Ilyumzhinov: Former coach of Kasparov and Karjakin Yuri Dokhoyan passed away

On July 1, the honoured coach of Russia Yuri Dokhoyan passed away. International Grandmaster, Honoured Chess Coach of Russia Yuri Dokhoyan died at the age of 57. It is reported that Dokhoyan died from the effects of the coronavirus infection.

Among the pupils of Dokhoyan are the strongest chess players: the 13th world champion Garry Kasparov, Sergey Karjakin, who in 2016 became the winner of the Candidates Tournament, Tatyana and Nadezhda Kazantsev. In recent years, the coach has worked with Russian Andrei Esipenko, who beat the reigning world champion Norwegian Magnus Carlsen at a tournament in the Netherlands in January 2021.

From 2006 to 2011, he headed the Russian women's national team, which, under his leadership, for the first time in history, won the World Chess Olympiad in 2010. From 2011 to 2015, he headed the Russian men's team.
The death of Yuri Rafaelovich is a huge loss for Russian and world chess. My sincere condolences to the family, friends and students of Yuri Dokhoyan.