Persons celebrating an Anniversary
in November 2005
November 2002 (shortly after his 68th birthday) Ward Stoffelen visited
the Klittich-Pfankuch auction in Brunswick;
in the background Michael Clapham and Rolf Littorin.
This month we are expecting two senior members: we will start with (Ed-)Ward
Stoffelen, study expert and collector from the Belgian town of
Brasschaat, he celebrated his 71st birthday on November 16th. Ward is still
amazingly active in his "domain", so he is listed as the section
editor of the category "Endgame Studies" at Probleemblad Online,
of the Dutch Chess Problem Society (NBvS). His name also appears time and
again as a judge in solving competitions, for instance in the 13th Belgian
solving championship in 's Gravenwezel in May 2005, or in an international
solving competition organized by the PCCC, an experimental event held for
the first time in January 2005 in a decentralized manner, i.e. simultaneously
in 23 countries – a repetition of this event is intended for 2006.
This year’s September Ward again joined in the 48th WCCC in Eretria
(Greece), he was one of the 3 assistants of the director for the solving
competitions [29th WCSC (World Chess Solving Championship) and Open Solving
Tourney]. "The indispensable, the indefatigable and the implacable
Ward Stoffelen – the bulgin’ Belgian" – this caption
has put it in a nutshell!
well-known to us is the chess historian Isaak M. Linder
– he is likewise completely committed to chess even if he turned
85 on November 20th. This year too he came – together with his
companion Yuri Averbakh – from Moscow to visit several German
chess events: so both were not only present at the Hamburg chess exhibition
(we reported) but also recently they were given a hearty welcome at
weekend in Berlin where in addition the coinciding VIII. Symposium
of the Initiative Group Königstein took place. The Lasker biographer
Isaak Linder still enriched the latter by giving a lecture on the
greatness of Emanuel Lasker. You may read the interviews given by
the two prominent Russian chess figures to Dagobert Kohlmeyer at ChessBase,
illustrated by various photos (in German only).
[Note: A further overview on the Berlin events will be found in Harald Fietz’
article "Geist und Globalisierung", Schach Magazin 64
– 22/2005, p. 607-610 (in German only).]
You will find all previous birthday greetings in our archives!