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Ivan Alexandrovich Bukavshin (Russian: Иван Александрович Букавшин; 3 May 1995 – 12 January 2016) was a Russian chess player. He was awarded the title Grandmaster by FIDE in 2011.[2] Bukavshin was three-time European champion in his age category.

Ivan Bukavshin
Ivan Bukavshin 2011.jpg
Ivan Bukavshin at the 2011 European Youth Chess Championship in Albena
Full nameIvan Alexandrovich Bukavshin
Country Russia
Born(1995-05-03)3 May 1995
Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Died12 January 2016(2016-01-12) (aged 20)
Tolyatti, Russia[1]
TitleGrandmaster (2011)
Peak rating2658 (January 2016)


Chess careerEdit

Bukavshin won three gold medals at the European Youth Chess Championships, in the Under 12 section in 2006, the Under 14 in 2008 and the Under 16 in 2010.

In 2013, he tied for 1st–11th places 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.[3] In the following year, he tied for first with Ivan Ivanišević in the same tournament, but placed second on tiebreak, after both players finished on a score of 7½/9 points.[4][5] Bukavshin won the Russian Junior (Under 21) Championship in 2015.[6]

In April 2015, he took clear third place at the Aeroflot Open in Moscow, behind Ian Nepomniachtchi and Daniil Dubov.[7] Later that year, in July, Bukavshin 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.[8] In the latter he scored 5/11 points.[9] At the Chess World Cup 2015, for which he 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. In December 2015 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Bukavshin won first the 11th Ugra Governor's Cup, edging out Aleksandr Rakhmanov and Urii Eliseev on tiebreak ,[10] and then the Russian Cup knockout tournament, defeating Dmitry Kokarev in the final.[11]


Bukavshin died in Tolyatti on 12 January 2016, and was originally thought to have suffered a stroke,[12] though now it is reported that it was a massive overdose (or poisoning) of No-Spa that caused his death.[13]


  1. ^ McGourty, Colin. "Ivan Bukavshin dies tragically young". Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  2. ^ "Titles approved in Krakow, Poland". FIDE. 2011-10-26.
  3. ^ Crowther, Mark (2013-10-05). "Chigorin Memorial 2013". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 2014-02-13.
  4. ^ "Chigorin Memorial: Ivan Ivanisevic Victorious, Bukavshin 2nd by Tiebreak". 2014-10-27. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Serbian GM Ivan Ivanisevic winner of Chigorin Memorial 2014". Chessdom. 2014-10-27. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  6. ^ "Alina Bivol and Ivan Bukavshin win Russian U21 Championships". Russian Chess Federation. 2015-04-29. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  7. ^ Ramirez, Alejandro (2015-04-07). "Aeroflot Final: Nepo victorious". ChessBase. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  8. ^ McGourty, Colin (2015-07-07). "Artemiev earns showdown with Russia's best". Retrieved 2015-11-04.
  9. ^ "Tomashevsky and Goryachkina Become Champions". Russian Chess Federation. 2015-08-20. Retrieved 2015-11-04.
  10. ^ Crowther, Mark. "11th Ugra Governor's Cup 2015". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 2015-12-21.
  11. ^ "Ivan Bukavshin wins Russian Cup 2015". Chessdom. 2015-12-12. Retrieved 2015-12-21.
  12. ^ "Russia's Chess Grandmaster Ivan Bukavshin dies, age 20". TASS. 2016-01-12. Retrieved 2016-01-22.
  13. ^ "Безмолвие. Безволие. Безразличие" [Silence. Lack of will. Indifference]. (in Russian). 2016-08-30.

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