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Young chess grandmaster dies after falling from 12th-floor balcony

Published 27/11/2016

View of the Kremlin, Moscow. Yuri Eliseev died in the city while taking part in parkour, according to police
View of the Kremlin, Moscow. Yuri Eliseev died in the city while taking part in parkour, according to police

A prominent young chess grandmaster has died after falling from a balcony while undertaking the extreme sport of parkour, said police.

Yuri Eliseev, 20, died late on Saturday after falling from the 12th-storey of his apartment building in Moscow, according to Russian news reports.

The reports quoted police saying Eliseev died while trying to reach the balcony of a neighbouring apartment. He was described as a practitioner of parkour, which involves climbing, jumping to difficult perches and acrobatic moves.

Eliseev was the world under-16 chess champion in 2012 and was given grandmaster status at just 17.

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