Symposium "Schach (in) der DDR" in Dresden, 16-17 October 
and World Chess Championship for Disabled 


The symposium was held on the occasion of "25 years of unification of the two German chess federations" (after the fall of the Berlin wall).

In Dresden Michael Negele had to cope with a bad mishap: Already during the flight he had noticed that he couldn't open the powerpoint presentation anymore that he had prepared with much effort for the symposium. So he had to improvise his lecture completely which he could manage quite satisfactorily. We regret to have no photo of Michael giving his somehow "reduced" speech, but at least we can offer now his complete presentation (as PDF) - Schach blüht aus den Ruinen. Wiederbelebung des organisierten Schachs in der Bundesrepublik bis 1955 (8.8 MB) [Chess prospers from the ruins. Revitalization of organized chess in the Federal Republic of Germany until 1955].


The auditorium in the "Sächsische Landeszentrale für politische Bildung"
- in the first row Paul Werner Wagner, chairman of the Lasker Society
and  organizer of the symposium.



Andreas Saremba, DSB chairman Herbert Bastian
and GM Hans-Joachim Hecht



GM Helmut Pfleger, Fritz Baumbach (former ICCF World Champion)
and Paul Werner Wagner in a panel discussion


Herbert Bastian with Paul Werner Wagner

A retrospect of the symposium with more photos has been published on the DSB web site (in German only): Part 1/2 and Part 2/2.


The 2nd World Chess Championship for Disabled was held from 17th to 25th October in the Dresden Wyndham Garden Hotel (63 participants, 7 rounds).  You will find a full coverage of the event with reports, games and photos on

The first round begins. On the left (standing) Herbert Bastian.


Visit to Kórnik, 18-20 October

Subsequent to the Dresden symposium Herbert Bastian and Michael Negele went to Kórnik Castle where the outstanding collection of Tassilo von Heydebrand und der Lasa is housed in the Biblioteka Kórnicka PAN. And the new curator of the library, Monika Małecka kindly backed the German guests in their research work, naturally - given the lack of time - only a few focal points could be worked on; for the evaluation of von der Lasa's  documents and letters would certainly require a research work of many months.
A more detailed report of the visit (in German) has been published on




Herbert Bastian examines the Chapais manuscript (Paris 1780),
virtually the first fundamental work on endgames on 500 pages.



Guided tour in felt slippers through the treasuries
of the Zamoyski and Działyński families
(Herbert Bastian, Monika Małecka, Tomasz Lissowski)



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