Police in Tromsø reported Friday that another person connected to the Chess Olympiad, which concluded in the northern Norwegian city on Thursday, was found dead in a local hotel room. Details were sketchy, but police said there was no sign of criminal activity.
Jarle Heitmann, communications chief for the Chess Olympiad, confirmed to state broadcaster NRK Friday morning that the event had been hit by another tragedy, just a day after a player from the Seychelles collapsed at his chess board Thursday afternoon. He was later pronounced dead at the University Hospital of North Norway in Tromsø, and the cause of death was described as a heart attack.
VG Nett reported that after the tournament ended, with China as the winning team for the men and Russia for the women, police were called to the Radisson Blu Hotel in Tromsø Thursday night, when the body was discovered. Heitmann confirmed the dead person was a participant in the large international chess tournament. The participant’s nationality, age and sex were not immediately revealed but VG Nett reported that police had described him as an adult male.
Gunnar Baardsen of the Troms Police District announced that no foul play was involved, and he attributed the death to “natural” causes.
“It’s the police who are handling this case, but I can confirm that there’s been a death at the Radisson Blu Hotel and that a participant (in the Olympiad) has died,” Heitmann told NRK, adding that the Olympiad organizers were offering support “to the rest of the team and others” associated with the dead participant.