Man Stabbed to Death ‘Over Chess Dispute’

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 1/13/14, 9:28 AM.

On Sunday morning a 39-year-old man was found stabbed to death in Dublin, Ireland in what detectives believe may have been a row over a late night game of chess. A man covered in blood was taken into custody and said to officers that a dispute started when an illegal move was played. This was reported by several British media.

One of the questions in the newly launched Chess Personality quiz goes: “After losing a game have you ever broken something or yelled out loud?” On Sunday it became clear that playing an illegal move can provoke even bigger emotional reactions.

Several British (and later international) media reported on the horrific death of Tom O’Gorman, a 39-year-old researcher who was attacked and badly mutilated at his home in the Castleknock district of west Dublin. Mr O’Gorman’s Italian lodger, who “calmly” called the police himself, was arrested. His face and clothers were covered with blood.

The scene in the house was described as ‘like an abattoir’ and the two officers, who found the body shortly before 2am on Sunday, would reportedly be sent for trauma counselling.

Why does this news reach Well, as it turns out the accused told officers that “a row stemmed from Mr O’Gorman engaging in a chess move that was against the rules.”

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  • 23 months ago


    It is a very very sad news.

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  • 23 months ago


    I myself went berserk a few times after loosing a game. Its really hard to compensate anger in chess. Some has to work over it and try to find ways to avoid sentimental involvement during a match. The best way is i think NOT to relate the game to your personality. Nobody is a better person, or more intellegent than you just because he won against you in a game of chess or in any other games. Of course it is wise to avoid players who take the game to seriously and get mad after making a mistake etc. And it is also wise to avoid players who try to get you angry during the game. DON'T PLAY AGAINST BAD GUYS. But the best way to stay calm and enjoy playing is to see the game as way to make things right and when this is not happening to see after the game where you went wrong....I myself have been calm perfectly after I applied this way of thinking about the game....Chess is culture. Not violence.

  • 23 months ago


    Chess is battle of minds(only small part of it is luck), whoever wins is the best. Losing is often frustrating, but why would anyone kill an opponent. Maximum someone would kill himself/herself because his self-esteem diminished after a loss. 

  • 23 months ago


    this is sad, why do these people fight over a game? better to not play, death is a horrible thing to happen as a result of a game,

  • 23 months ago


    If there was an argue about chess rules they should refer to internet and look for reliable source.

  • 23 months ago


    It's probably better to just resign instead of butchering your opponent in these situations.

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  • 23 months ago


    Is stabbing an illegal move in chess?

  • 23 months ago


    You makes illegal moves in chess now a day. Sound like an inexperience immature player

  • 23 months ago


    That was probably an excuse and didn't want the true reason for the murder to be known.

  • 23 months ago


    PGN and video footage please

  • 23 months ago


    Ubelievable, but chess can be a substitute for anger, and if the anger gets out of hand, or off the board..., we have heard of incidents from soccer, but now also chess, not quite usual, but I think there have been incidents before, maybe not in long? Any chess historians? Something in Hastings in the 1800's? and I am pretty sure there was a chess murder case in Sherlock Holmes?

  • 23 months ago


    very sad. that's why playing chess on the internet is better, never know how opponent can react. the sad story shows you have to be sure of opponents emotional reactions if he loses (if playing at home) 

    no illegal moves on online chess

    chess can be dangeriuos

  • 23 months ago

    NM GreggStanley

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  • 23 months ago


    I do not want the last moments of my life dying when playing this game.

  • 23 months ago


    no PGN?

  • 23 months ago


    Wow that's sad

  • 23 months ago


    Boy you sure seem concerend for the chap who just dies D_Ostwald. Sad story.

  • 23 months ago


    Begs the question ... what are the 'rules' concerning what happens after a player plays an 'illegal' move?  I understand that the move must be taken back and a legal move played, but what about the clocks?

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