Remembering 2013

GM Igor Kurnosov (May 30, 1985 – August 8, 2013)

GM Igor Kurnosov

GM Igor Kurnosov was a talented GM from Russia who died tragically when he was struck by a car while crossing the street. His games are high quality and show great imagination. One game of his in particular sparked a great deal of controversy. Mamedyarov (the loser) claimed that Kurnosov had cheated by using computer assistance and withdrew from the tournament in protest (a claim that was never substantiated). Here is the game:

Here is another game that plays on a theme I’ve written about before (Two Queens Two Problems):

Finally here is another gem that falls into the “Parting with the lady” category:

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