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Great Grandfather's Chess Medal

Today's @dailyshoot assignment is a photo of an heirloom shot in soft diffuse light. This was done with some cloudy light coming in my window, and some bounce from 2 white boxes.


This medal was won by my great-grandfather, David Gottfried, who according to my grandmother's stories, in addition to raising something like 8 kids (his wife died early), he was also a well known chess player in New Jersey in the early part of the 20th century,


I was given his old wooden chess set along with this medal- there is a yellow newspaper clipping from JERSEY CHESS a local news letter that reads:


At "Al's Restaurant," corner Clinton Place and Hawthorne Avenue, you will find Dave Gottfried, genial night manager. Dave has never lost a match game for the Newark Rice Chess Club -- also is the holder of a silver medal for the Brilliancy Prize held at Bradley Beach several summers ago.


I don't think he made the book Great Brilliancy Prize Games of the Chess Masters and he died way long before I came around, but it's valuable to have this piece of family history

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Taken on December 6, 2009