Born in Siberian Russia, Korobov’s family found themselves in Ukraine after the collapse of the Soviet Union and chose to stay there. Anton finished runner-up at the 2001 U16 World Championship and first won the Ukrainian Championship in 2002. Although he initially failed to follow the career trajectory of a typical chess prodigy, since 2007 his rating has been on a steady rise. In both 2010 and 2012 he finished 2nd in the Aeroflot Open, narrowly missing out on an automatic place in the Dortmund supertournament, while his most impressive result to date was winning the 2012 Ukrainian Championship by a full point. That event included all the top Ukrainian players other than Vassily Ivanchuk, and pushed Korobov above 2700 on the rating list for the first time.
Alexander Grischuk is among those who would like to see Korobov receive supertournament invitations, describing him as a “fantastic player”. Anton was in good form at the 2013 World Cup, knocking out Baadur Jobava, Daniil Dubov and Hikaru Nakamura before losing to the eventual champion Vladimir Kramnik in the quarterfinals. His dry wit also made an impression in the post-game press conferences.
Photo: Anastasia Karlovich
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