Monday, April 24, 2006

Chess Kills!

It is amazing what some journalists will do for a lead:

Most sports have inherent risks, some more than others. Take sky diving, car racing, extreme skiing - even hockey and football, for instance. The thinking man's sport, however, is often passed up in the high-adrenaline mix. But the fact remains - chess kills.

Although chess fatalities have been down this year, there were a couple of players who died in 2005, including one in Canada, says Peter Kerek, organizer of Kamloops' second annual Worker's Memorial Chess Tournament.

"It's usually older guys. Maybe they weren't healthy already - I don't know the specifics," he notes.

From "Chess and death - don't let this checkmate be your last" at Kamloops This Week.

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