For the KWA group who had stayed in Dresden the
departure for Wrocław was on the programme in the morning of November
10th, but that could only occur with a certain delay as our deputy chairman
Jurgen Stigter had slightly overrun his night’s rest.
Owing to the reduced attendance the journey by three private cars was
practicable without any problems, and the short KWA convoy was safely
led to Wrocław by GPS. We would like to thank here once more the
three drivers Hans-Jürgen Fresen, Michael Negele and Bob van de Velde
who willingly offered their services as chauffeurs.
Saremba, Tony Gillam and Frank Schubert
stop off on the way to Wrocław
Gillam in front of our hotel – he was looking for an exchange
booth but all
turned out to be closed. (He intended to exchange a lot of Polish
small change from English collections for charity.)
at the front of the hotel – formerly "Deutsches Haus",
now "Bürgerhaus" Zum Storch.
On arrival at the hotel our Polish friends had
invited to a welcoming tea party in Jerzy Kot’s chess café,
besides our member Tomasz Lissowski who had come from Warsaw we could
greet the president of the Silesian Chess Federation, Wojciech Zawadzki
and his son, the International Master Stanisław Zawadzki. There belongs
an ensemble of further rooms to the café of Fide Master Jerzy Kot,
namely a chess shop, a show of chess tables and a restaurant where we
should take the evening meal later on.
Wojciech Zawadzki and
our delight Stanisław Zawadzki - here with Michael Negele and
Heinz van Kempen – was able to communicate in English and
After tea a walk with a tour of the city was on the agenda, at this point
the dusk had already set in: here a first picture gallery Tour
of the City (with 32 photos) as well as a picture series on visiting
Kot's chess shop (19 photos).
In addition a map of Wroclaw from 1910 as well as an old graphic giving
a bird’s-eye view of Wrocław (signature A. Eltzmer):
Being Wojciech Zawadzki’s guests at the following dinner we could
once again enjoy the Polish hospitality. We were able to return their
generosity by a kind gesture only – each of our hosts received a
signed copy of the Zukertort biography published by the KWA. >>
Picture gallery Dinner
By the way the well-known Polish WGM Jolanta Zawadzka is a daughter of
Wojciech Zawadzki – for further information on one of the currently
strongest female players of Poland we refer to her web site: www.zawadzka.eu
After dinner our group went for another night stroll to Cathedral Island,
the oldest part of Wrocław. For a long time though this Cathedral
Island is not an island any more as a branch of the Oder has been filled
up. Here too we present a picture series Cathedral
Island (with 16 photos).
On the whole we can give in this report only sketchy (textual) information
about Wrocław, much more is easy to find in the internet. For example
the following page seems to me to be a quite successful combination of
pictures and writings (in German and English): www.capper-online.de/Travel/Poland/...
For Michael Negele the next morning began with an extended walk through
Wrocław’s city centre about which he brought back numerous
snapshots, a selection of 50 pictures is spread on two additional galleries:
walk I and Michael's
The "official" programme on Tuesday morning was meant for visiting
the cemeteries, on the visit to the Cemetery Osobowice (with Adolf Anderssen’s
grave) as well as to the old Jewish Cemetery (with Arnold Schottländer’s
grave) we offer two separate picture galleries: Anderssen's
Grave and Jewish
Cemetery (9 + 22 photos).
The return journey to Dresden led via Görlitz where we took the opportunity
for an evening meal (in the restaurant "Vierradenmühle"
in the Polish part of the town – Zgorzelec). We add a final small
Görlitz with 7 photos.
Having reached the end of our short account we would like to say many
thanks to our Polish hosts for their commitment and their hospitality.
The visit to the historical capital of Lower Silesia with its far going
back chess tradition was of great benefit to all participants.