Persons celebrating an Anniversary
in May 2006
on May Day that our only Finnish member Kimmo Välkesalmi
celebrated his birthday, he is now 45 years young. For 19 years already
he has been running his chess
shop in Helsinki, regrettably he couldn’t join the recent meeting
of our Nordic members.
By mentioning my own (55th) birthday which occurred two days later I only
wish to do my duty as a columnist. (R.B.)
Joost Felkers (who joined the KWA in August 2005) is
represented for the first time in our column, on May 5th his date of birth
was 64 years ago. Our member from the Dutch town of Rijswijk is above
all known to us as a collector.
Wesley "Ted" Brandhorst looked back on 73 years
on May 9th; for other personal details we refer to our last year’s
entry and the links included there.
Only one day later two further members were the next:
Our first greetings go to Bamberg where Lothar Schmid
could enjoy his 78th birthday – hopefully in the best of health.
His successes in and contributions to chess are common knowledge and well
documented, so they will not listed here again. Those who wish to find
out more may use the sources given or linked last year (May
2005) as well as the following web links which also illuminate some
highlights of Lothar Schmid’s 78th year.
Web links on Lothar Schmid (mostly in German):
- Lothar Schmid at Wikipedia
- Lothar Schmid's Games
Colloquium in Tallinn (including a look back on Bamberg 1968)
- Chess opera "Operation
Capablanca" in Vienna with the assistance of Lothar
für Winnetou" ["Winnetou mated"] at WDR5
- Who is famous will be caricatured sometimes! (by Oliver
Schopf; in his online
you will find further chess caricatures ...)
Chess friend and collector Michael Clapham from Ipswich
(East Anglia) turned 55 too. At least we found a photo in our archives,
it was taken in Brunswick on the occasion of the November auction 2002:
Clapham (left) and Rolf Littorin
We are pleased to welcome Govert Westerveld who joined
quite recently our association and in addition celebrated his 59th birthday
in his adopted country Spain on May 23rd. He sees himself as a man of research
and he specialized in the evolution of draughts and chess in Spain (15th–16th
century). Some time ago we shortly presented his book La reina Isabel
la Católica: su reflejo en la dama poderosa de Valencia, cuna
del ajedrez moderno y origen del juego de damas (Valencia, 2004) in
our "New Literature" column, further book projects are in preparation
or still being planned, we will report on them in due course. Additionally
we would like to refer to his websites (DRAUGHTS
Antonio Garzón Roger)!
You will find all previous birthday greetings in our archives!