Persons celebrating an Anniversary
in December 2005
A new chess book for children,
written by our member
Rubens Filguth (Brazil).
Dale A. Brandreth is the first of three US-American members
we will meet this month – Dale celebrated his "74th"
on December 17th. We have already exhaustively told about him last
year, so we will merely add now that he has recently enlarged his
series of chess publications by a new tournament book: the work on
Ostende 1906 written by our member Tony Gillam
was published by Caissa Editions and waits for finding
its way into the collectors’ shelves.
It is already two years since our last appreciation of the Dutch study phenomenon
Harold van der Heijden, owing to his 45th birthday (on
December 18th) it’s his turn again to get an "honourable mention".
Naturally we cannot do on this occasion without pointing to the update of
his Endgame Study Database (III) which came out this year, his collection
on CD now includes nearly 67,700 studies and can only be ordered from Harold
himself, for this please visit his website
as well as – via the link there – the site of Tim Krabbé
who gives a short review and lets us know that in the last years Harold
has developed more and more into a remarkable and successful study composer
– the number of his award-winning works is steadily increasing!
[For subscribers of the German online periodical Computerschach und
Spiele I additionally refer to the article by Helmut Conrady, All together:
Endgame Study Database 2005, issue 03+04/2005.]
On Christmas Day chess friend and collector Jürgen Wolf
has completed 45 years as well; as we announced two years ago his intercontinental
move from California to Europe was yet to come – meanwhile he has
indeed found his new home in the Eastern Tyrol town of Riegersdorf thus
constituting just "1/3" of our Austrian KWA members.
doyen of our association is known to be Kurt Landsberger,
he looked back on whole 85 years on December 28th. This year’s
October the irrepressible Steinitz biographer managed to travel
to Düsseldorf again not only to visit the fair but also our
chairman Michael Negele in Wuppertal. This meeting had an absolutely
catalytic effect on the completion of Kurt Landsberger’s new
article whose publication we may expect soon in V. Fiala’s
Quarterly for Chess History: of course he has stuck to
"his" Steinitz, this time it’s about his relationship
and his correspondence with von der Lasa in the 1870ies.
very delighted about Kurt’s undiminished activity and we wish
him many more healthy years with his family and his chess friends!
Kurt Landsberger at Steinitz's grave.
At New Year’s Eve we are looking towards Florida where the currently
third 45th birthday of this month must be dealt with – Todd
A. Chavez is the recipient of our greetings. Our new member is
a librarian and Director for Technology & Technical Services (i.e. systems/networks
and cataloging) with special skills in bibliometric analysis; additionally
he has taught the subject "websites – creation and management"
on university level. We will close giving pleasant prospects for the new
year for all of us: a bibliography of chess literature (in English; 1989
to present) written by Todd Chavez will soon be published by McFarland!
We are really looking forward to that ...
You will find all previous birthday greetings in our archives!