A chess man came travelling ...

Michael Negele's chess tours
in the 2nd half of 2015 - Part I

In the second half of 2015 Michael Negele was frequently away on chess travels, we give short résumés of all his tours in chronological order, accompanied by many photos.

Visit to Meerbusch (Lasker meeting)

On July 9th Michael came to Meerbusch (located on the lower Rhine near Düsseldorf) for a short meeting with Jürgen Fleck and yours truly in order to discuss some details of the Lasker book project. The revisions of the two former chapters on Lasker's studies (by J. Fleck) and problems (by myself) had already been done and their English translations will be integrated in one chapter "Lasker’s compositions". The pilot phase for our layout man will start in the middle of 2016 when the translations are available.


Jürgen Fleck (on the left) is a well-known German study composer
and also IM in OTB play. He lives nearby in Krefeld,
but it was for the first time that we met personally.



Vacation in Triberg and Lasker meeting in Zurich (19-07-2015)

In the second half of July Michael Negele was on holiday in Germany's Black Forest, Triberg - as every chess aficionado knows - was the adopted home town of Efim Bogoljubow after WW I. It was also an opportunity for Michael to make a trip to Zurich to meet there once again Richard Forster, the co-editor of the Lasker volumes, and Joachim Rosenthal, professor of mathematics at the University of Zurich who had contributed the chapter on "Lasker the Mathematician". The latter has agreed to provide an English version of his chapter for the new Lasker edition.


Lasker meeting in Zurich: Richard Forster, Michael Negele and Joachim Rosenthal.



Michael at Bogoljubow's grave at the Triberg cemetery.
The tomb has been donated by Friedrich A. Stock, the then-chairman
of the Freiburg Chess Club of 1887 whose member Bogoljubow had been
from 1948 until his death 1952.

Further photos of Bogoljubow's grave in our column Chess Graves.



Prague Chess Train 2015, 9 to 13 October

Prague - Dresden - Wrocław - Bratislava - Vienna - Prague were the stops of last year's chess train; Michael Negele was for the first time among the participants who constituted a new peak of 120 chess people. The Swede Lasse Karlsson came off as winner of the "tournament on wheels", while the Filipino Julio Sadorra and Raj Tischbierek finished second and third respectively. The event is well documented by a series of articles on praguechess.cz, so I will give here only a selection of photos with short captions. (For German speaking readers we also refer to Raj Tischbierek's contribution Der tschechische Schachzug in SCHACH 11/2015, p.56.)



Poster of the Prague chess train 2015
- we still link the posters of the 2011 + 2012
and the 2013 + 2014 trains.



A promising start in Prague


 GM Ján Plachetka with the president of the
Prague Chess Society and organizer Pavel Matocha



Calle Erlandsson, Wojtek Zawadzki
and Michael Negele in Wrocław


Grandmasters among themselves: Julio Sadorra (left) vs Lasse Karlsson



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