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    British Chess Prodigy falls to death

    28.07.06:Jessie Gilbert from Croydon, south London, has fallen to death while competing in the international Czech Open tournament, on Wednesday morning. Gilbert fell from the eighth floor of the Hotel Labe in Pardubice in the Czech Republic. She was only 19. This promising young chess player was well on her way to becoming a Women's International Master and also had a place to study medicine at Oxford. The English Chess Federation described her as one of England's leading women players. She was the youngest player to have won the Women's World Amateur Championship at the tender age of 12. She had also got involved in coaching younger players at the Andrew Martin Chess Academy. Although detectives initially suspected suicide, they are considering it to be an accident lead by the Gilbertís habit of sleepwalking.