At the joint breakfast in my hotel (ideally situated for a night-time stroll to Times Square, passing the Empire State Building and the fantastically illuminated main building of the New York Public Library – see our picture gallery New York City at night) we could intensely compare notes on Larry’s chess projects. He kindly gave me several documents on them which we can now present to our members and simultaneously to a broader chess audience as well.

1) Tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art with some picture maps


MET chess items







Four folios from Firdausi's Shahnameh (The Epic of Kings):






2) A documentation of his exhibition "Imagery of Chess Revisited"

    Brochure The Imagery of Chess … (PDF)








3) A further documentation of an exhibition in Reykjavik








4) A brochure and some pictures of the World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis

    World Chess Hall of Fame Mission Statement (PDF)






Especially the "World Chess Hall of Fame" in St. Louis (there is also Larry’s brochure "Chess Masterpieces: Highlights from the Dr. George and Vivian Dean Collection" available – see caught my close attention, as in the near future (2014?) we intend to hold there an annual meeting of the Ken Whyld Association with the friendly assistance of our American members. This institution in St Louis is particularly due to the personal commitment of Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield. I am really a little "aggrieved" if I imagine the problems to advance similar cultural chess initiatives in Germany (see for instance the Lasker touring exhibition).

From the "outside view" there is no understanding at all for this "German phenomenon". At least each American will wonder that in Germany – this "lighthouse" in the worldwide economic crisis – nobody succeeds in developing concepts for the world-famous German chess collections of Dr. Thomas Thomsen and Lothar Schmid. But in our country the decisiveness of individuals as to a long-lasting support of such an institution (i.e. a German Chess Museum) is obviously still lacking. It remains to be seen if a "diffident" pooling of interests becoming currently apparent with the German Chess Federation and the Emanuel Lasker Society could possibly be aimed at such a direction. Certainly a lecture of my friend Larry List in front of an interested audience would be a suitable advertising measure …

Michael Negele



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