Daniil Dubov

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Daniil Dubov
Daniil Dubov Satka 2018.jpg
Dubov in 2018
Full nameDaniil Dmitrievich Dubov
Born (1996-04-18) 18 April 1996 (age 24)
Moscow, Russia
TitleGrandmaster (2011)
FIDE rating2699 (August 2020)
Peak rating2709 (September 2018)

Daniil Dmitrievich Dubov (Russian: Даниил Дмитриевич Дубов; born 18 April 1996) is a Russian chess grandmaster. He achieved his final norm for the Grandmaster title at the age of 14 years, 11 months, 14 days in 2011.[1] He is the previous world rapid champion, winning the World Rapid Chess Championship held in Saint Petersburg from 26 to 28 December 2018.

Chess career[edit]


Dubov won two medals at the European Youth Chess Championships: a bronze in 2006, in the U-10 division, and a silver in 2008, in the U-12.


In 2009 he won the Young Stars of the World - Vanya Somov Memorial in Kirishi.[2] In the same year he played for the Russian team that won the gold medal in the World Youth Under-16 Chess Olympiad. Dubov also won the individual bronze medal on board two.

He won the Russian U16 rapid and blitz championships of 2009.[3]


Dubov played again in the World Youth Under-16 Chess Olympiad and won the team gold and the individual bronze on board one.[4] Dubov won the Moscow Rapid Chess Championship of 2011.[3]


Dubov shared first place with Dmitry Andreikin and Nikita Vitiugov in the Russian Championship Higher League and qualified for the Superfinal of the Russian championship.[5] In the latter he scored 4/9 points.[6]


In January, Dubov took part in the Tata Steel B tournament in Wijk aan Zee, where he scored 7½/13 points (+4-2=7) finishing fifth out of fourteen participants.[7] At the Chess World Cup 2013 he reached the third round and was eliminated by Anton Korobov, after knocking out Sergey Fedorchuk and former FIDE World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov.

In December, he played a friendly six-game match with Alexei Shirov called "Battle of Generations", which was won by the latter.[8]


In April 2015, he tied for first with Ian Nepomniachtchi in the Aeroflot Open, placing second on tiebreak.[9]


Dubov won the bronze medal at the World Blitz Chess Championship 2016 in Doha.[10][11][12]


He won the Russian Higher League in July 2017 in Sochi, edging out Sanan Sjugirov on tiebreak.[13]

In the Russian Superfinal, which took place in St. Petersburg in December, Dubov shared 3rd-4th places with Vladimir Fedoseev, taking the bronze medal on tiebreak.[14]


Dubov served as one of Magnus Carlsen's seconds for the World Chess Championship 2018.[15]

In December, Dubov won the World Rapid Chess Championship ahead of Carlsen, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Hikaru Nakamura.


Dubov was selected as the Organizer's Nominee for the FIDE Grand Prix 2019, a stage in qualification for the World Chess Championship 2020. Dubov was enrolled in the Moscow event, the first of four tournaments for the 2019 Grand Prix cycle. The Moscow tournament was a 16-player event, with Dubov being the lowest ranked participant. After an upset victory[16] over the highest ranked player, Anish Giri, Dubov was eliminated[17] from the Moscow Grand Prix tournament in the quarter-finals by American grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura.

In November, Dubov also competed in the FIDE Grand Prix event in Hamburg. Once again he was the lowest seeded player in the tournament, but after upset wins over Teimour Radjabov and Peter Svidler, he was in the semifinals facing Jan-Krzysztof Duda. The two matches in classical time format were drawn and the match proceeded to tie-breakers. Dubov won the first rapid game (25+10) and needed only a draw to advance to the finals. He then lost what seemed to be a completely drawn endgame in the second match[18] to send the match to a second set of tie breakers (10+10). After drawing with the white pieces, Dubov was finally eliminated by Duda.[19]


Dubov won the Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge on June 3rd, beating Ding Liren in semi-finals and Hikaru Nakamura in the final after the match went to "Armageddon" time control.[20]

Notable Games[edit]

  • Dubov, D. vs Svane, R. Batumi, Georgia. 2019. 22nd European Team Championship, rd 7.

Dubov finds a brilliant mate in 13 and has black's king walk the board until it gets mated on a3. [21]

Personal life[edit]

Daniil learned chess at the age of 6.[22] Daniil Dubov's grandfather was Eduard Dubov (1938–2018),[23] an international arbiter of chess and a mathematician.[24]


  1. ^ Satrapa, James (2011-08-07). "Daniil Dubov, grandmaster at fourteen". ChessBase. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  2. ^ Crowther, Mark (2009-05-25). "TWIC 759: Young Stars of the World". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b Ipatov, Alexander (2011-12-04). "Interview with GM Daniil Dubov". Chessdom. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  4. ^ Bartelski, Wojciech. Daniil Dubov - World Youth U16 Chess Olympiads OlimpBase
  5. ^ Doggers, Peter (2012-06-27). "Dubov dominates Russian Ch Higher League, shares win with Andreikin & Vitiugov". ChessVibes. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  6. ^ Crowther, Mark (2012-08-13). "65th Russian Chess Championships 2012". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Standings of grandmaster group B". Tata Steel Chess. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  8. ^ Silver, Albert (2013-12-10). "Battle of Generations: Shirov wins 5-1". ChessBase. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  9. ^ Ramirez, Alejandro (2015-04-07). "Aeroflot Final: Nepo victorious". ChessBase. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  10. ^ Fischer, Johannes (2016-12-30). "Sergey Karjakin is World Blitz Champion 2016". Chess News. ChessBase. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
  11. ^ "Karjakin wins FIDE World Blitz Championship, double gold for Anna Muzychuk". Chessdom. 2016-12-31. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
  12. ^ McGourty, Colin (2016-12-31). "Doha Blitz, Day 2: Karjakin ends 2016 as champ". chess24.com. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
  13. ^ "The Week in Chess 1184". theweekinchess.com. Retrieved 2017-08-11.
  14. ^ "Peter Svidler and Aleksandra Goryachkina are 2017 Russian Champions". Chessdom. 2017-12-15. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  15. ^ "Даниил Дубов: "Чемпионат в Саудовской Аравии - позор, за Крым - стыдно, а в России всё-таки шахматные традиции"" [Daniil Dubov: "The championship in Saudi Arabia is a shame, it’s a shame for the Crimea, but chess traditions in Russia still exist"]. chess-news.ru (in Russian). 2018-12-29. Retrieved 2019-09-13.
  16. ^ Doggers, Peter (18 May 2019). "Top GMs Exit Early After Bloody FIDE Grand Prix Day 2". Chess.com.
  17. ^ Doggers, Peter (23 May 2019). "Grischuk, Nepomniachtchi, Nakamura Advance In FIDE Grand Prix". Chess.com.
  18. ^ "Daniil Dubov vs Jan-Krzysztof Duda".
  19. ^ "Jan-Krzysztof Duda vs Daniil Dubov".
  20. ^ "Dubov wins the Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge". Chess24. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  21. ^ "Dubov, Daniil vs. Svane, Rasmus | 22nd European Team Championship 2019". chess24.com. Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  22. ^ "Daniil Dubov: From Russia with Ideas". chess24.com. 2020-05-19. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  23. ^ "Умер Эдуард Дубов" [Eduard Dubov dies]. chess-news.ru (in Russian). 2018-12-24. Retrieved 2018-12-26.
  24. ^ "Uncompromising Match: Shirov vs. Dubov". chess-news.ru. 2013-12-02. Retrieved 9 October 2015.

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