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News & Reports Aug 15, 2014 | 9:30 PMby Tromso Olympiad 2014

Press release: Two players die on final day

The Tromsø 2014 Chess Olympiad organisers have released the following statement concerning the tragic death of two participants on the final day of the event.

Friday 15 August 2014


Chess Olympiad Tromsø 2014 regretfully has to announce that two Olympiad participants died on Thursday 14 August 2014.

Attempts to resuscitate the player who collapsed in the playing hall at 15:30 (as outlined in our earlier press release) were sadly unsuccessful. The Seychelles player who died has now been named as 67-year-old Swiss-born Kurt Meier.

Great chess enthusiast Kurt Meier pictured earlier during the 2014 Chess Olympiad | photo: David Llada

Later in the evening of the same day another player taking part in the Tromsø Chess Olympiad was found dead in their room at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Tromsø.

According to police there is no suspicion of criminal activity and it is a case of death by natural causes.

Olympiad Communications and PR Manager Jarle Heitmann commented:

At this moment we can confirm that the player is from Uzbekistan. Attempts are underway to notify the next of kin. Until this is done there will be no official information released about the player, or the identity of the player.

The Chess Olympiad would like to express our sincere condolences to the families and all who knew both players. We also continue to offer counselling to participants, and others, who feel they need support dealing with these unexpected tragedies.

Sunday 17 August

The second chess player can now be named as 46-year-old Alisher Anarkulov from Uzbekistan, who played for the International Chess Committee of the Deaf team at the Olympiad. 

For further information or questions please contact:

Chess Olympiad 2014,
Communications and PR Manager Jarle Heitmann, mobile (+47) 909 34 850

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