Yuletide No. 0
The idea of a "Christmas Series", which as is well known goes
back to Alain C. White (with 44 volumes from 1905 to 1936) was later on
taken up on a smaller scale by Ken Whyld (see our Ken
Whyld Booklist). Jurgen Stigter has decided to continue this nice
tradition within the KWA, the first issue of the KWA Yuletide
series (no. 0) was distributed to our members at the end of 2003
- beginning of 2004 (together with the supplement issue of the Chess Reader,
p 2). The booklet of 15 pages is a photocopy of the original dated
1859, containing a letter (in French) by G.E. Doazan to George Allen with
the title Labourdonnais - Morphy.
An English translation of this text has been worked out by our French
country's representative Alain Biénabe (Bordeaux) in February,
2004. You will find the bilingual version (French/English) in the following
Yuletide no. 0
Many thanks to Alain for this commendable work.
As Yuletide No. 1 a small tournament book was reproduced
which is extremely rare in the original: Schaakpartijen, gespeeld
in 1851, gedurende den wedstrijd van het genootschap Philidor in Amsterdam.
(Chess games, played in 1851 during the tourney of the Philidor Club in
Amsterdam.) Published by W.F. Stramrood, Wijk bij Duurstede, 1852, 52
+ VI pages, in Dutch language. Jurgen Stigter has completed the booklet
with a four-page appendix where he places the introduction in Dutch and
in English translation side by side.
greetings 2005 (Dubuque) Chess Journal Vol. V. April, 1873.
NO. 38. A. VAN DER LINDE came out recently, it's the first publication
of the series which was produced in bernd ellinghoven's "workshop".
Furthermore an original article by Peter de Jong was added, so to speak
in anticipation of his "Dutch Chess History before 1900".
Our thanks go to all concerned including Tony Gillam, our well-established
proof-reader, but in particular to Jurgen Stigter who again has financed
this "present" for all of us.
Yuletide No. 3
Today the Yuletide greetings 2006
arrived - just on time for Christmas: The King the Avowed
Enemy of the Queen. A New Royal Game of Chess, played for half-crown
stakes. Invented by Philoi-d'Or, executed
by Robert Cruikshank. (First edition: London,
1820) The booklet of altogether 40 pages includes an introduction
by Jane Robins, two articles by Gareth
Williams taken from the Collector's Corner in the magazine
Chess: A Royal Scandal (May 1993) and
George Cruikshank, Charles Dickens and Chess
(April 2004), as well as an excerpt from The world turned
upside down; or, No News and Strange News. The quality
of "Yuletide" has steadily been improved, that's now
the first one with (partly) colour illustrations!
Many thanks go once again to Jurgen Stigter who has financed this
issue, and to all helpers who contributed to its success. [23.12.2006]