Reports | December 24, 2011 18:11

Tseshkovsky dies at 67

Tseshkovsky dies at 67

Sad news on Christmas Eve: two times Soviet Champion Vitaly Tseshkovsky passed away on December 24th in Krasnodar, Russia. The well-known Russian grandmaster died in harness: participating in the Krai Cup, Tseshkovsky became ill during the first round, lost consciousness and died. This was reported today by the Russian Chess Federation.

Vitaly Tseshkovsky | Photo courtesy of the Russian Chess Federation

Tseshkovsky was born September 25, 1944 in Omsk into a Polish family (his noble ancestors lived in Volhynia). He was awarded the International Master title in 1973 and became an International Grandmaster in 1975.
 
His best tournament victories include first at Leipzig 1975, Dubna 1976, Yerevan 1980, Banja Luka 1981, Sochi 1981 and Minsk 1982. He was co-winner of the 1978 Soviet Championship (with Mikhail Tal) and winner of the 1986 Championship.
 
He has beaten several world champions: Vasily Smyslov at the Moscow Spartakiad 1974, Tal at Sochi 1970, and a young Garry Kasparov at the 1978 Soviet Championship. Tseshkovsky himself almost qualified for the World Championship candidates matches when he finished fourth in the 1976 Manila Interzonal, one place lower than was needed to progress to the next stage.
 
At the 27th Chess Olympiad in 1986, he scored 2.5/5 as the second reserve board to help the USSR team win the gold medal.
 
His 6/9 result in St Petersburg, 2004 qualified him to play in the Russian Championship final later in the year, alongside Russia's seven top players and five other qualifiers. In 2010, he tied for 2nd-4th with Algimantas Butnorius and Nikolai Pushkov in the European Seniors’ Rapid Championship.
 
We used Wikipedia's article for the above. The Russian Chess Federation adds that over the years Tseshkovsky trained players such as Vladimir Kramnik, Bartlomiej Macieja and Boris Savchenko.

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S3's picture

Besides Smyslov Tseshkovsky also beat Spassky, Geller and Kuzmin in the 1974 Spartakiad. Soltis characterized his play as very agressive, in style reminiscent of Geller's. He was a very talented player but unfortunately he did not get the chance to play much in the West. He remained very strong for his age and was European senior champion twice.
A pitty..

stevefraser's picture

Thanks for the info update.

Brecht's picture

funny, i'm following chess for four years now, but haven't actually came across his name once.....first i thought you were talking about Pjotr Tsjaikovski , the componist , but then i saw it was someone else!

Brecht's picture

funny, i'm following chess for four years now, but haven't actually came across his name once.....first i thought you were talking about Pjotr Tsjaikovski , the componist , but then i saw it was someone else!

Brecht's picture

by the way, it's not funny that he is dead! but funny that i didnt know him before!!

Justin's picture

Very sad

A Khostwal's picture

R.I.P....ME AND MY FAMILY ARE VERY UPSET ON THIS SAD NEWS. I WAS ALWAYS PROUD OF HAVING A GREAT FATHER-IN-LAW IN, A VERY HUMANE PERSON AND A LEGENDARY CHAMPION.

noahses's picture

My sincere condolences. I wish you and your familly much strength.

Cymbaline's picture

I've played (and lost) against Tseshkovsky in the early 80s. Sad news.

techno's picture

in his best years he was very strong players , in fist ten undoubtedly,
very sad news

x's picture

Very sad to hear we #lost this great man at early age of 67.

Your chess ideas are your eternal monument!
R.I.P Vitaly

bronkenstein's picture

RIP Vitaly , or , as your student , Vladimir Kramnik said , farewell Vitaly Valeryevich !

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