Apart from Raymond Weinstein, are there any other examples of chess players of at least Master strength who committed murder?

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    The most high profile case was solved by Columbo :) imdb.com/title/tt0069906
    – ToddM
    Feb 14, 2017 at 18:54
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    Other than the players listed in the comments below, I know of no others. However, I know many chess pieces that commit murder. Why if you're a pawn or a Queen you nearly have no chance of survival!
    – user34445
    Feb 16, 2017 at 14:50

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Claude Bloodgood, the popularizer of the Grob (1. g4), must be far and away the most famous. At one stage his USCF rating was second only to Gata Kamsky! It doesn't get much worse than murdering your own mother.

  • Thanks... any less famous examples, maybe? Feb 5, 2016 at 17:37
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    PS the inventor of the Grob was, of course, Henry Grob, not Bloodgood. Feb 5, 2016 at 17:37
  • @A.N.Other Thanks! I've corrected the answer.
    – Brian Towers
    Feb 5, 2016 at 20:05
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    Bloodgood claims it was only his step-mother.
    – Mike Jones
    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:18
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    Ironically "grob" in Russian means "coffin". May 1, 2016 at 13:48

I don't think Alexander Pichushkin played at Master level, but wikipedia implies that he was quite a strong player.

  • Even though according to the sources he was very interested in chess, and possibly a strong player, too, nothing suggests that he reached Master strength. May 6, 2016 at 17:14

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