Yuri Sergeyevich Razuvaev 1945–2012

  • SonofPearl
  • on 3/22/12, 12:41 PM.

The much respected Russian Grandmaster, Yuri Sergeyevich Razuvaev has passed away in Moscow after a long illness, at the age of 67.

Yuri Razuvaev achieved success in many tournaments during his career, winning in Dubna 1978, London 1983, Dortmund 1985, Jūrmala 1987, Reykjavik 1990, Leningrad 1992, Reggio Emilia 1996, San Sebastian 1996 and others.

He also substituted for Tigran Petrosian (who was ill) during the USSR vs Rest of the World match in 1984 in London, where he held the much higher rated Robert Hubner to a draw in all four of their games.

But it was as an author, and especially a coach that Yuri Razuvaev will be best remembered. He worked as a coach with world champions Anatoly Karpov and Alexandra Kosteniuk among others, and his writings included the book Akiba Rubenstein (1980) on the great player's best games.

RIP Yuri Sergeyevich Razuvaev






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  • 5 years ago

    FM Prugno


    A great player, incredibly hard to beat, as well as a first-class trainer. He was coach of the Italian team for several years, and all our top players still speak of him with enormous respect.

  • 5 years ago

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    He was a great person. Very noble, intelligent, polite. RIP...

  • 5 years ago


    So Polugaevsky just blundered a piece away? Or did he miss 20...Rd1+ 21.Bf1 Bh3 22.Rc1!

  • 5 years ago


    captain-learnchess:  Geller appears to have no defense against a series of threats, most notably the threatened skewer along the a3-f8 diagonal after a knight takes on c5.  And if black escapes the bishop instead of allowing the exchange on c5, then Bb4+ would work anyway, since the king has no good place to go, e.g., ...Kd8 Nd6, threatening Nxf7, etc.

    One could play on as black, but black's position will quickly come to a ruin in all cases, and against a strong GM like Razuvaev that is a non-starter.

  • 5 years ago


    I can see that white is winning, but I don't understand why the Efim Geller games is resignable after bd2.

  • 5 years ago


    He was also Josh Waitzkin's coach. 

    This was in his book. 

    I thought you had liked his book. 

  • 5 years ago


    Wow; in the game against Kasparov, Razuvaev's final move, 35.h4!, initiates mate in 7.  A truly lovely "nail in the coffin" move.

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