and hosts on the steps leading up to the castle
Last year for the second time (after 2002) an international conference
was held in Kórnik castle in honour of the famous master, author
and chess historian Tassilo von Heydebrand und der Lasa
(1818-1899). A considerable number of guests had followed the invitation
of the new director of the library, Prof. Tomasz Jasinski as well as of
the curator of the van der Lasa collection, Maria Łuczak,
as is also revealed by the above group photo.
three-day conference had been fixed at October 22nd to 24th, naturally
the lectures of the altogether 18 speakers who presented the results
of their own research were the centre of attention. But also a social
supporting programme including an excursion to Osieczna (Storchnest)
contributed decisively to a varied and very successful event.
in Kórnik try hard to present increasingly often the existing
chess treasures there as well as the castle in its entirety to an
international audience. A first step in this direction was the exhibition
Kórnik – A Schinkel Castle in Poland
which was held in Potsdam already halfway through 2006. Here is an
information about that event (click the small picture on the right).
Opening of the Conference
- The Lectures
Prof. Tomasz Jasinski was responsible for the official opening of
the conference, he welcomed the guests.
Dr Andrzej Filipowicz, widely known as Polish FIDE delegate and as
the editor of the magazine Szachista was chosen as the conference
Also Janosz Woda, president of the Polish chess federation
was present for a while ...
as well as Hanna Erenska-Barlo who has many times been the Polish
champion, here together with GM Robert Hübner.
Negele started the series of lectures with the contribution "Johann
Friedrich Wilhelm Koch, a forerunner of Paul Rudolph von Bilguer and Tassilo
von Heydebrand und der Lasa". Here his lecture
(pdf-file, 4.2 MB) as well as the corresponding contribution
(pdf / 1 MB) for the planned conference volume.
was followed by the Russian
old-timer Yuri L. Averbakh who reported on the early days of chess
well-known faces when looking to the audience.