Brunswick was again worth a visit!

60th Auction of the Antiquarian Bookseller A. Klittich-Pfankuch
with a Social Supporting Programme


From 7 pm the announced KWA meeting took place in the restaurant "Al Duomo" where also Thomas Thomsen, the chairman of Chess Collectors International, appeared to the surprise of all. After an address of welcome by our chairman Guy Van Habberney, the official part proceeded with the presentation of the new bibliographies of which we could offer three at once - a novelty in the history of our association.
Our treasurer Michael Negele started first with presenting volume III of the Yugoslavian Bibliography by Prof. Dušan Drajić, published already in September with the same sturdy get-up of the two preceding volumes. The Bibliography of the Australian-New Zealand Chess Literature (4th edition) came from the same Belgrade printing press and also has a nearly identical cover design. The hardback edition with glossy paper and color pictures gives a very pleasing impression of quality.

Subsequently Henri Serruys and Guy Van Habberney, the two authors of the Bibliography of Belgian Chess Literature, shared the task to present their new work to the audience. Although only the softcover edition was available in Brunswick (a hardback edition is still in preparation), the volume - equipped lavishly with illustrations - and the throughout beautiful color printing (also with color highlighting of text passages) looks exquisitely attractive.

The short welcoming speech by our chairman Guy Van Habberney
was given in German! - Sitting: Bert Corneth with his son.

Happy authors:
Henri Serruys presenting
the Belgian bibliography...

... and co-author Guy Van Habberney.

A few photos of the audience: Here (from left) Thomas Thomsen, Lothar Schmid,
Michael Utt and his wife Rita who had arrived from Texas.

Ralf Binnewirtz, Matthias Limberg, Bernd Schneider and Godehard Murkisch

Bob van de Velde, Andreas Saremba, Jurgen Stigter,
Calle Erlandsson and Per Skjoldager

Thomas Thomsen too had brought new chess literature which he briefly presented: Two catalogs - one about "Cast iron chessmen" and another about "Miniature chess sets" - see for that also Thomas Thomsen's online report on the CCI meeting at La Tour-de-Peilz in October 2011; as well as a lovely book on the cultural history of chess: History through Chess by Nikolai Timoshuk, see

Thomas Thomsen with new publications
on chessmen and sets.

Henri Serruys with Thomas Thomsen

Finally also Calle Erlandsson had a chance to speak, he showed us a new (and very nice) chronicle from the pen of our Norwegian member Øystein Brekke:

Historien om en sjakklubb
Schakklubben av 1911 i 100 år

More details about it on the shop page of Øystein Brekke:

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