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Brasket’s daughter, Monica Wedin of Litchfield, said he’d play against up to 20 people at a time at the Festival of Nations, Renaissance Fair and various exhibitions.
“He was very intense and concentrated at the chess board, very difficult to play against,” said Rudolph, who battled Brasket in many tournaments. The two also played “pots” chess, putting in nickels, dimes, quarters for fun.
Brasket spent his last three years at Minneapolis VA hospital, a chess board set up outside his room. He played to the end, Wedin said.
“He was a dear friend, and a tough old warrior, and we’ll soon be following him,” Rudolph said. “We’re looking forward to playing pots in paradise once we get back together again.”
Other survivors include daughters Barbara Romanelli of Edina and Rebecca Leahy of Houston; siblings Richard Brasket of Eden Prairie, Doris Peluzzo of Washington, D.C., and Patricia Klawitter of Champlin; and eight grandchildren.
Services have been held.
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