Our Polish founding member Tomasz Lissowski celebrated
his 55th birthday directly on the first (Sun)day of this month. Since
our first tribute 4 years ago (June
2004) he has made the most of his time to go down in literature as
a "writing chess historian": 2005 the book on Najdorf: Life
and Games came out where he had made a major contribution as coauthor,
and last year the biography of Jurek Lewi which was also a team effort
with two Polish "colleagues", we have presented this book in
detail in our Announcements. For our Lasker
biography as well which will probably be published in 2009 he has worked
on a contribution (about Lasker’s forefathers, family and childhood)
together with Wolfgang Kamm (the well-known Tarrasch biographer). Naturally
Tomasz took part in the International von der Lasa Conference 2007 and
gave a lecture there – we may shortly recall here this excellent
event in Kórnik.
Gunnar has informed us that he is (contrary to the above statement) not a strong chess player >2100, but he added that he had been two times a member of the team which had won the Swedish team championship in 1977 and 1983. Moreover he has been the chairman of the Malmö chess club from 1989 to 1995.
Unfortunately the breakdown of Icelandic economy forced our Nordic friends to cancel the planned events in Selfoss.
We can offer now a real anniversary: Leonard Raymond Reitstein – still for us the personification of South African chess – could look back on whole 80 years on June 6th. We already introduced him in detail in the last two years (June 2006 und 2007), according to the latest news we have to hand there is still something very pleasing to be expected from him: a bibliography of South African chess from his pen which is intended to be distributed to our members – we wish and hope that this announcement will come true still this year.
Carmen Romeo is one of the few ladies in our association, she makes her entrance here as a new member and on the occasion of her special day on June 11th. Quite frequently she has appeared as an author of chess historical articles and as a lecturer at conferences (of CCI, IGK and ELG), likewise at last year’s symposium in Kórnik (mentioned above). A few of her nice articles are online available at goddesschess.com (as pdf- or html-files). As we may take from the web site of the Spanish Chess Federation FEDA she is also committed there as the president of the committee of chess history.
The same day Lothar F. Heider from Leonberg celebrated an anniversary, he completed just 6 decades. The collector with the main emphases chess history and particularly chess sets (CCI member) conducts a driving school by profession, on its homepage you will also find the complete team of driving instructors including the managing director as photo gallery.