Russian Grandmaster Alexander Lastin passed away on Friday at the age of 38. The funeral will take place 25th January in Zheleznovodsk.
Lastin was one of the leading chess players in Stavropol Krai, Russian Champion in 2002 and winner of the Moscow Open in 2006.
In 2014 he was active in rapid events in North Caucasian Federal District. His last tournament was in November in Grozny where he convincingly won the Cup Final 2014 SKFO.