The first GM Bogdanovich Memorial

The first GM Bogdanovich Memorial

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| 16 days ago

The Stanislav Bogdanovich Online Memorial was quite a strong online blitz tournament with prizes. On 13th February 2021, winners of three qualifiers and invited players (134 participants overall) competed in a 14 round Swiss with a time control 4+...

Unanalysed #8. Titled Tuesdays

Unanalysed #8. Titled Tuesdays

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| 25 days ago

Lately there was not much remarkable stuff in my internet blitz games. In the following fragment my opponent missed a very strong option: Eventually I lost that game on time, nevertheless. Below are several more successful games of mine f...

The Art of Dragon?

The Art of Dragon?

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| Jan 30, 2021

The late Grandmaster Lubos Kavalek once in 2008 called me "the Dragon artist" in an email.Indeed, I thanked him heartily. Nowadays, the main chess artists are engines, surely. The last time I "felt artistic" with the Dragon was perhaps while p...

Proud of my most remote student!

Proud of my most remote student!

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| Dec 20, 2020

My online chess student from New Zealand, Alexandre, played very successfully in his most recent tournaments! An article on that, "Nelson Weekly": https://nelsonweekly.co.nz/2020/12/chess-champion-sets-sights-on-grandmaster-title/ The 15-year-...

The Autumn Chess Positions

The Autumn Chess Positions

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| Dec 5, 2020

This position is from analysing a game with a student. White to play and win! ...The ending from my November 10th 2020 Titled Tuesday blitz game vs GM Shipov was drawn. But, as I found out later, after Black wrongly transferred his king from...

A strange Fischer Attack in The Queen's Gambit

A strange Fischer Attack in The Queen's Gambit

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| Nov 19, 2020

Bobby Fischer apparently didn't exist in the alternative reality of "The Queen's Gambit" series. But the Fischer Attack versus the Sicilian Najdorf, 6.Bf1-c4 (or 6.BQB4 if you like) was played by the heroine. So I decided to take a closer look at ...

Unanalysed #7. What a move!

Unanalysed #7. What a move!

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| Oct 8, 2020

Black to play. Why White's last move Nd3-c5 was a big mistake? This position occurred in one of my recent blitz games, selected for this blog. Black didn't find a correct move in the game, and made a big blunder instead. But you know that ...

Unanalysed #6

Unanalysed #6

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| Sep 11, 2020

My unannotated (well, almost), carefully selected Internet blitz games from August - early September. 10 games this time. Hikaru Nakamura after making a draw against me in Titled Tuesday ... Sorry @Hikaru, it was a bad game.In the Ukraine ...

Chess-players support Belarusian protests

Chess-players support Belarusian protests

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| Aug 23, 2020

These days, a lot of chess-players openly support the massive Belarusian protests: the head of the Belarusian Chess Federation Anastasia Sorokina, the country's top grandmaster Sergei Zhigalko, the 13th world champion Garry Kasparov, the gran...

Odessa chess championship: games

Odessa chess championship: games

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| Aug 5, 2020

Games of the Odessa Region open championship Supefinal are provided by the chief arbiter, Valentin Bogdanov. Note that, as it was in 2018 and 2019, grandmaster Nikolay Legky played in a tournament on a condition that his games will not be publis...

Unanalysed #5

Unanalysed #5

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| Jul 31, 2020

The following position emerged in my training game vs my student on 20th July 2020 (International Chess Day, and also, officially, Chess Day in Ukraine). ...Otherwise, not too many interesting/decent games were played by me in July. Below i...

Chess Quiz: You never seen this before

Chess Quiz: You never seen this before

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| Jun 27, 2020

Normally I prefer to analyse my students' games (long time control or rapid) against other players, rather than playing against them myself. But with everyone on the planet playing mainly online blitz or bullet these days, I have to play agai...

Efim Kogan Memorial Blitz in Odessa

Efim Kogan Memorial Blitz in Odessa

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| Jun 23, 2020

The blitz (3+2) tournament, devoted the 100th anniversary since the birth of the Honoured Coach Efim Kogan (1920-1973) was organised by Bank Vostok and the Odessa Region Chess Federation in the Museum of Modern Art in Odessa, Ukraine. The tourname...

Gloria Mundi

Gloria Mundi

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| Jun 11, 2020

From the @chesscom show "Today's Grandmaster with Coach Daniel" by Daniel Greiner @kingsbischop 5/30 2019http://twitch.tv/kingsbischophttps://www.chess.com/tv/shows/todays-grandmaster-with-coach-danielI never imagined that my games can be analysed...

Unanalysed #3

Unanalysed #3

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| May 29, 2020

I played quite many blitz games in May, and some of them may even deserve to be shown. Meanwhile, on May 29-30 I will take part in the European online chess championship (rapid, qualifications). Regulations: https://www.europechess.org/eu...

Ukrainian LCWL victory: coverage

Ukrainian LCWL victory: coverage

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| May 24, 2020

On 17th May 2020 Team Ukraine confidently defeated Team Russia in the decisive match of the @chesscom's Live Chess World League: 808-396 in the 1+1 Bullet (602 boards), 942-506 in the 5+2 Blitz (724 boards) and 650,5-493,5 in the 10+2 Rapid (572 b...

My First Pupils

My First Pupils

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| May 5, 2020

My first experiences as a chess coach, trainer and assistant were in the mid to late 1990s. In 1995 I had a training session in the Luhansk Oblast with the talented Cherednichenko sisters, and a little bit later I was a coach at a training sessi...

Unanalysed #2

Unanalysed #2

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| Apr 28, 2020

On April 26th I played for a bit longer than one hour on @chesscom in honour of my friend and former Chess Today colleague Graham Brown who turned 60 on that day! Graham prefers the offbeat openings (1.h3, in particular) and I used them in all gam...

1.h2-h3! The Right Move

1.h2-h3! The Right Move

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| Apr 24, 2020

On Sunday, April 26th 2020 from 2 pm to 3 pm UK time I will play for one hour on @chesscom (chess.com/live), mainly against random opponents, for Graham Brown, who turns 60 on that day! Graham was for many years my colleague at Chess T...