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Kurt Meier vs Alain Patience Niyibizi
Tromso Olympiad (2014), Tromso NOR, rd 11, Aug-14
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Fishing Pole Variation (C65)  ·  1-0



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  alexmagnus: Kurt Meier's last game. He had a fatal heart attack either during it or immediately after it finished. Joining the macabre club of chess players who died/suffered something fatal over the board (among the more known players, Bagirov and Gipslis are prominent examples - IIRC, for those two the cause of death was heart attack too).
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: If the CG bio is correct, he was not even 30 years old.
Aug-15-14  zanzibar: His FIDE card is here (#1307398):

It doesn't list his dob. Be careful though, others have confused his rating (1944) with year.

I believe someone mentioned he was 65 years old on on his player page - see it for more details.

Kurt Meier

Aug-15-14  zanzibar: FIDE's download of this game give Meier a win, as does Chess-Results.

<CG> scores it a draw.

The position after 61...Bd6

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should be a win for White. But the final position after

62.Bb5+?! Kd4 63.Kf3 Bxf4 64.Kxd4 Kxd5 should be a draw:

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Aug-15-14  joeyj: Here's his pic ...

Aug-16-14  paulofx2071: he told her story in Leontxo Garcia from Norway, especially the Country of Spain sent Meier's body was covered with sheets removed from the game room while the Olympics were fighting elsewhere.


The Honduran Héctor Mejía, match referee of the tragedy, told about what happened: "As were the pieces on the board at that time, I think Meier thought he was going to win when his opponent found a combination that ensured the tie. Right there began to subside slowly in his chair, and finally his head fell on the board" Then, el game dont finish

Aug-17-14  The Last Straw: The player playing black resigned what would have been a draw as a mark of respect in order to make sure Kurt Meier won the last game of his life. A small act (just resigning one game), but an act that may be remembered forever.
Aug-25-14  Lovuschka: @alexmagnus, Aug-14-14:
Gipslis had a heart attack while playing that caused his death, that is true. It is notable, however, that he suffered the heart attack on 30 January 2000 and died on 13 April 2000 as a result of it.
Aug-31-14  zanzibar: <Kurt Meier>'s biography contains an explanation of the final result for this game.

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