On the 5th jubilee of the KWA
in Brunswick


In the early evening our anniversary celebration could start according to plan, as our (at this moment still) German country’s representative Michael Negele, coming from Wuppertal had arrived in time as well.

Jurgen Stigter & Michael Negele

The technical preparations are finished, our webmaster is acting invisibly
behind the Ken Whyld poster as the operator of the notebook.
Certainly there is no need for introducing the two gentlemen in the picture ...



The audience in anticipation of the following events.
(in front, from the left:) John Donaldson, Gunnar Finnlaugsson, Claes Løfgren;
(behind:) Per Skjoldager and (with a camera) Calle Erlandsson.

Straight after the obligatory short greetings things went on, the first of two "witty speeches" of the evening was presented in an infectious manner by Michael Negele ...

Michael Negele beim Vortrag

Starting point of his talk was the nice commemorative publication "100 Jahre Braunschweiger Schachclub" (100 Years of Brunswick Chess Club; in the picture above); further explanations of the "Brunswick Chess Metropolis", the XIII West German Congress 1880 at Brunswick including a chess exhibition (quite a novelty at that time!) and of the formation / development of the Brunswick chess club library followed. The lecture, livened up with some questions to the audience and seasoned with many amusing quotations from the Deutsche Schachzeitung 1880, met with due approval – here the presentation sheets linked as a pdf file (1.9 MB).

For additional reading an article (in German only):
Die Bibliothek des Braunschweiger Schachclubs (pdf file, 6 MB).


(sitting) Tony Gillam, Andreas Saremba and Bob van de Velde;
standing (with a camera) our Dresden Member Frank Schubert


Tony Gillam beim Vortrag

The second "congenial" lecture of our English friend Tony Gillam (picture above) turned out to be a "not arranged" – so purely by chance – continuation of the first talk! – as Tony reported on his extensive efforts to trace the games of the Brunswick Chess Congress 1880. The inimitable description of his experiences in Brunswick archives and libraries where our "hunter and collector" was exposed to the merciless "German bureaucracy" inducing him to commute back and forth again and again without any result, caused again a tremendous atmosphere. After all he could announce as a conclusion that he had possibly found a person who could supply the games sought after – though this prospect is associated with a great "Maybe". We hope that Tony’s research has been crowned with success in the meantime.

A further highlight awaited us this evening – the now following consultation game of John Donaldson against the "KWA masters": It is quite remarkable which joyful enthusiasm and dedication our members are able to show at the board, beyond all collecting mania.

John Donaldson vor Partiebeginn

John Donaldson before the start of the game, his eyes presumably
raised to goddess Caissa. Once again Mrs Klittich-Pfankuch
takes exemplarily care of the catering.

A short remark on the arrangements: the opponents played in separate rooms, Michael Negele offered to transmit the moves to the opponents. John Donaldson had the white pieces. The time limit was 75 minutes for each side where only the own clock was decisive, leaving the time for transmitting the moves out of account. A strong Nordic-Dutch combination constituted the KWA group (Per Skjoldager, Gunnar Finnlaugsson, Claes Løfgren, Jes Knudsen, Poul Bang Nielsen and Jurgen Stigter), but in the course of the game additional members loudly joined in. Of course it was not allowed to consult chess literature or even computer programs, and the players had to obey the old "Touch and Move Law".

G. Finnlaugsson & Poul Bang Nielsen

Poul Bang Nielsen (on the right) and Gunnar Finnlaugsson writing down the moves – the game is still in the early opening phase.

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