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Forrest M. Mounts (1959-2003)
submitted by Clint Dickens

Forrest M. Mounts died in Ohio State University’s Medical Hospital on March 1, 2003, at the age of 43 due to complications from advanced liver disease.

Affectionately known to his friends as “Monte,” he was an avid chess player for over 30 years. He was a USCF member who participated in over-the-board tournaments and achieved an expert rating in correspondence chess.

Monte often remarked that, “Deep within my chest beats the heart of Alexander Alekhine,” and his profound admiration for Alekhine’s ingenuity and aggressive style showed through with crystal clarity in his own games. His drive to discover promising sacrifices and his devotion to strong, principled play lent a solidity and elegance to his style that quickly erupted into fiery attacks which his Russian role model was so famous for.

A true friend; an inspiration and guide to fellow chess players — Monte died far too young, and he will be sorely missed!