Visiting an Old Chess Metropolis

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

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The remaining Saturday afternoon was reserved to the first part of the KWA series of lectures at the "Haus des Schachsports". This time we had won Tony Gillam to give the plenary talk, he highlighted the fate of the Russian masters after the broken off tournament Mannheim 1914: interned after the outbreak of war, Alekhine, Bogoljubov, Rabinovich and others had to go on a trip through German prisons ...

Once again Tony Gillam can unfold his rhetorical skills.


The auditorium

The starting point of the subsequent contribution by Toni Preziuso was the short movie Białystok 1897 (see below) leading us to the then Russian part of Poland. As a prospective Rubinstein biographer Toni had investigated the question how Akiba Rubinstein's beginnings could have happened in the Russian-Jewish environment of that time. (The Rubinstein family had moved to Białystok soon after the birth of little Akiba [*1882] where he also learned to play chess as a teenager.)

Alternatively the link to the video:

Additional historical pictures from Białystok:
Bialystok - Nikolaistraße
Bialystok - Marktstraße mit Stadtuhr
Bialystok - Marktstraße
Bialystok - Lindenstraße
Bialystok - Ulica Lipowa

Toni Preziuso takes over from Tony Gillam.

Our treasurer Michael Negele gave the third and last paper of the day, he picked up once more the diversified history of the Wiener Schachzeitung – "all what a collector should know about". On this we offer his powerpoint presentation (35 MB, as PDF) and besides refer to a previous article of the speaker (Michael Negele: "Glanz & Elend des Schachorgans. Die bewegte Geschichte der Wiener Schachzeitung", in: KARL 2/2009, p. 20-27).

Attentive listeners: Ivan Bottlik, J. Walter Simon and
Gábor Gyuncza (from Budapest, companion of Ivan Bottlik)

Darko Plećaš, Tamás Erdélyi and Per Skjoldager

On Sunday morning we met again at the "Haus des Schachsports" to hold the general meeting – including the reports of the Board as well as a review of the association's activities.


Our chairman flanked by Alessandro Sanvito and Siegfried Schönle

Hereafter the second part of the lectures followed starting with our host Karl Kadletz. He dealt with two objets d'art located in Vienna: the painting "Die Schachpartie" (1839) by Josef Danhauser, exhibited in the "Upper Belvedere", and the chess set of the carver Rupert Grießl from Styria (1898) in the "Wiener Volkskundemuseum" (Viennese Museum of Folk Culture). Both exhibits reproduce at the same time numerous contemporaries, also to see in this short presentation.

Karl Kadletz with his presentation - unfortunately cancelled the evening before.

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