book market was due on Sunday morning, we can offer a small picture gallery
of this meanwhile traditional institution as well.
book market in the Bridge Room of the SchillerGarten –
for each (chess) taste there was something available.
Additional 9 photos in this gallery!
Mädler at the front door of his Blasewitz villa (with a chess
keepsake from Brunswick) |In
the meantime the Chess House Mädler nearby had also attracted
some collectors who promptly made a strike in the antiquarian stocks
of the chess shop.
On the occasion of the Chess Olympiad the Mädlers could notch
up an increasing media presence: not only an article was published
in the November issue of the local Elbhang-Kurier entitled
"Schachhaus Mädler - Die Olympia-Schach-Uhr tickt auch in
Blasewitz" with Manfred on the title page - "Schach macht
nicht matt, sondern schlau!" (title
page / article
- page 1 / -
page 2), but also a nice pictorial report Besuch
bei Mädlers in Dresden (by André Schulz, in German only)
could be called up a little later at ChessBase which gives among other
things some impressions of the "inner world" of the chess
Mädler showed us a private piece of memorabilia, it’s the
announcement of the last chess lecture Manfred has given in Dresden
before his leaving to the west in 1951. (Click on the small picture
on the right to enlarge.)
Sunday afternoon was reserved for the lectures of our members, for that
we had the magnificent Elbe Room at our disposal (see picture below).
will be done some more work on the still existing problem of long computing
times, but there are already promising attempts at a solution. You will
learn more from the presentation sheets Frank Schubert let us have for publication
[as a pdf
file (2.4 MB), explicitly in our member section only as the results
are meant for a future publication].
at the beginning the plenary talk was on the agenda, this time it
was given by our Dresden member Frank Schubert –
it was a matter of honour for him to take on this task for the KWA
without requiring any fee!
Frank Schubert’s topic was "New developments in historical
chess ratings and their potential benefit for chess historians"
where after his
introduction he first gave a historical overview of the early
rating systems, then he went over to the Elo system and its developments
and finally presented a new method elaborated by him which avoids
the inherent disadvantages of the old systems: maybe the "VRIM
– Variable Rating Iteration Method" will be able to supersede
the current systems in not too distant future.
lecture, rich in content and deliberately not too scientifically formulated,
met with an intense applause. In the end Frank Schubert accepted a present
with pleasure – Michael Negele gave him a copy of our "Festschriften"
bibliography signed by all participants.
There followed a varied series of short talks which gripped the audience
owing to topic and content. Hans-Jürgen Fresen started
with "My Anderssen collection and its history"...
this talk especially appealing to our collectors, was at the same
time a perfect transition to the visit of Wrocław
next day – this city is known to have been Anderssen’s
home town and his grave is also in Wrocław
(see the photos below).
In the picture on the left Hans-Jürgen with a chessman from the
original Anderssen cess set.
may read his lecture word for word in this pdf
file (in German only), the Anderssen memorabilia presented (from his
own stock) are accessible in this picture
grave in Wrocław
and the memorial slab (photo below)