“At least we were able to show him who’s the boss here.” – Daniil Dubov
After watching one game of Dubov, I was hooked. I’ve never seen such positions on the board that were so complicated and imaginative. I then binge-watched him play game after game. The man is a genius. With that being said, welcome to the Chess player profile of Daniil Dubov.
Full Name: Daniil Dmitrievich Dubov
Born: April 18, 1996
Place of birth: Moscow, Russia
World Ranking: #27
Classical (Std): 2711
Dubov became a Chess Grandmaster chess player at the young age of 13. He’s now known as a Super Grandmaster with a whopping 2711 classical FIDE rating. For more information on FIDE and ratings, see the step-by-step guide on how to get a FIDE rating. This makes him on the select few gifted ones on the list of Super Grandmasters.
Daniil Dmitrievich Dubov is a Russian grandmaster who was born on April 18, 1996. He accomplished his last standard for the Grandmaster title at 14 years old in 2011. He was previously known as the world rapid champion. He won the World Rapid Chess Championship in Saint Petersburg last December 26-28, 2018.
Dubov started his chess class at six, which is considered late according to the modern standards since young chess players have a rating as soon as they reach the age of five. He enlisted in the class because his family had a chess custom. His granddad was a prestigious chess referee, his dad started preparing in his childhood and turned into a competitor. At a family gathering, his granddad and grandma concluded that he should concentrate on mathematics. He then loved chess and played blitz on the internet once in a while.
He completed tied in the 2015 Aeroflot Open for the lead position. He won the third spot at the 2016 World Blitz Championship where he started to break onto the worldwide chess scene. He became a part of the seconds of World Champion Magnus Carlsen for the 2018 World Championship game and won the 2018 Abu Dhabi Masters competition.
At ten years old, Dubov started playing in the Moscow Team Championships of 2006, where he recorded his first success against Aleksei Kireev, a known worldwide expert. He also played at the Aeroflot Tournament 2007 in the C Division, with a score of 6/9.
At Moscow Summer Open 2007, he scored 5/9. In 2008, Dubov won second with 8/11 at the Eforie Nord in the Black Sea Coast in Trophy International Open and third at the David Bronstein Memorial 2008 Open. He won his first IM standard at the 2009 Aeroflot Open A2 while still 12 years of age.
Also in 2009, Dubov finished second in the U-16 segment of the Russian Championship. Aside from that, he won the 2009 U-16 Russian Blitz and Rapid Championships. Dubov had a solid appearance at the 2011 European Individual Championship, scoring 6/11 and getting his last grandmaster standard. He got his grandmaster title before his fifteenth birthday celebration.
Dubov had an incredible presentation in the 2012 Russian Championship Higher League, sharing the first place with other Grandmasters Dmitry Andreikin and Nikita Vitiugov having a score of 7.5/11e. He became ahead of 46 Russian grandmasters as well, which includes Vladislav Artemiev, Sanan Sjugirov, Dmitry Jakovenko, Alexander Khalifman, and Ian Nepomniachtchi.
Dubov’s outcomes at the Russian Championship Higher League competition made him enter the 2012 Russian Championship Superfinal where he scored eight draws and one loss. He finished a point behind the other grandmasters Vladimir Potkin, Jakovenko, Andreikin, Peter Svidler, Sergey Karjakin, and Evgeny Alekseev. He also finished with a half-point behind Alexander Grischuk. Even after his loss, Dubov’s classical rating came to 2600+, interestingly.
The year 2016 was one more solid one for Dubov, as he scored 7.5/11 at the European Individual Championship. In this event, he tied for the 6th spot with GMs Vitiugov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, and the others. He completed the year with his best accomplishment in the 2016 World Blitz Championship where he finished in the third spot behind the champs Carlsen and Karjakin.
The chess world anticipates the future achievements of this skilled super-grandmaster, who has shown his skills and strengths in all of the competitions.
2006 and 2008
- European Chess Championships (Bronze and Silver, respectively)
- Russian U16 Rapid and Blitz Championships (Gold)
- World Youth Under-16 Chess Olympiad (Gold, individual Bronze on Board 2)
- Tata Steel Chess Tournament (finished 5th)
- Aeroflot Open (tied for first with Ian Nepomniachtchi)
- Russian Higher League
- Russian Championship Superfinal (tied on third with other players)
- World Chess Championship (served as Carlsen’s seconds)
- Netanya Chess Tournament (tied for third with Pavel Eljanov)
- Tata Steel Chess Tournament (finished fourth place)
- Lindores Abbey Rapid Championship
- Russian Team Championship
- FIDE Online Olympiad
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