The KWA met in "Elbflorenz"

Annual Meeting on November 8th/9th, 2008

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Tony Gillam's talk

Tony Gillam (as speaker)
and Michael Negele (as operator of the laptop)

The following lecture by Tony Gillam dealt with a generally scarcely noticed German chess master, the title "Newest research on the smallest German grandmaster" referred to the Berlin master Carl August Walbrodt (1871-1902) and his dwarfish stature. Born in Amsterdam (Walbrodt’s parents had moved just before his birth from the lower Rhine town of Wesel to the Dutch metropolis), he came later to Berlin where as a co-owner of an engineering works for pantographs and guilloching machines he was prosperous enough to devote his life largely to chess. His early decease had to be attributed to tuberculosis (certainly in conjunction with an aggravating alcoholism) which he had suffered from for many years.

That Walbrodt was actually a "dwarf" seems to be quite sure according to the most recent findings. Only a short time ago Edward Winter has touched on this question as well in his Chess Notes (see C.N. 5832 in November 2008).

PS: It seems to me quite remarkable that an obituary of Walbrodt was published even in the New York Times of October 4th, 1902 (pdf file).
On Walbrodt too a Wikipedia web page has been made.

You may derive from the vertical sequence of pictures (on the right) what a talented speaker our Tony is – physiognomy, facial expression, gestures and motoricity unify into an integrated whole!
(>> click separately on the small pictures)
Tony Gillam
Tony Gillam
Tony Gillam
Tony Gillam
Tony Gillam
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Tony Gillam

Calle Erlandsson & Jurgen Stigter

Calle Erlandsson (giving his talk), assisted by Jurgen Stigter

Calle Erlandsson was the next to speak about the "Lachaga series", the subject had been prepared by him together with Jurgen Stigter. The well-known series of tournament and match booklets were published over 40 years – 1943 to 1983 – mainly in Spanish language, edited by the Argentinian Milcíades A. Lachaga and including 158 (155?) issues altogether.
The presentation sheet on the right gives an overview of the first 27 issues (please click on the picture).
Lachaga series

Finally Karl Kadletz dealt with the Lasker biographer (Johann) Jacques Hannak in a lecture which picked out as a central theme the quarrel associated with the tournament Semmering-Baden 1937: The pugnacious Hannak had fallen out with the organizers and among other things had provoked the promoters of the Panhans tournament with hostilities in his (inofficial) tournament book (here the introduction / first page from Semmering – Baden 1937; as well as a dedication to Tartakower). The reply of the tournament committee was not long in coming ... [Die Rache des Enttäuschten (The revenge of the disappointed) – front page / excerpt].
But in turn Hannak started his counteroffensive by the polemic Die Nachtigallen vom Semmering (The Nightingales from Semmering): here two excerpts – first page / last page (14).
Even ten years ago (1927) Hannak had come into the police’s field of view: owing to an action of Karl Kraus against the editorial staff of Arbeit und Wirtschaft where Hannak was working the latter was questioned by the police and also a house search ordered – here the statements and orders as well as the court decision.

Gunnar Finnlaugsson

At a late hour Gunnar Finnlaugsson still asked to speak, in his commemorative speech he was reminiscent of the late Bobby Fischer (>> grave of Bobby Fischer), and he gave the audience some tough nuts to crack with a short Bobby Fischer quiz.

Fischer quiz team

Claes Løfgren, John Donaldson and Calle Erlandsson
during the Bobby Fischer quiz

Dinner in the SchillerGarten

John Donaldson looked very satisfied at the
closing dinner in the SchillerGarten.

In this picture gallery we have included additional photos from Sunday afternoon and evening.

Words of thanks are addressed to all who played a substantial role in the success of this meeting:
To Mr Jacobs as our host in the SchillerGarten ...

Mr Thomas Jacob

Mr Thomas Jacobs – our host took care of a pleasant stay
and made sure that things went smoothly during our meeting.

... but also to all other members who were involved in the preparation and the realization of our meeting or who enriched our chess knowledge by a lecture. Dresden 2008 deserves to be awarded a worthy place among all our general meetings – San Francisco is waiting for our visit next year!

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