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Don Morgan Lafferty, Grandmaster (1996 ACF Rating 2586), was born August 5th, 1933 in Barren County, Kentucky. First became interested in the game at an early age by playing with his uncle and grandfather. Later coached by Horace Steen, who was also young Walter Hellman's coach in Gary, Indiana in the early 1930s. Received a bachelor's degree in math and physics from Western Kentucky University at Bowling Green, Kentucky. With later graduate studies at both Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, he earned a master's degree in Math and Physics plus 30 hours for Rank One Teacher's Degree. He taught high school math and physics in Kentucky prior to retiring in 1988. Don was a close friend of Marion Tinsley and they played many a study & practice games through out his lifetime of checker playing.  Tinsley coached Lafferty to a win over Lowder in their 1989 Lafferty vs Lowder World Title Freestyle "GAYP" Match  Don Lafferty won the GAYP World Title in 1982 defeating Oldbury by 1-0-23 and kept it until 1991 and retired undefeated from checkers due to illness. He died 6/7/1998, just two months short of Age 65. | Photos | Don's Funeral Program  |  What Don Lafferty & Richard Pask said about Oldbury |   Don's Gravesite  | Jim Morrison is from the same area and possibility knows more about Don than anyone (checker player) living today 6/2/2014, gave me this information: "JR, Don's hometown was Cave City, Kentucky. They have a wall of fame at the local chamber of commerce and Don has a plaque showing his success as a checker player. You spoke of Horace Steen, he was also my coach. Mr. Steen was my great uncle by marriage. I now reside on his old farm that I purchased at his death. Don and I were born about 5 miles apart. Don taught the longest and was teaching there when he retired at North Hardin High School. Don had 4 daughters by 3 wives, 1 daughter (the youngest) was killed in a car accident as a teenager. His oldest daughter is County Treasurer of Barren County. I do some business with her and we communicate often. Another daughter lived in Horse Cave the last I heard. The other daughter was in Hardin County the last I heard. I have probably give you more info than you wanted."  Jim Morrison

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