Ivan Bukavshin was among the top 100 players in the world when he died last week at age 20. The following game, played a month before his death, shows his extraordinary talent.

A week ago, one of the brightest young stars in the chess world suddenly died from a stroke at the age of 20. I didn’t know Ivan Bukavshin myself,but I had frequently seen and analysed his theoretical ideas. There is a deep bond that connects many chess players, and I can’t quite express my feelings at this heartbreaking news. I would like to celebrate one of the most innovative ideas by the young Russian, played just one month before his untimely death.


Parimarjan Negi is an Indian grandmaster who is the second-youngest ever to earn the title (at 13 years 4 months and 22 days). Ranked No. 83 in the world, he is currently a sophmore at Stanford University.