Visiting an Old Chess Metropolis

Regional Meeting of the Ken Whyld Asociation
at Vienna, 1 - 3 October, 2010

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Of course the visit of the famous Café Central in the Herrengasse was obligatory, there our Viennese member Karl Kadletz proved to be a (chess) expert guide.

By no means bouncers:
Tony Gillam and Per Skjoldager at the café entrance.

The Cafe Central was well visited,
nevertheless our group found three tables.

For the joint evening meal not a popular "Heuriger" (wine tavern) for tourists had been chosen but a traditional "Buschenschank" in Neustift am Walde. (More about "Heuriger/Buschenschank" at

The Buschenschank (with certificate "Wiener Eigenbau" [Viennese self-made]) -
only wine from own production is offered here.

Michael Negele, Kurt Landsberger and Karl Kadletz.

Bob van de Velde, Andreas Saremba and Toni Preziuso.

Alternatively to the "Heuriger" a visit of the Pygmalion theatre was possible where the Royal Game was given, this was chosen by our member Siegfried Schönle who is an authority on Stefan Zweig's short novel. (In this connection the article by Siegfried Schönle: "Sechs Illustratoren, ein Text – «Schachnovelle»", in: KARL 1/2010, p. 26-31 is to mention.)

Next morning the planned meeting at Michael Ehn's chess publishing house and antiquarian bookshop Schach und Spiele took place which is not only a shop for new and antiquarian chess literature but also the seat of the homonymous club Schach&Spiele – you can learn more about that at the shop web site (in German).

Mag. Michael Ehn with Hugo Kastner and Siegfried Schönle.

Attraction for collectors: the book table with the latest publications.

Michael Ehn, largely known as a chess historian, collector and author, had already given an extensive self-portrayal in KARL 2/2009 (p. 48-53). On the occasion of our visit he gave a lecture on the history of the famous "Wiener Schachverlag" where his chess shop has finally emerged from, and presented us his own books as well as the publications of the house. One of his latest works which he wrote together with Ernst Strouhal – en passant, ruf & ehns enzyklopädie des schachspiels – has just been acknowledged with a highly positive review by Harry Schaack (Wundervoller Dauerbrenner, in: KARL 4/2010, p. 63). Michael Ehn indicated to have additional completed manuscripts on hand, but he has not been able to find a publisher by now.

Alessandro Sanvito, Tony Gillam and Michael Ehn,
in the background Siegfried Schönle.

Michael Ehn's talk captivates the audience.

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