Our first Hungarian member, Dr. Tamás Erdélyi from
Kecskemét published a lot of chess literature during the
last years with his publishing house "Caissa Chess Books".
Many of these books deal with openings but there are also quite
a lot which are very interesting for collectors and historians such
as works on Capablanca and Morphy. (M.N.)
Correspondence chess is the focus of attention of our Swedish friend
Calle Erlandsson – this series combines in a quite appealing
way the games of the Swedish CC championships of about 20 years.
Fayard lives in Rome but he’s genuine French, a strong chess
player and an enthusiastic collector of chess literature. Till midst
of the nineties he was an editor of "Europe Echecs" and
as it seems, he has unfortunately got into loads of trouble (and
court proceedings) with his biography on Joël Lautier (1993)
due to an alleged breach of copyright. In the end the publisher
Bernard Grasset was at his wits’ end and withdrew the total
edition from the market. An unpleasant story which our friend would
prefer to forget – but his book turned into a collector’s
rarity by that. (M.N.)
Vlastimil Fiala is a professor of political science – and an
absolute phenomenon regarding his diligence in publishing. In the
meantime reprints from Olomouc are probably standing on the shelves
of all our members. By his compilation "Cologne 1898", the
11th German Chess Congress he has filled a painful gap in the congress
books of the "DSB" (German Chess Federation). The publication
of "Proceedings of International Conference of Chess Historians"
is a further achievement of Vlastik (together with Stanisław
Sierpowski), among others are included articles by our members Harald
E. Balló, Isaak M. Linder, Tomasz Lissowski, Jean Mennerat,
Alessandro Sanvito, Ulrich Schädler and (naturally) Kenneth Whyld
– The White-Lasa Papers. (M.N.)
Again and again we are pleased to find that such a lot of our members
have published small but valuable works on chess history. A special
find of this kind are two booklets written by our friend from the
English town of Hull, Eric Fisher who just completed the 7th decade
of his life. Probably Eric has published even more of such rarities
about British chess history as club magazines of the Hull chess club.
Richard Forster’s first work (in book form) on the English chess
master Amos Burn has so far exceeded the manifold expectations and
in all serious reviews it also met with an outstanding response, you
will find examples at the author’s website,
4/04 or in NiC 8/2004 where Hans Ree devotes nearly 4 pages to
this biography ("Quiet, but with a Revolver").
His in every respect weighty work will hopefully be found on the shelves
of many chess friends. (R.B.)
Schachgesellschaft Zürich 1809 bis 2009. Eine helvetische
Schachgeschichte in zwei Jahrhunderten mit einem Turnier- und Personenlexikon
Addendum: the articles by Dr. Richard Forster & Dr. Christian Rohrer,
The World's Oldest Chess Club: Part
I (1809-1914), Part
II (1914-1945), Part
III (1945-1961) and Part
IV (1975 to the present), published at ChessBase.
Paul Müller-Breil, Erwin Voellmy (Zurich, 2005) - see www.chesshistory.com
Together with Stefan Hansen and Michael Negele: Emanuel Lasker.
Denker, Weltenbürger, Schachweltmeister (Berlin, 2009) - see
It was nearly 40 years ago that Albert Frank, with the help of Dr.
Max Euwe, undertook a study on the psychopedagogy of chess at a high
school in Kisangani (Zaïre). The question was if learning chess
has a positive influence on the development of numerical and verbal
aptitudes, Albert Frank has recorded the results of his research in
his book from 1978. You can read a summary online,
and meanwhile the book is also available as an electronic edition,
see for that www.lulu.com/product/ebook/....
(R.B., III 2012)
The well-known Bochum top collector Hans-Jürgen Fresen has several
special collecting fields, a collection of commemorative publications
and chronicles of German chess clubs belongs to them. For his own
club he took up his pen himself and the club chronicle presented by
him in the publication depicted here is the result of a long and meticulous
research in numerous archives and libraries. And he can be proud of
the success of his endeavours, as his many findings made it necessary
to completely rewrite the early history of the Bochumer Schachverein
(with Norbert Fieberg) 80 Jahre Schachbezirk Bochum 1926-2006 / Festschrift
(Bochum, 2007) >> Picture
(with Ralf Binnewirtz) Obliged to Tradition...
Many of us know about that our Swiss chess friend and collector maintains
a high-quality website on chess literature. But it’s completely
new to me that his pedagogical profession has also become evident
in chess education – a surprising addition to our previous listing.
"Our man in Valencia" succeeded with a remarkable chess
historical coup as José A. Garzón was able to trace
the apparently lost incunabulum of Francesch Vicent in an Italian
manuscript - his Libre dels jochs partitis dels scachs en nombre
de 100 was published more than 500 years ago (1495) just in Valencia.
José’s latest work on the birth and the expansion of
modern chess is connected with this and further find(s) and moreover
it was published in a marvellously equipped and illustrated edition.
Surely many a person will already impatiently wait for the English
version of the first Spanish edition ...
En pos del incunable perdido. Francesch Vicent: Llibre dels
jochs partitis dels schachs, Valencia, 1495 (Valencia, 2001)
Estudio del tratado ajedrecístico de Luca Pacioli (Valencia,
2007) >> Picture
Govert Westerveld, La reina Isabel la Católica: su reflejo en
la dama poderosa de Valencia, cuna del ajedrez moderno y orígen del
juego de damas (Valencia, 2004)
Jan ten Geuzendam
Among experts Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam, one of the two editors-in-chief
of the magazine New In Chess, is regarded as the best interviewer
in the chess world. His special skills become manifest in the fact
that even reserved or media-shy chess greats become stupendously communicative
in front of his microphone. This volume, published 2006, gathers 30
interviews of famous chess masters from the previous decade, with
Kasparov included even five times.
(R.B., III 2012)
Silman at his homepage
Schaack in KARL
Kingston at ChessCafe
Watson at TWIC
In his recent work (published in February 2012) our member from
Rochester has dealt with a matter commonly regarded as "uninspiring",
but his carefully chosen and aptly annotated selection of 50 top-class
endgames offer an instructive and at the same time very entertaining
reading. You may read and hear more in the Blurb
or in the Sneak
Preview video respectively. Moreover a short Review
at the BCM website.
(R.B., III 2012)
of the book.
Who has never heard of "The Chess Player, Nottingham"
– meanwhile a one-man show of our friend Tony Gillam –
"Hunter of the Lost Games". Uncounted – in the very
meaning of the word – are all his chess publications; a good
insight into Tony’s productivity, but also into his "ups
and downs" is given in Sarah Hurst’s article in "Curse
of Kirsan, Russell Enterprises 2002"; also "CHESS, July
1999". With "Munich 1942" I have chosen one of Tony’s
recent works to which I personally attach considerable significance.
Time and again it is surprising what excellent chess publications
are created by pure amateurs – such a work presents our chess
friend Rudolf Glenk with his "Turmtore und Kachelofen-Probleme"
[Tower (Rook) gates and tiled stove problems]. If additionally,
like to me, the opportunity is granted to admire the "magnificent
piece" in Glenk’s front room in Forchheim will understand
how it warms the problem friend’s heart. (M.N.)
- Die Vereinsbibliothek Schachclub Forchheim e.V. (Forchheim, 2004)
- Hans Michael Erdenbrecher - ein nicht vergessener Problemkomponist
aus Mittelfranken. (Forchheim, 2005 and 2007) >> Picture
- Herberts Lieblinge - 32 ausgewählte Schachprobleme von Herbert
Engel (Forchheim, 2007) >> Picture
- Bericht und Lösungen zum Preisausschreiben aus der Festschrift
Schwalbe-Tagung vom 05. bis 07. Oktober 2007 in Forchheim (Forchheim,
- Hinterm Schachofen. Eine Schachbibliothek zum Schmökern.
Italienische Schachliteratur gesammelt, katalogisiert und kommentiert von
Rudolf Glenk (Forchheim, 2008) >> Picture
- with Udo Güldner: XII. Internationale Deutsche Meisterschaft
2005 im Lösen von Schachproblemen, zugleich 29. Deutsche Meisterschaft,
vom 15. bis 17. April 2005 in Forchheim. Programmheft mit Preisausschreiben
- dito, Programmheft, Turnierbericht, Bericht und Lösungen zum Preisausschreiben
- Schwalbe-Tagung vom 05. bis 07. Oktober
in Forchheim. Festschrift mit Preisausschreiben (Forchheim,
The Dutch study expert Harrie Grondijs has caught much attention
in his field with numerous profound publications (both books and
articles). One of his recent works is No Rook Unturned. A Tour
Around The Saavedra Study which was published in a very small
edition of only 30 copies. It is already indicated by the subtitle
that this book completely deals with the famous Saavedra study –
Günter Büsing supplied a detailed review and appreciation
of this fascinating work in Die Schwalbe (no. 207, June
2004, p. 469-470). Remarkably, this book initiated further research
on the early history of the helpmate, shortly afterward the reviewer
and the author presented the result in a joint article (Günter
Büsing, Harrie Grondijs: Die dritte Erfindung des Hilfsmatts
[The third discovery of the helpmate]; Die Schwalbe 209,
Oct. 2004, p. 537-542).
a list of
Harrie Grondijs' Publications
Rijswijk: Author’s edition, 2004.
361 p., hardcover