Persons celebrating an Anniversary
in October 2008
(Photo from Henry Grob's Calendar, 1946)
Swiss senior member Alex Crisovan is in the first
place of this monthly selection, he reached imposing 89 years on October
2nd. To complete our tributes of the last two years (2006
and 2007) we would like
to add still a few chess facts, so Alex was president of his chess
club Pfäffikon ZH from 1967 to 1973 and he became Swiss champion
in correspondence chess in 1989. Even today he still seems to be active
at the association level, at least the corresponding internet pages
quote him as a member of the committee "Popular Chess" of
the Swiss Chess Federation and as a committee member in the board
of the Zurich Chess Association as well.
present here two photos of Alex from different phases of his life,
you will find a third more current photo at the web site of the Swiss
Correspondence Chess Federation if you move a little downwards
on their page.
Photo on the right from: S. Joksic & A. Crisovan,
54th Russian Championship 1987
Original legend: "Alex Crisovan was born on October 2, 1919 in
Bekescaba (Hungary). Since 1958 [he] has lived in Pfaeffikon (Switzerland).
He learned to play chess when he was 8 years old. In 1946 he was awarded
the title Swiss master in chess. Since 1950 he has written books and
newspaper columns about chess."
Biénabe, our French country’s representative,
could celebrate his anniversary only one day later, at that time he
had gone half a century on his journey through life. He had used our
October 2004 column as an opportunity
to send us a more current photo of himself which we willingly reproduce
here. Those who have a little command of French may also read his
self-portrait which appeared 1985 in Caissas Schloßbewohner
2 – for that please click on the small preview picture
As a new member Poul Bang Nielsen from Copenhagen is for
the first time in our column, he celebrated his 56th birthday on October
18th. On a group photo of this year’s Manhem
auction at Gothenburg our Danish collector friend could only be traced
in the background, we are pleased to welcome him soon at our general meeting
in Dresden. The Danish KWA group is still growing steadily!
Our concluding greetings go to the South Welsh town of Cowbridge where Leonard
M. Skinner celebrated a great anniversary – on October 29th
he looked back on full eight decades. Without doubt his name will forever
be associated with the incomparable Alekhine biography he has written together
with Rob Verhoeven - only seldom a chess book has received so much unanimous
praise and enthusiasm after its publication as this outstanding work (awarded
Historical Book of the Year - United States Chess Federation. Runner-up,
Book of the Year - British Chess Federation).
You will come across quite a lot of snapshots of Leonard if you
go once more through our photo report London 2007,
picture galleries included.
For a postscript to Gunnar Finnlaugsson see our June
You will find all previous birthday greetings in our archives!