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Young chess grandmaster dies after falling from balcony in parkour dare

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Yuri Eliseev
Yuri Eliseev

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.