Today’s Vintage Chess Humor!
Chess & Death
Chess can be very stressful, and depending on your constitution, may be harmful to your health. I am certain you know stories of people who have been advised by their doctor to give up the game. I personally have even witnessed players dropping dead during a game!
During the Tromso Olympiad (2014) two players died within hours of each other. One died of a heart attack during play, while the other was found dead in his hotel room.
Curiously, had it not been for these two deaths the international media would have completely ignored the Olympiad!
The Norwegian organizers were not amused, so much so that the very next year when the Stavanger (Norway) supertournament was organized the organizers DELIBERATELY withheld news of a visiting journalist covering the event who had died of a heart attack in his hotel during a fire drill until AFTER the event!
Well, the truth is that people die all the time and everywhere. You might find this article funny if you are curious to read some other stories on the subject.