Friday, August 15, 2014

More People Die At Chess Tourney Than In The NFL in 50 Years

From the NY Daily News:
A major international chess tournament in northern Norway ended on a grim note, with one player dying in the middle of a game and another found dead in a hotel room, organizers said Friday.
A 67-year-old member of the Seychelles team collapsed and died during the final round Thursday of the two-week Chess Olympiad in Tromsoe, tournament spokesman Jarle Heitmann said.
Another player, from Uzbekistan, was found dead in a hotel room later Thursday, Heitmann said.
He said both died of natural causes. Tromsoe police said on Twitter there was “no crime” suspected in either case.
Heitmann said there was a brief moment of panic as emergency workers rushed to attend to the Seychelles player, as some participants apparently mistook their defibrillator for a gun and fled toward the exits.
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On the other hand, the NFL has had only 1 on field death- Detroit Lion, Chuck Hughes, who died in 1971

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