Elena Tairova
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Elena Tairova
Elena Tairova
Born(1991-08-28)August 28, 1991
Minsk,[1]Belarusian SSR, Soviet Union
Died16 March 2010(2010-03-16) (aged 18)
TitleInternational Master (2007)
Woman Grandmaster (2006)
Peak rating2455 (November 2009)
Peak rankingNo. 34 woman (July 2009)

Elena Tairova (Russian: ?; Belarusian: ?, romanizedAlena Tairava; August 28, 1991 - March 16, 2010) was a Belarusian and Russian chess player. She was awarded the FIDE titles of Woman Grandmaster (WGM)[2] in 2006 and International Master (IM) in 2007.[3]

Tairova won the gold medal at the European Youth Chess Championships in the Girls U10 category in 2001, playing for Belarus,[4] and the World Youth Chess Championships in the Girls U14 section in 2005, representing Russia.[5] She was the silver medallist in the European Youth Championships in the Girls U12 category in 2003[6] and the Girls U14 in 2004. Also in 2004, Tairova won the bronze medal at the World Youth Championships in the GIrls U14 category.[7]

In 2006, she won the Russian U-20 girls championship[8] and finished second in the Superfinal of the Russian women's championship.[9]

In May 2007, Tairova played board five for the Russian team that won the silver medal in the 1st Women's World Team Chess Championship in Yekaterinburg.[10] In July 2007, she finished third in the Queens Woman Grandmasters tournament in Bad Homburg, behind Zhao Xue and Elisabeth Pähtz respectively.[11][12] In the same year, she participated in the Russia vs China match and tied for first at the Russian Women's Superfinal, beating Nadezhda Kosintseva, among others.

On March 16, 2010, Tairova died from a chronic undisclosed illness at the age of 18.[13]


  1. ^ WIM title application. FIDE.
  2. ^ "Titles Approved by FIDE Presidential Board, Al Ain 2006". FIDE. 2006-04-24. Retrieved 7 October 2015
  3. ^ "List of Titles Approved". FIDE. 2007-06-25. Retrieved 7 October 2015
  4. ^ "Jugend-Europameisterschaft U10 Mädchen". chess-results.com.
  5. ^ "World Youth Chess Championship 2005 G14 Belfort, France". chess-results.com.
  6. ^ "European Youth Championship Girls - U12". chess-results.com.
  7. ^ "World Youth Chess Championships 2004 Girls U14". chess-results.com.
  8. ^ Crowther, Mark (2006-03-13). "TWIC 592: Russian Under-20 Championships". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ Crowther, Mark (2006-12-18). "TWIC 632: Russian Women's Championship". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ "China wins Women's Team Championship by two points". ChessBase. 2007-05-30. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ "Queen's Chess Internationales Damen-Großmeisterturnier". chess-results.com.
  12. ^ Crowther, Mark (2007-08-06). "TWIC 665: Bad Homburg". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 2015.
  13. ^ "IM/WGM Elena Tairova passes away at eighteen". ChessBase. 2010-03-24. Retrieved 2015.

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