Vienna 1895: The tournament reports by Adolf Zinkl, published in the Znaimer Wochenblatt, have been provided by Jan Kalendovský.

For this contribution visit our page Lectures & Articles (in the member section).

Our Dutch member Peter de Jong (De Meern) has just informed us that he finished two minor publications last year: 600 Schaakgezichten [600 Chess Faces] and 325 Schaaktoernooien [325 Chess Tournaments], both privately printed and in a small edition only.

Read more in our column New Chess Literature.

After his first photo book "Lichtbilder und Schachkompositionen" (see our former entry) Bernd Gräfrath has just published a second volume "Schachgeschichten mit Lichtbildern" [Chess Stories with Photographs], again in a very small edition and produced in the same manner.

Read more in our column New Chess Literature.

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We would welcome any ideas or suggestions for future projects. 

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If you need any further information please contact me on the above email address.

Many thanks
Michael Clapham

Our Polish member Paweł Dudziński has provided a fine historical photograph, showing one lady (looking not very happy) surrounded by many gentlemen …

Read more: A mysterious photograph

Wolfgang Angerstein has informed us that the Board Game Studies Journal is back – as an online magazine! You will find the first online issue = Issue 8 at

Camilo Restrepo Castro (Colombia) has collected the data on the games of La Bourdonnais and MacDonnell not played in their well-known matches, considering all available sources. He has recorded his results in two Excel files which you may find in our member section.
Many thanks to Camilo Restrepo for providing his work!


The tradition of our January meeting in Wijk aan Zee lives on - Guy Van Habberney has written a short report on the event, and Michael Negele has provided many photographs.

(Updated 24-01-2014: 3 photos added, provided by Andreas Saremba)


Read more: Wijk aan Zee 2014

Today you may take delight in reading an article by our member Jonathan Crumiller, published in Chess Life, September 2013: "The Jonathan Crumiller Collection. A premier collector’s exhibition at the World Chess Hall of Fame." Besides the article (7.3 MB) we link the title page of the a.m. issue, both as PDF.
Courtesy of Dan Lucas, Editor of Chess Life,

Today our Italian member and friend Alessandro Sanvito (Milano) is celebrating his birthday – he can now look back on three-fourths of a century.  
Dear Alessandro, we all wish you a happy and prosperous birthday and many more to come!

Read more: Alessandro Sanvito 75!

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