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Deaths of Chess Players
I found an interesting site which mentions the causes of deaths of a number of chess players. For example:
Abe Turner 1924-1962 Stabbed nine times in the back by a fellow employee at the Chess Review office.
Alexander Ilyin-Genevsky 1894-1941 Died in the siege of Leningrad while on a barge.
David Przepiorka 1880-1940 Died in a mass execution outside Warsaw.
Karel Treybal 1885-1941 Died a victim of the Nazis.
Klaus Junge 1924-1945 German army officer killed in action.
Leonid Kubbel 1891-1942 Died in the siege of Leningrad.
Nikolai Krylenko 1885-1938 Executed in Stalin's purges.
Salo Landau 1903-1944 Killed by Nazis at a German concentration camp.
Vera Menchik 1906-1944 Died in the V2 German bombing of London.
Vladimir Petrov 1907-1945 Died in a prison camp in Russia.
I was wondering if any one else knew of such similarly violent deaths of chess players
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Interesting Info !
I've heard about Schlecter dying homeless in the streets of malnutrition & exposure
and that Alekhine choked to death while eating a piece of meat, at home without silverware. But have no idea if accurate. A past thread here at GK also brought up a large number of top players having mental issues late in their lives, such as Morphy, Rubinstein and others.
I heard a rumor in the 90's about an incident on the West Coast of the USA (Seattle? Portland?) where two amateurs played a SKITTLES Game, over which one was shot to death by the other ??! Maybe its an urban legend ... but at least at the time I had heard it from several sources and thought it probably true. So this was the scariest Chess death I had heard of, at least until now. But that of Abe Turner sounds pretty bad too, for Chess Caused Death, if indeed it was over a
game related matter(?) ! And very, very sad.
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here is another famous chess criminal
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baseline, are you saying that Sam Sloan is a criminal :)
He certainly should be punished for his awful website.
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A lot more ...
Thanks to mlazar I received a bunch more info on deceased chessplayers.
# Georgy Agzamov (1954-1986) - Russian GM fell between some rocks at a beach and died
# Alexander Alekhine (1892-1946) - choked to death on a piece of meat in 1946
# Johann Allgaier (1763-1823) - dropsy
# Adolf Anderssen (1818-1879) - heart attack
# Vladimir Bagirov (1936-2000) - heart attack while playing chess in Finland
# Rosendo Balinas (1941-1998) - liver cancer
# Curt von Bardeleben (1861-1924) - threw himself out the window of his boarding home at age 63
# Thomas Barnes (1825-1874) - too much weight loss at one time
# Joseph Blackburne (1841-1924) - heart attack
# Claude Bloodgood (1924-2001) - lung cancer while in prison for life
# Samuel Boden (1826-1882) - died of typhoid fever
# Efim Bogoljubov (1889-1952) - suffered a heart attack after a simultaneous display
# Paolo Boi (1528-1598) - poisoned (murdered) in Naples
# Mikhail Botvinnik (1911-1995) - cancer
# Louis Bourdonnais (1795-1840) - stroke
# Gyula Breyer (1893-1921) - heart disease
# Henry Buckle (1821-1862) - typhoid fever
# Ricardo Calvo (1943-2002) - esophagus cancer
# Jose Capablanca (1888-1942) - died after watching a skittles game at the Manhattan Chess Club in 1942.
# Rudolf Charousek (1873-1900) - tuberculosis
# Mikhail Chigorin (1850-1908) - diabetes
# Edgar Colle (1897-1932) - died after an operation for a gastric ulcer
# Arthur Dake (1910-2000) - died in his sleep at age 90
# Cecil de Vere (1845-1875) - tuberculosis
# A. Deschapelles (1780-1847) - hydropsy
# Ed Edmundson (1920-1982) - died of a heart attack while playing chess on a beach in Hawaii
# Max Euwe (1901-1981) - heart attack
# Janos Flesch (1933-1983) - died in a car wreck in England
# Guillermo Garcia (1953-1990) - car wreck
# Efim Geller (1925-1998) - cancer
# Aivars Gipslis (1937-2000) - stroke while playing chess in Berlin
# Karen Grigorian (1947-1989) - suicide by jumping
# Nikolai Grigoriev (1895-1938) - appendicitis
# Eduard Gufeld (1936-2002) - stroke
# Alexander Ilyin-Genevsky (1894-1941) - died in the siege of Leningrad while on a barge
# Dawid Janowsky (1868-1927) - tuberculosis
# Klaus Junge - German army officer killed in action in 1945.
# Paul Keres (1916-1975) - died of a heart attack returning home from a tournament in 1975.
# George Koltanowski (1903-2000) - heart failure at the age of 93
# Boris Kostic (1887-1963) - blood poisoning from a scratch
# Nikolai Krylenko - executed in Stalin's purges in 1938.
# Leonid Kubbel (1891-1942) - executed by firing squad in Leningrad
# Salo Landau (1903-1944) - gassed by Nazis at a German concentration camp
# Emanuel Lasker (1868-1941) - heart attack
# Paul Leonhardt (1877-1934) - died of a heart attack while playing chess at a chess club in 1934.
# George Mackenzie (1837-1891) - suicide: took an overdose of morphine
# Frank Marshall (1877-1944) - died of a heart attack after leaving a chess tournament
# Alexander McDonnell (1798-1835) - died of Bright's disease
# Edmar Mednis (1937-2002) - pneumonia and cardiac arrest
# Vera Menchik (1906-1944) - died in the German bombing of London
# Tony Miles (1955-2001) - died in his sleep at age 46; he was diabetic
# Johannes Minckwitz (1843-1901) - suicide: threw himself under a train
# Paul Morphy (1837-1884) - died of a stroke while taking a cold bath
# Miguel Najdorf (1910-1997) - heart attack
# Aron Nimzovich (1886-1935) - died of pneumonia
# Lembit Oll - suicide by jumping out of the window of his 4th story apartment
# Louis Paulsen (1833-1891) - died of diabetes
# Julius Perlis (1880-1913) - died in a mountain climb in the Alps in 1913.
# Tigran Petrosian (1929-1984) - cancer
# Vladimir Petrov (1908-1943) - died in a prison camp in Russia
# Harry Pillsbury (1872-1906) - died of syphillis
# David Przepiorka (1880-1940) - died in a mass execution outside Warsaw in 1940.
# Cecil Purdy (1906-1979) - died of a heart attack while playing chess
# Abram Rabinovich (1878-1943) - starvation
# Samuel Reshevsky (1911-1992) - heart attack
# Richard Reti (1889-1929) - died of scarlet fever
# Karl Robatsch (1928-2000) - stomach and throat cancer
# Nicholas Rossolimo (1910-1975) - fell from flight of stairs; died of head injuries
# Pierre Saint-Amant (1800-1872) - died after a fall from his carriage
# Carl Schlechter (1874-1918) - died from pneumonia and starvation
# Vladimir Simagin (1919-1968) - died of a heart attack while playing in a tournament
# Gideon Stahlberg (1908-1967) - heart attack during the 1967 Leningrad International tournament.
# Howard Staunton (1810-1874) - died of a heart attack will writing a chess book
# Leonid Stein (1934-1973) - heart attack
# Herman Steiner (1905-1955) - heart attack after a California State Championship game
# Alexei Suetin (1926-2001) - heart attack after a chess tournament
# Mikhail Tal (1936-1992) - kidney failure
# Mikhail Tchigorin (1850-1908) - died of diabetes
# Karel Treybal - died a victim of the Nazis in 1941.
# Alexi Troitzky (1866-1942) - died of starvation during the siege of Leningrad
# Abe Turner (1924-1962) - stabbed 9 times in the back by a fellow employee at the Chess Review office
# Alvis Vitolins (1938-1997) - suicide by jumping
# Daniel Yanovsky (1925-2000) - cancer
# Frederick Yates (1884-1932) - died in his sleep from a leak in a faulty gas pipe connection
# Alexander Zaitsev - died of thrombosis as a consequence of a leg operation in 1971.
# Johann Zukertort (1842-1888) - died of a stroke while playing chess at a London coffee-house
# Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) - committed suicide.
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If one just looked at the numbers, one would be inclined to consider chess as hazardous to one's health (especially the number that died at/about the time of chess tourneys).
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Well, everyone dies.
Most chess players aren't so colorful in their passing.