On 17 November, Igor Ivanov passed away of brain cancer in the US state of Utah. Born in 1947 in Leningrad, Russia - Ivanov learned the game when he was just 5 years old. During his career he scored wins against Karpov, in 1979, and draws against such luminaries as Spassky and Kasparov. He became a grandmaster only this year.
Tributes from TWIC by John Donaldson and the Salt Lake Tribune.