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The Unknown Capablanca

2nd ed. Dover Publ., New York 1993
(1st ed. B.T. Batsford, London 1975)
Dale Alden Brandreth

Dale A. Brandreth, the industrious person behind Caissa Editions has also worked several times as an author or as a coauthor. Well-known is his contribution to John Hilbert’s book project Shady Side: The Life and Crimes of Norman Tweed Whitaker Chess Master. For this book Dale Brandreth made his rich fund of documents on Whitaker available to John Hilbert who was enthusiastic about this excellent source material.
Another co-production – of Dale Brandreth and David Hooper – once filled a gap in chess literature, the lesser known and mostly unpublished games of the third chess world champion were the focus of the authors’ attention: 203 out of about 600 games collected beforehand had been selected for the book The Unknown Capablanca. (R.B.)

Book Review
(in Norwegian):


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Øystein Brekke

Our member Østein Brekke is at home in the fascinating country of the trolls which - thanks to Magnus Carlsen - experiences a pleasing upswing in chess. His comprehensive biography of Svein Johannessen (1937-2007) is devoted to the formerly strongest Norwegian chess player (IM 1961) who crossed blades with many grandmasters of his time. Numerous annotated games are included in the book which unfortunately has been published in Norwegian only. The author gives a more detailed description of his work in this announcement.
(R.B., IV 2012)

Günter Büsing

Being a committed board member of the "Schwalbe" (secretary and 2nd chairman) since about 10 years, Günter Büsing still had the time to complete together with Hans Gruber this joint production (including some contributions by Ulrich Ring, bernd ellinghoven and Dieter Müller. Munich 1996, 51 pp.) – it erects a small memorial in honour of the unforgotten problem composer and helpmate expert Dr. John Niemann (19/04/1905 - 22/07/1990). (R.B.)
John Niemann-Gedenkschrift

Bernard Cafferty

As a long-time expert not only of Russian chess but also of Russian language, Bernard Cafferty has joined forces with the famous GM Mark Taimanov to produce this chess historically substantial work about the Soviet National Championships. While Taimanov was in charge of the games' annotation, B. Cafferty has contributed the reports on the tournaments. You may read the more detailed description by the publishing house in this pdf file.

Moreover you will find a list of Bernard Cafferty's publications at his Wikipedia page.
(R.B., III 2012)

Enrico Cecchelli

Our Italian chess friend Enrico Cecchelli, MD comes from San Remo and by his book "Sanremo 1930 - Il torneo dei giganti" certainly a youthful dream of his own, namely to erect an adequate monument to this chess gem, came true. It is known that only the small booklet
"Das erste italienische Grossturnier, San Remo, 1930; der Rekordsieg Dr.
Aljechins" by Chalupetzky/Toth from 1931 existed as a contemporary documentation.
Enrico, himself a quite strong "master candidate" has collected the game analyses of those days but also added own discoveries; moreover the nearly 300 pages long book offers quite a lot of unknown photos, biographies of players and commentaries on the rounds.

Sanremo 1930

Edizioni Ediscere, Verona 2006
ISBN 888892826X

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The author gave us the following information:
"One of the strongest tournaments ever, in which all the best players of the time took part (with the exception of Lasker and Capablanca ) and which was won by the World Champion Alekhine thanks to an insuperable performance. Sanremo 1930 together with Bled 1931 represents the pinnacle of this Great Champion's career and the ultimate display of his enormous talent. Many games of this tournament, which made Sanremo's name known to the whole world, have made chess history and are still considered (absolute) classics to be carefully studied."
PS (05/11/2007): This book got the Zichichi prize 2007 for the best chess book of the year by an Italian author. Congratulations on this award!

Alex Crisovan

With our Swiss "young member" an old-timer of chess journalism has joined the KWA, Alex Crisovan was editor of the Schweizerische Schachzeitung from 1973 to 1978. His publications are numerous, certainly the chronicle of the Swiss Chess Federation on the occasion of its centenary celebrations has to be rated as a remarkable contribution to the documentation of the history of chess. (M.N.)
100 Jahre Schweizer. Schachverband

115 pages, paperback,
colour printing on glossy paper!
Luca D'Ambrosio

Our friend from South Tyrol, a very committed member and one of the three founding members of his chess club ARCI Bozen being left, has now written his first book - also encouraged by our last year's "Festschriften" bibliography (2008): a nicely made commemorative publication on the occasion of the 25th club anniversary containing a comprehensive chronicle of the club with numerous pictures and tournament tables as well as a few games. The reader will receive a more detailed impression of the book at the club homepage (Presentation (pdf) / Notes of 1 August 2009 (pdf) / Some pages from the book (pdf) / Photo gallery 'Presentation of the book'). Moreover there are two current entries on the book (26/08 and 06/09/2009, in German) at the site of the South Tyrol Chess Association ASV Südtiroler Schachbund. (R.B.)

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John Donaldson

Two International Masters – John Donaldson and Nikolay Minev – have met to produce the ultimate work on Akiba Rubinstein. The two-volume biography and game collection (revised and considerably expanded second edition 2006 [Volume 1] or 2011 [Volume 2] respectively) is the result of a research work of many years and deserves unreserved praise with regard to the completeness of material and the correctness of description. The reader will find 492 + 583 = 1075 games and game fragments in both volumes. Naturally hardback volumes (instead of paperbacks) would have been desirable, but you can't have it all... (R.B., III 2012)

Review Volume 1 by Taylor Kingston at ChessCafe
Review Volume 2 by Dennis Monokroussos - The Chess Mind Blog
Excerpt from Volume 2

Paul Dunn

Chess books from Australia open the door to another world for us – this small tournament book was the first work of our friend Paul Dunn from "Down under"– he will certainly like to tell us if there are meanwhile further publications by him. (M.N.)

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The 1997 Doeberl Cup

Russell Enterprises, Inc., 2011
(400 pp.)
Jon Edwards

The well-known bishop sacrifice on h7, first described in Gioacchino Greco’s games collection from 1619, is the topic of this commendable work. Our US member illustrates the combinational motif by means of more than 300(!) annotated games from 4 centuries and still adds 30 puzzle positions for the reader.

Additional reading matter:
Excerpt from the book
Review by John Donaldson
Blog contribution by Dennis Monokroussos
Column in The Guardian (Ronan Bennett & Daniel King)
YouTube video - Jon Edwards interviewed by Hanon Russell,
and the
Author's profile (by himself).

(R.B., III 2012)

Michael Ehn

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of their chess column in the daily "Der Standard", ruf & ehn (i.e. Ernst Strouhal and Michael Ehn) emerged with this wonderful publication, being a combination of a book (with a chronology, indexes and 273 chess problems) and a DVD (with all 1035 chess columns from VI 1990 to VI 2010 as jpg or pdf files). This work belongs to the 15 most beautiful Austrian books in 2010, a tribute certainly rarely paid to a chess book at national level.
(R.B., III 2012)


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Thomas Binder in Glarean Magazin
Prof. Christian Hesse at ChessBase

Hans Ellinger

By his series
"Tübinger Beiträge zum Thema Schach" Dr. Hans Ellinger has created an "Articulation forum for chess history, contemporary chess, chess psychology, chess events" - this commendable venture was started by Prof. Paul Thieme's contribution Zur Frühgeschichte des Schachs in 1994. Outstanding to me are Volume 3: Schach unterm Hakenkreuz (Ralf Woelk) and naturally Volume 5: Stellungsspiel, Eliskases' strategic principal work of 1941 - eventually in German translation.
For such an undertaking a lot of idealism is required, therefore we hope that the Ken Whyld Association is able to give this series a new push (Volume 8 was published in 2003).

Schach unterm Hakenkreuz

Overview "Tübinger Beiträge"

Bernd Ellinghoven

His name is especially connected with feenschach, the magazine devoted to fairy chess which he has published since 1989 [formerly Wilhelm Karsch (vol. I-XI, 1949-70) and Peter Kniest (vol. XII-XX, 1971-88)]. A bewildering unorthodox magazine whose irregular publication is also bewildering. That’s just something for SuFis (Super-Filosophers!!!) … (R.B.)

Hans Engberts

That’s no chess book – nevertheless I found several passages related to chess – Hans Engberts and his partner René Hesselink give a report on 20 years in the Utrecht second-hand bookshop "Hinderickx & Winderickx" – many episodes seem familiar to me – a likeable book by bibliophiles for bibliophiles (or bibliomaniacs ?). (M.N.)