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|Jul-15-06|| ||Joshka: Tragic and sad news, this guy survived a Russian prison and from what I have read had a tough life. I cherished the chats I had with him at the US Open in Florida of 2004, although I'm only a patzer, he spoke with me in dignity and didn't have that "I'm a grandmaster why should I speak with you" attitude. My heartfelt condolences to his family.|
|Jul-15-06|| ||whiskeyrebel: this is very sad news. I enjoyed watching his games live a few times including just last month in Vegas. He left a lot of fine games behind at least. Here's a toast to him....|
|Jul-15-06|| ||Prugno: Very busy player, so much so that even I managed to lose against him once! (Lido di Camaiore 1997). As far as I remember, his character and behaviour were perhaps not 100% orthodox, perhaps as a consequence of his troubled life history, but over the board he was a strong GM with an excellent understanding of the position and a sharp tactical eye. Sad to see him leave us so soon, like other talented players of his generation (e.g. Vyzmanavin, Oll).|
|Jul-15-06|| ||SickedChess: from wikipedia:
Aleksander Wojtkiewicz (January 15, 1963 - July 14, 2006) was an International Grandmaster of chess. He was Polish by nationality but was born in the USSR. There he was jailed for two years because he rejected to join and refused to serve in the Soviet Army. When Poland regained independence. he moved from Riga to Warsaw where he won two Polish Championships.
He later resided in the United States. He was one of the most active players in the world, constantly flying around the world playing in chess tournaments. Several times he won the annual $10,000 first prize for Grand Prix chess tournaments in the United States.
In his final months, he tied for first at the 2006 World Open in Philadelphia and won the 2006 National Open in Las Vegas.
|Jul-15-06|| ||WannaBe: I've seen him twice in person, first time at the American Open 2005, and just recently at the National Open in Las Vegas. Such young age... =(|
|Jul-15-06|| ||Katrina: God bless his departed Soul.|
|Jul-15-06|| ||nezhmet: M Ginsburg vs Wojtkiewicz, 1990 is an exciting game I played vs Alex in 1990. |
He was a nice guy and will be missed.
|Jul-15-06|| ||Grunfeld: I was extremely sad to hear of his passing too. RIP, Wojo.|
|Jul-15-06|| ||iWaNnAbAgM: He died of liver problems.|
|Jul-16-06|| ||whiskeyrebel: thanks CG.com for selecting A.W. as player of the day.|
|Jul-16-06|| ||EmperorAtahualpa: May he rest in peace! I would like to offer my condoleances to Amber Berglund, Janet and other people close to him.|
I'm curious, how did he become an American citizen? Did he have an American nationality too?
|Jul-16-06|| ||Sneaky: I had the pleasure of meeting him a few years ago at the US Open. He just finished demolishing a young kid rated about 1900 (I knew this because the kid swindled me the previous round), and he was going over his game with him in the skittles room. I don't know if he was just being polite, but he really seemed to think it was a great game, and complimented the kid's moves at several points.|
<PinkPanther> My guess is that you know nothing about the situation, and you're intentionally being tactless and insensitive to satisfy some strange need to draw attention to yourself.
|Jul-16-06|| ||ketchuplover: RIP Mr. Wojtkiewicz. Thank you for your contributions to chess & humanity.|
|Jul-16-06|| ||Reorder: Sneaky, Yes, I think Alex truly cared about the game of Chess and the young folks learning.|
Thanks to those who have said kind things about him.
As for Alex's life, etc., now is likely not the time to over analyze the whys of things. He's gone, sadly enough, and for a bit anyway, those who knew him or loved him want to muse on all the good about him. He packed a LOT of living into those 43 years.
|Jul-16-06|| ||thesonicvision: these are sad times for the chess
community, anf of course all of
wojo's personal family members and friends.
the US has lost one of its strongest,
and one of its most cherished as well.
i've seen wojo all over the place
at tournaments, and he is certainly
one of my favorite current players.
|Jul-16-06|| ||Chess Classics: RIP Wojo. The chess world will miss you.
|Jul-16-06|| ||WannaBe: <chessgames.com> Thanks for adding the National Open games for Aleks. =)|
|Jul-16-06|| ||keypusher: I am very sorry to hear about this. Condolences to Amber Berglund.|
|Jul-16-06|| ||midknightblue: my condolences to Aleks' friends and family.|
|Jul-17-06|| ||TheBB: <Susan Polgar> <There will be a memorial service for Aleks Wojtkiewicz 8 pm Monday at|
Fells Point Chess Club
1717 Aliceanna Street
Donations can be sent to:
Aleksander Wojtkiewicz Funeral Fund
4813 Fernley Square
Halethorpe, MD, 21227
Donations are tax deductible. Any funds in excess of the funeral/burial costs will go to Tamara Wojtkiewicz, Aleksander's mother, living in Poland. Aleksander sent money home regularly.>
|Jul-17-06|| ||alexandrovm: my condolences to Wojtkiewicz's familly and friends...|
|Jul-17-06|| ||stanleys: RIP GM Wojtkiewicz we will miss you!|
|Jul-17-06|| ||Chris C: This was a shock, I've been one of Aleks' students for the past year and had another lesson scheduled for just this week. Aleks had a quick, sharp chess mind many levels above my own but was still very tolerant of my lower level of play and helped me immensely. He had a gruff, serious exterior but actually was quick to laugh and had a great sense of humor. He will be missed by many.|
|Jul-17-06|| ||chessex: I feel so sad and shocked to hear this terrible news. I first saw Aleks at the New York Masters Tournament (held at the Marshall CC), where he ran up a streak of 30 consecutive games without a loss -- against masters and grand-masters. Aleks' contributed much to the sport of chess, as a player, as a teacher, and as a gracious human being. He was a great champion and a true gentleman.|
|Jul-17-06|| ||frank713: I never met Alex, but have heard him of via CXR and New York Masters as well as having reviewed his games here and else where! We will miss him! Mahalo!|
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