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GM Igor Kurnosov hit by car, dies at 28
Thursday, August 08, 2013 13:29
Very sad news reached us today from the Russian chess media: apparently, the strong Russian grandmaster, 28-year-old Igor Kurnosov, died this morning in a car crash. This was reported by both Chess-News and the Russian Chess Federation. Photo Michal Miroslaw/Wikipedia Earlier today, UralPress reported that in the north-west of Chelyabinsk a fatal...
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Sunday, May 19, 2013 20:52
Grandmaster, arbiter of several World Championship matches and world renowned chess collector Lothar Schmid passed away on Saturday at the age of 85. Schmid died in his home town Bamberg "of age-related illness", reports Chessbase. Lothar Maximilian Lorenz Schmid was born on May 10th, 1928 in Radebeul, a small town north west of Dresden, Germany....
Elena Akhmilovskaya
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Thursday, November 22, 2012 11:23
Elena Bronislavovna Akhmilovskaya passed away in Kirksland, Washington, U.S.A., on 18 November 2012 after a long and serious illness. Born 11 March 1957 in Leningrad, she was only 55 years old. According to the New York Times, her husband Georgi Orlov has said the cause was brain cancer. She also leaves a daughter, Donna, and a son, Nicholas. Our...
Leon Pliester
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012 19:12
Leon Pliester passed away at the age of 58. The Dutch International Master suffered from a liver illness which had affected his kidneys as well. This was reported by the Dutch Chess Federation today on its website. Leon Pliester | Photo by Dimitri Reinderman Pliester learnt chess when he was four years old - the game was taught by his uncle Jan. (...
Svetozar Gligoric
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 19:17
The legendary Serbian grandmaster Svetozar Gligoric, a former top 10 player and hero of the King's Indian, died today at the Belgrade Emergency Center as a result of a stroke. This was reported by Croatian and Serbian media. Gligoric was champion of Yugoslavia a record twelve times and was declared the best athlete of Yugoslavia in 1958. During...
Olivier Breisacher
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Monday, August 13, 2012 14:40
Olivier Breisacher, one of the organizers and driving force behind the Biel Chess Festival, passed away on Thursday. The 44-year-old journalist drowned during a holiday in Mallorca, according to Swiss media. Breisacher grew up in Biel and studied in Geneva, where he earned a master's degree at the Institute of International Studies. Working as a...
Yuri Razuvaev dies at 66
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 23:20
Tragic news appeared today on the website of the Russian Chess Federation: the well-known Russian grandmaster and trainer Yuri Razuvaev passed away at the age of 66. As we understand, Razuvaev had been ill for a while. Yuri Sergeyevich Razuvaev was born on October 10th, 1945. A historian by profession, Razuvaev also distinguished himself as a...
A small Capablanca tribute
Thursday, March 08, 2012 20:27
José Raul Capablanca passed away exactly 70 years ago today. In this small tribute we'd like to point out a 1939 interview with Capablanca, translated by chess historian Edward Winter. The interview was originally published in the Buenos Aires magazine El Gráfico in 1939 and reprinted on pages 103-107 of Homenaje a Capablanca (Havana, 1943). In...
Tseshkovsky dies at 67
Saturday, December 24, 2011 18:11
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...
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Sunday, September 25, 2011 11:19
Sad news reaches us via our co-editor Yochanan Afek, who writes that GM Konstantin Lerner passed away on the evening of Saturday, September 24th, 2011 in Hertzlia, Israel at the age of 61 following illness. Konstantin Zaivelevich Lerner was born 28 February 1950 in Odessa. In 1978 and 1982, he was Ukrainian Champion. He was awarded the GM title in...

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