475 ( +1 | -1 ) Chess is ToughPlayer'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.
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.
Alexi Troitzky 1866 / 1942 Died of starvation during the siege of Leningrad.
Aron Nimzovich 1886 / 1935 Died of pneumonia.
Carl Schlechter 1874 / 1918 Died from pneumonia and starvation.
Curt von Bardeleben 1861 / 1924 Threw himself out the window of his boarding home.
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.
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. Efim Bogoljubov 1889 / 1952 Suffered a heart attack after a simultaneous display. 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 Died during the 1967 Leningrad International tournament. Gyula Breyer 1893 / 1921 Died from heart disease. Harry Pillsbury 1872 / 1906 Died of syphillis. 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. Janos Flesch 1933 / 1983 Died in a car wreck. 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. Julius Perlis 1880 / 1913 Died in a mountain climb in the Alps. Karel Treybal 1885 / 1941 Died a victim of the Nazis. Klaus Junge 1924 / 1945 German army officer killed in action. Leonid Kubbel 1891 / 1942 Died in the siege of Leningrad. Louis Paulsen 1833 / 1891 Died of diabetes. Mikhail Botvinnik 1911 / 1995 Died of cancer. Mikhail Tal 1936 / 1992 Died of kidney failure in Moscow. Mikhail Tchigorin 1850 / 1908 Died of diabetes. 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. Richard Reti 1889 / 1929 Died of scarlet fever. Robert J. Fischer 1943 / 2008 Died of kidney failure in Iceland. 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. Stefan Zweig 1881 / 1942 Committed suicide. 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 V2 German bombing of London. 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.
40 ( +1 | -1 ) How about the poor dude...... encarcerated in the Tower of London. When the guards came to take him to the place of execution, he was playing chess at the time. The pieces were heavy and made good missile weapons. Apparently the condemned took out one man with the king, and second with the queen and a third with a bishop by the time they got him. Can't recall who the chappy was, offhand...