Our first cash auditor, the Dutch collector
Bert Corneth starts off with the December jubilees: he
celebrated his 47th birthday on December 8. Certainly many will be familiar
at least with his name as the addressee of the "Letter to
Bert" by Bob Meadley (see our page "Links").
Chess friend Rudolf Glenk has completed his 66th year
on December 12. Here in this area the collector and problem friend is
primarily known for a unique rarity: his privately owned tiled stove is
"equipped" with chess problems (Click
here; you may find details in his essay Kachelofenprobleme,
Two well-known personalities of the chess
world are following: the Italian chess historian and author Alessandro
Sanvito celebrated his 65th birthday on December 14. For a bibliography
of his works on chess (mainly history) see his own book Bibliografia
italiana degli scacchi (Milano, 1999).
The next was only 4 days later the Dutch study expert Harold van
der Heijden, he's now 43 years of age. His Endgame Study
Database 2000 (on CD-ROM) remains the reference
work for this category of chess composition. You will find more about
and from Harold on his website
and in the article/interview
by Eric van Reem: Harold van der Heijden: Liebhaber und Sammler
von Endspielstudien (in German).
Christine Möhle had her birthday on Christmas Day,
the number of years to be celebrated ends in a zero. She tries hard in
her limited time as an employee of the Schleswig-Holsteinische
Landesbibliothek to take care of the greatest public chess library
in Germany. We wish her good luck succeeding Horst Lüders in this
Our member Jürgen Wolf celebrated his 43rd birthday
equally on Christmas Day. As he recently announced he will soon move from
sunny California to East Tyrol.
Kurt Landsberger from New Jersey, USA turned 83 on the
28th of December. In the chess scene he is well known for his excellent
publications on Wilhelm Steinitz, the first official chess world champion:
William Steinitz, Chess
Champion. A Biography of the Bohemian Caesar (1993 & 1995)
and The Steinitz Papers. Letters and Documents of the First World
Chess Champion (2002), both published
You may read here a short biographical note:
Congratulations to all!