Persons celebrating an Anniversary
in August 2006
van Kempen appears for the first time in our birthday column,
she enlarged the company of our members at the beginning of the year and
celebrated her special day on August 1st. On this year’s tour to
Brunswick-Ströbeck the lady from Leverkusen had already joined in
– you may find photographic instances of that in our galleries.
Her collecting field is rather special and therefore clearly laid out,
namely the combination of chess and belles lettres. It’s a very
good thing that she also made a helpful contribution to the evaluation
of the BoC prototype by providing quite some original feedback.
Only two days later the Norwegian Ole Kristian Førrisdahl
celebrated a real anniversary by looking back on 40 years of his life.
Unfortunately he was unable to come to the meeting of our Nordic members
in April this year, so we have nothing new to tell and have to refer to
our last year’s entry.
For the first time as well we meet in this place the US-American Philip
McCready from Washington state, he turned 51 on August 8th. The
former Seattle Chess Club President is known to be committed to collecting,
and for some time he has been planning a book about the chess career of
IM Nikolai Minev, for this he was still looking for missing games. But
we don’t know which point this book project has reached in the meantime.
Our senior member Jean Mennerat has completed his 89th
year on August 11th. Being the greatest French chess book collector he
was naturally included in the well-known Letter
to Bert (see p.34) before he was "discovered" by the international
chess press last year (see NiC 5/2005). Our new members shouldn’t
miss the KWA’s special eulogy
of last August ...
Geurt Gijssen who celebrated his 72nd birthday just in
the middle of the month is also universally famous. Geurt Gijssen is regarded
as the most respected contemporary chess arbiter and he was also nominated
by the FIDE for the chief arbiter of the coming world championship match
Topalov – Kramnik. This year some of our members had the opportunity
to see him once again functioning as arbiter at the Turin
(You will find more on G.G.’s life in our appreciation
A further French member now follows on our birthday list, Eric
Ruch has been 45 years young since August 26th. As already explained
two years ago he had to the greatest possible extent devoted himself to
correspondence chess and its history. Meanwhile Eric has published an
article dealing with partly strange correspondence games between Paris
and Marseilles in the 1880ies; strange because there were played games
according to "Qui perd gagne" rules as well, but the "Qui
perd gagne" (Losing Chess) of that time was not in accordance with
today’s losing chess, the goal of the game was rather a regular
selfmate. Thanks to Eric Ruch the extremely indigestible notation from
the old sources has been transformed into a readable modern form.
The final birthday greetings of this month go to Utrecht where René
van der Heijden celebrated the double "5" in his years
of life on August 29th. There is always a good chance to meet him personally
at KWA events taking place in the Utrecht area (i.e. in Holland), at last
at the board meeting in Amsterdam
(August 2005), and some of us got to see him at the last Wijk tournaments
You will find all previous birthday greetings in our archives!