Nicholas Lanier (1954 – 2019)
Very sad news for the Portuguese chess community. Nicholas Lanier was a friend to everyone. Organizer, player, book seller and jack of all trades, Nicholas died suddenly on Thursday.
I knew Nicholas quite well. He was always a welcome guest at my home in Guarda, he knew my wife (Aida) and sister-in-law (Isabel). A world traveller, we hitched up sometimes when I was playing or training abroad.
Nicholas spoke about a dozen languages, including Mandarin(!). Apparently he was a tourist guide when younger and visited every continent at one time or other. Rest in peace, old friend.