan Solak in the first round but was eliminated when he lost his second round match to Dmitry Andreikin.

Standard Tournaments

Good results flowed early. A strong second with 9.5/14 behind Zahar Efimenko at the double round robin Governor’s Cup that was held in 2001. This was followed by outright first with 7/9 at the round robin Summer Youth Board 2 Boys in 2002 and =1st at the X Anibal Open (2003) in Spain. There followed somewhat of a hiatus in his career, where he was semi-retired in practical terms for about 4 years before he re-entered serious tournament play with =1st at the 3rd Yefim Geller Memorial Tournament in Odessa in 2007, 2nd at the 2008 Czech Open, 1st at the Pardubice Open in 2009 and 2010, 1st at the double round robin Prince Mohammed International Tour in 2009, =1st at the New Year’s All-Ukrainian Open and a strong 2nd behind Le Quang Liem in Aeroflot Open (2010). He also won the Abu Dhabi Masters in 2010. In 2011, he came first in the Nakhchivan Open, this being followed by =1st at the Aeroflot Open (2012) with 6.5/9 placing 2nd on tiebreak behind Mateusz Bartel and ahead of Pavel Eljanov, Fabiano Caruana, Dmitry Andreikin and many other GMs He also took out first place at the double round robin 1st International GM Round Robin Chess Tournament in New Delhi in Dec 2012.

In January 2014, he placed =2nd with 6.5/9 at the Vladimir Dvorkovich Memorial held in Taganrog in Russia. In April 2014, he scored 6/9 - par for rating - placing =10th at the 16th Dubai Open. In July 2015 he was =1st with 8/11 at the 8th Annual K. Asrian Memorial, albeit 2nd on tiebreak behind Mikhailo Oleksienko.

Team events

Korobov first played for the Ukrainian national team (other than junior teams) at the FIDE World Team Championship (2013). He has played in many national leagues, including:

- the children’s national team in the Children’s Olympiad of 2000, scoring an individual gold for board 4, and helping his team to win the silver medal;

- European Club Cup in 2002, 2010, 2011, 2012 scoring team bronze and individual silver for his team PGMB Luhansk in the European Club Cup (2010). Playing first reserve for SOCAR Baku in the European Club Cup (2014), he won both individual and team gold;

- Russian Premier League 2008, 2012, 2013, scoring team bronze with his team (Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk region) in the Russian Team Championship (2013). He played for Siberia Novosibirsk in the Russian Team Championship (2015) (aka the Russian Premier League) on board five and won team gold and individual silver;

- Ukrainian Team Championships in 2001, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 scoring four individual and three team golds, one team and one individual silver, and two team and one individual bronze;

- European U18 Team Championships of 2001 and 2002 where he helped his team to team gold and silver respectively, also winning individual silver in 2002 playing board 2;

- European Youth Team Championship 2002;

- Arab Club Cups Championship 2003 and 2006 in Amman, Jordan, scoring individual silver and team bronze in the 2006 league, for his team Al-Mokawlon;

- Moscow team Championships 2007;

- Czech Liga and Extraliga of 2009, 2011, and 2012-13, and 2015;

- Croatian A League 2014 for the ŠK Zagreb club, winning individual silver and team gold and for the

- Turkish Super League in 2015.

He also scored an individual gold for Kharkov at the All-Ukrainian Games (Chess).

In 2014, he made his first appearance for Ukraine in an Olympiad, playing board 4 at the Chess Olympiad (2014), scoring 4.5/7, his team placing 6th.

Rapid and Blitz

Korobov had an exceptional year in the rapid form of the game in 2013. He scored 9.5/11 to place =4th in the European Rapid Championship and won the European Blitz Championship with 18.5/22, these events being in December 2013 in Warsaw. 2014 produced more modest results, including =3rd with 8/11 at the Ukraine Rapid Championship, 6.5/15 at the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2014), =2nd with 8.5/11 at the Ukraine Blitz Championship and 12.5/21 at the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2014). he scored an unplaced 16.5/30 at the European Blitz Championship but scored 9/11 at the European rapid Championship to place =5th, half a point from the shared lead.

Ratings and Rankings

Korobov made it into the top 100 ranked players in the world in November 2009 and has remained there since. He first crossed 2700 in September 2012. His highest rating to date was 2723 in January 2014, when he also reached his equal best world ranking of #25.


His ICC handle is DarkOcean.


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Wikipedia article: Anton Korobov

Last updated: 2018-12-24 09:58:27

 page 1 of 63; games 1-25 of 1,575  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Y Kruppa vs A Korobov  1-0301998UKR-chTD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. A Korobov vs Eljanov  1-0351998UKR-ch U20D85 Grunfeld
3. A Korobov vs Brodsky  0-1581999Swidnica opA43 Old Benoni
4. T Oral vs A Korobov  ½-½461999Komercni Banka opB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
5. Kholmov vs A Korobov  1-0431999Komercni Banka opB54 Sicilian
6. A Potapov vs A Korobov  0-1521999Komercni Banka opD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. A Korobov vs Neverov  0-1321999MK Cafe Cup-BE15 Queen's Indian
8. A Korobov vs Radjabov  0-1561999EU-ch U18A90 Dutch
9. A Korobov vs A Kundin  0-1321999EU-ch U18D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. I A Zaitsev vs A Korobov  1-0342000Moscow Kasparov CupB50 Sicilian
11. A Korobov vs Radjabov  0-1502000RUS-CupA84 Dutch
12. E Vorobiov vs A Korobov  ½-½482000RUS-CupB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. Kholmov vs A Korobov  ½-½472000Moscow Kasparov CupB54 Sicilian
14. A Korobov vs S Voitsekhovsky  1-0722000Chigorin MemorialE97 King's Indian
15. G Kuzmin vs A Korobov  ½-½312000Chigorin MemorialB50 Sicilian
16. D Yevseev vs A Korobov  1-0532000Chigorin MemorialD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. A Korobov vs A Volokitin  0-1332001UKR-ch U20E97 King's Indian
18. S Ovsejevitsch vs A Korobov  0-1362001UKR-ch sf opE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
19. A Korobov vs Fedorchuk 1-0352001UKR-ch U20E47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
20. Y Solodovnichenko vs A Korobov  0-1372001Alushta opE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
21. Shulman vs A Korobov  ½-½262001European ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
22. A Korobov vs A Moiseenko  1-0382001European ChampionshipA90 Dutch
23. Epishin vs A Korobov 0-1342001European ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
24. A Korobov vs V Iordachescu  ½-½692001European ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
25. Nisipeanu vs A Korobov  ½-½352001European ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
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Aug-28-13  Conrad93: Remember when Karjakin changed his citizenship?

His main complaint was that Ukraine has less support than Russia when it comes to chess.

Aug-28-13  Conrad93: Sergei Karjakin:
"I am going to play for Russia and I am going to live in Russia, most likely. This decision was made because I didn't have enough support inside the country, in Ukraine. And I also need to train with good coaches and there are a few good coaches in Russia, for example Yuri Dokhoian, who worked with Garry Kasparov and now in this tournament he is working with me. So it's mostly because of the coaches."

When you talk about the support, can you talk about it a bit more? People have suggested that it also has to do with money, is this true?

"OK, I had a little bit support from the private sponsors, but I almost didn't have any support from the Federation. It's not like in Russia, where you have very big support from the Federation."

-- ChessVibes

Sep-15-13  strifeknot: Korobov is serving as second to Anna Ushenina in her WWC match with Hou Yifan.
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  Check It Out: I watched the Korobov interview with Susan Polgar and Lawrence Trent and it was funny. On the one hand Korobov said he quit chess because he doesn't like the traveling and would rather just stay at home. On the other, when asked if he was happy to advanced to the next round he was ambivalent so they asked if he just wanted to go home, to which he was also ambivalent because he had some unidentified problems at home.

This guy is a hoot!

Dec-06-13  dx9293: Congratulations on the Board 2 Gold medal in the World Team Championship!
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to Aeroflot Open (2012) winner, GM Anton Korobov.
Feb-09-15  Caissanist: Korobov played in the Moscow Open this year, so far as I know the only Ukrainian to do so. I guess it was worth his while, since he ultimately tied for second. It must have been an interesting trip.
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Anton Korobov for remaining the only player perfect at European Individual Championship (2015) through 4 rounds. The average rating of his opposition has been 2558, but he entered the tournament as the 11th seed. Tomorrow is a rest day, and after that, he'll have white against top seed Navara.
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to Anton Korobov!

He recently competed at the "8th Annual K. Asrian Memorial", finishing in a 3-way tie for 1st (2nd after tiebreaks) with 7/9.

Sep-30-15  sonia91: <He was second behind Nikita Vitiugov in the 73rd Ukrainian Championship (2004)> Vitiugov is Russian.
Sep-30-15  Mr. V: <Vitiugov is Russian.> Good catch! I think the writer meant to say Volokitin, not Vitiugov.
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Anton Korobov for winning the Karpov Poikovsky tournament with a score of 6/9 (+4,-1,=4).

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Anton Korobov!
Jan-12-19  ketchuplover: Down goes Maghsoodloo!
Oct-19-19  diagonal: The Life of a professional Chess Grandmaster: Anton Korobov pictured at the Isle of Man FIDE Grand Swiss 2019: (great photo by Ali Mortazavi)
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  MissScarlett: How old is that profile pic?
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  Diademas: <MissScarlett: How old is that profile pic?>

Probably taken just before this event.

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Dec-16-21  Albertan: Korobov is one of the leaders after 3 rounds of play at the Subway Sitges Open chess tournament:

Jan-04-22  Albertan: Korobov is the top seed in the Vergani Cup Chess TournamentThe games are being covered live on the Chess24 website at:

Jan-04-22  Albertan: I discovered that Korobov won thevSubway Sitges=Chess tournament,which I mentioned above.He scored scored 11.5/14. Thé final standings for thé tournament can be viewed at:

Jan-04-22  Albertan: Here is a link to a lecture by Korobov in which he discusses his game against GM Adly from the Abu Dhabi Masters tournament from 2018:

Jan-08-22  Albertan: There is a four-way tie for the lead in the 2022 Vergani Chess tournament after eight rounds of play.Tied in first place are four Grandmasters:Korobov,Bernadskiy,Lagarde,and Niemann,all have 6 points. There is only one more round left in the tournament.You can watch the exciting last round at:

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  Troller: There are in fact 2 players with 6.5 pts and 5 players with 6 before last round:

Jan-08-22  SymphonicKnight: It was incorrectly reported that Korobov won the Sunway Sitges Tournament, but Korobov was 5th after the playoffs, and the winner was Abdusattorov. Kollars was 2nd, Puranik was 3rd, Cheparinov 4th. The standings before the playoffs are here

The tournament rounds are shown This will show you the individual playoff matches, but Korobov was top among the playoff of players on 7.5/10. after him in the playoff were Safarli 6th, L. Van Foreest 7th, and Sethuraman 8th.

The first four players were on 8/10 after the Swiss.

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