The Grandmaster Activist


Mikhail Golubev interview

‘Another twenty years of Ilyumzhinov’ – Mikhail Golubev talks to Sarah Hurst


Mikhail Golubev became a grandmaster in 1996, the year he won the Ukrainian Championship.  He has won or shared first prize in 17 international tournaments and has assisted former world champions Anatoly Karpov and Ruslan Ponomariov.

In the early 2000s he decided to become less active as a player and to concentrate on journalism. He contributes to the excellent daily Chess Today and has written three chess books: Easy Guide to the Dragon (1999), The Sicilian Sozin (2001), Understanding the King’s Indian (2006).

Golubev took part in the Orange Revolution of 2004, blogged on politics and became a local political activist in 2013. An ardent campaigner against Russia’s intervention in Ukraine which has destabilised his home city of Odessa, he deplores his government’s decision to do business with President Putin’s stooge Kirsan Ilyumzhinov by hosting the forthcoming World Women’s Chess Championship in Lviv.

See also Grandmaster Protests in Song.


Test Yourself!


 Golubev v Manotvani

Golubev – Mantovani
Biel 1992

White to play



Bogdanovski – Golubev
Skopje 1991

Black to play



Templier – Golubev
Paris 2004

Black to play



Golubev – Ponomariov
Kramatorsk 1996

White to play


Visit Mikhail’s website


Watch Mikhail analyse Golubev-Mantovani


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