Wednesday, March 24, 2010

RIP Elena Tairova

IM/WGM Elena Tairova, 1991–2010
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Some shocking news from the Russian-language website WGM Elena Tairova has died at the age of just 18. Born on 28 August 1991, Tairova became a WGM at just 14 years of age, and a full IM the following year. She won a succession of European and World girls’ junior titles, and in 2006 was the Russian women’s under-20 champion. That same year, and again the following year, she was runner-up in the Russian women’s superfinal.

Rumours of ill-health first surfaced in early 2008, when she missed several tournaments, but she recovered and returned again to tournament successes. However, in late 2009, she fell ill again, and was unable to take her place in the latest Russian women’s superfinal in December 2009. She passed away on 16 March 2010, a grievous loss to Russian women’s chess.

More info and photos can be seen on chessbase:
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Anonymous said...

Very sad news.

jMac said...

This is very sad.

Anonymous said...

very sad news for her family and the World of Chess. there not enough female players let alone strong ones.
Life/fate can be very cruel. May her memory forever be immortal though her games.

Anonymous said...

Cancer? [*]

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear such terrible news. My heartfelt condolences to her family.