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 ....)
(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!
first issue of Scacchi
e Scienze Applicate
- Volume 1, Numero 1 , 1981
of the first issue: Leader
Historical Venice postcard on the back page of this issue:
An additional historical postcard:
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"
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
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.
a short introduction to the book as jpg-file.
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 …
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.