In December 2003 we received the following press release from our member
Ken Whyld's Library Saved
The Swiss Museum of Games at La
Tour-de-Peilz (Switzerland) is pleased to communicate that Ken Whyld's
library of chess books will continue to exist in its entirety. Instead
of splitting up and dispersing Ken Whyld's legacy by selling the books
at auction, the museum, the solicitors, and the heirs have agreed and
signed a contract upon the transfer of the complete library to the museum.
The museum will not only create a catalogue, it will also make efforts
to make the library accessible to the public. Under the heading «
The Ken Whyld collection of chess literature » it will be part of
the museum's specialized library. Situated in a castle at the shore of
Lake Geneva the only museum dedicated to 5000 years of culture history
of games in the world will therefore house one of the rare public libraries
for chess research in Europe.
Swiss Museum of Games
In the meantime the collection has been housed in a nice library room,
the books have been put on the shelves and catalogued by chess historian
The collection's strong points are the sections on early history,
biographies, magazines, tournaments, endgames and bibliography.
the course of our general meeting in La Tour-de-Peilz (May 2006) the
participants were given a preview of the library (see our photo
report) whose official opening took place only a little later
- end of June - in the presence of Ken Whyld’s son Martin Whyld.
As already stated the KWA is willing to publish a printed catalogue
of the Ken Whyld collection.