Just for interest ….

A message received from club member Bob Kane who recently purchased “The Later Years of Paul Keres”, translated/edited by Harry Golombek which we had in duplicate in the club’s library.  This is the third and final volume in a series of three autobiographical books written by GM Paul Keres.  Bob wrote to say:

“My new purchase contained a few interesting margin notes so out of curiosity I googled previous owner Eric Dott.  It transpires he was a conscientious objector in WW1, a local Doctor, who lived to 100.  He has an interesting bio!

Anyone in the club with memories of Eric Dott (1898-1999)?

PS Estonian GM Paul Keres visited Scotland in 1955 playing matches in Glasgow as part of a UK tour sponsored by the Society for Cultural Relations with the USSR.  Amongst his simul opponents was a certain Erwin Knopfler [Ernö Knöpfler] – father to Mark and David Knopfler who formed the band ‘Dire Straits‘.

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  1. I remember seeing Eric Dott a few times in the late 60s/early 70s and playing a few friendly games with him. He tended to be simply called Dr Dott and some club members at the time seemed to confuse him with his brother Norman, who was a famous neurosurgeon.
    He was quite frail by that time and I wondered if he was suffering from Parkinson’s Disease as he had a bit of a tremor, though if he was then he lived to a surprising age.
    I think I recall him occasionally playing in club tournaments and he certainly seemed to love the game.

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