20-year-old GM Urii Eliseev dies after falling from the 12th floor

by Priyadarshan Banjan
11/27/2016 – 20-year-old Russian GM Urii Eliseev died after he fell from his apartment balcony on the 12th floor of a building in Moscow. With a rating of 2614, he was ranked 212 in the world and 42 in Russia. He was the 2016 Moscow Open champion. A brief report.

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20-year-old GM Urii Eliseev dies after falling from the 12th floor

GM Urii Eliseev (2614) — Moscow Open 2016 Champion, Former World Youth U-16 champion.


20-year-old Russian GM Urii Eliseev died after he fell from his apartment balcony on the 12th floor of a building in Moscow. The incident reportedly took place on 26 November, Saturday, at 23.30 when Eliseev was relaxing with his friends.
 
Eliseev, who was fond of heights and 'parkour', decided to jump from the apartment balcony to the balcony in the next apartment. Unfortunately, he failed.

A social media photo showing Eliseev's love for heights.

Eliseev hit the first-floor balcony and stair railing and landed on the asphalt near the utility room. He died of multiple injuries before reaching the hospital.

REN TV interviews the neighbor and friend who witnessed the incident. [Russian; 4.30 mins.]

GM Daniil Dubov reported the incident on Facebook. He wrote in Russian: 'Last night a close friend was tragically killed. A brilliant chess player and an analyst, one of the most talented people I knew — Yuri Eliseev. He tried to climb out the window onto the balcony of the twelfth floor, but it broke. I will write a lot more, but not now.'

Eliseev won both the games he played in the Moscow Team Championship this month. He had a stable performance at the Chigorin Memorial 2016 in October. Earlier this year, he had won the strong Moscow Open 2016.
 
With a rating of 2614 (live: 2621), he was ranked 212 in the world and 42 in Russia. He had a sharp style of play, opening with 1.e4 and defending with the Sicilian in most of his games.
 
ChessBase expresses condolences to the friends and family of GM Urii Eliseev.

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Priyadarshan Banjan is a 23-year-old club player from India. He works as an editor for ChessBase News and ChessBase India. He is a chess fanatic and an avid fan of Vishy Anand. He also maintains a blog on a variety of topics.

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