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Dad 1942 Keswick in the lake District England

Dad 1942 Keswick in the lake District England
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Dad is aged about 13 here with his aunts dog, his aunt ran a small hotel which is now a cycle shop .
During the 2nd world war a small platoon of solders were garrisoned here with the job of guarding Derwent water against German paratroopers, my father then aged around 13 was staying here evacuated during the war to his aunties hotel, he used to play draughts for money against the soldiers and always won.
Father later becoming a chess player with an international chess rating.
Date: 2017-12-29 04:05:02

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The photo shows the side of the hotel on the same part where dad is standing
Visual Photons 2017-12-29 04:22:34
And the dog's name was ............... ?
I see Bovril ruled in Keswick :-)
Bobec 47 2017-12-29 07:00:51
[] Dad can't remember the dogs name Bob, before I saw the photos he used to tell me about this huge dog that went everywhere with him, I saw the photos and said it doesn't look that big, he insists it was?
Dad had a bike so had the luxury of traffic free roads, with petrol on ration it must have been great touring the lakes on a bike.
Visual Photons 2017-12-29 07:17:39
Especially in war time !
Bobec 47 2017-12-29 08:13:31
Your father did well, Steve,
becoming a chess player with an international chess rating.

Having a bike during the war was a great asset.
JFGryphon 2018-01-01 06:33:23
[] Dad was a great Chess player in his time, he often beat a friend another ranked chess player who had once forced a draw with Anatoly Karpov who was world champion from 1975 to 1985, when I asked him how as a young boy he could win money from draughts matches against the solders at his aunts hotel he said he was always good at those types of games.
He doesn't think he's as good now at chess but I would still put my money on him against average players.
If dad played a match he could remember every move he had made and the opposite player had made during a game. Then he could replay the match at home himself to see where he might have made a mistake.
It is no wonder that I lost interest in playing against him I had no chance.
Visual Photons 2018-01-01 10:05:37
Great stories, Steve,
like you I gave up on chess.
I think computers can now beat humans.
JFGryphon 2018-01-01 22:10:41
[] They say. the top computers can now beat the top players, up till recently dad could beat the high street games, there again it's supposed to be a game between two human minds and there is the enjoyment.
One evening dad was driving four other members of the chess team to a match, they were all wearing black overcoats, the police had received a report of a robbery by men in black coats, they stopped dad's car and the team ended up sat in the back of a police van explaining that they were going to a chess match. They managed in the end to get to the match while that extra stimulation helped them win the match.
There's more excitement. than you would think playing chess.
Visual Photons 2018-01-02 06:22:27
The black coats makes another great story, Steve.
Bet most computers don't wear black coats.
JFGryphon 2018-01-02 09:06:02

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