Ivan Bukavshin, Russian chess player, Died at 20


Ivan Aleksandrovich Bukavshin was born on May 3, 1995, and died on January 12, 2016.

He was a Russian chess Grandmaster (2011).

He became the U12 European champion in 2006, U14 European Youth Champion in 2008 and U16 European champion in 2010.

Ivan tied for 1st–11th with Pavel Eljanov, Dmitry Kokarev, Alexander Areshchenko, Denis Khismatullin, Oleg Korneev, Dragan Solak, Vadim Zvjaginsev, Sanan Sjugirov, Maxim Matlakov and Ildar Khairullin in the Chigorin Memorial in Saint Petersburg, in 2013,

During the next year, he tied for first with Ivan Ivanišević in the same tournament, but placed second on tiebreak, after both players finished on 7,5/9 points.

He won the Russian Junior (Under-21) Championship in 2014 and 2015.

Ivan took clear third place at the Aeroflot Open in Moscow, behind Ian Nepomniachtchi and Daniil Dubov, in April 2015,

Later that same year, in July, he tied for first with Vladislav Artemiev and Alexander Motylev, placing third on tiebreak, in the Russian Championship Higher League held in Kaliningrad and earned the qualification for the Superfinal of the Russian Chess Championship.

Then later Ivan scored 5/11.

At the Chess World Cup 2015, Ivan qualified through the European Individual Chess Championship held in February-March of the same year, he was eliminated in the first round by Sergei Zhigalko after the rapid tiebreakers.

During December 2015 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Ivan won first the 11th Ugra Governor’s Cup, edging out on tiebreak Aleksandr Rakhmanov and Urii Eliseev, and then the Russian Cup knockout tournament, defeating in the final Dmitry Kokarev.

Ivan Bukavshin passed away at 20 yrs old due to stroke.