View Full Version : GM Alexander Wojtkiewicz dies

Bill Gletsos
15-07-2006, 06:02 PM
US Chess is reporting the death of GM Alexander Wojtkiewicz dies at 43.

He tied for first in the recent World Open at which Moulthun Ly gained his IM norm.

15-07-2006, 06:02 PM

15-07-2006, 06:16 PM
Yes, it is sad news, I heard people talking about it on ICC this morning. They were saying he had been a heavy drinker.

15-07-2006, 06:38 PM
Only a few weeks ago I watched him play on playchess.com where he was a regular. His games were also used in the ICC tutorials.


16-07-2006, 12:28 PM

Duff McKagan
16-07-2006, 01:35 PM
R.I.P. :sad:

Leonid Sandler
16-07-2006, 03:04 PM
I have just learned terrible news of sudden death of my dear friend for some 36 years Alexander(Alex,Sasha) Wojtkiewicz.
We have started to attend chess section of Pioneer Palace in Riga (Latvia) in 1970.Very soon he showed his exceptional talent quickly becoming one of the best junior in the country which he always represented with great pleasure and distinction.These days in Latvia were an exciting times Mikhail Tal,Vladimir Bagirov,Aivars Gipslis,Alvis Vitolinsh,Alexander Koblenc (all deciased) and many others were always happy to help us when juniors playing friendly games ,analising different positions or just talking about game of chess.
Wojtkiewicz always played a lot of games often beating the best representatives of our generation,many of them are top world grandmasters.Unfortunatelly his chess carier come to a stand still because of historical curcumstances.Ethnic pole,Sasha had been always person with free spirit and independent views.In eighties of the last century he become involved with Polish trade union movement Solidarnost and Soviet military authority put him to jail for refusing to serve in army.Only years later when he emigre to his native Poland and later on to USA he was able to continue his chess carier.,and he played,played,played...He won a lot of tournament s,the last one World Open only a few weeks ago.Only about a month ago he rung me telling about his desire to see Chess Olympiad of 2010 in our native Riga,Alex mum still lives there.He was full of plans,ideas and desire to play...
And now these terrible news.
Please rest in piece my dear friend Sasha,you will be remembered in chess community around the world.My condolencies goes to Alexanders mum Tamara and his young son and his mother.

Leonid Sandler

16-07-2006, 07:50 PM
Nice words Leonid, thanks for that.