They say you are supposed to have only 15 minutes of fame in your lifetime, but Al Takemoto has proved that precept wrong. Two weeks ago, he had his moment in the sun when he earned his life master.

The very day he returned to the local game from the regional tournament where he did so well, he disappeared. We were playing the first of four boards, and Al was dummy. “Pull my cards for me, and I’m going to the car to get the T-shirt I brought home from the tournament,” he said. “I want to donate it to the club.”

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