A chess champion who won the world championship at age 86 died Monday after suffering a heart attack, his wife said.
David Bischoff was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in December, and he was rushed to the University of Virginia Hospital where he died Monday night, his longtime chess coach said.
“David was one of the best chess players of all time,” said Roberta Bischoffs, who is married to Bischof.
“He was an amazing chess player.
He was an inspiration to all of us who played chess.”
Bischoff won four major titles, including a third-place finish in 1981.
He also played at the U.S. Open in 1986, a year after winning the title.
His wife, Dorothy Bischowitz, said he was battling congestive failure, and she had been on a plane to Las Vegas to attend a funeral for her husband.
She said her husband, who was a master of chess and a prolific chess writer, was not a fighter.
“He was very quiet, very modest and never had an outburst,” she said.
“I was just trying to find a way to cope with what he was going through.
I knew what I was dealing with.
It was a horrible time.”
David was in his 70s and was a prolific writer, with more than 200 published books.
His writing was among the first to highlight the dangers of playing chess and was widely cited in the chess world.
In the 1980s, he published a book on chess called “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” a reference to the 1994 World Chess Championship that had been staged in Moscow.
The chess world reacted to his death on social media.
“I am saddened to learn of the passing of David Bischhoff.
His passion for chess and for human understanding was legendary and his talent was undeniable.
He will be greatly missed,” said John McEntee, president of the World Chess Federation.”
We are saddened by his passing.
He played an enormous role in the growth of chess as we know it.
We were fortunate to have him as our ambassador.
I am sure that his legacy will live on for many years to come.”
Bockholtz, the Dutch chess grandmaster, was born in Germany in 1925 and studied at the University in Munich before becoming a professional.
He won three World Chess titles and one World Championship.
He was elected to the Dutch Chess Federation’s Hall of Fame in 1987.
He died at the age of 83.
His friend and former chess coach, Fritz Fischer, posted a tribute on Facebook.
“His life and work were of immense value to the game, and for that reason he is the greatest of all chess players,” Fischer wrote.
Bischof’s chess writing also inspired his wife, who said he had never considered writing a book until recently.
She described the book as “an amazing and inspirational memoir that was written in the heart of a dark time.”
“I wanted to write a book about the people and places he visited and about the lives that he lived in the years after his retirement from chess.
It is a beautiful and tragic story,” she wrote.
David was the first player to win the chess title in the world.
He said his first major title came when he played at a tournament in Budapest in the 1930s, where the Hungarian national team won the World Cup.
He later won two more titles in the World Championship, and his championship was also the first time the United States won a major title in its history.