Persons celebrating an Anniversary
in July 2009
Directly on the 1st of July Stellan Persson could celebrate
his special day, he then reached the "73". Since November 1998
his Skakhuset has been a pure internet business which he runs from his
Danish domicile Vaerlose. An "institution" is also his annual
chess book auction at the end of March, this year it was the No. 42 already!
Otherwise we would like to refer to the more detailed appreciation of
July 2006 on the occasion
of his "70th".
Manfred Mädler too is again present in our column,
he could look back on a full ¾ century on July 15th. On the occasion
of our last general meeting at Dresden and of the following chess olympiad
he and his chess shop were many times the centre of attention, we may
recall our visit in November 2008 as
well as Manfred's talk show during the chess olympiad (see the 3rd gallery
in our short look back at the olympiad).
His own book on this great event is in preparation, it will hopefully
be published still in the course of this year.
In the following we will shortly introduce three new members: Rob
Spaans from the Dutch town of Heerhugowaard (West Friesland,
province of North Holland) joined the KWA only recently, he turned 44
on July 18th. In this case we readily refer to his nice and substantial
web site which dedicates to the history and culture of chess, showing
clearly his priorities: www.scacchis.nl/
Last year already James Ward joined our association,
with him we can welcome our third member from the "Emerald Isle"
of Ireland: he celebrated his 53rd birthday on July 20th – presumably
at the Irish west coast in Galway County where his home town is located.
His main focus is – apart from chess history – problem chess,
including endgame studies. Obviously for decades he has closely been involved
in artistic chess as in 1988 already you could find his name in the address
list of the "Schwalbe" members (according to W. Dittmann, Der
Flug der Schwalbe).
Only one day later Fabrizio Zavatarelli had a good cause
for celebration – on the occasion of his 45th birthday our greetings
go to Milan. The interests of our new companion focus above all on chess
biographies of the 19th century, so he works on Kolisch and sporadically
on L. Paulsen, G.H. Mackenzie, Winawer and Charousek as well. According
to himself, he additionally pursues "philological studies" on
games (with regard to the exact date, place, correct notation …).
PS: You will find all previous birthday greetings in our archives!