Igor Kurnosov

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Igor Kurnosov
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Igor Kurnosov, Lublin 2010
Full name Игорь Курносов
Country Russia
Born (1985-05-30)30 May 1985
Chelyabinsk, Russia
Died 8 August 2013(2013-08-08) (aged 28)
Chelyabinsk, Russia
Title Grandmaster
Peak rating 2680 (May 2010)
(No. 52 in the May 2010 FIDE World Rankings)

Igor Kurnosov (Russian: Игорь Курносов; 30 May 1985 – 8 August 2013) was a Russian chess grandmaster.

In 2004 he won the 8th Open International Bavarian Chess Championship in Bad Wiessee edging out on tiebreak other five grandmasters.[1] Kurnosov took clear first place at the Arctic Chess Challenge in Tromsø, Norway in 2008, [2] 2008/9 Hastings Masters tournament[3] and 2011 Politiken Cup in Helsingør, Denmark.[4] In 2010 he played in the Russian Championship Superfinal, where he scored 5½/11 for a shared 7tht–10th place.[5] In December 2011, Kurnosov won the Zurich Christmas Open by tiebreak over Boris Grachev.[6] In 2012, by winning the semi-finals in Astana, he qualified for the World Rapid Chess Championship final.[7] In the same year he tied for 1st–3rd with Sergei Movsesian and Romain Edouard in the Biel Masters Open winning the tournament on countback. In May 2013 he won the Nakhchivan Open on tiebreak over Aleksandr Shimanov and Gadir Guseinov.[8] Two months later, in July 2013, Kurnosov won the 20th Abu Dhabi Chess Festival, edging out Zahar Efimenko, Mikhailo Oleksienko and Avetik Grigoryan on tiebreak.[9]

On the August 2013 FIDE rating list, Kurnosov ranked 84th in the world with a 2662 rating.[10]

Kurnosov was hit and killed by a car on 8 August 2013 at 2:45 am in his home town Chelyabinsk, aged 28.[11]

Notable games[edit]

Kurnosov defeated top seed Shakhriyar Mamedyarov at the 2009 Aeroflot Open in Moscow in 21 moves. Mamedyarov filed a complaint of cheating following the game, but the complaint was dismissed.[12][13]


  1. ^ Crowther, Mark (2004-11-08). "TWIC 522: 8th International Open Bayerische Schach Meisterschaft". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  2. ^ GM Igor Kurnosov wins Arctic Chess Challenge. FIDE.
  3. ^ ChessBase.com - Chess News - ITMA No it is not – it's Igor Kurnosov
  4. ^ "Politiken Cup 2011". Chessdom. 2011-08-08. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Ian Nepomniachtchi is Russian Chess Champion". Chessdom. 2010-12-24. 
  6. ^ Crowther, Mark (2012-01-02). "TWIC 835: 35th Zurich Christmas Open". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  7. ^ Doggers, Peter (2012-07-04). "Dreev, Kurnosov and Tkachiev qualify for Rapid World Championship final". ChessVibes. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  8. ^ "Kurnosov wins Nakhchivan Open". ChessVibes. 2013-05-08. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Kurnosov wins 20th Abu Dhabi Chess Festival 2013". ChessBase. 2013-07-08. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Top 100 Players August 2013". World Chess Federation. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  11. ^ "GM Igor Kurnosov dies in a tragic incident". Chessdom. 2013-08-08. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  12. ^ ChessBase.com - Chess News - Top seed Mamedyarov withdraws from Aeroflot Open
  13. ^ ChessBase.com - Chess News - Aeroflot scandal – the accused responds

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