Legendary Russian Grandmaster Vitaly Tseshkovsky passed away on 24th December in Krasnodar. He attended the Final of Krasnodar Krai Rapid Cup and became ill during the first round.
Vitaly Tseshkovsky was twice champion of the Soviet Union (1976, 1986), winner of the World Chess Olympiad (1986), European Championship (1977) and other prestigious international tournaments.
He finished 4th in the Interzonal tournament in Manila (1976). He was several times champion of Russia and the World Senior champion in individual and team standings. Most recently he was European Senior champion in 2010.