On January 2, 2017, Bobbie Nobles a truly great person and a member of our chess community died. One of the great benefits and joy that we sometimes get out of playing chess is the opportunity to meet some great and interesting people as we play them across the board and Bobbie was definitively one of those individuals.  Bobbie was a regular chess member at the Meadowlark community center and the Los Vocanes senior center chess clubs and was a NMCO tournament player over the last two years. Across the board, Bobby was a tenacious defensive player who was quick to punish you if you overplayed your position. In life, Bobbie was a gentle, humble, and kind person who always sported a friendly smile and a warm heart. When I first met Bobbie, I was surprise at how old he was (well into his eighties) and was further amazed that such a gentle person had served two combat tours in Vietnam in 1969 and 1972 as a F-101 fighter pilot. A copy of Bobbie’s obituary is online at Frenchfunerals.com. and it is a testament to a good man who performed numerous community services and who made a difference in the lives of many people.  A true and correct definition of a life well lived. It was an honor and blessing to have known him. He will be GREATLY missed by all his chess friends.