Our US representative, Andy Ansel,
celebrated his 43rd birthday directly on New Year’s Day. In 2003
the passionate bibliophile took on the column Chess Antiques
in the new American magazine SQUARES making the collecting of (chess)
books subject of discussion. Surely you have already discovered the excellent
photo of Andy on our website...
A further New Year's Child in our association is the collector Bodo
Pawlik, he is now 62 of age. Although he had attended our foundation
meeting he didn't make his decision to join us until this year.
Our member Bernd Schippan turned 58 on January 9 - he
lives in the heart of the Ruhr Area (the largest German industrial region)
and he is known to us as a collector of chess autographs.
The German problemist, author and publisher Godehard
Murkisch turned 64 on January 10. For many years he has –
first and foremost to the delight of the problem world - published books
together with problem friend Winfried E. Kuhn (Lüneburg): the well-known
Kuhn/Murkisch-Series (see below), meanwhile reaching
volume no. 41, includes several highlights of the problem literature.
He has founded his own publishing house in 1999: visit Nightrider
[Kuhn/Murkisch-Series no. 1-30 (published at the publishers’ own
(by WEK & GM, 1999; in German only)
Kuhn/Murkisch-Series no. 31-41 (since Oct. 1999 published by Nightrider
(contd by RJB, 2004; in German only)]
The next four birthdays will follow in a daily rhythm:
Richard Forster who celebrated his (only) 29th birthday
on January 18 is already a renowned chess historian. By his monthly column
Late Knight at The Chess Cafe which ran from May 1998
to January 2003 he became also known to an international readership due
to an excellent and much noted series of articles. His homepage (see our
page Links) is a treasure
trove and frequently the first refuge to make online chess historical
A further KWA member from Switzerland celebrated his special day on January
19: François Zutter turned 46. He was able to
register as a founding member shortly before running out of the deadline
at the end of the year.
Our English friend Tony Gillam, a good companion of Ken
Whyld for many years, looked back on 61 whole years on January 20. During
the last 4 decades he has launched into incredible activities as publisher,
author, chess historian and collector. The Chess Publisher from
Nottingham (such is the title of an interview by Sarah Hurst,
see CHESS, July 1999; reprinted in S. Hurst, Curse of Kirsan, Milford
2002) will be well-known to all collectors not only for his series Rare
and Unpublished Tournaments and Matches and Chess Masters
published by him during the last decade, for nearly 500 chess books and
booklets have been published by his publishing house The Chess
Player since 1961. His meticulous search for and tracing of lost
games is only one forte of Tony; anybody who likes to hear more about
him should study the a. m. interview.
Andreas Saremba reached his 49th birthday on January
21; being employed as a Senior Consultant in the IT field, he has developed
in his leisure hours a language on basis XML for communicating any kind
of chess data called Chess Game Markup Language (shortly
Chess GML); it is in detail presented on his website.
In closing our monthly congratulations greetings go to our treasurer Hans
Engberts who celebrated his 46th birthday on January 28. His
antiquarian bookshop, being in existence since 1982, is located in the
Dutch city of Utrecht and goes by the original name of Hinderickx
& Winderickx. You may also visit it online: Antiquarian
Congratulations to all!