IM Igor Yakovlevich Blekhtsin

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Simon Rogers
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IM Igor Yakovlevich Blekhtsin

Post by Simon Rogers » Thu Apr 22, 2021 9:24 pm

I am sorry to report that the Russian International Master Igor Yakovlevich Blekhtsin (Blechzin) passed away on 18th December 2020 aged 79.
He was born in Leningrad (now St Petersburg) on 13th April 1941.
In 1959, he won the USSR junior championship, in 1960, he was the winner of the USSR team championship and in 1962 was runner-up in the Leningrad Championship.
He was also Vice-president of the St Petersburg Chess Federation.
Igor's higest Elo rating was 2511 and a number of his games are on YouTube, including one against FM Shubin Kirill.
He played in many tournaments and regularly played at the Sunway Sitges Open. In 2015 at Sitges, he played against Pedro Aderito who also passed away recently.
RIP

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