Tragedy at MLK Tournament in South Portland

01.31.08 The chess events at the MLK Weekend Chess Extravaganza were overshadowed by the sudden and tragic loss of one of the participants, long-time Maine chessplayer and professional comedian and magician, Bob Nixon. During his second round game Bob suddenly became incapacitated. Tournament participants Lee Doucette and Mark Parker valiantly performed CPR until an ambulance arrived. Bob passed away later that day at Maine Medical Center. Our heartfelt condolences to Bob's family and friends.

For Bob:

We are no other than a moving row
Of Magic Shadow-shapes that come and go
Round with the Sun-illuminated Lantern held
In Midnight by the Master of the Show;

But helpless Pieces of the Game He Plays
Upon this Chequer-board of Nights and Days;
Hither and thither moves, and checks, and slays,
And one by one back in the Closet lays.

Omar Khayyam, The Rubaiyat


Gertrude Lowell RBO Crosstable

Quirk Memorial Crosstable

Image courtesy verbergphoto.com


Comments

Dear Dan,
Thank you for your kind words about my father. He was an incredible man who lived life to the fullest. He was a remarkable father, grandfather, husband, and best friend. He loved going to chess tournaments whenever he could, and when he couldn't he'd be playing at least 30 games at home. He will be forever missed in the Nixon family and beyond.

Thank you
Kim Nixon Joler

NOT TO SOUND CRUDE, BUT THAT WOULD BE THE WAY I WANT TO LEAVE THIS WORLD...{DOING THAT WHICH I ENJOY THE MOST}

BON VOYAGE MY CHESS FRIEND.

AND I DO LOVE CHESS WITH A PASSION .. JUST CAN'T AFFORD THE EXPENSE OF TRAVEL TO, ENTRANCE, AND MEMBERSHIP TO STATE.. ET AL

Dear Dan:

What a nice commemoration! Both the thoughtful photo for a path that leads to we don't know where, plus the nice poem.

Good work.

Fred Irons

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