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Young Russian Chess Grandmaster Said To Die In Fall

  • RFE/RL

Russian news reports say a 20-year-old chess champion, Yury Yeliseyev, fell to his death from the 12th floor of a Moscow apartment building.

Multiple reports cite a friend of Yeliseyev's, Daniil Dubov, who wrote on the social network VKontakte that the young chess grandmaster fell while trying to climb from a window onto a balcony.

"Tonight my close friend [Yury] Yeliseyev, a brilliant chess player and analyst and one of the most talented people I know, died tragically," a post on Dubov's VKontakte page early on November 27 said.

There was no immediate comment from police.

Tabloid news site life.ru reported that Yeliseyev was apparently a devotee of parkour, an extreme sport whose practitioners use buildings as obstacle courses, scale walls and leap from rooftop to rooftop.

Yeliseyev won a world youth chess championship in 2012, and had been a Russian champion in classical chess in the 16-and-under category, state-run Russian news agencies RIA and TASS reported. They said he was ranked 212th by the World Chess Federation (FIDE).

With reporting by R-Sport, RIA, TASS, and life.ru
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