further meetings of the "German-Dutch-Alliance" this winter gave
the opportunity for intensive discussions and first concrete arrangements
on the general meeting at Amsterdam and especially on the further board
work of the Ken Whyld Association in the years to come.
In the middle of January we felt again the lure of Wijk aan Zee as
this year’s Corus tournament once more promised to be a chess
[My companion (and top photographer) Hans-Walter Höhl
shot many pictures of the tournament, you will find them in our gallery
(link at the bottom of next page).]
Therefore the idea of arranging a regional meeting with the Dutch members
of the KWA seemed to suggest itself: they met quite spontaneously on Saturday,
22nd of January, 2005 on the fringe of the tournament for a coffee or a
tea - Geurt Gijssen, René van der Heijden, Pierre Voss and Hans Engberts
soon got into lively conversation with each other.
Jupp Jacobs, a friend of Hans joined the obligatory group photo in front
of the tournament room:
René van der Heijden, Michael Negele, Pierre Voss,
Geurt Gijssen, Hans Engberts and Jupp Jacobs
René van der Heijden
and Pierre Voss
from the KWA meeting there was also a meeting with other chess friends
such as the CC world champion and enthusiastic collector Gert Jan
in the evening a fantastic Thai dinner (not too hot!) in Utrecht, just after
the "pillage" of Engbert's antiquarian bookshop on the Oude Gracht.
Naturally Jurgen Stigter had to be present at that event in which he was
more active as a "supplier" and as a "valuer".
Engbert in his Utrecht antiquarian bookshop together with Jurgen Stigter.
René van der Heijden, Hans-Walter Höhl
and Jurgen Stigter
in the Thai restaurant.