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Igor Kurnosov
I Kurnosov 
Number of games in database: 594
Years covered: 2000 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2649 (2613 rapid, 2599 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2676

Overall record: +188 -96 =241 (58.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 69 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (105) 
    B30 B42 B96 B97 B48
 French Defense (43) 
    C11 C18 C10 C12 C16
 Ruy Lopez (38) 
    C78 C67 C65 C92 C93
 Caro-Kann (26) 
    B12 B15 B14
 French (22) 
    C11 C10 C12
 Sicilian Najdorf (20) 
    B96 B97 B94 B99 B90
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (76) 
    B81 B22 B90 B80 B51
 Grunfeld (69) 
    D85 D97 D70 D86 D80
 King's Indian (36) 
    E62 E60 E81 E94 E92
 Ruy Lopez (24) 
    C67 C78 C65 C91 C89
 Sicilian Scheveningen (21) 
    B81 B80 B84 B82 B83
 English (17) 
    A15 A16 A10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   I Kurnosov vs M Dzhumaev, 2008 1-0
   Mamedyarov vs I Kurnosov, 2009 0-1
   Onischuk vs I Kurnosov, 2009 0-1
   I Kurnosov vs V A Loginov, 2002 1-0
   A Chudinovskikh vs I Kurnosov, 2009 0-1
   V Papin vs I Kurnosov, 2011 0-1
   P Ponkratov vs I Kurnosov, 2012 1/2-1/2
   I Kurnosov vs E Romanov, 2012 1-0
   I Kurnosov vs Hebden, 2008 1-0
   Z Kozul vs I Kurnosov, 2010 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 2008/09 (2009)
   Harmonie (2003)
   Russian Team Championship (2011)
   Aeroflot Open (2009)
   European Club Cup (2012)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2009)
   World Junior Championship (Boys) (2005)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2012)
   Moscow Open (2010)
   European Championship (2010)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   European Championship (2009)
   European Championship (2005)
   European Championship (2007)
   European Championship (2013)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Best games by Igor Kurnosov by jon01

   🏆 Biel (Masters)
   A Raetsky vs I Kurnosov (Aug-02-13) 1/2-1/2
   I Kurnosov vs M Sebenik (Aug-01-13) 1/2-1/2
   Q Huang vs I Kurnosov (Jul-31-13) 1/2-1/2
   I Kurnosov vs D Hausrath (Jul-30-13) 1/2-1/2
   D Solak vs I Kurnosov (Jul-29-13) 1-0

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(born May-30-1985, died Aug-08-2013, 28 years old) Russia
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GM Igor Kurnosov was born in Chelyabinsk, Russia.

A string of strong tournament performances, such as his victory at the Arctic Chess Challenge in 2008 and the Hastings Chess Congress (2009), saw his Elo rating skyrocket, peaking at 2680 in May 2010, when he was number 52 in the world. Winner of the 6th Gubernators Cup 2010, the Politiken Cup 2011, the Nakhchivan Open in May 2013 and the Masters Tournament of the Abu Dhabi Chess Festival in July 2013. His final tournament was the Biel Masters tournament, which finished on 2 August 2013.

Kurnosov was struck and killed by a car on August 8, 2013.

Links to two eulogies are at and at

Wikipedia article: Igor Kurnosov

 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 610  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Sargissian vs I Kurnosov  ½-½232000RUS-CupA05 Reti Opening
2. V Malaniuk vs I Kurnosov  ½-½752000RUS-CupE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
3. I Kurnosov vs S Ovsejevitsch  0-1312000AlushtaB06 Robatsch
4. A Korotylev vs I Kurnosov  1-0352000Chigorin mem opE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
5. I Kurnosov vs A Potapov  ½-½782000Chigorin mem opC78 Ruy Lopez
6. A Lugovoi vs I Kurnosov  1-0352000Chigorin MemorialE92 King's Indian
7. S Silivanov vs I Kurnosov  ½-½452001Ural-chB22 Sicilian, Alapin
8. I Kurnosov vs B Savchenko  1-0412001RUS-ch U16B32 Sicilian
9. I Kurnosov vs A Ubushiev  1-0352001RUS-ch U18B39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
10. S Novikov vs I Kurnosov  ½-½392001RUS-ch U16A07 King's Indian Attack
11. V Kuznetsov vs I Kurnosov  1-0442001Ural-chB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
12. I Kurnosov vs A Barbitskij  1-0592001RUS-ch U16C50 Giuoco Piano
13. I Kurnosov vs A Potapov  0-1302001Ural-chC78 Ruy Lopez
14. W Leenen vs I Kurnosov  ½-½342001White NightsA02 Bird's Opening
15. I Kurnosov vs A Gilyazov  1-0532001White NightsB32 Sicilian
16. A Eliseev vs I Kurnosov  1-0442001White NightsA80 Dutch
17. Potkin vs I Kurnosov  1-0632001White NightsB30 Sicilian
18. I Kurnosov vs O Taranenko  1-0582001White NightsB40 Sicilian
19. I Kurnosov vs P Skatchkov  1-0272001White NightsC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
20. A Iljushin vs I Kurnosov  1-0422001White NightsE81 King's Indian, Samisch
21. I Kurnosov vs K Alagulian  0-1362001White NightsB25 Sicilian, Closed
22. D Andreikin vs I Kurnosov  ½-½802001White NightsB32 Sicilian
23. A Demchev vs I Kurnosov  0-12920016th Leg Russian CupE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
24. A Vaulin vs I Kurnosov  ½-½4120016th Leg Russian CupE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
25. I Kurnosov vs A Fominyh  1-04420016th Leg Russian CupB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 610  PGN Download
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Aug-09-13  twinlark:

It's so utterly sad to hear of a young life so tragically cut short.

My heartfelt condolences to Igor Kurnosov's friends and loved ones.


Aug-09-13  hedgeh0g: Sad news. He certainly played a part in livening up the chess world!
Aug-09-13  jon01: Really sad. Kurnosov was a great player, one of my favourites. I created a game collection of his best games some years ago. Game Collection: Best games by Igor Kurnosov

Rest in peace.

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  moronovich: Really sad news.


Aug-09-13  QuietAttacker: Anybody who can play so well so as to bring a player of such strong caliber as Mamedyarov to accuse them of using a computer was obviously an incredible chess player. By all accounts he was also a great person.

Rest in Peace.

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  JointheArmy: Terribly sad.
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  ketchuplover: The driver should get 64 years in a cell painted like a chessboard.
Aug-10-13  siamesedream: Rest in peace, Igor...
Aug-10-13  jurado96: so sad good bye big boy
Aug-10-13  parmetd: RIP.
And now Mamedyarov can never right his wrong ever.
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  perfidious: <parmetd>: Indeed not-Mamedyarov does, however, have a lifetime to reflect on his accusations and the harm they caused the reputation of another.
Aug-10-13  savagerules: Too bad to hear of such a tragedy. Regarding Mamedyarov the words of a Beatle song from the Abbey Road album come to mind. 'Boy, you're gonna carry that weight, carry that weight a long time...'
Aug-11-13  supy: Commemoration of GM Kurnosov
Jan-14-14  mandy64: His game against Kozul should be in his notable games (one of my all-time favourites): Z Kozul vs I Kurnosov, 2010
Apr-09-14  Ron: While studying games in the Petroff, I came across this excellent game by the late Kurnosov. I would be delighted in seeing commentary by our fine analysists here:

I Kurnosov vs V Malakhatko, 2013

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  eternaloptimist: It's a tragedy that GM Kurnosov died at the young age of 28 after being struck by a car. He would've been 30 today. He was a brilliant chess player & his chess games are his legacy.
May-30-15  SmoothSkinnedLeper: it is doubly tragic to have only chess games as one's legacy.
Aug-06-15  sonia91: Four GMs friends of his commented some of Igor's games:
May-26-16  sonia91: <Igor Kurnosov Memorial
A rapid tournament dedicated to the memory of GM Igor Kurnosov will be held from 26-28th May at the congress hall of the World Trade Center in Chelyabinsk, Russia.


1 GM Grischuk Alexander RUS 2760
2 GM Rublevsky Sergei RUS 2738
3 GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2729
4 GM Ponkratov Pavel RUS 2712
5 GM Movsesian Sergei ARM 2685
6 GM Khismatullin Denis RUS 2676
7 GM Riazantsev Alexander RUS 2675
8 GM Lysyj Igor RUS 2665
9 GM Bocharov Dmitry RUS 2659
10 GM Zvjaginsev Vadim RUS 2628
et al.>

Jan-05-17  ColeTrane: At smoothskinnedleper "only"?!? Piss off mate.
Jan-05-17  ColeTrane: Just cos that's all YOU know of his legacy. Are the second hand rumors. YOU are probably one of those idiot drivers who kills ppl.
Jan-05-17  ColeTrane: Btw mandy64 you're right that's a good game....
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  ketchuplover: Better chess games than no legacy imo.
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  ketchuplover: New in Chess just came out with a book on some of his games
Aug-09-19  PhilFeeley: Apparently there are over 1100 games, according to this book:

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