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Death of Chess Players title

Chess personalities and their cause of death
by Bill Wall


Player’s Name

Born/Death

Cause of Death

Abe Turner

1924 / 1962

Stabbed nine times in the back by a fellow employee at the Chess Review office

Alexandre Deschapelles

1780 / 1847

Hydropsy

Abram Rabinovich

1878 / 1943

Starvation

Adolf Anderssen

1818 / 1879

Heart attack

Aivars Gipslis

1937 / 2000

Stroke while playing Chess in Berlin

Alexander Alekhine

1892 / 1946

Choked to death on a piece of meat

Alexander Ilyin-Genevsky

1894 / 1941

Died in the siege of Leningrad
while on a barge

Alexander McDonnell

1798 / 1835

Died of Bright’s disease

Alexander Zaitsev

1935 / 1971

Died of thrombosis as a consequence
of a leg operation

Alexei Suetin

1926 / 2001

Heart attack after a Chess tournament

Alexey Vyzmanavin

1960 / 2000

Heart attack / Age 40

Alexi Troitzky

1866 / 1942

Died of starvation during the
siege of Leningrad

Alvis Vitolins

1938 / 1997

Suicide by jumping

Andor A. Lilienthal

1911 / 2010

Died after a long illness

Aron Nimzovich

1886 / 1935

Died of pneumonia

Arthur Dake

1910 / 2000

Died in his sleep at age 90

Bent Larsen

1935 / 2010

Died from a cerebral hemorrhage

Boris Kostic

1887 / 1963

Blood poisoning from a scratch

Carl Schlechter

1874 / 1918

Died from pneumonia and starvation

Cecil de Vere

1845 / 1975

Tuberculosis

Cecil Purdy

1906 / 1979

Died of a heart attack while playing Chess

Claude Bloodgood

1924 / 2001

Lung cancer while in prison for life

Curt von Bardeleben

1861 / 1924

Threw himself out the window
of his boarding home

Daniel Yanovsky

1925 / 2000

Cancer

David Bronstein

1924 / 2006

Died of a stroke in Minsk,
Belarus at age 82

David Przepiorka

1880 / 1940

Died in a mass execution outside Warsaw

Dawid Janowsky

1868 / 1927

Tuberculosis

Ed Edmundson

1920 / 1982

Died of a heart attack while playing
Chess on a beach in Hawaii

Edgar Colle 1897 / 1932 Died after an operation for a gastric ulcer
Edmar Mednis 1937 / 2002 Pneumonia and cardiac arrest
Eduard Gufeld 1936 / 2002 Stroke
Efim Bogoljubov 1889 / 1952 Suffered a heart attack after a
simultaneous display
Efim Geller 1925 / 1998 Cancer
Emanuel Lasker 1868 / 1941 Heart attack
Erik Andersen 1904 / 1938 Unknown / Age 33
Frank Marshall 1877 / 1944 Died of a heart attack after leaving
a Chess tournament
Frederick Yates 1884 / 1932 Died in his sleep from a leak in a
faulty gas pipe connection
George Koltanowski 1903 / 2000 Heart failure at the age of 97
George Mackenzie 1837 / 1891 Suicide: took an overdose of morphine.
Georgy Agzamov 1954 / 1986 Russian GM fell between some
rocks at a beach and died
Gideon Stahlberg 1908 / 1967 Heart attack during the 1967
Leningrad International tournament
Guillermo Garcia 1953 / 1990 Car wreck
Gyula Breyer 1893 / 1921 Died from heart disease
Harry Pillsbury 1872 / 1906 Died of syphilis
Henry Buckle 1821 / 1862 Typhoid fever
Herman Steiner 1905 / 1955 Died after a California State
Championship game
Howard Staunton 1810 / 1874 Died of a heart attack while
writing a Chess book
Ignatz von Kolisch 1837 / 1889 Kidney failure at the age of 52
Janos Flesch 1933 / 1983 Died in a car wreck in England
Johann Allgaie 1763 / 1823 Dropsy
Johann Zukertort 1842 / 1888 Died of a stroke while playing Chess
at a London coffee-house
Johannes Minckwitz 1843 / 1901 Suicide: threw himself under a train
Jose Capablanca 1888 / 1942 Died of a stroke while watching a skittles game at the Manhattan Chess Club
Josef Cukierman 1900 / 1941 Committed suicide during world war II
Joseph Blackburne 1841 / 1924 Heart attack
Julius Perlis 1880 / 1913 Died in a mountain climb in the Alps
Karel Treybal 1885 / 1941 Died a victim of the Nazis
Karen Grigorian 1947 / 1989 Suicide by jumping
Karl Robatsch 1928 / 2000 Stomach and throat cancer
Klaus Junge 1924 / 1945 German army officer killed in action
Larry Melvyn Evans 1932 / 2010 Died from complications
following a gallbladder operation
Lembit Oll 1966 / 1999 Suicide by jumping out of the
window of his 5th story apartment
Leonid Kubbel 1891 / 1942 Died in the siege of Leningrad
Leonid Stein 1934 / 1973 Stroke
Lionel Kieseritzky 1806 / 1856 Died in a mental asylum
Louis Bourdonnais 1795 / 1840 Died of diabetes
Louis Paulsen 1833 / 1891 Died of diabetes
Max Euwe 1901 / 1981 Heart attack
Miguel Najdorf 1910 / 1997 Heart attack
Mikhail Botvinnik 1911 / 1995 Died of cancer
Mikhail Chigorin 1850 / 1908 Died of diabetes
Mikhail Tal 1936 / 1992 Died of kidney failure in Moscow
Nicholas Rossolimo 1910 / 1975 Fell from flight of stairs and
died of head injuries
Nikolai Grigoriev 1895 / 1938 Died from appendicitis
Nikolai Krylenko 1885 / 1938 Executed in Stalin’s purges
Paolo Boi 1528 / 1598 Poisoned (murdered) in Naples
Paul Keres 1916 / 1975 Died of a heart attack returning
home from a tournament
Paul Leonhardt 1877 / 1938 Died of a heart attack while playing
Chess at a Chess club
Paul Morphy 1837 / 1884 Died of a stroke while taking a cold bath
Pierre Saint-Amant 1800 / 1872 Died after a fall from his carriage
Ricardo Calvo 1943 / 2002 Esophagus cancer
Richard Reti 1889 / 1929 Died of scarlet fever
Robert J. Fischer 1943 / 2008 Died of kidney failure in Iceland
Rosendo Balinas 1941 / 1998 Liver cancer
Rudolf Rezso Charousek 1873 / 1900 Died of tuberculosis at age 27
Salo Landau 1903 / 1944 Killed by Nazis at a German
concentration camp
Samuel Boden 1826 / 1882 Died of typhoid fever
Samuel Reshevsky 1911 / 1992 Heart attack
Stefan Zweig 1881 / 1942 Committed suicide
Thomas Barnes 1825 / 1874 Complications with too much weight loss
Tigran Petrosian 1929 / 1984 Died of cancer
Tony Miles 1955 / 2001 Died in his sleep at age 46,
he was diabetic
Vera Menchik 1906 / 1944 Died in the V1 German
bombing of London
Vladimir Bagirov 1936 / 2000 Heart attack while playing Chess in Finland
Vladimir Petrov 1907 / 1945 Died in a prison camp in Russia
Vladimir Simagin 1919 / 1968 Died of a heart attack while
playing in a tournament
Vsevolod Rauzer 1908 / 1941 Died of tuberculosis at age 33
Vugar Gashimov 1986 / 2014 Brain tumor / Age 27
William Henry Russ 1833 / 1866 Shot himself in the head

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