Elena Tairova

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Elena Tairova
Country Belarus
Born (1991-08-28)August 28, 1991
Minsk,[1] Belarusian SSR, Soviet Union
Died 16 March 2010(2010-03-16) (aged 18)
Title International Master
Woman Grandmaster
Peak rating 2455 (November 2009)
Peak ranking No. 34 woman (July 2009)

Elena Tairova (Belarusian: Алена Таірава, Alena Tairava; Russian: Елена Таирова; August 28, 1991 – March 16, 2010) was a Belarusian and Russian chess player with the titles of International Master and Woman Grandmaster.

Tairova won the European Under-10 Girls Championship in 2001, while playing for Belarus,[2] and the World Under-14 Girls Championship in 2005.[3] She was the runner-up in the European Under-12 Girls Championship of 2003[4] and in the European Under-14 Girls Championship of 2004. She won the bronze medal at the World Under-14 Girls Championship.[5]

Tairova was awarded the titles of Woman Grandmaster in 2006[6] and International Master in 2007.[7] She won the Russian U-20 girls championship of 2006.[8] In December of the same year, she was the runner-up in the Superfinal of the Russian women’s championship.[9]

In May 2007, Tairova played board five for the Russian team that won the silver medal in the 1st Women's World Team Chess Championship in Yekaterinburg.[10] In July 2007, she finished third in the Queens Woman Grandmasters tournament in Bad Homburg, behind Zhao Xue and Elisabeth Pähtz.[11][12] In 2007, she participated in the Russia vs China match and tied for first at the Russian Superfinal 2007, beating Nadezhda Kosintseva, among others.

On March 16, 2010, Tairova died from a chronic undisclosed illness at the age of 18.[13]


  1. ^ WIM title application FIDE
  2. ^ Jugend-Europameisterschaft U10 Mädchen Chess-Results
  3. ^ World Youth Chess Championship 2005 G14 Belfort, France Chess-Results
  4. ^ European Youth Championship Girls - U12 Chess-Results
  5. ^ World Youth Chess Championships 2004 Girls U14 Chess-Results
  6. ^ Titles Approved by FIDE Presidential Board, Al Ain 2006 FIDE. 2006-04-24. Retrieved 7 October 2015
  7. ^ List of Titles Approved FIDE. 2007-06-25. Retrieved 7 October 2015
  8. ^ Crowther, Mark (2006-03-13). "TWIC 592: Russian Under-20 Championships". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  9. ^ Crowther, Mark (2006-12-18). "TWIC 632: Russian Women's Championship". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "China wins Women's Team Championship by two points". ChessBase. 2007-05-30. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  11. ^ Queen's Chess Internationales Damen-Großmeisterturnier Chess-Results
  12. ^ Crowther, Mark (2007-08-06). "TWIC 665: Bad Homburg". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "IM/WGM Elena Tairova passes away at eighteen". ChessBase. 2010-03-24. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 

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