Compared with the barely two-day meeting in Forchheim
which was felt by many as too short, the period of nearly 3 days in Amsterdam
was quite generous. When the first afternoon and evening - including the
very nice dinner at the Holland-Casino - were intended for the members
to meet each other and were mainly characterized by conversations, the
visit of the Royal Library in The Hague may rightly be called a highlight
of our short club history.
went by train from Amsterdam to The Hague. From our KWA circle Mrs
Jörg Abramowski, Ralf Binnewirtz, Tomasz Lissowski, Frau Fayard,
Alessandro Sanvito and Alain Fayard are to be seen.
The guided tour was exceptionally intensive and competent, especially
the presentation of Alexander Rueb’s scrapbooks was a fantastic
experience for all of us.
rediscovered scrapbooks of the first FIDE president touch each collector’s
heart: here you will find innumerable historical photos, drawings,
documents, autographs, newspaper cuttings and other unique specimen.
gallery No 2 can reflect only a small fraction of this material.
Our thanks go to
Jan-Maarten de Booij who gave an introduction and who - together with
Mischa Andriessen – cared for the general guided tour, and naturally
to Henk Chervet and Ron van der Schee who showed us the Niemeijer/van
der Linde Collection.
de Booij (on the left) giving his introduction. On the right Alain
Fayard, Harrie Grondijs und Jörg Abramowski.
van der Schee (in front on the right) has taken over one half of the
KWA group. You can see (from left) Guy van Habberney, Alessandro Sanvito,
Andreas Saremba (slightly covered), Rudolf Reinhardt, Dr. Monté
(Dutch chess historian, a guest), Bert Corneth, Jörg Abramowski,
Alain Fayard, Peter Holmgren and Henri Serruys as well as an additional
Fiala joined us in The Hague too, Tomasz Lissowski is looking with
interest over his shoulder.
Chervet (on the right) - his responsibility was the chess specific
guided tour -
having a talk with Peter Holmgren, Bert Corneth and Andreas Saremba.
Not only Tomasz Lissowski was attracted to the book shelves in the
reading rooms as if by magic.