KURNOSOV, IGOR DMITRIEVICH (30.05.85 – 08.08.13)

The news, terrible in its tragic absurdity, has shocked the chess world. We mourn at the death of those who did not finish, did not live their full term, did not get to show what they could do, but when death snatches from us a very young man, who was not even a third, or a quarter of the way through his chess path, who still had so much to do in his beloved chess, the pain of loss grows many times.
How did I first meet Igor? It is well-known known that the nature and the true intelligence of a person is revealed in moments of failure. That year, probably in 2003, the then International Master Kurnosov arrived in Kazakhstan at the international tournament in Uralsk. And straight from the road, not really rested, he sat down to play the first round. It just so happened that at the chess board sat I, and this was our first meeting. Having obtained (as I thought) an acceptable position, I plucked up courage and offered a draw. To my surprise, the contestant, whose rating was superior to mine by a good three hundred points, did not test the amateur, and generously agreed. My surprise was further increased when Igor quite calmly and kindly reviewed the game with me, and showed no hint of irritation that he had conceded a half-point to a much weaker (that's putting it mildly) opponent. That's when it became clear that the young man would be a great chess player. After all, how do many behave? Let us remember: "Janowski's was systematic. It began when he called the winner "a player of the bottom class, which you find only in a cafe", "a rabbit", "a Domino". This was followed by a sincere expression of surprise: "How was this clown allowed to play?" And so on and so forth, and what has changed in a hundred years? Nothing! In most cases, that is how the great majority of today's players behave, when God forbid, they happen to stumble against a weak opponent. And here - openness, character, self-control and intelligence. And despite his young age, it was clear that you were dealing with a a real person.
There followed early successes, which did not greatly surprise those who knew the Chelyabinsk grandmaster. I occasionally met with him at tournaments, most recently in last year's World Rapid and Blitz Championship in Astana. Characteristically, despite a nodding acquaintance, Igor always came over first and said hello politely and thoroughly answered questions. He played, by the way, with difficulty, after a difficult and nervous qualification event, making annoying oversights. But not for one moment did he change his ways, and he did not let emotions get out of control.

... He returned to his native Chelyabinsk, winning in a good strong tournament. He planned changes in his personal life, opening an exciting new page .... ChessBase gave one of his last games

Parligras Mircea-Emilian2565–Kurnosov Igor2657

Igor liked positions with unusual material balances, where the usual stereotyped assessments did not apply and accurate and concrete calculation was requiredof teh hidden factors in the position. 18 ...h3 19. gxh3 Bf3 20. Rg1 Nxd5 21. Nxd5 Bxd5 22. Ne3 Ra8 23. Nxd5 Rxa6 24. Bxa6 Qe8+ 25. Ne3 d5 26. Kf2 Qa4 27. Be2 – White ahs more than enough compensation for the queen. He only lacks coordination....


27...Qxf4+ 28. Bf3 Bxb2 29. Rae1 Re8 30. Rg4 Qxh2+ 31. Bg2 Re6 32. Nxd5 Bd4+ 33. Be3 Qe5 34. Re4 Qf5+ 35. Rf4 Bxe3+ 36. Rxe3 Qc2+ 37. Kg3 Rxe3+ 38.Nxe3 Qe2 39. Nc4 f5 40. a4 Qc2 41. a5 g5 42. Bd5+ Kg7 43. Rf3 Kf6 44.Ne3 f4+ 45. Kg4 Qh7 – What a miracle! A mating net is created with the minimum of material. 

46. Rxf4+ gxf4 47. Kxf4 Qc7+ 48. Ke4 Qxa5 49. h4 Qe150. h5 Qh4+ 51. Kd3 Qxh5 52. Bb3 Ke5 53. Nc4+ Kf4 54. Bc2 Qf3+ 55. Kd2Qf2+ 56. Kc3 Qe1+ 57. Kd3 Qb4 58. Bd1 Qb1+ 59. Kd2 Qa2+ 60. Kc3 Qa1+ 61.Nb2 c4 62. Kc2 Qa2 63. Be2 Qb3+ 64. Kc1 c3 65. Nc4 Qa2 66. Bd3 Kf3 67.Kd1 Kf2 68. Kc1 Ke1 0-1 Н

He did not play again...

Rest in peace. We will remember you.

Text: Sergey Kim

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