In glorious, sunny weather
to the Northern Netherlands


Some issues from the meeting should be briefly documented:

Book Projects: These will still be sponsored by the KWA, however only the authors should care about the publication and sales. Naturally the authors can employ a proper distributor.

General Meeting in Norwich: On this please see our current announcement.
Michael Negele will arrange further details with our member Owen Hindle in coming February.

KWA Homepage: Ralf Binnewirtz agreed to carry out the planned relaunch of our website this year. A modern CMS based website with interactive features (blogs) for the members should be realized. Our webmaster will prepare a more detailed proposal on that.

Post of the treasurer: Michael Negele announced that he intends to pass the treasurer's chair at the elections to the board in 2013 , therefore next year a successor has to be found.

Subsequent to the meeting the obligatory book market took place which ran with a brisk participation. Afterwards we could still observe some games of the first round of the tournament in their final stage.

Finally a small circle met for the evening meal in the recommendable restaurant Ladychef in Zandvoort which we gladly look back on thanks to its excellent quality for a moderate price (

On Sunday (15/01) we, i.e. Tony Gillam, Michael Negele, Andreas Saremba, Jurgen Stigter and myself, were guests of Winifred and Bob van de Velde in their beautiful Amsterdam home. Of course there was an extensive discussion before, during and after the lunch as well. Below again some photos.

Winifred van de Velde spoiled us not only with a lavish
home-cooked three-course lunch but also with coffee and cake.

Bob van de Velde plans to get involved in a new project which however we
cannot report about at this early stage.

The guests looking forward to lunch:
Michael Negele, Tony Gillam, Ralf Binnewirtz and Jurgen Stigter
(not in the picture: photographer Andreas Saremba)

Attention is needed also during the lunch.

Michael Negele and Tony Gillam with the third course.



Jurgen Stigter prefers milk with his meal.

Tony and Michael seem very satisfied after a sumptuous lunch.

The following two points of our discussion are to mention:

Bibliography of Chess (BoC): The current (unchanged) state was again reported by Andreas Saremba. The tasks for the front-end = user interface (Per Skjoldager) and back-end = database on the server (Andreas Saremba and others) are clearly assigned. This year a significant progress should be achieved in this project.

Book project "Lasker-Reader": Contrary to the original planning not a big single volume with many diverging subjects will be favoured but a series of smaller volumes instead. We should start with a reprint of the unpublished Lasker manuscript The Psychology of the Game which we have on hand as a PDF. The first step must be the conversion of the pdf file to an editable text file, Jurgen Stigter is invited to realize this technical step by means of his OCR software.

Also the following Monday the glorious winter weather with bright sunshine continued. This picture gallery offers a selection of photos from some stops on the way from Zandvoort to Wijk, from a walking-tour through the dunes of Wijk as well as from the third round of the tournament which we had to leave early for the journey home.

In the tournament hall: Pea soup on everybody's tongue.

Finally sincere thanks are given to all our hosts, Regina and Bert Corneth as well as Winifred and Bob van de Velde who enjoyed us by their warm welcome and their perfect hospitality.

(Photographs: Michael Negele, Andreas Saremba and Guy Van Habberney)


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