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Mikhail Kobalia
Number of games in database: 878
Years covered: 1994 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2608 (2578 rapid, 2556 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2679

Overall record: +276 -117 =344 (60.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 141 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (152) 
    B90 B51 B31 B30 B50
 Ruy Lopez (60) 
    C78 C65 C84 C91 C89
 French Defense (45) 
    C10 C07 C18 C05 C11
 Sicilian Najdorf (35) 
    B90 B93 B94 B92
 Caro-Kann (33) 
    B13 B12 B14 B18 B17
 French Tarrasch (20) 
    C07 C05 C03 C09
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (116) 
    B46 B42 B43 B40 B22
 Slav (81) 
    D15 D11 D10 D12 D16
 Semi-Slav (35) 
    D45 D44 D47 D43
 Sicilian Taimanov (32) 
    B46 B47 B48 B49 B45
 Ruy Lopez (31) 
    C67 C65 C78 C76 C77
 Sicilian Kan (29) 
    B42 B43 B41
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Kobalia vs Akopian, 2006 1-0
   M Kobalia vs B Kantsler, 2001 1-0
   M Kobalia vs Nalbandian, 1999 1-0
   Karjakin vs M Kobalia, 2004 0-1
   M Kobalia vs P Smirnov, 2001 1-0
   I Khairullin vs M Kobalia, 2004 0-1
   M Kobalia vs A Krivonogov, 2001 1-0
   Kharlov vs M Kobalia, 2004 0-1
   M Kobalia vs Smagin, 1999 1-0
   M Kobalia vs E Nakar, 2016 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02 (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Gibraltar Masters (2020)
   Isle of Man Masters (2007)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2014)
   Chigorin Memorial (2017)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2005)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2007)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   European Individual Chess Championship (2018)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   European Individual Championship (2010)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   European Individual Championship (2016)
   European Championship (2019)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1998 World Junior chess championship by gauer

   🏆 Gibraltar Masters
   M Kobalia vs D Yuffa (Jan-28-20) 1/2-1/2
   M Kobalia vs Hjartarson (Jan-26-20) 1-0
   E Barbosa vs M Kobalia (Jan-25-20) 0-1
   M Kobalia vs P Ladron de Guevara Pinto (Jan-24-20) 1-0
   L Krysa vs M Kobalia (Jan-23-20) 1-0

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(born May-03-1978, 41 years old) Russia
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Grandmaster. Won the Arctic Chess Challenge 2010 and scored 7.5/11 in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), placing 18th on tiebreak and thereby qualifying for the World Cup (2011), where he was eliminated in the first round tiebreaker by compatriot GM Igor Lysyj. His strong result in the 13th European Individual Championship (2012) qualified him for the World Cup (2013), where he defeated Denis Khismatullin in the first round but lost to compatriot and former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik in the second round tiebreaker.

Wikipedia article: Mikhail Kobalia

 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 879  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Kobalia vs O Izchenko  ½-½311994St Petersburg op2B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
2. Korotylev vs M Kobalia  ½-½291994Moscow-chA99 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky Variation with b3
3. M Kobalia vs Korotylev  ½-½691995RUS-ch U18B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
4. V Malakhov vs M Kobalia 1-0951995RUS-ch U18C05 French, Tarrasch
5. T Gelashvili vs M Kobalia  0-1421995Wch U18C55 Two Knights Defense
6. M Kobalia vs Sutovsky  1-0681995Wch U18B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
7. A Gelman vs M Kobalia  0-1301996Ch Moscow (open)C28 Vienna Game
8. M Kobalia vs Sadvakasov  1-0321996Moscow GM2C41 Philidor Defense
9. V Malakhatko vs M Kobalia ½-½531996Yalta opA04 Reti Opening
10. V L Ivanov vs M Kobalia  0-1251996Moscow GM2C57 Two Knights
11. M Kobalia vs Kholmov  1-0461996Moscow-AC10 French
12. M Kobalia vs M Turov  1-0471996EU-ch U18B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
13. M Kobalia vs Ponomariov  1-0401996EU-ch U18B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
14. M Kobalia vs Shaked 1-0351996Wch U18C05 French, Tarrasch
15. M Kobalia vs S Williams  1-0401996Wch U18C05 French, Tarrasch
16. M Kobalia vs Sadvakasov  1-0581996Wch U18B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. M Kobalia vs Korotylev  ½-½371996RUS-Cup2B08 Pirc, Classical
18. M Kobalia vs V Malakhov  0-1341997RUS-ch U20E54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
19. M Kobalia vs M Turov  1-0481997RUS-ch U20B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
20. M Kobalia vs Hertneck 0-1391997CredisC05 French, Tarrasch
21. Hertneck vs M Kobalia  0-1341997CredisA12 English with b3
22. M Kobalia vs M Turov  ½-½261998RUS-ch U20E54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
23. M Kobalia vs Kasimdzhanov  0-1351998Hoogovens-BC07 French, Tarrasch
24. M Kobalia vs Tiviakov  0-1451998Anibal op 5thA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
25. Kasimdzhanov vs M Kobalia  0-1381998Cappelle op 14thD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 879  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
  WTHarvey: Here are some puzzles from Mikhail's early games not shown here:
May-03-06  BIDMONFA: Mikhail Kobalia


Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Happy birthday Mikhail!
Mar-14-09  blacksburg: Gregory Shahade is angry at you, Mikhail Kobalia. you wouldn't like him when he's angry.

M Kobalia vs Naiditsch, 2009

M Kobalia vs V Malakhov, 2009

Mar-17-09  atripodi: Kobalia made up for it today:
Mar-17-09  blacksburg: yeah, that game was bananas.
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: Birthday happy GM Kobalia!
May-03-09  WhiteRook48: happy birthday!
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: 32nd Birthday happy GM Kobalia!
May-03-10  newzild: Yet another megastrong super-GM that I've never heard of...
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <blacksburg: yeah, that game was bananas.> Ok, if you'd like to express it this way... A Volokitin vs M Kobalia, 2009

but to me someone else deserved it much more to be attributed like that...

May-03-10  Quarticom: happy birthday GM Kobalia!
Aug-08-10  Don Cossacks: Winner of Arctic Chess Challenge 2010 with 7.5 points with a last round victory over GM Loek Van Wely.Congratulations!

Premium Chessgames Member
  paavoh: Happy 40th!
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