Gillam (as speaker)
and Michael Negele (as operator of the laptop)
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
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)
Erlandsson (giving his talk), assisted by Jurgen Stigter |
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).
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
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
page / last
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
At a late hour Gunnar Finnlaugsson still asked to speak,
in his commemorative speech he was reminiscent of the late Bobby Fischer
of Bobby Fischer), and he gave the audience some tough nuts to crack
with a short Bobby Fischer quiz.
Løfgren, John Donaldson and Calle Erlandsson
during the Bobby Fischer quiz
Donaldson looked very satisfied at the
closing dinner in the SchillerGarten.
In this picture
gallery we have included additional photos from Sunday afternoon and
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 ...
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!