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Recently a long-standing friend of Ken Whyld has joined us whose outstanding
works as a chess publicist may fill complete metres long shelves.
(Particularly if you add the volumes of CHESS Monthly which
has been edited since August 1991 by Jimmy Adams as a technical editor,
then from spring 1992 - after the MacMillam crash – as an editor.)
Impressive are the tournament books published together with Dale Brandreth:
Baden-Baden 1925, Bled 1931 or Moscow 1935, each based on the Russian
originals, as well as Bogoljubov’s Chigorin biography, translated
by Jimmy into English. But my definite favourite is and will remain
"Artist of the Chessboard", herewith Johannes Zukertort
was finally dedicated in 1989 a worthy game collection and biography.
Josep Alió has friendly sent me his extensive work: "Els
Escacs a Tarragona 1947-1997" (450 pp, more than 130 pictures,
written in Catalan, edition of 500 copies published 1999). A splendid
work of high quality – congratulations to our Spanish chess
historian who is also an excellent chess player. (M.N.)
Our Californian friend is a diligent writer for Bob Long’s
new magazine "Squares" – in particular he writes
about his collecting passion and his very personal experience of
chess literature. I like Andy's articles very much and I'm always
glad to contribute one or other aspect too. An upgrade of "The
King of Collectors and his Peers" appeared in Squares
5 by real teamwork (Andy Ansel, Johannes Fischer and Michael Negele)
– including a (rare) photo of Albrecht Buschke. (M.N.)
" Chess on stage and behind the scenes" appeared recently
in Moscow 2003 in a marvellous colourful hardcover binding in
the series "The Art of Chess" (Publishing House Ripol,
- with the subheading "Revelations of a Chess Player, of
a Politician and of an Historian" – very promising,
dear Grandmaster Yuri Averbakh. (M.N.)
Our grandmaster (from Russia), living in Ireland, may forgive me
for selecting this book – there was some trouble afterwards
with the publisher. Nevertheless I think it very worth mentioning
– it describes the "soul of chess". We will refer
here to Alexander Baburin's websites: www.chesstoday.net
Since 1980 the very fine magazine "Scacchi e Scienze Applicate"
has appeared at relative irregular intervals, its editor in chief
is our friend Romano Bellucci from Venice. It is its aim to show
the interrelations between chess and some fields of science. Numerous
articles come from Romano’s pen. (M.N.)
ed., Paris 2009
In this monumental and yet compact "chess guide" by
the pair of authors Nicolas Giffard and Alain Biénabe the
latter has dedicated more than 530(!) pages alone to chess composition
in the course of which he throws a light on all recesses of this
genre – a real treasure trove for problem friends. You may
merely regret that this essential reference work only exists in
(R.B., III 2012)
Problem friend Ralf Binnewirtz has filled a small gap in chess
literature with his "Schlagabtausch im Räuberschach"
(Exchange of blows in Losing Chess) – the collection of
altogether 160 LC studies and problems is still the only book
on this popular chess variant (Dresden 2000, 143 pp.). You will
find additional information about losing chess on his private
Chess and problem friend Bernd Gräfrath
(professor of philosophy at the university of Essen) being on
a visit to the KWA webmaster: you don’t see me double here
– it’s my twin brother Bodo who by
the way quite often gave me some assistance in proof-reading my
Being a very active author Bernd has written some chess philosophical
articles on Em. Lasker and during the last years he went increasingly
into chess composition especially with retro-analytical problems
(among them many LC retros!).
co-authored by H.-J. Fresen
Obliged to Tradition ... (Venice, 2008)
In 2004 our chess historian from Budapest has presented a concise
overview of the Hungarian chess history where a text page is always
opposite to a page with photographs or illustrations. It is quite
remarkable that the sheet of stamps published at the same time and
reproduced on the front (showing a position from the "Hungarian
Opening") forms the basis of the book: On each of the 64 stamps
a text in miniature has been printed reflecting a phase of Hungarian
chess history – they may be read with the help of a magnifying
glass. These miniature texts (by Iván Bottlik as well) correspond
to a large degree to the book chapters. An original collector’s
item supplementing the book! (R.B.)
- Gyula Breyer. Sein Leben, Werk und Schaffen für die Erneuerung
des Schachs (Unterhaching, 1999)
- Szergej Grodzenszkij, Iszaak Romanov, Levelezési
sakk (Correspondence Chess; Budapest, 1985)
- Gedeon Barcza, Walter Árpád Földeák,
Magyar Sakktörténet 3 (1896-1925) (Hungarian Chess
History, vol. 3; Budapest, 1989)
- István Bilek, Walter Árpád Földeák,
Magyar Sakktörténet 4 (1922-1944) (Hungarian Chess
History, vol. 4; Kossuth, 1996)
- István Bilek, Walter Árpád Földeák,
Barcza Gedeon – élete és játszmái
(Gedeon Barcza – Life and Games; Budapest, 1990)