Caissa in La Serenissima
(The Most Illustrious)

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Unfortunately I was not granted to follow the first minutes of Alessandro’s talk as Luca D'Ambrosio and Romano Bellucci wanted to tell me before about the "terrible mishap" during the production of our bibliography of commemorative publications. The problem caused by carelessness of the printery (Some pages and particularly the cover had been spoiled by printer’s ink.) turned out to be less tragically though, at least a partial edition of nearly 500 faultless copies could be handed over. (See also our corresponding page Publications ....)

The audience

The audience : (in front) Luca D'Ambrosio, Romano Bellucci
and Francesco Gibellato

Now I would like to express again my extraordinary thanks to Romano Bellucci who took this failure (which he was in no way to blame for) very much to heart. The financial sacrifices alone which our friend from Venice selflessly took upon himself to make our book possible, but also for more than 25 years his nice magazine Scacchi e Scienze Applicate, show his great idealism. Many sincere thanks to a real chess friend!

SSA, Vol. 1, No. 1

The first issue of Scacchi e Scienze Applicate
- Volume 1, Numero 1 , 1981

Introduction of the first issue: Leader (jpg-file)

Historical Venice postcard on the back page of this issue:

An additional historical postcard:


Romano Bellucci & Michael Negele

After this short "excitement" I could still concentrate on Alessandro’s explanations before I could present the first independent book of the Ken Whyld Association. I am very proud of the result, and I would like to thank very much all persons involved, above all the authors Ralf Binnewirtz and Hans-Jürgen Fresen who both were not able to come to Venice, but also the translator, Johannes Fischer and his proofreader, Len Skinner as well as Egbert Meissenburg for his willing support. Many others were helpful, here I may refer to my introduction to this actually "impossible" compilation.

Michael Negele
Just published:
Obliged to Tradition ...
A Bibliography of the Commemorative Publications of German Chess Clubs Founded by 1914

Harrie Grondijs made us especially happy with the next lecture as in addition to his lively explanations of Morphy’s life (and death) as well as of the situation of the Creole population in the New Orleans of the nineteenth century he presented the participants a small booklet which documented his talk. (Picture series 4 on the lecture / 11 pictures)

His fantastic book "First and Last Days of Paul Morphy" (text by Léona Queyrouze and other "Morphyana") already seems nearly sold out to me.

Harrie Grondijs

Here a short introduction to the book as jpg-file.

Hendrik & Rieneke

Hendrik Grondijs and Rieneke van Zutphen

After that we all were "curious" about the evening meal, after all Venice is definitely regarded as a "tourist trap" – but in the "Ristorante Diana" in our quarter Cannaregio we could feel in the best of hands. (Picture series 5 / 5 pictures)
Anyhow, we were guests there three times then …

Ristorante Diana

Near to the Ristorante Diana

After returning to the Casa Cardinale – its "closing time" was 11 pm – still chess was played till late into the night, particularly Peter Holmgren and Luca D'Ambrosio proved to be tenacious "blitzers". But this formed only a prelude to the great KWA tournament next evening.

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