Yuri Razuvaev RIP
SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
Grandmaster Yuri Razuvaev died yesterday at age 66. An honoured coach since 1977, Razuvaev’s career is similar to Dvoretsky’s in that he focused less on his own chess playing and instead turned into one of the world’s best known coaches of his generation. Never the less, unlike Dvoretsky, he never completely abandoned competitive chess and could still be found on the circuit from time to time.
Grandmaster Razuvaev was also a much respected opening theoretician, especially of the Saemisch variation against the King’s Indian Defence. He co-wrote , along with Karpov, the ECO on this line! For this reason I have always been especially proud of my win over Razuvaev (with Black) in exactly this opening during the Paris Championship in 1989: