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Russian Women[1] Grandmaster Yelena Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya died November 18 from a "long and serious illness", aged 55.

 

[1] Women can, for historical reasons, hold "women only" titles in the chess world. They're Micky Mouse titles[2] that, now that quite some women hold the titles of International Master and International Grandmaster, are bound to disappear.

 

[2] Mickey Mouse titles in the sense that e.g. the lowest one, Woman Candidate Master, has a required rating of 2000, a rating I don't have, but that is easily in reach for any reasonably talented amateur who's able and willing to do a few hours of homework every week. Several players in my club have such a rating.

 

regards,

Hein

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Six-time U.S. Champion Walter Browne dead at 66:

 

http://en.chessbase.com/post/walter-browne-dies-in-his-sleep-at-66

I was stunned to see this is a thread. So I went back and counted. 11 chess related deaths (including non-players) in 9 years.

I remain stunned. 1.2 deaths/year isn't worthy of a thread. But whatever.....

SC

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Just wait till, err... Spassky goes.

 

Yes, that's the only living chess player I can think of.

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Six-time U.S. Champion Walter Browne dead at 66:

 

http://en.chessbase.com/post/walter-browne-dies-in-his-sleep-at-66

I was stunned to see this is a thread. So I went back and counted. 11 chess related deaths (including non-players) in 9 years.

I remain stunned. 1.2 deaths/year isn't worthy of a thread. But whatever.....

SC

 

Are you a fucking kitten? I've never seen a human get this much bafflement and excitement from threads.

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Was gonna put in suicide thread but this one needs all the help it can get. Plus, with a single posting I've posted a full 8% of all chess deaths.

:-)

 

Craig Woolcock, 43, who suffered severe 'mood swings' relating to his form, killed himself by suffocation (?!?) after failing to progress in a prestigious chess competition.

 

What--he put a bag over his head? One's body will naturally fight for air....so did he hang himself? I've never heard of suicide by suffocation.

SC

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3160879/Champion-chess-player-killed-suffering-mood-swings-playing-matches.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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Was gonna put in suicide thread but this one needs all the help it can get. Plus, with a single posting I've posted a full 8% of all chess deaths.

:-)

 

Craig Woolcock, 43, who suffered severe 'mood swings' relating to his form, killed himself by suffocation (?!?) after failing to progress in a prestigious chess competition.

 

What--he put a bag over his head? One's body will naturally fight for air....so did he hang himself? I've never heard of suicide by suffocation.

SC

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3160879/Champion-chess-player-killed-suffering-mood-swings-playing-matches.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Very interesting case. Chess can be a treacherous thing to the mind.

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Croatian chess grandmaster Krunoslav Hulak dead at 64:

 

http://sport.hrt.hr/304562/preminuo-veliki-hrvatski-sahist-krunoslav-hulak(croatian link)

 

Won a couple of tourneys and participated in the chess olympics many times. Also a national chess champion of Yugoslavia and Croatia for a year.

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Croatian chess grandmaster Krunoslav Hulak dead at 64:

 

http://sport.hrt.hr/304562/preminuo-veliki-hrvatski-sahist-krunoslav-hulak(croatian link)

 

Won a couple of tourneys and participated in the chess olympics many times. Also a national chess champion of Yugoslavia and Croatia for a year.

 

I´ve seen him play at the Hoogovens tourney 1986. A rather bland draw with black, IIRC. He eventually won the B-group that year. He's not widely known outside the chess world.

 

Hulak played his last rated game on 22 May. He won.

Edited by Magere Hein
Game added.

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Just wait till, err... Spassky goes.

 

Yes, that's the only living chess player I can think of.

 

German newspaper Die Zeit has an article about Spassky from 10 October 2015, on the occasion of the German premiere of Pawn Sacrifice, with a picture:

 

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78 and doesn't look well.

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Report of the death of the great Viktor Korchnoi: https://twitter.com/Chess__News/status/739822709891334144

 

Obviously early days so awaiting corroboration and news reports before adding him to the round-up.

 

Edit: There's this, so I'll add him in anyway for now: https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fruchess.ru%2Fnews%2Fall%2Fushel%2Biz_zhizni_viktor_korchnoi%2F&edit-text=

 

The info apparently comes from his son, so...

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Report of the death of the great Viktor Korchnoi: https://twitter.com/Chess__News/status/739822709891334144

 

Obviously early days so awaiting corroboration and news reports before adding him to the round-up.

 

Edit: There's this, so I'll add him in anyway for now: https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fruchess.ru%2Fnews%2Fall%2Fushel%2Biz_zhizni_viktor_korchnoi%2F&edit-text=

 

The info apparently comes from his son, so...

 

Guardian Obit: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/jun/06/viktor-korchnoi-obituary

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Report of the death of the great Viktor Korchnoi: https://twitter.com/Chess__News/status/739822709891334144

 

Obviously early days so awaiting corroboration and news reports before adding him to the round-up.

 

Edit: There's this, so I'll add him in anyway for now: https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fruchess.ru%2Fnews%2Fall%2Fushel%2Biz_zhizni_viktor_korchnoi%2F&edit-text=

 

The info apparently comes from his son, so...

 

Guardian Obit: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/jun/06/viktor-korchnoi-obituary

 

 

I had completely forgotten he was still alive.

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