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E Tairova 
Elena Tairova
Number of games in database: 140
Years covered: 1999 to 2009
Last FIDE rating: 2455
Overall record: +55 -41 =24 (55.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      20 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (32) 
    B54 B29 B30 B33 B23
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C89 C99 C95 C80 C67
 French Defense (7) 
    C11 C03 C10 C01
 Scandinavian (7) 
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (5) 
    C89 C99 C95 C91 C92
 French (4) 
    C11 C10
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (21) 
    C11 C00 C08 C12 C03
 Slav (13) 
    D15 D12 D17 D11 D19
 Sicilian (12) 
    B90 B50 B92 B54 B51
 French (11) 
    C11 C00 C12
 French Tarrasch (6) 
    C08 C03 C05
 Sicilian Najdorf (6) 
    B90 B92 B93
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Tairova vs M Sandu, 2008 1-0
   T Abrahamyan vs E Tairova, 2006 1/2-1/2
   E Tairova vs V Gunina, 2007 1-0
   E Tairova vs Y Xu, 2009 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Russian Superfinals (Women) (2007)
   4th Young Stars of the World (2006)
   World Junior Championship (Girls) (2007)
   Russia - China (Women) (2009)
   World Junior Championship (Girls) (2006)
   Women's World Team Championship (2007)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2008)

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(born Aug-28-1991, died Mar-16-2010, 18 years old) Russia
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Elena Tairova became a WGM at just 14 years of age, and a full IM the following year. She passed away on 16 March 2010, aged 18 years. A eulogy by Alexandra Kosteniuk can be found here: Chessbase paid its respects with

Wikipedia article: Elena Tairova

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 140  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. E Tairova vs Lahno  0-133 1999 Wch U10 GirlsC42 Petrov Defense
2. O Girya vs E Tairova  0-130 2001 EYCC G10A07 King's Indian Attack
3. G Mammadova vs E Tairova  0-141 2001 EYCC G10C05 French, Tarrasch
4. Carlsen vs E Tairova  1-047 2001 Roenne SF 100th AnniversaryA87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
5. H Zeynalova vs E Tairova  ½-½37 2001 EYCC G10C00 French Defense
6. E Tairova vs A Khazhomia  1-051 2001 EYCC G10B74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
7. E Tairova vs M Gvilava 1-026 2001 EYCC G10B24 Sicilian, Closed
8. L Karapetyan vs E Tairova  0-136 2001 EYCC G10A89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
9. E Tairova vs V Saulina  1-059 2001 EYCC G10B33 Sicilian
10. S Khazhomia vs E Tairova  0-123 2001 EYCC G10D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. E Tairova vs Lahno  0-148 2002 Int Youth Games U14 GirlsB08 Pirc, Classical
12. Y Melnikova vs E Tairova  0-158 2003 Serpukhov-DB01 Scandinavian
13. I Gulkov vs E Tairova  1-067 2003 Serpukhov-DD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. E Tairova vs E Azizbekian  ½-½46 2003 Serpukhov-DB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
15. E Tairova vs S Tikhomirov  0-162 2003 Serpukhov-DC45 Scotch Game
16. E Tairova vs R Yamaletdinov  1-038 2003 Serpukhov-DB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. I Khairullin vs E Tairova  1-033 2003 Serpukhov-DB01 Scandinavian
18. E Tairova vs D Markosian  ½-½31 2003 Serpukhov-DB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
19. E Tairova vs V Avdeeva  0-143 2004 Voronezh op 8thB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
20. E Tairova vs I Dmitriev  0-143 2004 Voronezh op 8thC01 French, Exchange
21. E Tairova vs D Rodin  0-134 2004 Voronezh op 8thB01 Scandinavian
22. E Tairova vs N Pogonina  0-171 2005 RUS-ch U20 GirlsB50 Sicilian
23. N Pogonina vs E Tairova  1-050 2005 RUS-chT (Women)B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
24. E Tairova vs E Zaiatz  ½-½32 2006 Russian Women's ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
25. E Tairova vs M Mikadze  0-149 2006 World Junior Championship (Girls)B01 Scandinavian
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Mar-26-10  Gambit86: Terrible news, I'm truly sorry... :(
Mar-26-10  TheTamale: RIP, Elena. I hope excelling at something you loved made your short life a joyful one.
Mar-26-10  weisyschwarz: The pawn is taken
before she became a Queen.
We don't know why or how
in this difficult position.
It looks like a tragic loss.
But somehow her Master will win.
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  swordfish: How horrible for someone so young to die! RIP, Elena; my condolences to her loved ones and friends.
Mar-26-10  Cercatore: R.I.P.
Mar-26-10  miguelito: R.I.P.
Mar-26-10  Scarlatti: I'm saddened by the passing of Elena Tairova. She was a beautiful and talented young talent taken from us so prematurely. My deepest condolences to her family. Surely, her legacy will go on. She will be greatly missed.
Mar-26-10  blessedman01: Very sad news. God Bless her family
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  wordfunph: may you rest in peace Elena..
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  stoy: Does anyone know what horrible ailment took the life of one so young and healthy looking?
Mar-27-10  zanshin: <stoy: Does anyone know what horrible ailment took the life of one so young and healthy looking?>

From what I have read, I believe she suffered from a type of cancer. I have no specifics or confirmation.

Mar-28-10  PHILOCHESS: Very sad news. R.I.P, Elena.
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  twinlark: She would have turned 20 today. R.I.P. Elena Tairova.
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  Stonehenge: Alas no Happy Birthday :(

Rest In Peace Elena.

Sep-03-12  PHILOCHESS: My tribute to you, Elena:

Una Flor Brillante (A Beautiful Flower)

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  Abdel Irada: Elena, your eulogy was written long ago. Today we sing it again.

<Ah, broken is the golden bowl! the spirit flown for ever!

Let the bell toll! – a saintly soul floats on the Stygian river. ...

Come! let the burial rite be read – the funeral song be sung! –

An anthem for the queenliest dead that ever died so young –

A dirge for her, the doubly dead in that she died so young.>

—Edgar Allan Poe, "Lenore"

<<>In pace requiescas.<>>

Mar-26-13  dx9293: Seeing her as Player of the Day makes me so sad all over again. Rest in Peace, Elena.

Looking at her achievements through 2007, when she was 15-16 years old, Tairova would possibly be Russia's top female player today and one of the best in the world with a 2550-2600 Elo rating.

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  Karposian: She was such a brilliant talent, no doubt that she would probably have been one of the leading female players today like you said <dx9293>. This is still very, very sad.
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  Stonehenge: Such a great player...


Mar-26-13  The Last Straw: RIP. You were very great, but you left too soon.
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  cro777: May she rest in peace.

In early 2008, Elena became ill and missed several tournaments. She later recovered, and returned to tournament successes. On March 16, 2010, Elena died from lung cancer at the age of 18, a grievous loss to Russian women’s chess.

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  juan31: R.I.P.
Mar-27-13  Fiona Macleod: Lung cancer. Maybe from too much second hand smoke in chess clubs?
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  perfidious: <Fiona Macleod: Lung cancer. Maybe from too much second hand smoke in chess clubs?>

Baseless speculation; even if one could somehow prove that this was so, a talented young lady left us far too soon. A more compassionate attitude would be welcome.

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  Stonehenge: It's good to remember her.

RIP Elena

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