Recalling Deep Blue

Recalling Deep Blue

GM Mikhail_Golubev
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1 hr ago

Aside from having played chess professionally for some 15 years, and my involvement in other forms of chess activities, one thing I always liked doing is annotating chess games. I started contributing to Informator and New in Chess in the 1980s,...

Titled Tuesday: Sharp Openings

Titled Tuesday: Sharp Openings

GM Mikhail_Golubev
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7 days ago

As it already was in January, two Titled Tuesday blitz tournaments were organised on February, 4.Results can be found here: https://www.chess.com/article/view/titled-tuesday-what-you-need-to-know Mediocre performances for me, in both events - an...

Anna Muzychuk's Great Gibraltar Game

Anna Muzychuk's Great Gibraltar Game

GM Mikhail_Golubev
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14 days ago

Below I'll provide rather a serious analysis of Anna Muzychuk's brilliant win from the final round of the Gibraltar tournament. But first, two quotes about the game: Anna Muzychuk, 31 Jan 2020: Shared 3rd women's place at Gibraltar Masters. ...

The Tata Steel Fortress

The Tata Steel Fortress

GM Mikhail_Golubev
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Jan 21, 2020

The ending in the game V.Kovalev-J.Van Foreest from Round 9 of the Wiik aan Zee Tata Steel tournament is similar to Golubev-Minasian, USSR U-18 Championship 1985, with the important (I think!) difference that my opponent didn't manage to place his...

Odessa Christmas Blitz: The Veteran Wins

Odessa Christmas Blitz: The Veteran Wins

GM Mikhail_Golubev
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Jan 15, 2020

Somehow, despite being ranked only 7th (by blitz rating), I managed to win the Odessa Christmas Blitz tournament, which took place on 12 January 2020: GM Golubev - 8 out of 9; GM E.Mirzoev and IM Molchanov - 7; FM Yurovskykh, GM Legky (FRA), ...

Two Titled Tuesdays

Two Titled Tuesdays

GM Mikhail_Golubev
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Jan 8, 2020

On January 7 not one but two @chesscom Titled Tuesday blitz tournaments were organised, at 9am PST and 1pm PST. I played in both: as usual, with the average results, 6/9 and 4.5/9, respectively. Two games, shown below, were better for me than mo...

Unbelievable chess tactics!

Unbelievable chess tactics!

GM Mikhail_Golubev
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Jan 3, 2020

This position is from the recent game of GM Michael Prusikin, published by him on Facebook several days ago. Black to play and win. It can be extremely hard to find a solution.

The Relief

The Relief

GM Mikhail_Golubev
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Dec 30, 2019

Yesterday on December 29th, 2019 we had an 11 round 1+1 bullet at Chess.com - Ukrainian. In Round 5 I failed to find a simple 22.Ne7+, 23.Rh4 vs the future winner of the tournament: So, I decided that I'm a completely finished moron &am...

Ukrainian team coach GM Sulypa: pro and contra

Ukrainian team coach GM Sulypa: pro and contra

GM Mikhail_Golubev
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Dec 25, 2019

The top Ukrainian grandmasters, in the light of the ongoing scandalRed: Signed an open letter against the coach Sulypa.Blue: Supposedly supported Sulypa and the federation.Brown: A Fake GM who never played like a GM.Green: Retired from classical...

Ukrainian Championships

Ukrainian Championships

GM Mikhail_Golubev
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Dec 21, 2019

The 2019 Ukrainian Championships took place in Lutsk from 10-19 December. I'm very glad that in both Open and Women's tournaments representatives of the Odessa region became the winners: GM Evgeny Shtembuliak and GM Natalia Zhukova, respectively...

Advokatska Tura 2019

Advokatska Tura 2019

GM Mikhail_Golubev
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Dec 15, 2019

On Saturday 14th Dec I acted as arbiter at the 5th Odessa lawyers chess tournament Advokatska Tura. The position is from the 8th round game Boyko-Avramov: White to play and win.More about the tournament

Velimirovic Attack: Still Dangerous!

Velimirovic Attack: Still Dangerous!

GM Mikhail_Golubev
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Dec 13, 2019

After the recent loss of another Dutch grandmaster in an old variation of the Velimirovic Attack (without showing anything really new), I decided to look at the key position after 15.f4!. So, let's go ahead:

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