of our Members

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Udo Güldner

One of our younger members renders great services to the regional chess history of Franken – the chronicle of the chess club Forchheim (2002), compiled by Udo Güldner, is not only impressing by its extent (> 430 pp.). By the way, Rudolf Glenk’s article is also printed in this chronicle. (M.N.)

Guy Van Habberney

This teamwork of cash auditor and chairman is definitely a "raisin in the cake" of chess biblio-graphies, as the meticulous compilation of the complete Belgian chess literature mates here with an exquisite color printing whose impact is unveiled above all by the numerous pictures. Many information boxes (highlighted in color) on relevant authors, photographs of chess personalities, a correlation table (as to L/N and Cleveland) and an index of names complete a work which belongs to the required stock of each bibliographically interested chess friend.

Here the entry on Henri Serruys featuring his earlier publication.
(R.B., III 2012)

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(or soft-cover resp.)

Self-published, Antwerp, 2011
157 pp, 24 x 16 cm
Softcover edition: 200 copies
Hardback edition (picture right):
50 copies

Tim Harding introduces himself
in greater detail with his past
and present chess activities
at Dr Timothy Harding's Homepage.

Tim Harding

Tim Harding is one of the most industrious authors of our members, he has shifted from the short-lived opening literature to the stimulating and entertaining genre of correspondence chess game collections and CC history. Also in an exemplary manner his Chess Mail, unfortunately publication ceased with the January 2006 issue. (M.N.)

Tim Harding's last work, published 2011 by McFarland, is partly based on his PhD thesis finished 2009 at Trinity College Dublin (with the central theme "history of correspondence chess"). You will find more information about this highly acclaimed book at his web site, including a radio interview the author recently gave on his work.

Meanwhile Tim Harding has already tackled a new book project, for this please see the entry in Current book projects of our members (>> member section).
(R.B., in July 2011)

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John S. Hilbert

With Shady Side John S. Hilbert has bestowed on us an extraordinary biography. The vita of a chess playing criminal (or criminal chess player), impressively worked up by the author, offers fascinating reading material for chess fans. The exceedingly good state of source material (archives Dale Brandreth) has considerably contributed to the success of the work which generally received rave reviews. (R.B.)

Further links concerning the book / reviews:

Essay by John Hilbert -
Norman Tweed Whitaker and the Search for Historical Perspective: A Tale Full of Genius and Devil

Review by John Donaldson

Taylor Kingston: Detailing the Irredeemable, or, Good Book about a Bad Man

Moreover we give a list of John Hilbert's publications (prepared by himself).

Martin Frère Hillyer

Our US member from Ohio presents a very attractive book which makes a valuable contribution to the American chess history of the 19th century. As the author's name may already suggest, he is a descendant (great-great-grandson) of Thomas Frère (1820-1900), so his work also a piece of genealogical research on his own family. For the first time Thomas Frère's contributions to the development of chess in the USA, particularly in New York City, have been completely documented and acknowledged here.
Inter alia Frère was a second of Steinitz during his first world championship match against Zukertort, and he was a good friend of the American chess legend Paul Morphy – the first book on Morphy came from his pen.
(R.B., IV 2012)

Publisher's information


Rick Kennedy at Chessville
John Donaldson at Jeremy Silman

Owen M. Hindle

In the world of chess historians and also of chess players the name of Owen M. Hindle sounds good – a British champion player (participant of the chess olympiads 1964 and 1966) and an author of several chess books. The biography of Cecil de Vere, which is worth reading, is a joint production together with Bob Jones. (M.N.)

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Schach-Aktiv 12/1984
Karl Kadletz

Our Austrian member Karl Kadletz from Leobendorf near Vienna can look back on numerous historical works and reviews but up to now only on one contribution to chess history – a nice survey on Wolfgang von Kempelen in "Archiv der Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften" which he made available to us as an "offprint". About his contribution to the "Turk", published in Schach-Aktiv 12/1984 Mr Kadletz appears to be not so happy – Preßburg turned into Preßbaum (a suburb of Vienna) ...

Catalogue 42nd auction

The auctioneers Klittich-Pfankuch – primarily father Roger und son Dr. Karl Klittich are responsible for a whole series of auction catalogues which provide outstanding descriptions and representations of the offered chess literature (and other collector’s items). Significant portions of chess literature were first shown in the 23rd auction of the year 1993 – meanwhile the auctions in Brunswick represent the "Mecca of the chess book collectors". (M.N.)

Auction house Klittich-Pfankuch

Catalogue back side

William Steinitz, Chess Champion

The Steinitz Papers
Kurt Landsberger

The Steinitz biography and the following collection of materials on William Steinitz by his distant relation Kurt Landsberger belong to the most impressive works I have to describe in the course of this series. Maybe it was also the personal meeting with Kurt in Düsseldorf in October 2003 which intensified this impression. It’s just unbelievable what this "non chess player" has collected on the first world champion and how it is presented with expertise and love of details. Two "wonderful" books – thanks, dear Kurt. (M.N.)

K. Landsberger & M. Negele

Kurt Landsberger and Michael Negele
(Düsseldorf 2003)

Isaak M. Linder

Among the numerous chess historical works by Isaak M. Linder (also here co-authored by his son Vladimir I.) I have selected one of the most recent and hefty (nearly 2 kg) items: Kings of the Chess World – "Terra Sport" Moscow 2001 – An extensive account including documents on the chess world champions from Steinitz to Kramnik – whose chapter incidentally turns out to be remarkable short. (M.N.)

  Kings of the Chess World