The Lighthouses of Chess

On 23 January the next chess tour of Michael Negele was due, this time to Wijk aan Zee which once again was completely under the spell of the royal game. Only the last part of the trip was very intricate due to some road construction near Beverwijk ...

Let’s first attend to the editorial meeting with Tony Gillam and Michael Negele at the home of Winifred and Bob van de Velde in Amsterdam. The biography of Paul Felix Schmidt will probably go to press in coming June and will be released in August, so the project is now approaching the final stretch. 


The kind and patient hosts - Winifred and Bob van de Velde



Editorial meeting of the two authors. On screen Jack Collins,
on the table Tony’s Mannheim 1914 as well as the elaborations of the authors.


Some details

Title: Paul Felix Schmidt, A Chemist who Played Chess 
Authors: Anthony J Gillam and Michael Negele, with a contribution by Eva Regina Magacs, née Schmidt

Presumably 350 pp., with dust jacket, format 24x17cm (just as Tony’s Mannheim 1914)
Price: ca. 35 GBP; ca. 48 €; ca. 53 US$
KWA members will get a 20% discount if ordered directly from Tony Gillam, but postage has to be added. The book will weigh less than 1 kg, so the postal charges will be moderate.

The authors are still in search of many tournament games of Paul Schmidt. If you have any games from the following list (PDF) which you could provide for this book, we ask you to contact Michael Negele by e-mail [ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ].



Tony Gillam at his best


On this occasion two more or less new chess books should be mentioned: Our new US member David Nudelman has kindly sent a copy of his book to Bert Corneth, it is a bibliography of publications on chess and draughts/checkers which have been written in braille and in Russianand it was already published in 2010 by; see the images below, we still link the title page and the imprint.


Schachmaty i schaschki
by David Mendelevič Nudel'man


Back cover


A new book from the pen of Harrie Grondijs has the title Chess Craze Bad, it deals with W.H. Russ aka W.R. Henry and was published 2015 in a small edition of 35 signed and numbered copies only:






Colophon and title page
Larger version



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