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By Phillip R Smith   
October 14, 2010

Nicolas Cox (1979-2010)

I’m writing with much sadness to inform the chess world of the untimely death of Nicolas (Nick) Cox.  Nick was just 31, my youngest brother, and he left this world much too soon.  Never a renowned or greatly accomplished player, Nick nonetheless loved the game and truly enjoyed meeting the many people he competed against playing it.  He especially enjoyed his time with the Elizabeth (CO) High School and Terre Haute (IN) chess clubs and the friends he made at both places.  Nick’s biggest success came just a few short weeks before his death winning clear first (4.5-.5) at the 2010 Indianapolis Open.  Here’s a game representative of him from that tournament.  While his games, much like mine, were far from being works of art, he did play interesting, energetic chess.  He was a very clever player, always willing to take risks and venture into uncharted waters to keep from being tied down in a passive position.

He will truly be missed.

MAJ Larry Cox

2010 Indianapolis Open

Round 4

White:  Nicolas Cox (1472)

Black:  George Feng (1466)

1. d4 d5 2. e3 Nf6 3. Bd3 g6 4. f4 e6  5. Nf3 c5 6. c3 Nbd7 7. 0-0 Bg7 8. Nbd2 Ng4 9. Qe1 f5 10. Ng5 Nf6 11. Bb5+ Ke7 12. dxc5 b6 13.  h3 Nh6 14. cxb6 Qxb6 15. a4 Ne4 16. Nxe4 dxe4 17. b3 Nf7 18. Ba3+ Kf6 19. Nxe4+ fxe4 20. Qh4+ Resigns

Nicolas Cox - May you rest in peace!