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Thursday, May 12, 2011

R.I.P. - WIM Sona Pertlova passes away at 23

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Hello everyone,

We are sad to inform you that the young 23-year-old WIM Sona Pertlova of Czech Olympiad Team 2008 is no more. She passed away on Sunday due to cancer. We pray for peace and may the Lord giver her family strength to bear with this loss. A nice combination of beauty and brains, this chess lover was also a very good athlete. Her illness started in 2008 and played the Dresden Olympiad before chemotherapy. She made the best individual result among Czech players on the European Team Championship achieving a WGM norm. But the cancer came back. In the September of 2010 she became paralysed during the tournament in Rijeka and the prediction of the doctors didn’t give much hope.

For us you smile forever Sona

"Sona kept her friendliness and optimism even after these bad news and she has been fond of chess all that time in hospital until her last days. It’s very sad she left us so soon," wrote David Navara on his blog.

A very nice tribute on says "Sona stays in our hearts as an extraordinary example of a fighter – over the chessboard and with all the problems a life may bring. Sona, we’ll miss you!"

We express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sona Pertlova.

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  • At May 17, 2011 at 7:26 PM , Anonymous Bernardo Costanzo said...

    Always it's so sad to say goodbye to someone, but worse it's to say it to a person who is nice, sweet and fraternity. I express my condolences to her family and I hope God carry her.


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