course the visit of the famous Café Central in the Herrengasse was
obligatory, there our Viennese member Karl Kadletz proved to be a (chess)
Tony Gillam and Per Skjoldager at the café entrance.
Cafe Central was well visited,
nevertheless our group found three tables.
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
Buschenschank (with certificate "Wiener Eigenbau" [Viennese
only wine from own production is offered here.
Negele, Kurt Landsberger and Karl Kadletz.
van de Velde, Andreas Saremba and Toni Preziuso
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).
Michael Ehn with Hugo Kastner and Siegfried Schönle
for collectors: the book table with the latest publications.
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.
Sanvito, Tony Gillam and Michael Ehn,
in the background Siegfried Schönle.
Michael Ehn's talk captivates the audience.