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“All has occurred before“, to quote rabbi Ben Akiba in Karl Gutzkow’s Uriel Acosta (1846). First plans to create a universal chess bibliography already evolved 16 years ago, namely during a discussion between the French collector Jean Mennerat and Rob Verhoeven from the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (The Hague). Some time later Rob Verhoeven and Ken Whyld developed a more extensive concept of a CHESS RESEARCH SOCIETY, which should include the bibliographical aspect. Jean Mennerat, Rob Verhoeven and Ken Whyld surely recognized the enormous extent of this project, as shows their interesting correspondence from the years 1987-1991 (see below).
Putting these concepts to practice proved impossible at that time, at least the Initiative Group Königstein could be based on them. (Thanks to Egbert Meissenburg for this hint.)



Letter from J. Mennerat to R. Verhoeven (11/22/1987)


Letter from R. Verhoeven to J. Mennerat (12/14/1987) -
page 1 /
page 2

Letter from R. Verhoeven to J. Mennerat (07/11/1988)

Letter from K. Whyld to R. Verhoeven (06/05/1988)

Draft by K. Whyld: CHESS RESEARCH SOCIETY (09/15/1988)

Letter from R. Verhoeven to K. Whyld (11/04/1988)
page 1 / page 2

Letter from R. Verhoeven to J. Mennerat (02/11/1991)



Sincere thanks to our collector’s friend Dr Jean Mennerat, Amancey (France) for handing over these papers and for his permission to publication.