Refresh: Have a heart for Chess

Aug 28, 2009, 8:42 AM |
I'm busy this week getting ready for the American Heart Association chess related Fundraiser taking place THIS SUNDAY AT 1PM AT THE BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB details here . I have been reviewing Petrosian's games at the Zurich 1953 and will follow up soon with a post to continue my series.


In light of Mike Griffins lead at the BCC blog on how many chess players have died from heart disease extracted from Bill Wall's page on the death of chess players, I thought I'd augment this list in true blunderprone fashion with pictures to most of the names mentioned. This will be on display at the Event. I hope you all can come.
This hobby of ours is a deadly sport. Take care.



•Johann Allgaier (1763-1823) - dropsy
•Adolf Anderssen (1818-1879) - heart attack
•Vladimir Bagirov (1936-2000) - heart attack while playing chess in Finland
•Joseph Blackburne (1841-1924) - heart attack
•Efim Bogoljubov (1889-1952) - suffered a heart attack after a simultaneous display
•Gyula Breyer (1893-1921) - heart disease
•A. Deschapelles (1780-1847) - hydropsy
•Max Euwe (1901-1981) - heart attack
•Aivars Gipslis (1937-2000) - stroke while playing chess in Berlin
•Eduard Gufeld (1936-2002) - stroke
•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
•Emanuel Lasker (1868-1941) - heart attack
•Frank Marshall (1877-1944) - died of a heart attack after leaving a chess tournament
•Edmar Mednis (1937-2002) - pneumonia and cardiac arrest
•Paul Morphy (1837-1884) - died of a stroke while taking a cold bath
•Miguel Najdorf (1910-1997) - heart attack
•Cecil Purdy (1906-1979) - died of a heart attack while playing chess
•Samuel Reshevsky (1911-1992) - heart attack
•Gideon Stahlberg (1908-1967) - heart attack during the 1967 Leningrad International tournament.
•Howard Staunton (1810-1874) - died of a heart attack while writing a chess book
•Johann Zukertort (1842-1888) - died of a stroke while playing chess at a London coffee-house