Igor Kurnosov (28) Dies in Traffic Accident

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  • on 8/9/13, 10:59 AM.

On Thursday the strong Russian grandmaster Igor Kurnosov died in a car crash in his home town Chelyabinsk. The 28-year-old chess player, who had just returned from the open tournament in Biel, was hit by a car while crossing the road, and died on the spot. The news, reported by different Russian media, has shocked the chess world.

On Thursday morning, a brief news report was published by UralPress about a fatal accident in the north-west of Chelyabinsk, Russia.

According to the press service of the Russian Interior Ministry in the Chelyabinsk region, the traffic accident happened at 02:45 at Komsomolsk Avenue. A 20-year-old girl was driving a "Ford Fiesta". With a driving experience of 1 year and 2 months, she hit two pedestrians crossing the road at an undisclosed location.

The accident killed a 28-year-old man, who died on the spot. Another, 42-year-old man was brought to hospital in serious condition.

It soon became clear that the 28-year-old man was grandmaster Igor Kurnosov, who had just returned to his home town after playing the Biel Open in Switzerland. The Russian grandmaster Roman Ovechkin was one of the first to bring the sad news on the ChessGlum Forum. The well known journalist Evgeny Surov confirmed the news  on his website, and soon the Russian Chess Federation put up an article as well.

Igor Dmitrievich Kurnosov was born 30 May 1985 in Chelyabinsk, Russia. He has several tournament victories behind his name, for example the Arctic Chess Challenge, the Hastings Masters, the Politiken Cup, the Biel Open, and, this year, the Nakhchivan Open and the Abu Dhabi Masters. Here's a video of the prize giving in Abu Dhabi:

On the latest FIDE rating list (August 1st, 2013), Kurnosov is #84, rated 2662. In May 2010 he reached his peak rating of 2680, when he was #52 in the world.

The chess world is shocked about this terrible news. Here are a few tweets:

On her blog, WGM Natalija Pogonina wrote that

he was an honest, kind, positive person; a great friend; and a chess professional who had a true passion for the game.

During his career, Kurnosov defeated strong grandmasters such as Ernesto Inarkiev, Boris Grachev, Zahar Efimenko, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Pavel Tregubov, Smbat Lputian, Alexey Dreev, Dmitry Andreikin, Krishnan Sasikiran, Vladimir Malakhov, Andrey Volokitin, Pavel Eljanov, Alexander Onischuk, Dmitry Jakovenko, and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. He will be rememered for his many good games; below is a nice victory from the Abu Dhabi Masters, one month ago:

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  • 3 years ago


    He will be well remembered. Very sad story by the successful GM :(((

  • 3 years ago


    I hope he's in a beautiful place and full of piece.

    Rest well, my friend.

  • 3 years ago


    He seems to have filled his short life with more acheivement and success than many attain in the game that we all love. Best wishes to all who knew or loved him. RIP

  • 3 years ago


    My deep condolences to his famalies and friends. Such an untimly death for  a truly talented and young chess player. May you rest in peace.

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  • 3 years ago

    IM Squarology

    :( :( :(

    depressing every time I think about. bye, Kurnosov.

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  • 3 years ago


    This is a very, very sad story - as it always is when a promising young life is taken.  Condolences to the family and friends of GM Kurnosov. Also, the 20 year old who hit him will have to come to terms with what has happened and work to salvage her own life.  May she have the strength and support to do so. We should also send wishes for recovery to the other man who is in the hospital.

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  • 3 years ago


    Lepää rauhassa!

  • 3 years ago


    My codolescences to him and his family

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  • 3 years ago


    What a great sadness and waste! RIP,my sincere condolences to his family and close friends.

  • 3 years ago


    a big loss to chess world!! RIP KURNOSOV

  • 3 years ago


    Very sad to hear this, RIP

  • 3 years ago


    It's sad this man had died at the hand of a careless driver. It's even more sad that he was very young, and also was returning from a tournament.

  • 3 years ago


    I am sad to here this RIP succesful GM.

  • 3 years ago


    RIP. Very sad news.

  • 3 years ago


    Sad. My condelences to family and friends. What a tragic personal loss and a loss to the Chess community as well.

  • 3 years ago


    Rest in peace sir

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