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I Kurnosov 
Igor Kurnosov
Number of games in database: 530
Years covered: 2000 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2649 (2613 rapid, 2599 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2676
Overall record: +166 -83 =218 (58.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      63 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (95) 
    B30 B42 B96 B32 B97
 French Defense (38) 
    C11 C18 C10 C12 C05
 Ruy Lopez (32) 
    C65 C67 C78 C92 C95
 Caro-Kann (23) 
    B12 B14
 French (21) 
    C11 C10 C12
 Sicilian Najdorf (16) 
    B96 B97 B94 B99 B90
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (65) 
    B90 B22 B81 B51 B30
 Grunfeld (59) 
    D85 D97 D70 D86 D80
 King's Indian (31) 
    E60 E62 E81 E92 E94
 Ruy Lopez (19) 
    C67 C78 C65 C91 C88
 English (16) 
    A15 A16 A10
 Sicilian Scheveningen (13) 
    B81 B80 B84 B82 B83
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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
   V Papin vs I Kurnosov, 2011 0-1
   A Chudinovskikh vs I Kurnosov, 2009 0-1
   A Potapov vs I Kurnosov, 2010 0-1
   I Kurnosov vs A Nilsson, 2005 1-0
   I Kurnosov vs E Romanov, 2012 1-0
   S Martinovic vs I Kurnosov, 2011 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings Chess Congress (2009)
   Russian Team Championships (2011)
   Harmonie (2003)
   Aeroflot Open (2009)
   28th European Club Cup (2012)
   62nd Russian Championship Higher League (2009)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   Russian Chess Championships Higher League (2012)
   European Individual Championships (2007)
   World Junior Championship (Boys) (2005)
   Moscow Open (2010)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   European Individual Championships (2013)

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

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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 22; games 1-25 of 530  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Lugovoi vs I Kurnosov  1-035 2000 Chigorin MemorialE92 King's Indian
2. A Korotylev vs I Kurnosov  1-035 2000 Chigorin mem opE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
3. G Sargissian vs I Kurnosov  ½-½23 2000 RUS-CupA05 Reti Opening
4. I Kurnosov vs A Gilyazov  1-053 2001 White NightsB32 Sicilian
5. E Vorobiov vs I Kurnosov  ½-½27 2001 5th Russian Cup FinalB32 Sicilian
6. A Vaulin vs I Kurnosov  ½-½41 2001 6th Leg Russian CupE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
7. V Shinkevich vs I Kurnosov  ½-½29 2001 7th Stage Russian CupE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
8. I Kurnosov vs P Skatchkov  1-027 2001 White NightsC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
9. A Vaulin vs I Kurnosov  ½-½47 2001 5th Russian Cup FinalA81 Dutch
10. I Kurnosov vs V Shinkevich  ½-½13 2001 6th Leg Russian CupC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. S Novikov vs I Kurnosov  ½-½39 2001 RUS-ch U16A04 Reti Opening
12. A Alavkin vs I Kurnosov  0-131 2001 7th Stage Russian CupB30 Sicilian
13. W Leenen vs I Kurnosov  ½-½34 2001 White NightsA02 Bird's Opening
14. I Kurnosov vs Kharlov  ½-½34 2001 5th Russian Cup FinalB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
15. A Demchev vs I Kurnosov  0-129 2001 6th Leg Russian CupE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
16. S Silivanov vs I Kurnosov  ½-½45 2001 Ural-chB22 Sicilian, Alapin
17. I Kurnosov vs Valery Ten  1-039 2001 7th Stage Russian CupB12 Caro-Kann Defense
18. V Kuznetsov vs I Kurnosov  1-044 2001 Ural-chB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
19. I Kurnosov vs O Taranenko  1-058 2001 White NightsB40 Sicilian
20. I Kurnosov vs A Timofeev  0-129 2001 5th Russian Cup FinalB07 Pirc
21. P Smirnov vs I Kurnosov  ½-½34 2001 6th Leg Russian CupA90 Dutch
22. I Kurnosov vs A Ubushiev  1-035 2001 RUS-ch U18B39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
23. D Kokarev vs I Kurnosov  ½-½37 2001 7th Stage Russian CupB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
24. A Galliamova vs I Kurnosov 1-063 2001 5th Russian Cup FinalA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
25. D Andreikin vs I Kurnosov  ½-½80 2001 White NightsB32 Sicilian
 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 530  PGN Download
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Aug-08-13  FairyPromotion: Wow, I saw that this thread had new posts, and was excited that I might read about some new game that he had played, only to find out about the sad news. I feel kind of awful. GM Kurnosov, you were a great man, and this is a big loss for the chess world.

As <KKDEREK> said: So sad, so young.. :(

Aug-08-13  The Last Straw: RIP, GM Kurnosov.

This must hurt, he's still even part of a game on Zhao Xue's live rating page!

Aug-08-13  The Last Straw: All of this work:

...wasted just because of a careless driver.

What a pity. GM Kurnosov, we will all miss you...

Premium Chessgames Member
  Ron: What a tragic loss. One might wonder what more he would have achieved, had he lived longer. Rest In Peace.
Aug-09-13  virginmind: Rest in peace.
Aug-09-13  Eastfrisian: Sad, sad....


Aug-09-13  Karpova: Report by chessbase:
Premium Chessgames Member

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!
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Premium Chessgames Member
  JointheArmy: Terribly sad.
Aug-09-13  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  parmetd: RIP.
And now Mamedyarov can never right his wrong ever.
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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

Premium Chessgames Member
  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:
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