Gruesome 'chess murder' in Ireland

Last updated 15:40 13/01/2014

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An Irish chess player has been stabbed to death after a fight with his opponent spiralled out of control.

Tom O'Gorman, 39, was murdered at his home in Dublin, just before 2am, reported the Guardian

An Italian man has been arrested in relation to the murder, which Ireland's National Police Service, Garda Siochana, said was "too gruesome to reveal."

The victim's throat was cut, and other parts of his body were attacked with a knife.

Police believe the fight erupted over a chess move and spiralled out of control.

"It was a very unpleasant scene for our people to walk into. This was a bizarre killing and the dead man sustained substantial injuries to his body," a police spokesperson told The Mirror

O'Gorman was a former journalist with The Voice Today, a Roman Catholic newspaper, and more recently a researcher with Catholic lobby group the Iona Institute.

David Quinn, director of The Iona Institute, said O'Gorman's friends and colleagues were devastated at his death, reported The Mirror.

"On behalf of everyone at The Iona Institute, I would like to express our total shock and deep sorrow at the terrible and untimely death of Tom O'Gorman," he said.

"Tom was a friend as well as a work colleague to us all."

The scene has been sealed off for a full technical examination by forensic experts.

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