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Daniil Dubov
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Number of games in database: 1,122
Years covered: 2006 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2699 (2770 rapid, 2720 blitz)

Overall record: +173 -85 =274 (58.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 590 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English, 1 c4 e5 (46) 
    A29 A21 A20 A28 A27
 Queen's Gambit Declined (42) 
    D30 D31 D37 D35 D38
 Queen's Pawn Game (39) 
    E10 D02 A41 A50 E00
 English, 1 c4 c5 (38) 
    A33 A30 A37 A34 A32
 Slav (37) 
    D11 D15 D10 D12 D16
 Catalan (35) 
    E06 E04 E01 E05
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (148) 
    B31 B30 B33 B67 B22
 Queen's Pawn Game (37) 
    A45 A40 A46 D02 E10
 Slav (30) 
    D12 D10 D11 D16 D17
 Grunfeld (28) 
    D80 D78 D85 D79 D74
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (28) 
    B67 B60 B69 B61 B64
 Modern Benoni (27) 
    A57 A58 A59 A56 A70
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   J B Bjerre vs Dubov, 2019 0-1
   Carlsen vs Dubov, 2020 0-1
   Dubov vs Karjakin, 2020 1-0
   Dubov vs Carlsen, 2020 1-0
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   Aeroflot Open (2015)
   FIDE Online Steinitz Memorial (2020)
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   Russian Championship Superfinal (2020)
   Airthings Masters 2020/21 (2020)
   European Team Championship (2019)
   European Championship (2013)
   European Championship (2017)
   Gibraltar Masters (2018)
   European Championship (2019)
   European Championship (2014)
   European Championship (2018)
   Bundesliga 2017/18 (2017)

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   Dubov vs A Esipenko (Jul-24-21) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Dubov vs A Esipenko (Jul-24-21) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   A Esipenko vs Dubov (Jul-24-21) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Dubov vs A Esipenko (Jul-23-21) 1/2-1/2

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(born Apr-18-1996, 25 years old) Russia
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Daniil Dubov became an FM in 2008, an IM in 2010 and a GM on 28 March 2011, aged 14 years 11 months and 14 days. GM Dubov is a rising young Russian star who has played with great consistency since he commenced playing competition. He was previously coached by GM Sergey Dolmatov. His current coach is GM Sergei Yuryevich Shipov (1), who described Dubov’s style as being akin to that of Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian. (2)


Dubov has an impressive array of age-based competition results under his belt, frequently fighting above his “weight” in a manner reminiscent of Teimour Radjabov. Starting with 3rd place at the U10 Championship of Russia in 2006 and =2nd in the European U10 championship 2006, he came =3rd at the Moscow U16 Open in 2006, 2nd at the Moscow U16 in 2007, =4th in the Moscow U18 Championship, was runner-up on count back in the U12 European Championship in 2008 behind co-leader, the recently retired Kiprian Berbatov, and runner up at the U16 Russian Championship of 2009.

At the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), he scored 6/11 against 9 GMs and an IM to gain his 3rd GM norm (details of other norms below) and in the following year, he stunned the field to come =1st (2nd on tiebreak) in the Russian Chess Championship Higher League (2012) with 7.5/11 to qualify for the Russian Superfinals (2012) in which, at his first attempt, he scored a highly creditable 4/9 (-1 =8), only a point behind the six co-leaders in a low scoring contest; it also pushed his live rating to above 2600 for the first time. He scored 7.5/11, half a point from the lead, in the European Individual Championship (2013) placing =11th and qualifying for the World Cup (2013) where he defeated Sergey Fedorchuk in the first round by 2-0 and in one of the shocks of the World Cup, eliminated former FIDE World Champion and Ukrainian GM Ruslan Ponomariov in the Armageddon blitz tiebreaker in the second round. However, he was eliminated when he lost to Ukrainian GM Anton Korobov in the third round. He competed in the European Individual Championship (2014), and while he scored a reasonably solid 6.5/11, it was insufficient for a place or for qualification into the World Cup of 2015.

In July 2015, Dubov finished 5th on tiebreak at the Russian Higher League Championship and thereby qualified to compete in the Russian Superfinal in August 2015.


At the age of ten, Dubov played in the Moscow Team Championships of 2006, recording his first win against an international master, Aleksei Kireev. He competed at the Aeroflot Tournament in the C Division in 2007, scoring 6/9. He scored 5/9 at the Moscow Summer Open 2007. In 2008, Dubov came 2nd with 8/11 in the Black Sea Coast Trophy International Open at the Eforie Nord and =3rd at the David Bronstein Memorial 2008 Open. His 5/9 at the 2009 Aeroflot Open A2 while still 12 years old won him his 1st IM norm. His second IM norm followed when he won the 7th Vanya Somov Memorial World’s Youth Stars competition ahead of a galaxy of talented young stars including GM Aleksandr Shimanov. He bagged his 3rd IM norm the same year when he scored 5/9 in the World Chess Tour - 4th GM Tournament when he secured a draw against former Champion of Azerbaijan, GM Rufat Bagirov , in the last round, also registering his first win against a GM - Rashid Agiliaevich Ziatdinov. After coming =4th in the Moscow Championship of 2010 with 7/9, he scored 6/9 against a powerful field in the 14th Voronezh 2010 Masters, with an even score against 6 GMs (+1 -1 =4) and defeating the rest of his opponents to win his 1st GM norm. His 6/9 at the 2nd International Chess Tournament of Rethymno in Greece was followed by 5/9 against 9 GMs in the 2011 Aeroflot Open 5/9 rated between 2621 and 2689, a feat which earned him his 2nd GM norm. His 3rd GM norm came with the abovementioned positive 6/11 result in the European Individual Championship of 2011 against opponents that included nine grandmasters, all rated over 2600.

Dubov started 2012 by scoring 6.5/9 at the Moscow Open, placing =4th, and soon after scored 4.5/9 at the Aeroflot Open (2012). He followed up with some excellent results in the 2012 Moscow Championship where he came 2nd with 7/9 (including a win over the tournament leader former U18 World Champion Ivan Popov). In January 2013, he placed outright 5th at the Tata Steel Group B (2013) with 7.5/13. In February 2014, he scored a solid 6/9 at the Bronstein Memorial (2014) and in November-December 2014, a more or less rating neutral 4.5/9 at the powerful Qatar Masters (2014). He finished 2014 with 2/4 in the Nutcracker Match of the Generations (2014) and 3/8 at the Nutcracker rapid, both results again being close to the rating-neutral.

2015 saw him take =1st alongside Ian Nepomniachtchi at the Aeroflot Open (2015), scoring 7/9 and placing 2nd on tiebreak (wins with Black).

Team events

In 2009, Dubov won a bronze medal playing board 2 for the gold medal winning Russian team at the 8th World U16 Olympiad in Akhisar in Turkey and in the 2011 edition of this event held in Kocaeli (also in Turkey), won a bronze on the top board with his team again taking gold. (3) In the Russian Premier League of 2012, Dubov won bronze playing board 3 for Navigator Moscow, which placed 8th - he played 7 games for a +3 =3 -1 result, stacking up a TPR of 2683. In addition, he scored 4.5/7 for his team ShSM RGSU in the Russian Team Championship (2012) (aka the Russian Premier League), including a victory over Cuban super-GM Leinier Dominguez Perez. (4) In the 2014 season of the Russian Premier League, he won team silver and in 2015 individual bronze. (4a) In the 2013-14 Bundesliga, Dubov playing board 3 for SK Turm Emsdetten, which ended up placing 8th out of 16 teams. (5)

In 2014, he played for the Ankara Demirspor club in the Turkish Super League, helping his team to 7th place out of 13 teams, leading from top board with a strong 7/12. He also played board 6 with the powerful Russian team ShSM RGSU in the European Club Cup (2014), placing a respectable 4th for his board and assisting his team to =4th (6th on tiebreak). In the 2014-15 Bundesliga, Dubov is playing board 2 for SK Turm Emsdetten.

Rapid and Blitz

An expert blitz player at an early age, Dubov won the U10 rapid chess championship of Russia in 2005, was runner-up in the same event in 2006, second in the European U10 rapid chess championship of 2006, second in the European U12 rapid chess championship in 2008 and champion of Moscow at the U18 lightning tournament in 2008. He also won the 2011 Moscow Rapid. His campaign in the rejigged Aeroflot Rapid Open (2013) was auspicious, scoring 6.5/9 in the main rapid, albeit losing the playoff for a place in the final to Abhijeet Gupta, while scoring 12.5/18 (=12th) in the blitz event picking up 70 blitz points. His best effort so far came in June 2013 when he placed 7th in the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2013) where he scored 18/30. He placed 2nd at the Norges Rafisklag Blitz 2013 behind Anish Giri and scored 8.5/11 in the European Rapid Championship held in Poland in December 2013. Soon afterwards he scored an excellent 16.5/22 at the European Blitz Championship, placing =4th behind Anton Korobov, Vladislav Ivanovich Tkachiev and Bartosz Socko.

In May 2014, he contested the Russian rapid championship, scoring a par-for-rating 5/9, a point and a half behind the winner, Pavel Maletin. His 8/15 at the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2014) was enough to stack on another 27 points to his rapid rating while his 12/21 at the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2014) was below expectation. 10/19 at the Moscow Championship Final A Blitz was also below expectation, causing him to shed 30 blitz rating points.


In December 2013, Dubov played a best-of-six match, the Battle of the Generations (2013), against former World Champion Challenger Alexey Shirov in Moscow and lost by 1-5 (=2 -4).

Ratings and rankings

Dubov’s highest rating to date(May 20, 2018) was 2701 in March 2018. He entered the top 100 for the first time in May 2015 when he was rated 2659.

Sources and references

(1) Interview by Ipatov with Dubov held in December 2011: (2) Shipov: "Daniil was initially a very solid, positional player in Petrosian’s style, but our common goal is to develop him into a truly universal player.":; (3); (4); (4a); (5)

Wikipedia article: Daniil Dubov

Last updated: 2018-05-20 20:28:21

 page 1 of 45; games 1-25 of 1,101  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Dubov vs Nyzhnyk 0-1442006EU-ch U10B01 Scandinavian
2. Nyzhnyk vs Dubov  1-047200717th EU-ch U12 BoysB40 Sicilian
3. Dubov vs O Gorbanovsky  1-0462008EU-ch U12 18thC53 Giuoco Piano
4. L Kessler vs Dubov  0-1372008EU-ch U12 18thD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
5. Dubov vs M Bryakin  1-0542008EU-ch U12 18thB12 Caro-Kann Defense
6. A Boruchovsky vs Dubov  0-1452008EU-ch U12 18thB22 Sicilian, Alapin
7. Santos Latasa vs Dubov  0-1352008EU-ch U12 18thD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. K Tomsia vs Dubov  ½-½312008EU-ch U12 18thD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Dubov vs O Bortnyk  0-1342008EU-ch U12 18thB22 Sicilian, Alapin
10. A Ljubivyi vs Dubov  ½-½402010Chigorin Mem Classic OpenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Dubov vs A Abramichev  1-0372010Chigorin Mem Classic OpenE97 King's Indian
12. Zvjaginsev vs Dubov  1-0592010Chigorin Mem Classic OpenB53 Sicilian
13. Dubov vs E Bronnikova 1-0262010Chigorin Mem Classic OpenA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
14. A Hadzimanolis vs Dubov  ½-½272010Chigorin Mem Classic OpenA06 Reti Opening
15. Dubov vs V Kovalev  ½-½162010Chigorin Mem Classic OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
16. Z Sichinava vs Dubov  0-1342010Chigorin Mem Classic OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Dubov vs Epishin  ½-½182010Chigorin Mem Classic OpenE12 Queen's Indian
18. V Popov vs Dubov  1-0392010Chigorin Mem Classic OpenA30 English, Symmetrical
19. Dubov vs M Krylov ½-½392010Moscow TeamsA40 Queen's Pawn Game
20. B Grachev vs Dubov  1-0632010Moscow TeamsA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
21. Dubov vs G Morozov  1-0322010Moscow TeamsD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Dubov vs A Krapivin  1-0482010Moscow TeamsD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. V Baikov vs Dubov  ½-½572010Moscow TeamsD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Dubov vs A V Kharitonov  ½-½252010Moscow TeamsE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
25. V Gagarin vs Dubov  ½-½302010Moscow TeamsD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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Dec-29-18  rogge: Congrats, Champ! I'm really impressed with Dubov, both as a player and as a very stand-up guy. Not afraid to criticise Putin and the annexation of Crimea, for instance.

Dec-29-18  paavoh: Wonderful performance at the Rapid World Championship - #1 without a single loss! Congratulations!
Dec-29-18  SugarDom: I can't believe a player who I never heard before can edge out the stars.

Chess is truly universal nowadays.

Dec-29-18  ChessHigherCat: <rogge: Congrats, Champ! I'm really impressed with Dubov, both as a player and as a very stand-up guy. Not afraid to criticise Putin and the annexation of Crimea, for instance.>

I agree entirely but I just wanted to add a warning about GoogleTranslate (although it's still probably the best translation program):

2nd sentence of 2nd paragraph, on rapids:

<Если ты всё сделаешь подчёркнуто по-идиотски, то, скорей всего, твоя стратегия достигнет своей цели и ты сыграешь плохо.>

Google translation: . <If you do everything stupidly stressed, then, most likely, your strategy will reach its goal and you will play poorly.>

Which no doubt left more than one reader scratching his head.

Human translation: "If you play completely off-the-wall, your strategy will probably work even if you play poorly"

The problem with the latter half of the sentence is is that "и" can mean either "and" or "even", and even the best translation program is incapable of exercising the slightest common sense to choose which alternative is appropriate in context.

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  beatgiant: <ChessHigherCat> I'm admittedly not a native speaker of Russian, but to me, it did seem to be saying something more like, "If you aim for stupidity, you will soon get there."

I wonder how a native speaker (or <al wazir>, who may or may not be a professional-level translator) would interpret it. Or if you are a native-level speaker yourself, I'll consider myself schooled.

Feb-19-19  ChessHigherCat: Your interpretation is possible but then "strategy" would have to be so ironic it's meaningless because nobody plays poorly as part of a strategy. My interpretation is based on the idea that if you try to bluff someone out with bad moves it may well work (because they don't have to time to analyze it thoroughly and will think you are using prep).

As to my Russian, I got an A+ at level 8 out of 9 i(graduate level) in the Slavic Workshop, which used to be most prestigious academic training program, and I spent a couple years in Russia, but I freely admit I'm not at a native level when it comes to interpreting irony and colloquial speech (I've translated Russian financial reports, but it's hardly the same thing).

<nok> would probably be best.

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  beatgiant: This is the perfect setup for a Bill Clinton joke:

It depends on what the meaning of the word "и" is.

Feb-20-19  ChessHigherCat: : I suppose your point is that the meaning is really clear and I'm trying to obfuscate it, but the context is that Dubov is explaining what's special about rapid chess. Your interpretation is just a general maxim that applies equally well to any kind of chess or to anything else, for that matter: "If you aim for stupidity, you will soon get there." Whereas my translation explains what's special about rapid chess: "If you play completely off-the-wall, your strategy will probably work even if you play poorly"

In other words, in rapid chess, the strategy [of getting your opponent out of the book moves by playing of the wall] will probably work even if you don't make the best moves, because the opponent will either waste too much time finding a response or else be bluffed by the threat that you might have prepared a trap. All the more so, since the chances are good that Dubov can outcalculate his opponent under tight time constraints.

Why doesn't that apply equally well to classical chess? Because the opponent would have time to refute a wild, sub-standard move, so that "off-the-wall strategy" wouldn't work.

That's the sort of nuanced, subtle explanation that enrages (and no doubt goes straight over the head) of self-proclaimed logic experts like <JBC>, and since you're into math, too, you might react the same way. My father was a real physicist (Manhattan Project style) and mathematician and he had an excellent imagination + and grasp of the non-binary, so maybe my attempt is not completely lost here.

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  beatgiant: <ChessHigherCat> <I suppose your point is that the meaning is really clear and I'm trying to obfuscate it, but the context is that Dubov is explaining what's special about rapid chess.>

I was just trying to make a joke. I'm totally open to the possibility that your translation is right. You certainly have more qualifications to translate it than I do.

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  thegoodanarchist: On Riga Grand Prix website it is reported that

<Daniil Dubov, who is famous for his win in the Rapid Championship and a praise from Magnus Carlesn (the Champion said that he has two heros, Alpha Zero and Dubov) is giving its second try to preveail in the event.>

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  Messiah: Doobie
May-25-20  Everett: Doing well at the Abbey Rapids currently
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  yiotta: Dubov wins in Armagedon with White!
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  dernier loup de T: A little surprised, I have to admit it, by the brilliant final victory of Dubov even against such a strong GM like Nakamura, in Lindores Abbey 2020: Nakamura indeed seemed to be in perfect shape, and VERY well prepared, for this tournament. Even his victory against Carlsen was in fact a defeat. It seems Dubov is really a possible future challenger for Magnus Carlsen, even he reached such an enormous high level relatively late considering his age, if I did not miss some result of a major competition; I juste read a comment of M.Jozarov on his chess channel about him, and I agree completely.
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  0ZeR0: In one of the post-game interviews with Nakamura on the official chess24 stream during his match with Dubov, he compared Dubov's style and strength to Alexander Morozevich. A fitting compliment indeed.
Jul-08-20  MrMelad: Very interesting interview with Dubov on chess24.

He seems very modest, honest and realistic. Says a lot of nice things about Carlsen and also about Kasparov.

My favourite part of the interview was that he said he regards Paul Morphy as an all time top 3 in chess talent. I’m no GM but I certainly agree with that statement :)

Fun interview to read. Depicts clearly how it’s like to be a top 40 young player.

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  MissScarlett: <Says a lot of nice things about Carlsen and also about Kasparov. >

Thinks Giri is a pampered goldfish.

Jul-09-20  MrMelad: Hehehe yes. I think he simply considers himself the favourite against Giri regardless of their rating position.

But Giri is no spoiled sea swimmer..

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  Messiah: He capitalized today on Justin's sudden blackout in an equal endgame! Very well done!
Dec-30-20  Ifanivan: He knocked magnus
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  Messiah: Dubov should retire.
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  Messiah: Doobie! Doobie!

I hope he'll be the World Champion (or Maxime).

Apr-15-21  coxscorner: Says in the bio that his chess coach describes his style like that of Tigran Petrosian, perhaps when he was younger, but in the last 2 years his play has become much more enterprising and aggressive. I don't think he plays anything like Petrosian. Any thoughts on this?
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  Ron: <coxscorner: Says in the bio that his chess coach describes his style like that of Tigran Petrosian, perhaps when he was younger, but in the last 2 years his play has become much more enterprising and aggressive. I don't think he plays anything like Petrosian. Any thoughts on this?>

Well, in his recent game against Simon Williams, I think that Dubov plays like Tal. This game, which is not in the chessgames database yet, is analyzed in this video:

May-23-21  macer75: <coxscorner: Says in the bio that his chess coach describes his style like that of Tigran Petrosian, perhaps when he was younger, but in the last 2 years his play has become much more enterprising and aggressive. I don't think he plays anything like Petrosian. Any thoughts on this?>

His coach is trying to mislead his opponents.

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