Persons celebrating an Anniversary
in January 2010
We ring in the new year with the birthday of the great Swedish collector
Rolf Littorin who turned 87 on January 3rd. Meanwhile
he has nearly completely reduced arduous travelling, so he didn't attend
our last KWA meetings either. We refer new members who wish to know more
about him to our short eulogy
on the occasion of his "85th" in January 2008.
Our Icelandic member Bragi Kristjánsson who celebrated
his 65th birthday on Januar 8th was already mentioned in our column as
a new member last year. In the meantime we have published a small group
photo including him, please throw again a glance at our KWA
meeting at Reykjavik 2009. However you will find a whole gallery with
numerous pictures at Íslenskir
With Godehard Murkisch a well-known German problemist
celebrated his special day on January 10th, he could look back on complete
7 decades. Our appreciation
from 2005 gave some information about his varied activities and contributions
to chess, and also the Schwalbe book attendant Ralf Krätschmer has
devoted a page
to "G.M.". We would like to add that Godehard has become a honorary
member of the Lower Saxony Chess Federation in 2008 - as the head of division
"problem chess", a job he has done for 41 years(!) till 2007.
After his best friend and long-standing companion Winfried E. Kuhn (Lüneburg)
had passed away in 2004 (see our short obituary
[in German only]) only few new works has come out in his collector's publishing
house Nightrider Unlimited (such as the problem selections of Günther
Jahn  and Herbert Ahues , now partly out of print already).
You will find an up-to-date list of the Kuhn/Murkisch series linked in
the a.m. obituary, and a further photo of G.M. (from the Schwalbe meeting
in Forchheim, 2007) at Wikimedia
On January 18th the time had also come for our Swiss IM and chess historian
Richard Forster, he is now 35 years young. He is known
to have appeared in the last years as an author and editor of mostly heavyweight,
qualitatively top-class chess works setting high standards, the
Amos Burn book (2004) being only the beginning of an astonishing series:
the publication of the Erwin Voellmy biography (2005) may still pass as
an ordinary spare-time work, by the publication of the large-calibre "Festschrift"
on the 200th club anniversary of the SG Zurich (2009; as the only author)
he presented again an outstanding chess historical work which is unparalleled
in the category "commemorative publications". Even if this intensive
work as an author was only to manage with the help of a sabbatical year,
this was unquestionably a "fabulous" achievement. Especially
as he played a substantial role at the same time – as the main editor
– in the completion of a further mammoth book, the Lasker monograph.
We are already wondering what we will have to report about this eminently
productive chess author in the year 2015…
In German KWA circles we can now greet Andreas Saremba
who celebrated his 55th birtday on January 21st. We had introduced him
5 years ago as a collector on and a biographer of Jean Dufresne, in the
meantime his Dufresne booklet has seen a second edition (2006, again self-published;
distributed to those present at the Uncovering
of the Dufresne Commemorative Plaque in Berlin-Weißensee). On
this occasion once more the link to the interview by Johannes Fischer
at ChessBase: Andreas
Saremba on Jean Dufresne (in German only).
Andreas was involved as a co-author in additional publications of the
Emanuel Lasker Society, we call to mind the "Fundraising Brochure"
Das Lasker-Haus in Thyrow (2005) as well as the work 65 Jahre
Schachnovelle (2007; also edited together with Susanna Poldauf) which
was published in a production of high quality (colour print) – see
for that Susanna Poldauf's web
site. After all he paid tribute to the unforgotten Nimzowitsch expert
Rudolf Reinhardt in an obituary in KARL 3/2006. The book project
mentioned there, a work on Nimzowitsch based on Reinhardt's research,
is obviously still waiting for realization (by a project group).
The Icelandic grandmaster legend Friðrik Ólafsson
can refer to a special birthday as on January 26th he had completed three-quarters
of a century. As we can add nearly nothing of importance to the detailed
appreciation of last year,
we still give here a link to a new gallery where he appears several times:
- simul of Friðrik Ólafsson at Marienbad 2009 against 23 opponents
which he won 18:5 with only one game lost; as well as an Icelandic page
with numerous caricatures. Of course we keep our fingers crossed for him
that the book planned by the Icelandic chess friends on the occasion of
his special day will see the light of day this year!
PS: You will find all previous birthday greetings in our archives!