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Business Trip into a Winter's Tale



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I could take advantage of the invitation to a workshop with representatives of the new European Chemicals Agency at Helsinki to visit the wonderful antiquarian bookshop of our founder member Kimmo Välkesalmi. In spite of difficult road conditions – the severe winter had Helsinki under control that afternoon with biting cold temperatures down to -10°C – my colleague and I could quite well reach the shop on foot from the hotel. Then we had a nice conversation with Kimmo – a long-time barter partner – naturally about chess in Finland and chess books, certainly he had several thousand to view in his shop. At least I could buy three interesting items, among them this strange game collection of the meanwhile inactive GM Heikki Kallio:

 

A brochure of 42 pages containing 31 (undated) games. Self published, Vaasa 2008.

The author has switched to professional poker in the meantime.
Here the link to his web site
http://www.hkallio.net/ and to the Wikipedia page (in German only).




The origin of the beautifully designed chess set for blind persons (photo below) remained unclear. However Kimmo was completely enthusiastic when I advised him of the historical importance of his youngest new acquisition – Amsterdam 1889: Emanuel Lasker’s first international tournament.




The bookshop of Kimmo Välkesalmi
Web:
www.shakki.net/kimmoval/...


 




The impressive chess department of the bookshop








Kimmo Välkesalmi in his area



 



A special chess set for blind persons



 



Kimmo Välkesalmi and Michael Negele




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