of our Members

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Biography of Kieseritzky
Tomasz Lissowski

Our friend Tomasz Lissowski from Warsaw is a guarantee of high quality – besides his impressive work on Zukertort (together with Cezary Domanski) his biography and game collection of Lionel Kieseritzky (Wydawnictwo DiG, Warsaw 1996), a joint work with GM Batlomiej Macieja seems to me to have received much too less attention. (M.N.)


Larry List

New York member Larry List’s interests have been in the intersections between chess-play, chess set design and the rich interrelations with visual arts and music. His book The Imagery of Chess Revisited, (2005, in English only) chronicles the 1944-45 exhibition of Surrealist chess themed art & music organized by French chess master Marcel Duchamp. 32 Pieces: The Art of Chess, Mark Sanders, ed. (2009, in English & Icelandic) includes List’s extensive essay, "New Forms for a New Era," which examines contemporary artists’ visions of chess in the context of 20th century chess & art history. A full essay translation in Czech is available as well.


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Claes Løfgren

For the first two years (till 1977) our Danish chess friend and collector distinguished himself as an editor of the "Organ for Dansk Skakbibliofil Forening" – nowadays "Skakbog-Samleren" is an exceptional treasure for bibliophiles. The magazine was published till 1984, sometimes with German contributions, for example by Gerd Meyer, Lübeck. Today Claes is still quite active as a writer, among other things with contributions to the Danish magazine "Skakbladet". (M.N.)

Ken MacDonald

Our Canadian member Ken MacDonald is a marked specialist in the literature and the history of correspondence chess – and he’s in very good company as Eric Ruch and Tim Harding are experts in this field too. Ken published some surveys on North American CC tournaments and – in a small number of copies – a booklet on the Canadian GM Daniel Abraham Yanovsky (10 copies only!).
In 2006 he presented together with Leonard Zehr his most extensive work, a history of Canadian correspondence chess, the trail of which he had picked up 30 years before in Cleveland.
Zehr/MacDonald, History of CC in Canada

See also Tim Harding's
book review at

Blurb (dust cover)
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Schach ist scheen ...
Manfred Mädler

There’s a pleasant little book filled with anecdotes provoking some hearty laughs, written by the chess journalist, publisher and correspondence chess IM Manfred Mädler in those days in Düsseldorf (1991; 79 pp.) – 1996 he returned to his native town Dresden ( Dear Manfred, when will you put pen to paper and write down your own chess memoirs? (R.B.)

Karel Mokry

Another grandmaster in the KWA, but also a "Great" one for us collectors. Our Czech friend is regarded as an always reliable, nearly inexhaustible source for chess literature (chess bookshop), but now I have discovered him as an author too. Surely this kind of opening literature is not necessarily the main aspect of my collecting passion but here GM Mokry has impressively described the French Defence. (M.N.)

Godehard Murkisch

A German publication on the subject "problem chess" undergoing a third changed edition may be nearly considered as a singularity! The attractive paperback is filled with 300 well-chosen tricky problems (1st ed. Munich 1980; 2nd ed. 1982; 3rd ed. 1985, 224 pp.) – time and again you will just like to pick up this small classic. Godehard Murkisch founded his own publishing house in 1999: Nightrider Unlimited. (R.B.)

Rätselvolle Schachaufgaben

Kaissiber 18

of the first
20 numbers of Kaissiber

Michael Negele

Natural scientists don’t really tend to be "masterly men of letters" too, therefore our chairman is a "late developer". It was in Kaissiber No. 15 (Summer 2000), that is as early as in his 43rd year that he could go on in a thirty-page article about the "Dispute of Theoreticians" on the Goldman Variation (1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Qf3) and its exponents. Just as generous was the editor Stefan Bücker in Kaissiber 18: M.N. was allowed to elaborate on "The crime of Mr. Heyde"  (Spring 2002) on 30 pages too. Meanwhile 16 articles of 4-10 pages have already been published in KARL till end of 2008 and the traditional magazine SCHACH published some contributions in 2005 and 2006 as well. (M.N.)

Additional publications:
(as editor/co-author:)
Together with Richard Forster and Stefan Hansen: Emanuel Lasker. Denker, Weltenbürger, Schachweltmeister (Berlin, 2009) - see Lasker Monograph.

Friðrik Ólafsson

Original chess literature from the North Atlantic Fire Island has not become widespread and is virtually unknown in wide parts of the chess world. The work by our famous Icelandic member presented here was already published a good 33 years ago (1976), it has kindly been transferred to me by Gunnar Finnlaugsson. On 240 pages it contains a selection of annotated attacking games of the author against nearly all important chess figures of the relevant period (including numerous diagrams, tournament tables as well as black and white pictures; each game with a preceding introduction). For lack of my knowledge of Icelandic I am not able to give a more detailed assessment of the text, so I will allow Gunnar to speak here (see the accompanying info sheet on the right). Collectors who regard quality highly will also appreciate the solid and appealing presentation (hardback edition with dust cover and sewn binding).