April 2017: Two more publications by Tony Gillam have appeared. The first is another booklet (number 111 already) in the series Rare and Unpublished Chess Tournaments and Matches. It covers tournaments held during 2016 in Amsterdam, Arnhem, Budapest, Utrecht and Vienna. The second is a collection of games, many with notes, of Paul Felix Schmidt, including a career record and brief biography. Schmidt was one of the world’s strongest players in the early 1940s. Please note that this is not the book originally intended. Another book on Schmidt will be published soon by Michael Negele.

More details on the two books by Tony can be found in the Members’ Publications section, Page 3 under Tony Gillam.


Our German member from Forchheim, Rudolf Glenk has again released a small book in a beautiful bibliophilic get-up: Kachelofenprobleme [Tiled Stove Problems] - 2nd revised and corrected edition.
Below the title page.


Private publication, Forchheim 2016
Hardcover, color print, 32 pages.
Attractively illustrated with photos and diagrams.
15 x 21 cm,
limited edition of 28 copies only.


The 1st edition (a paperback booklet / offprint comprising Turmtore ... and Kachelofenprobleme) dates from 2002.



There are only few copies left as the author has already given most of the copies to chess friends. Those who are interested in a copy should hurry to address Rudolf Glenk, glenk-kwass[at]t-online.de.



Recently a biography of Vera Menchik-Stevenson has been published, written by our member Jan Kalendovský. Michael Negele has provided a short presentation with some excerpts from the book: 

A couple of weeks ago I received a parcel from Prague which contained a nice surprise: 
My long-term chess friend Jan Kalendovský from Brno in the Czech Republic had sent his most recent publication.

His book is dealing with the life-story and chess career of the former Czech, then British Ladies World Chess Champion Vera Menchik-Stevenson. The title is Královna Šachu Věra Menčíková - easy to understand: Chess Queen Vera Menchik / Schachkönigin Vera Menchik.


Front cover
back cover


Even if I am not able to read Czech, I like to share some impressions when delving into this wonderful book.

After browsing through the nicely produced hardcover edition of 150 pages and 20.5x26.5 cm size, I was amazed by the high quality of the overall production: An attractive layout is presented on good paper quality and especially includes an unexpectedly huge amount of illustrations never seen before. 

Congratulations to the author, a translation into English would be highly appreciated.
More details on the distribution by the JAKURA publishing house can for sure be received from the author. 

Some excerpts from the book:

About the author
 Excerpt 1
Excerpt 2
Excerpt 3
Excerpt 4
Excerpt 5
Excerpt 6
 Excerpt 7
Excerpt 8


Michael Negele



Our member Martin Ramsauer (Marbach, Germany) would like to point to a new publication from his publishing house: a facsimile of the Südwestdeutsche Schach-Zeitung, 1887-1890 (2nd to 5th volume). You will find all details in this pdf file (4 MB).

A new chess biography has just been released by the publishing house Chaturanga, written by our member Prof. Friedrich-Karl Hebeker on the former German chess master Ludwig Engels who stayed in South America after the Chess Olympiad Buenos Aires 1939 and moved to Brazil in 1941. 




Paperback, 415 pp.,
contains 35 annotated games as well as
many photos and illustrations.

Some information on the book in this
pdf file (0.7 MB)

as well as an excerpt from the book
(pdf, 1.1 MB). 

The book can be ordered from the publisher, the price is 24.95 € (only in Germany without postage). 


On this occasion we remind you of the author’s report from 2011:
With Lourenço Cordioli at Ludwig Engel’s grave in São Paulo
- in English and German  © Friedrich-Karl Hebeker, Düsseldorf




Good things come to those who wait!

The first issue of the new periodical Caissa - Journal of Chess and Board Game History has just been released:

Dr. Mario Ziegler
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Edited by Ass.-Prof. Dr. Rainer Buland MAS and Dr. Mario Ziegler

Paperback, 90 pages A4,
triple columned,
color print on glossy paper

Frequency: biannual

single issue 14.90 € + postage
subscription 12.90 € per issue, free of shipping costs

Articles are in German or English, each with a synopsis in the other language. The main contributions to the current issue are listed on caissa-journal.de/blog/2015/10/caissa-erstausgabe/, the largest article has been provided by our member Siegfried Schönle. The beautiful layout is captivating, and I can only recommend this professionally made magazine to all who are interested in the history of chess.









The book by Dušan Drajić and Dragan Stojnić combines the 5 previous volumes of the Yugoslavian bibliography, including the work on problems by Dragan Stojnić, as well as some additions and corrections. This time only in English, it has 316 pages, printed by computer. (The same book in Serbian - 349 pp. - will be published as well.)


The book will be available for KWA members only (and not be for sale elsewhere), and there is a deadline of 3 weeks for ordering, i.e. until the weekend 23/24 April. So you should seize the chance to acquire this work. Simply write an email to Dušan Drajić -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and don’t forget to give your postal address!

The price of the book including postage will be 17 EUR for shipping within Europe (as the weight will be above 500 g, the major part of the total is due to the postage). You can pay after delivery by bank transfer to our KWA account, as customary please see our imprint page for the bank details.






We are very pleased to hear about a further excellent biography of one of the chess greats (predominantly) of the 19th century: After 29 years our member Jimmy Adams has released a second, significantly enlarged edition of the games collection Mikhail Chigorin - The Creative Chess Genius (Caissa Editions, 1987). Compared to that first edition (of 292 pages), the second has more than additional 450 pages. Not only 100 further games have been added, also the biographical part has been largely expanded. You will find more details as well as an excerpt from the book on the site of the publisher.

New In Chess, 2016

Bound edition of 750 pages
ISBN: 978-90-5691-601-5
Price: 44.95 €

In this context I would also like to mention Jimmy Adams’ article portraying "Mikhail Chigorin, the father of Russian chess", just published in New In Chess 1/2016, p.44-55. Worth reading!



Each year a lot of new chess books congest the market, and particularly before Christmas the number of new publications seems to multiply. Today I would like to point to two chess books only: Our member Fabrizio Zavatarelli has published his long-awaited work on Ignaz Kolisch, and some time earlier this year a book on the Chess Olympiad Buenos Aires 1939 has been released.



McFarland & Comp., Inc.,
Jefferson NC, 2015

376pp., library binding

324 games, 174 diagrams,
63 illustrations,
appendices, notes, bibliography, indexes

Price: US$ 75.00 (or EUR 73.00 respectively)

- see the announcement by McFarland

A (tentative) high praise has been given by Edward Winter in his C.N. 9623.





Justin Corfield:

Pawns in a Greater Game.
The Buenos Aires Chess Olympiad, August  September 1939

Corfield and Company, March 2015

398 pp.

Price: EUR 58.40

For a review of the book by Roland Brockman see www.amazon.de/..., he mentions a few drawbacks (the author is obviously no chess expert), but a lot of very positive features. Especially for chess historians it is expected to be a fascinating read. 




Alessandro Sanvito has released a new edition of his Bibliografia italiana degli scacchi.
The last edition from 1999 listed 1420 bibliographical items, with more than 3000 items the new edition has been significantly expanded. All details on the site of the publisher Le Due Torri.




Le Due Torri, Bologna 2015

360 pp., ISBN 9788896076569

Special prize: 29.75 €













Rudolf Glenk (Forchheim) has just published two books on Marcus Hieronymus Vida’s Scacchia Ludus:





The first book is a bibliographic work on the German editions of Vida’s Scacchia Ludus, commented by Rudolf Glenk (in German; 100 pp., hardcover, with many colored illustrations). You will find his preface in this PDF file.

Price: 59 € plus postage






The second book in the same get-up is a reprint of the Vida edition Frankfurt / Leipzig 1754, a translation from the Latin by N.A. Hiesebock: [4] + 56 + [4] pp.

Price: 39 € plus postage


Both books are limited and numbered editions of only 40 copies each, you can order directly from Rudolf Glenk if you are interested. All details (in German) are gathered in this PDF file.





Govert Westerveld, our well-known Spanish member of Dutch origin, resident in Blanca (Murcia), has been and is still very active as a draughts and chess historian and as an author of books and articles in his fields of interest. 

Meanwhile retired, he has started to write books in English, the page www.lulu.com/spotlight/moriscoricote gives an overview of his impressive output over the years. His last four books about chess (in English) deal with the period 1475-1500, the exciting time of Lucena when new rules developed ... and among his latest works is also a biography of Lucena’s father, the ambassador Juan Ramírez de Lucena. 
Govert Westerveld is currently already busy with the preparation of further books in English:
- his book on Queen Isabel la Católica (Valencia 2004) in 2 volumes
- a book on the research concerning Lucena
- the wanderings of Lucena after 1500
- the wanderings of Francesh Vicent after 1500

In order that fellow researchers know about the results of his research (and not have to reinvent the wheel), Govert Westerveld offers his books online as PDFs - for this purpose he has created the group Lucena's Chess History on BigTent.com where you can join as a member for a small annual fee of $5 only! After your registration and approval of your membership you will have access to all his pdf files and this way be able to read through his books. And you may still think about buying the one or the other as printed matter ...

Email Govert Westerveld: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Some further links:





Tim Harding’s new work Joseph Henry Blackburne: A Chess Biography has just been published by McFarland (at a price of $75), it is already listed on Amazon UK (£49.95) and expected to be soon available in Germany as well. All relevant information is gathered on Tim Harding’s pages, see www.chessmail.com/research/blackburne.html. Certainly a book of great interest to our members!



It was in 1935 - now 80 years ago - that Max Euwe became the 5th world chess champion. On this occasion our Dutch member Peter de Jong will release two books on Euwe and Dutch chess history.
All information is gathered in the following pdf files:

Announcement of the books
Excerpt from the first book
Excerpt from the second book



Øystein Brekke, our Norwegian member, has informed us about a further anniversary book he has written and which was published already last year.




328 pp., format A4, hardcover
Language: Norwegian
Shop price: 348.-- kr  (about 39.30 €)


This book with the title "Norske sjakktrekk" (Norwegian chess moves) was released on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Norwegian Chess Federation in July 2014, so exactly 1 year ago. It contains a general history of chess in Norway through all ages, naturally with a certain focus on the background of the founding of the Norwegian Chess Federation (on 20 July 1914), and the further development of chess in this country (which, for well-known reasons, has exploded over the past years).

The book met with a very positive, partly enthusiastic reception, and the author kindly offers a 20% discount to KWA members.

More details at Øystein Brekke's chess shop!

Other chess books from his pen are included in the section Publications of Our Members.





Our Spanish member José A. Garzón has published a new book, stating that it is his most personal work.

His book El Ajedrez del Virrey - Virrey Chess was published in a bilingual edition (Spanish and English) by Alenar Editors. It deals with a reform of the game on the basis of minimal changes of the rules, to be more specific on changing the rules of pawn promotion. You may read more about that in his introduction, as well as find additional information on this webpage and in this pdf file (in Spanish). Moreover Marcos Gonzalo (Alenar Editors) has provided a flyer on the book.

We give also an image of the dust jacket

For KWF&A members, the book is offered for a reduced price (discount of 10%). The shop price is 20 €. To order the book, please contact the editor Marcos Zacarés
( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and mention your KWA membership! 


Rafael Solaz and Vicente A. Aliaga, the turner
who made the first prototype of the set

Valencia Noticias



Paul Tamm, a chess enthusiast from Estonia, has published a biography of his unforgotten compatriot Paul Keres:



Paul Tamm
Meenutusi Paul Keresest
Published by Lüüra, Tallinn 2014

edited by (our junior member)
Margus Sööt and Ülar Lauk

Paperback, 176 p.
21 x 15 cm
ISBN 9789949380107 

Price: 12.84 €



More information (in Estonian) on




Former member Udo Güldner and member Rudolf Glenk have recently published the interview of Rudolf Glenk on the occasion of the latter's 75th birthday in book form (the formerly published online version is linked on kwabc.org/index.php/birthdays).




Udo Güldner
Rudolf Glenk

Interview mit Rudolf Glenk

Rudolf Glenk zum 75. Geburtstag

Self-published, Forchheim 2014-10-18
(GLF-Sonderdruck / Privatdruck)

20 pages, hardcover,
ca. 14 x 20 cm
mini edition of 10 numbered copies only




This is a very attractive small book, with a nice get-up and a bibliophilic layout (color print on slightly colored paper). The well-known bookplate of R. Glenk (Kachelofen / tile stove) was reproduced as frontispiece and an additional photo of R. Glenk on the title page. There is a further bookplate reproduced on the last page inside [22] as well as a smaller one stuck on the front inside cover. The 10 existent copies have been distributed to chess friends of Rudolf Glenk.




Guy Van Habberney and Henri Serruys are pleased to announce their new publication which is only available for members of the KWF&A - the first 4 years of our CSQ newsletter in one volume:

Title page of CSQ 13 (November 2013)


Sneak preview copies were already circulated in Braunschweig last week, and we can now confirm: chairman Guy Van Habberney and auditor Henri Serruys have bundled the first 4 years (16 issues) of the Chess Stalker Quarterly into one volume. The pagination has been made continuous, a table of contents as well as an index have been added, while Guy Van Habberney wrote an introduction. To control the costs, the publication will be in black and white only.

Bound in hardcover, signed and numbered, the first 4 years of the CSQ will be available by subscription only at the cost of 30 € plus postage.

To order, please contact Guy Van Habberney ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Henri Serruys ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) BEFORE JANUARY 1, 2015.


The biography of Miguel Najdorf written by his daughter Liliana, Najdorf x Najdorf (Biblioteca Nacional: Editorial Gran Blanco, Buenos Aires 1999 and 2008. 214 pp.), has been translated into Polish. Our member Tomasz Lissowski has kindly provided scans and photos.



Liliana Najdorf:
Najdorf o Najdorfie

Penelopa, Warsaw 2014
paperback, 160 pp.
with many photographs

ISBN 978-83-62908-80-6
format 16.5 x 23.5 cm
weight 299 g

Numerous historical errors in the original Argentine edition have been traced by Tomasz Lissowski.

We add an information of the publisher (jpg file).



Cover verso -
click to enlarge



Meeting of the Polish Chess Federation (click to enlarge) -
on the right you can spot Prof. Tadeusz Wolsza;
fourth from left: Tomasz Lissowski, next to him
Jerzy Moraś (editor of Najdorf o Najdorfie)


Tomasz Lissowski with Liliana Najdorf who visited Warsaw in July.




Two eminent chess books have been released recently, A.J. Gillam’s work on Mannheim 1914 and the Interned Russians and Peter J. Monté's The Classical Era of Modern Chess.


After his work on Ostende 1906 (published 2005 by Caissa Editions, see www.chesscafe.com/text/review529.pdf) this is the second "big" tournament book by A.J. Gillam. (Some may have lost track of all his smaller publications, you can find them at www.chessbooks.co.uk/Chessplayer.html.)






1st edition
The Chess Player, Nottingham 2014
Large hardback, light green cloth, 525 pp.
ISBN 978-0-9927924-2-8

Shop price £ 40 (in Germany 59 €) + postage



The author has already described the relevant contents of the book in his announcement (from May 2014), and still more is to find in Brian Almeida’s recent review at ChessCafe.com The Truth is Out There. Altogether I can only agree: the wealth of new information, along with hundreds of unearthed games and rare photographs offer a true treasure trove for historically interested chess friends. And it is Tony Gillam's credit (and that of his collaborators – we have to mention here first and foremost the German author Stefan Haas who published a book on Mannheim 1914 in the previous year) that we can now learn so much about the fate and the chess activities of some prominent masters during WWI – above all Alekhine and Bogoljubow.
Unfortunately some of the (smaller) photographs in the book are very grainy or fuzzy (also pointed out by Tony Gillam), and it is always the question if you should still include such photos (I would prefer to omit them). But this point doesn’t seriously affect the overall excellent impression. The enormous research work and efforts put into this book are worthy of the highest praise. Best you buy the book!

PS (17-09-2014):
- A.J.Gillam's commentary concerning the above linked review by Brian Almeida: The Review of Mannheim 1914 and the Interned Russians
- Hans Ree read A.J.Gillam's Mannheim 1914 and the Interned Russians, see NIC 2014/6, p.96-100 - "The Great Folly".




1st edition
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, Jefferson, NC, 2014

Large hardback, 594 pp.
ISBN  978-0-7864-6688-7
Price $65.00 / 59.95 €







You will find an introduction / summary and sample pages (PDF) at www.newinchess.com/The_Classical_Era_of_Modern_Chess-p-7421.html, as well as a first review by John Elburg at http://chessbooks.nl/elburg196.html.

In a group photo from our Amsterdam meeting 2005, i.e. from a visit to the KB Den Haag, Peter J. Monté can be spotted – standing between Rudolf Reinhardt and Bert Corneth.

Peter J. Monté's tome is the result of a meticulous and most diligent research of nearly 25 years (!) – a possibly record-breaking effort. That alone commands respect and deserves our appreciation. And the book has been scholarly written, with extraordinary care, so it is a profound, reliable and up-to-date reference work for all those working on the chess history of the 15th to 17th century – that is the most interesting period when the evolution of chess made several quantum leaps, i.e. the game experienced far-reaching changes leading from medieval chess (still a shatranj version) to modern chess. But also for all chess friends with a deeper interest in the history of our game this book is certainly a must-have. I would not recommend the work to chess players lacking that interest, the book is no light fiction which would be all too easy to read through.

No doubt the author has done a great job, though I recently also heard a slight critique from a chess friend: in large parts the work would be a very thorough juxtaposition of all the manuscripts from that a.m. period, but a connecting "thread" is somewhat missing, and the reader may not see anymore the wood for all the trees. I think that this objection is not so unjustified. On the other hand, especially the early history of chess is only fragmentarily known (and hence often subject to speculations), so a book on it will be an image of that piecemeal to a certain degree. I will leave it at that remark – maybe others will still discuss this issue in more detail.



A long awaited (announced end of 2013) and pre-eminent publication for problem friends has just been released by bernd ellinghoven (Aix-la-Chapelle): it’s the reprint of Grasemann’s "Reverend", commented and extended with most interesting contributions by Hans Peter Rehm and Stephan Eisert. You may choose between three different versions of the book:

- The German paperback edition:

HERBERT GRASEMANN: Eines Reverends Einfall, der Geschichte machte
- Das neudeutsche Schachproblem - Ursprung, Grundlagen, Grundbegriffe
neu herausgegeben und erweitert mit einem Aufsatz und einer Auswahl neuerer Probleme durch Hans Peter Rehm und Stephan Eisert

 Click the right image to enlarge

The English paperback edition:

HERBERT GRASEMANN: A Cleric’s Idea, which made History
- The new-German chess problem - Origin, basic Principles and Concepts
A new, extended edition with an essay and a selection of more recent problems, by Hans Peter Rehm and Stephan Eisert


 Click the right image to enlarge

Editions FEE=NIX paperback VIII & IX, stitch binding, 200 pages each,
price: 25 € each, special price for Schwalbe subscribers: 15 € + postage


The combined bilingual (German/English) hardback edition:


FEE=NIX-12, bound in cloth (black), gold foil stamping, stitch binding, XX + 400 pages,
ISBN 978-3-9812128-8-4
price: 50 €, special price for Schwalbe subscribers 30 € + postage

Schwalbe members should order from Ralf Krätschmer (Schwalbe-Bücherwart) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; non-Schwalbe members are asked to order from bernd ellinghoven This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; see also http://dieschwalbe.de/download/reverend_e.pdf

A limited and numbered luxury leather edition of 32 copies (probably 96 €) is planned, in case of interest please address yourself to bernd ellinghoven.

Substantially the books contain three parts each:

- The reprint of Grasemann’s "Reverend"; its first edition was a small booklet of 56 pages, self-published by Grasemann in 1982 and meanwhile out of print for a long time. Despite its outer smallness it was a very important publication and surprisingly rich in content, dealing with the modern conception of the theory of the logical (new-German) problem and its evolution from the very beginning in the 19th century. As the book is also available in English now, non-German speaking readers will be able to study for the first time in detail the thinking and the ideas of the new-German problem school.

- The essay "Pläne, Spiele, Züge" [Plans, Lines of Play and Moves] by Stephan Eisert and Hans Peter Rehm, reprinted from Die Schwalbe 48, XII/1977, p. 137-151 and slightly revised by the authors, informs us "about some newer developments in the logical school".

- "A Florilegium. A choice selection of logical chess problems. Selected and with comments by Hans Peter Rehm and Stephan Eisert" gives 82 more recent problems with elaborate and sophisticated comments. 

Moreover the books contain forewords by Schwalbe chairman Hans Gruber and by Hans Peter Rehm, a two-page biography of Herbert Grasemann, also written by HPR, a bibliography, a German/English glossary of technical terms, an index of names and of the most important terms & themes, as well as a number of photos of problem composers who played an outstanding role in the history of the new-German (logical) school.

The brilliant style of the three authors Grasemann, Eisert and Rehm, in combination with all the excellent problems make for a great reading pleasure. I can only recommend this book warmly to all people interested in chess problems.



The award just given the German magazine KARL by the DSB (German Chess Federation), the Deutsche Schachpreis 2014, was certainly a pleasing surprise: www.schachbund.de/news/der-deutsche-schachpreis-2014.html.

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Contents of issue 2/2014 (PDF)

At the beginning only a chess club magazine, things changed basically when from issue 2/2001 KARL – das kulturelle Schachmagazin was available throughout Germany. So it is a still very young magazine and at the same time the first chess magazine to receive this award. Its presentation by a DSB official will take place at the Weimar meeting in November.

Over the years quite a lot of our members have contributed to this quarterly, I can mention only few by name here. Former KWA member Johannes Fischer was co-editor for some years and still contributes to each issue. For already many years Michael Ehn, together with Ernst Strouhal, is running an interesting chess historical column, but unquestionably the most diligent writer among our members was and still is Michael Negele, nearly in each issue you will find a comprehensive article by him: still for the last issue 1/2014 (dealing mainly with problem chess) he wrote – together with Tomasz Lissowski – about Dawid Przepiórka, and for the current issue (focus on "motivation") he has prepared an article on Henry E. Bird. 

We still link an interview with KARL editor Harry Schaack by Thomas Binder, published in Glarean Magazin (in German): glareanverlag.wordpress.com/2011/08/16/schach-zeitschrift-karl-jubilaeum-schaack_interview_glarean-magazin/


The recently published book Schicksalsmomente der Schachgeschichte. Dramatische Entscheidungen und historische Wendepunkte by Michael Ehn & Hugo Kastner is a delightful work which we can wholeheartedly recommend to all German speaking readers.



Published by humboldt, Hannover 2014

paperback, 272 pp.
ISBN 978-3-86910-206-1 (Print)
-  also available as e-book

Prize: 19.99 € (D)

Cover verso (scan / jpg file) 


The attractive book – it contains many rare (black-and-white) illustrations and historical photographs – presents selected highlights and turning points of chess history – separated in altogether 32 chapters and in chronological order, so you may start reading where you like it. My impression is that of a fascinating and well researched storybook (the authors always give the sources at the ends of the chapters), certainly a very entertaining read not only for historically interested chess friends. On www.humboldt.de you can receive an impression by the linked excerpt from the book (incl. TOC) - see Leseprobe (PDF), and you will even find there a video comment (in German).



2 x Michael – Michael Negele and Michael Ehn (Vienna, in June 2014)



Over the last years, Gerhard Josten (Cologne) has turned out to be a most industrious author - for all his works see his page www.gerhardjosten.de/index.php/schriftstellerei-writings/my-chess-books. Now he has written two promising books, here is the corresponding information (PDF) provided by him. Auf der Seidenstraße zur Quelle des Schachs [On the Silk Road to the origin of chess] can already be ordered from the publisher Diplomica Verlag (see www.diplomica-verlag.de/kunst-kultur_6/...) or from amazon.de. The book on Wolfgang Unzicker (publisher: ChessCoach) will be available soon, a book presentation is scheduled to take place on Friday, 27-06-2014, at 6 – 7 pm in Munic: Spiellokal des SK Tarrasch-1945 München, Alten- und Service-Zentrum (ASZ) Untergiesing, Kolumbusstr. 33 (am Kolumbusplatz); U1/U2 Haltestelle Kolumbusplatz - www.tarrasch-muenchen.de/...







The foundation Schach- und Kulturstiftung G.H.S. (Munic), whose founder and chairman is our member Georg Schweiger, has published a catalog on the exhibition "Schach in Wort und Bild":
Machtspiele und Ambivalenzen - Schach und Kultur in den 30er Jahren des 20. Jahrhunderts



More about the book on the page of the foundation and in the (German) ChessBase report http://de.chessbase.com/.... The price of the catalog is 29 € + postage, you can order directly from Georg Schweiger  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Meanwhile available is the guest book of the chess world championship 1934 in Germany:
Rainer Buland, Bernadette Edtmaier, Georg Schweiger 
Das Gästebuch der Schachweltmeisterschaft 1934 in Deutschland
Faksimile, Forschungsergebnisse, Geschichte und Umfeld. Unter Mitarbeit von: Mario Ziegler, Stefan Haas, Michael Ehn, Nurjehan Gottschild und Günther G. Bauer
Reihe: Ludographie - Spiel und Spiele
Bd. 2, 2014, 312 S., 29.90 EUR, gb., ISBN 978-3-643-50606-1 
See the page of the publisher LIT-Verlag www.lit-verlag.de/isbn/3-643-50606-1 as well as www.ludographie.at.

You may also order from our German member IM Bernd Schneider (for KWF&A members postage free worldwide!):
Liebermannstr. 16
42719 Solingen
phone  +49 (0)212-66095
fax       +49 (0)212-66098
e-mail   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PS (13-07-2014): A review by Harry Schaack was published in KARL 2/2014, p.65.





Still available is also the catalog Von der Krone zum Bürger. Schach in der höfischen und bürgerlichen Kultur von 1750-1850 (2011; 142 pp., price 29 € + postage).

See also the KARL review by Harry Schaack.

If you order both catalogs, the postage in Germany is 4.10 € altogether.





A New Book from The Chess Player

and it’s something special!

"Mannheim 1914 and the

Interned Russians" 


94 games (the other 5 are lost) from the Masters’ Tournament at Mannheim which was broken off when World War I began, with extensive notes. Alekhine won ahead of Vidmar, Spielmann, Breyer, Marshall, Réti, Janowski, Bogoljubow, Tarrasch, Duras, John, Tartakower, Fahrni, Post, Carls, Krüger, Flamberg and Mieses.

90 games from the lower sections (all that are known), many never published before, many with notes.

103 games from the tournaments played by the interned players in Baden Baden and Triberg, plus other games played in consultation, in matches and by correspondence. All the available games, many with notes.

Almost half the book, more than 250 pages, tells the full story of what happened when the tournament was broken off – a story never told before of the arrests, internments, the ones that got away. The author has attempted to follow all 40 Russians who were at Mannheim playing, reporting and spectating and to tell their stories. Magazine and newspaper articles are quoted from the USA, Britain, Germany, Russia, the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, France, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Australia and more. Alekhine’s story has some surprises!

The book contains (approximately) 373 games and 1 problem, 232 diagrams and 130 illustrations (photographs, maps, documents).

In early August 1914 there were 12 Russians left in Mannheim facing internment and by mid-1918 there were just 2 left. The book explains how and why.

This is one of the strangest stories in modern chess and it is has now been researched and recounted for the first time.

ISBN 978-0-9927924-2-8; 525 pages, hardcover     £40.00

The book is currently with the printer. Planned publication date August 1st 2014 (the centenary of the breaking off of the tournament).

Reduced price for KWF&A members: £35.00 plus postage




The long-awaited tournament book on Meran 1924 and 1926 by our Italian member Luca D’Ambrosio has been published now!




Cover verso -
please click to enlarge!

Some bibliographic details:

Limited edition of 330 copies
Hardcover (synthetic leather), large format (27.4 x 20.9 x 3.6 cm), 500 pages
thread-stitching, dust jacket, picking belt
language: German
weight 2.2 kg

Luca D’Ambrosio has provided some additional information (all PDFs):
- Front cover
- Folder on the book
- Excerpt from the book (2.3 MB)

See also the announcement at www.arciscacchi.it.

Price, 20% reduced only for KWF&A members: 62 € + postage
The postage varies between 23 € and 44 €, depending on the country of destination and the kind of delivery. Available on request (together with the bank details), please address yourself to Luca D’Ambrosio This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For readers' reactions see www.arciscacchi.it/Sito01/Feedback.pdf



John Townsend:

My new book, "Historical notes on some chess players", is now available in a limited edition of one hundred copies. It is a hardback, size 234 x 156 mm., bound in green cloth, with spine and upper cover lettered in brass. It is a collection of biographical notes on some British chess personalities of the nineteenth century. Here will be found very much that is new. The first chapter has brief notes about a very large number of players having in common that they were all members of the old London Chess Club, founded in 1807. Some are familiar names, including Alexander McDonnell, William Lewis, Deschapelles, Richard Penn, Daniel Harrwitz, William M. Popert, Frederick Lokes Slous, George Perigal, Augustus Mongredien, and George Webb Medley, while others are hardly known and sometimes no more than names appearing in the club's records.

Detailed studies follow of Jacob Sarratt, John Brand, C.F. Smith, and Charles Henry Stanley. The aim has been to paint the players' lives against the background of the changing times and places in which they lived. There are many revelations, some startling.

The final chapter is an update on my research into Howard Staunton's former identity, a topic which was introduced in my 2011 book, "Notes on the life of Howard Staunton". It builds on the discovery that the famous man was at one time known by the name of Charles Sta(u)nton.

It is hoped that this blend of little about many followed by much about few will be an agreeable formula. Illustrating that chess players are individuals, the subjects under discussion include one cricketer, one freemason, two military officers, two "lunatics", one prisoner in jail, one homophobe, one alcoholic, and one suicide - some players falling into more than one category! The book is extensively researched, and is based on new historical material, which is the raison d'être for the book. Copious notes at the end of each chapter quote source references, etc., and there is an index of names. With three illustrative games, one problem, four chess diagrams; x + 146 pp.

The price of one copy sent by airmail to Europe is 23.10 pounds. You can pay by PayPal (when a 3% surcharge will be applied to cover costs) or by bank transfer (please ask for our bank account details). Otherwise, fuller details about ordering can be found on this web page:



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.

The two books exclusively contain images of chess players and chess tournaments, collected over the years from many different sources. Many come from private collections, others for instance have been found on the internet.
The books are not sold on a commercial basis, and at the moment only a few copies are left. But as the books were highly appreciated and as inquiries are still going on, Peter considers a reprint (i.e. 20 copies of each book), especially in case of a growing interest on the part of the KWF&A members.
Peter has also provided some image files (all PDFs):
600 Schaakgezichten – cover
325 Schaaktoernooien – cover / excerpt

As the books are printed on demand and in a small edition, the price is 25 € for 600 Schaakgezichten (111 pages) and 29.50 € for 325 Schaaktoernooien (171 pages).

Please contact Peter de Jong This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to order the books.
Preferred payment by bank transfer; PayPal is still possible for transactions outside Europe.



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. 


Self-published by the author,
Mülheim an der Ruhr 2014
Edition of 20 copies

Hardcover, large format 
(21.5 x 27.5 cm).

42 printed pages
(incl. inside covers,
+ back cover)

Colour printing with many full-page photographs
and a few smaller photos



Most copies of the edition have already been distributed to problem friends. 

One copy will go to the Cleveland Public Library which already holds the first photo book (so this is the only public library worldwide holding the two volumes). 


Cover verso -
please click to enlarge.
The photo shows Bernd Gräfrath
in front of the clouded Matterhorn.

Again this is a delightful volume, and in a still better print quality than the above mentioned first photo book, while the overall get-up is of the same fine quality as before. Apart from two pages where the author comments on a few of his OTB games and one correspondence game respectively, the book contains a diversified  mixture of own compositions (partly co-authored) as well as some problems by other composers, livened up by attractive photographs from private tours. The author has also tried to include photos matching the corresponding opposite text.
There is an introductory orthodox two-mover (recalling Bernd Gräfrath’s first solving experience), but all the other problems are fairies and retros/proof games (with or without additional fairy conditions). Another original idea is realized at the end: One page gives the amusing "Des Teufels Problemisten-Wörterbuch, 1. Lieferung" [The Devil’s Problemists’ Dictionary, 1st Part].
As mentioned by the author, with regard to contents his book has been inspired by Hans Gruber’s entry in Caissas Schloßbewohner.

Contact address of the author:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(see also www.uni-due.de/philosophie/...)



Claudio Selleri (Le Due Torri) has informed us about a new historical chess book, written by Alessandro Sanvito:


L'antica Storia della Società Scacchistica Milanese – dal 1881 agli anni '60 – volume 1

(The Ancient History of the Società Scacchistica Milanese  from 1881 to the 60s  Volume 1)
by Alessandro Sanvito, LE DUE TORRI, 2014, 128pp. Book in Italian language.
ISBN: 9788896076408 


Founded in 1881, the Società Scacchistica Milanese has been at the centre of some of the most important events in Italy’s rich chess history. In more recent decades the club has been particularly active, with club directors often going on to provide leadership for the Italian Chess Federation .

The club has hosted legendary world champions such as Alekhine and Tal, produced national champions, and been home to some of the most celebrated Italian tournaments.

Internationally known chess historian Alessandro Sanvito has at last made true his promise to two of the most famous Presidents of the Società Scacchistica Milanese, Count Giancarlo Dal Verme and Giovanni Ferrantes, to compile a history of Milanese chess so as to preserve forever this unique chapter of Italian chess history. The result is a fascinating look at the vital role of the nobil giuoco in the life of one of Italy’s greatest cities. Starting with Società Scacchistica Milanese’s foundation over a century ago at the Café del Leone, Sanvito carefully chronicles the club’s key tournaments, historic homes and presidential roll call up to the ’60s.

Inside rare vintage photos and unpublished games.

In addition to the standard paperback edition, there is also a superbly crafted collectors’ limited hardcover edition of 99 copies (35.00 euros p/c). Reserve your copy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


The latest issue of Scacchi e Scienze Applicate – No. 31 – has been published by Romano Bellucci (Venice) in August, 2013. ISSN: 0392-0127


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Again some of our members have contributed to this issue:
(in alphabetical order) Romano Bellucci, Marco Campioli, Michael Negele, Alessandro Sanvito and Santo Daniele Spina – see the table of contents.




Table of Contents
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Mrs Eva Masthoff (Haltern am See) has informed me about a chess related article in the (just published) current issue of the German magazine Graphische Kunst - Internationale Zeitschrift für Buchkunst und Graphik.

According to Eva Masthoff it is a fabulous article by the editor Jürgen Schweitzer, entitled "Schachvergiftung! - die Schachillustrationen von Elke Rehder in 20 Jahren Elke Rehder Presse." [Chess poisoning! – the chess illustrations by Elke Rehder in 20 years of Elke Rehder press.]
The magazine is published in 3 different editions, and you can buy single issues; Edition C (single issue 18 € + postage) is the cheapest alternative (not numbered, without original graphics enclosed). Please see the website www.edition-curt-visel.de/index.htm for more details. (The current issue 2/2013 is not yet given on the site, will probably take some days.)


ISSN: 0342-3158
Large format: 32.5 x 23 cm
31 pp., partly color printing on glossy paper

You may order from:

Edition Curt Visel, Mr Jürgen Schweitzer
Weberstraße 36
87700 Memmingen

phone  +49 (0) 83 31 / 28 53
FAX    +49 (0) 83 31 / 49 03 64
E-mail:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PS: Eva Masthoff has also contributed to this issue with an essay "Die Kraft der Farbe - Willy Braspennincx", and the work "Lido" (serigraph) of the Belgian artist Willy Braspennincx is given on the title page.

PPS (23-12-2013):
Moreover Mrs Masthoff has generously sent me the nice chess ex libris depicted below (it was produced by the above mentioned artist Willy Braspennincx), and a copy of her lovely booklet Ein Exlibris zieht Kreise – An Ex Libris is making waves: A bi-lingual (i.e. German/English), limited and numbered edition of 150 copies, 37 pages (unpaginated), with many attractive color illustrations and photographs. It deals with the English composer Sir William T. Walton or his ex libris respectively which is given on the title page. This ex libris, designed by the Italian artist Gino Severini, shows the familiar Pulcinella motif, and in her booklet Eva Masthoff pursues some questions still open with regard to the bookplate. (Published by Frederikshavn Kunstmuseum, October 2001; ISBN 87 7317 282 0.)



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The booklet has nothing to do with chess so far, from the Wikipedia page of William Walton we learn among other things that he wrote a Cello Concerto for Gregor Piatigorsky in 1956. That at least will remind each chess aficionado of Jacqueline Piatigorsky as well who passed away last year at the age of 100(!)  (*6-11-1911  †15-07-2012), and of the exhibition in her honor currently staged at the World Chess Hall of Fame in Saint Louis. The exhibition is meanwhile announced on our page Events, I give here once more the link to the wonderful Jacqueline Piatigorsky page.

Ralf Binnewirtz, 07-12-2013 / updated 18-12-2013 and 23-12-2013



In Belgrade a supplement volume to the Yugoslavian bibliography I-V has been published dealing with the problem chess literature of Serbia in the period 1992-2013; the author is Dragan Stojnić.





Academic Mind, Belgrade 2013
Softcover, 39 pp.
Edition of 60 copies

To order from Dušan Drajić This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Price: 7.50 €
[2.50€ + 5€ postage from Belgrade]




Only few copies have remained in Belgrade, as half of the edition will be sent to our treasurer, and the author will bring some copies to the MEC book market in Amsterdam on next Saturday, 9/11/2013.


Further news:

The Spanish bibliography NEBEA has been awarded three prizes, we give the links to the pages about the "Premios al Producto Gráfico 2012": VLC Noticias and Hortanoticias. [02/11/2013]

The posthumously published work on Aron Nimzowitsch by our late member Rudolf Reinhardt has just come out in an English translation. Here is the publisher's information (New In Chess). [04/11/2013]



Martin Ramsauer has just finalized a new chess reprint which you can purchase via his web site:



It is Francis Douce: Some Remarks on the European Names of Chessmen, from: Archaeologia, vol. 11 (1793), p. 397-410. 27 x 21 cm, cloth with golden imprint on the cover, thread-stitching [Schach-Reprints, 5].
Reprint of the chess historical essay. One of the early etymologic studies on the designation of chessmen in the European culture area. With two illustrations in the text.
Direct link: www.martin-ramsauer-verlag.de/shop/...

Price: 18 € plus postage


Our member Marian Stere has meanwhile finalized his work on the RO-DLC = Romania. The Digital Library of Chess, 1st version. It is considered as the first project which presents the digitized version of almost all chess publications of a nation.

The "Library" contains nearly all chess magazines printed in Romania until the 1990s, many books (mainly till the 1960s) as well as many tournament bulletins and statutes, several literature titles. Many items are hard to find as originals nowadays.

More than 30,000 pages have been scanned to realize this compilation, most with a resolution of 300 dpi and in full color, in accordance with the originals. All files are in PDF format and can be searched for specific data.

We link a detailed list of the digitized items as Excel file, ro-dlc_v1.0.xls
as well as a sample file 1910_dufresne_sample.

The price for this Library on 3 DVDs (10-11 GB) is 99 € (including all additional costs).
In view of the huge work M. Stere has invested, the price seems reasonable.
The amount received from the sales will contribute to a site for the History of Romanian Chess.



Today we can present a new publication by our member Martin Ramsauer, it is the fourth of his series "Schach-Reprints". 



Daines Barrington:
An Historical Disquisition on the Game of Chess

from: Archaeologia, vol. 9 (1789), p.16-38.

27 x 21 cm, cloth,
[Schach-Reprints, 4]



Reprint of the chess historical article. The author quotes the sources of the ancient world (Greece and Latin) where board games have been mentioned, and he analyzes their cogency for the early history of chess. A presentation of the Asian precursors of chess leads to a short history of chess in Europe from the Middle Ages to the 18th century.

Price: 18 € plus postage

The book can be ordered via Martin Ramsauer’s website www.martin-ramsauer-verlag.de/ or directly by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



An important and thematically most interesting book on chess in Poland during WW II has just been published, covering the years 1939-1945. Written in Polish, there is a 5-page summary in English at the end of the book.



Paweł Dudziński:
Szachy wojenne 1939-1945
War chess

Ostrów Wielkopolski 2013
paperback, 300 pp.

Edition of 500 copies
ISBN: 978-83-61530-07-7
Weight: 705 g


For your information a scan of the imprint and of the (Polish) text on the back cover.


This is a very attractive volume, excellent in its get-up, printed on glossy paper with numerous historical photos (partly in color) and games, diagrams and problems.
While the first part of the book deals with the Poles and their chess activities, the second part is dedicated to "Chess by the Germans" as well as to players of other nationalities such as the Ukrainians. Even if I am not able to read the Polish text, the author has obviously done a great job in his research, consulting many sources not available elsewhere. He presents a wealth of historical details, and most of the games and of the photos are widely unknown. My impression therefore is that this work is a treasure trove for chess historians, naturally those will benefit most from it who are able to speak Polish. In my view, it would deserve a translation at least into English.

Edward Winter has reproduced some (enlarged) photographs from the book in his Chess Notes 8204.

You can order the book from the author ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), the price is 30€ incl. postage (the latter is quite high due to the weight).
The author would be happy to receive a chess postcard from those members who got from him a copy of the book.
Here is his postal address:
Paweł Dudziński
ul. Rynek 5/10
63-400 Ostrów Wielkopolski

PS (27/09/2013):
Our Czech member Jan Kalendovský has written a review, published in Šachový Týdeník 37, 2013, p. 3-4, see this PDF file.

PPS (03/10/2013):
Another review was published by Avital Pilpel in his blog Jewish Chess History.






Published by Walter de Gruyter,
Berlin 2012
Hardcover, 257pp.

Price 89.95 € / $126.00


The page of the publisher provides some more information (table of contents; short excerpts from the book, i.e. the chapters’ first pages), and Mark Donlan recommends the book in his review, see ChessCafe: Scholars' Mate.
I cannot estimate if the content of the book justifies its quite high price...




Our Amsterdam member Bob van de Velde offers a contribution on the many-sided Emanuel Lasker, i.e. an offprint of 11 pages, originally written in Dutch for a commemorative publication of the Frisian Chess Club Emanuel Lasker (club anniversary in 2011). The offprint is taken from the 2nd edition of that (self-published) book.





Emanuel Lasker de veelzijdige

Jan Hibma

Van Brouwerij tot Aardappelbeurs;
50 jaar schaken op Het Bildt.
Schaakclub Emanuel Lasker,
Sint Jacobiparochie 2012.
Uitgave in eigen beheer




The paragraphs of the booklet are headed:
- De sterkste schaker aller tijden?!
- Thuis in vele werelden
- Lasker als wiskundige
- Vooral filosoof
- Aanzet tot speltheorie
- Abstinentie van schaken
- Uitvoerige studies
- Vaandelvlucht
- Niet alleen opportunisme
- Terugkeer naar het schaken
- Laskers laatste jaren

Bob van de Velde’s offprint is not offered for sale, so interested members may address to him.




A just released problem book by Michael Schlosser and Martin Minski stands in the tradition of T.R. Dawson’s and W. Pauly’s classic Asymmetry (A.C. White’s Christmas Series, 1927). Their work ASymmetrie contains a stupendous wealth of problems from all genres composed in the last ca 170 years, the earliest dating from 1841:


Dust jacket, designed by Anke Halumbirek


udo degener verlag, Potsdam 2013

646 pp., hardcover with dust jacket
format 16 x 22 cm
weight 1.2 kg
ISBN 978-3-940531-91-9

Price: 20 Euros (incl. postage in Germany)
The postage for foreign shipments (weight above 500 g) is 6 Euros.

You may directly order from the publisher via his online shop (where you can still find further problem books from his publishing house).

This composite work of the two well-known German chess composers is fascinating throughout, they deal exclusively with a special kind of aesthetically attractive problems, i.e. those with a symmetrical initial position and an asymmetric, generally paradoxical solution. From their own collection of 4000 problems they have selected the most interesting items – 649 in total, from orthodox mate problems to endgame studies, fairies and retros, even some originals have been included – you may have a look at the table of contents to get a short overview. Within the chapters all problems are given in chronological order, and each problem is depicted by a diagram followed by the solution, the latter mostly with additional smaller diagrams. The book is completed by a glossary (definitions of fairy & retro terms) as well as indexes of themes and authors.

We also learn from the preface (we link a scan here for our German speaking readers) that the authors have invested many years to finish their project, and particularly in the solutions they have spared no effort to provide entertaining and inventive comments. Fortunately the latter are mostly intelligible to OTB players with some basic knowledge of problem chess (and the help of the a.m. glossary), so this is not only a book for pronounced problem experts. Naturally there is a wide range as to the complexity of the problems and some will be more challenging than others – take it as a good sign of the variety of this absorbing anthology.

In view of the above advantages, the abundant content and the solid get-up of the book the price is very favourable, and I can only recommend this enjoyable publication: It belongs in every problem enthusiast’s library, and it will give you numerous hours of a stimulating read.



Bernd Gräfrath, author of numerous articles and contributions in the field of (problem) chess, presents his latest work "Lichtbilder und Schachkompositionen" [Photographs and Chess Compositions], a delightful book published in a very small edition only.





Self-published by the author, Mülheim an der Ruhr 2013
2nd revised edition

Hardcover, large format
(21.5 x 27.5 cm).
42 printed pages
(incl. inside covers),
colour printing with 20 full-page photographs




A first edition of 10 copies was followed by a second slightly revised edition of again 10 copies.
Not to purchase, as all copies will be (partly already have been) given to selected problem friends or problemists.


Cover verso - please click to enlarge.

The very attractive book contains a selection of 31 own compositions, all given with a diagram and detailed solutions/comments: some fairies but predominantly retro problems, i.e. proof games without or (mainly) with additional fairy conditions such as Losing Chess, the author’s favourite subject.
Each page with text is faced by a colourful photo (obviously from private tours) on the following page; as I learned from Bernd Gräfrath, the nice idea (to combine problems with photos in this way) traces back to Leif Schmidt and his booklet Natur & Skakproblem-Perler.
The photos are not made by simple digital printing but exposed and prepared on real photographic paper – together with the overall solid get-up of the book not a low-cost production.

Contact address of the author: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(see also www.uni-due.de/philosophie/...)




Our member Martin Ramsauer has meanwhile founded his own publishing house, we present his new publication on a blindfold match between Mieses and Schlechter:

Der Blindschachwettkampf zwischen Jacques Mieses und Carl Schlechter in Stuttgart, 13.-15. Januar 1909 / eine Zusammenstellung der Quellen von Martin Ramsauer [The blindfold match between Jacques Mieses and Carl Schlechter in Stuttgart, 13-15 January 1909 / a compilation of the sources by Martin Ramsauer], 2013, [40] pages, cloth bound with golden letters on front cover and spine, 30 cm [Series Schach in Württemberg, 1].

At the beginning of 1909 a match of three games took place in Stuttgart between two noted experts of blindfold play. The Vienna master Carl Schlechter, official challenger of Emanuel Lasker for the world championship title, was regarded as the favourite, but surprisingly clear – with 2½ : ½  – he had to admit defeat to the Leipzig player Jacques Mieses who was more experienced in blindfold play.

The book contains all available contemporaneous articles of the local press as facsimile. Among them a longer text by Jacques Mieses about the nature of blindfold play, as well as a photograph from the match which is published here for the first time since those days. The three games are elaborately presented by all comments found.

Prize: 15€ plus postage

German text on www.martin-ramsauer-verlag.de/shop-angebote/...

Please order via the shop (above link) at the publisher's website www.martin-ramsauer-verlag.de or directly by e-mail ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).



The Mitteilungen of the German ex-libris Society (Deutsche Exlibris-Gesellschaft = DEG), issue 2013 - 1 is meanwhile available.

This tasteful DEG periodical is a magazine of fine quality (colour printing on glossy paper, A4 format; published two to three times per year), and to me it seems exemplarily designed for a club magazine of a culturally oriented society. The lavishly illustrated current issue of 28 pp. contains inter alia a contribution by Eva Masthoff on the Haltern Chess Exhibition mentioning also the KWA and a few of their members (p.17f.).
You will get an impression from the free online version (PDF file), but naturally the printed edition is recommendable for collectors. The price is 6 € per copy incl. postage (certainly in Germany only), please see the imprint for contacts.

By the way, I just learned that the a.m. exhibition has been extended until end of April 2013, so there is still a chance to pay a visit to Haltern’s public library (see www.buecherfreunde-haltern.de/).








Dr. Mario Ziegler
Das Schachturnier London 1851
1st edition, 2013
Publisher: ChessCoach
Hardcover, 555 pp.
ISBN-13: 978-3944158006
Weight: 1.12 kg
Retail price: 44.80 €




Our members can order the book directly from the author This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a reduced price of 35 € (in Germany postage included). For shipment in Europe a postage of 9 € has to be added.

More information in the below PDFs:
- Foreword by DSB president Herbert Bastian
- Introduction
- Excerpt from the book, incl. Table of contents

Added to our KWA publications (10/04/2013).



Our member Siegfried Schönle (Kassel) has informed us about two chess articles worth reading, published in the German magazine Trajekte, issue 22:

Almut Hüfler: Wilhelm Heinses Anastasia und das Schachspiel (p.19-25) – Excerpt (jpg file)
Wolfgang Pircher: Strategische Voraussicht. Oskar Morgenstern und die Anfänge der Spieltheorie (p.33-37) - Excerpt (jpg file)

The above issue can be ordered from:
Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung
Schützenstr. 18
10117 Berlin
phone: +49 (0)30-20192-171
fax: +49 (0)30-20192-154

The price is 3.50 € + postage (1.45 € in Germany)
Oder form: www.zfl-berlin.org/bestellung-zfl-publikationen.html?publikation=Trajekte



A 3-volume work on Fedor Bohatirchuk by Sergey Voronkov is in preparation – volume I and II have already gone to press and will be on sale in about a month. These first volumes deal with Bohatirchuk’s chess career. The third volume which will be published in several months is devoted to politics and the scientific achievements of Dr Bohatirchuk.
Our member Yakov Zusmanovich (California, USA) has contributed to the book, and Averbakh as well as Kortchnoi have annotated some games.
More details on the books will follow later on.

Cover images (provided by Yakov Zusmanovich):


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PS (30/05/2013): Yakov Zusmanovich has informed us that the two volumes (1911-1935 and 1936-1984) are now on sale. The price for both volumes (altogether more than 900 pages) is $30, plus 3-4% PayPal fee and postage from Russia.

Please e-mail your order to Yakov Zusmanovich This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , he will forward it immediately to Sergey Voronkov (Russia). And please don’t forget to give your postal address where the books should be mailed.
Within 1-2 days after your order Yakow will inform you about the total amount to pay. At the moment he tries to find the exact mail charges to different countries (Europe, USA, Canada).

We ask you to settle the payment by using PayPal and Yakov Zusmanovich’s e-mail address given above.  An order from the publisher is possible as well but would be more expensive due to considerable bank fees.






Price: 29.95 € (+ postage), available in many online bookshops
Press release with more information (PDF, in German)








Published by Academic Mind, Belgrade
ca. 190 pages, hardback.
ISBN 978-86-7466-450-6

Price (for KWA members only):
17 € incl. postage
Retail price: 20.90 € + postage






Against his initial intention, Prof. Dušan Drajić has written a 5th volume of his Yugoslavian bibliography which will be published middle of February. Here the Table of Contents and the complete cover as PDF. The slight increase of the price seems to be justified in view of the number of pages.

As usual, please address your order to Prof. Dušan Drajić, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , after having paid the above sum to our KWA account or alternatively paid by PayPal to our treasurer Michael Negele, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , in this case please add 0.50 € PayPal fee.

For the complete series (Volume I - V) see our KWA Publications.







Yuri Averbakh
A History of Chess
From Chaturanga to the Present Day

Russell Enterprises Inc., Milford, CT USA, 2012
Flexicover, 88 pp.
ISBN: 978-1-936490-44-8

Price: $/€ 14.95




The Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology has started a new book series on chess, and this book by chess legend Yuri Averbakh is the first of the publication project.


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The cover text verso and the Table of Contents give an impression of the book which covers the evolution of chess from the very beginnings, and the author presents his own theory as to the origin of chess which is very plausible and to his own opinion "the closest one to the truth".
The next book by Averbakh, already announced in the book’s Epilogue, will deal with modern chess development.

Excerpt from the book:

A review by Dennis Monokroussos:





Edward Pałłasz:
Dwuchodówki i studia pionkowe
[Two-movers and Pawn Endgame Studies]

Wydawnictwo "Penelopa", Warsaw 2012
Flexicover, 63 pp.
ISBN 978-83-62908-34-9
Language: Polish




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Edward Pałłasz (*1936) from Warsaw is a music composer and director of Programme 2 of Polish Radio. Only in his restricted free time he was able to compose chess problems, his book contains 50 compositions (49 by himself), starting in 1950: 29 two-movers, 1 three-mover and 20 endgame studies, all depicted in diagrams; the (commented) solutions are given in figurine notation.
























The new bibliography of Spanish chess literature, NUEVO ENSAYO DE BIBLIOGRAFIA ESPAÑOLA DE AJEDREZ 1238-1938 (NEBEA, New Essays on Spanish Chess Bibliography) by our members José A. Garzón, Josep Alió and Miquel Artigas has now been published by ROMEDITORS, Valencia. You will find all information about this monumental work, spanning 700 years of chess literature, at www.nebea.es/english/index.html; moreover on the editor’s website www.romeditors.com/.... There is a luxury edition and a limited collector’s edition (numbered and signed by the authors), for the former a generous discount of 20% will be given to KWA members only, the prize then being 96 Euros. To benefit from this offer, you have to enter a pomotional code (provided by the editor) with your order. You will find this code in our member section. Please consider that the code is only applicable to payments by credit card.
Members can also pay by bank transfer (IBAN ES43 0081 0271 34 0001321636, SWIFT CODE BSABESBBXXX), in this case please contact the editor, Mr Paco Romeu via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

There is also a Spanish ChessBase page with two videos - a book presentation by the authors and a promotional video, see www.chessbase.com/espanola/....
Moreover we offer an interview published by the prestigious paper El Mundo on 07/12/2012.

Below two photos of the authors and of the book presentation in Valencia on November 29th (click to enlarge).







PS (12/03/2013):

Alberto Herranz from ROMEDITORS has sent us a new photograph (taken by Isaac Ferrera):

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov with the NEBEA volume, flanked by
Cristóbal Grau, Adviser on Sport of Valencia City Hall and
Javier Ochoa, President of the Spanish Chess Federation.
Co-author José A. Garzón gives some explanations on the bibliographic work.
More details and images in the below linked contributions:

FIDE visits Valencia (on www.fide.com)

In Spanish:
ChessBase report Ilyumzhinov en Valencia
YouTube video Origen Valenciano del Ajedrez

PS (02/11/2013): NEBEA has been awarded three prizes, we give the links to the pages about the "Premios al Producto Gráfico 2012": VLC Noticias and Hortanoticias.







Martin Ramsauer has completed his work on the third book of his series "Schach-Reprints":
Frederic Madden: Historical Remarks on the introduction of the game of Chess into Europe, and on the ancient Chess-men discovered in the Isle of Lewis [Archaeologia, 24 (1832), pp. 203-291]. It is the first scientific description of the famous chessmen discovered in the preceding year, captivating by numerous detail drawings. Cloth bound with gilding, format 30 x 21 cm. Prize: 29 Euros.

Please order directly from Martin Ramsauer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the chess club Königsspringer Haltern am See e.V. the book Halterner Schachspiegeleien … was published - just in time for the opening of the corresponding chess exhibition. A group of 8 authors has contributed to the book:
Edmund Bruns, Thomas Gerlach, Bernhard E. Köster, Eva Masthoff, Horstfried Masthoff, Michael Rath, Thomas Schniederjan and Dieter Stüber.




Edition Haltern am See, November 2012
Hardcover, 15 x 21.5 cm, 170 pp.
Printed on glossy paper, colour printing.
Edition of 300 copies.



This attractive and nicely illustrated book (with numerous colour images) offers the reader an entertaining mixture of articles widely related to the current exhibition. Central themes are not only the literature of chess incl. chess fiction, also elsewhere mostly neglected fringe areas such as chess ex libris and stamps have been included, and further contributions deal with the role of chess in the period of National Socialism or with chess sets from the wartime. As the book contains a chronicle of the local chess club Königsspringer Haltern am See e.V., it is also of particular interest for collectors of "Festschriften" (commemorative publications), here the Contents (jpg file) for your information. The beautiful bookplate of our member Josep Alió has been reproduced on the front cover, and in the book you will find a few more ex libris of KWA members (Rudolf Glenk, Michael Negele, Lothar Schmid and the late Jean Mennerat). The high-quality get-up and the reasonable price should make a purchase decision easy.

We still quote a reader's feedback (e-mail by Dr. Erik Skovenborg [Denmark] to co-author Eva Masthoff, 02/12/2012):

"One of my pleasures this weekend was the book of Schachspiegeleien with a marvelous collection of learned and interesting comments on the game of chess. The authors ... really know what they are writing about and also know how to make the subject interesting for the reader. In today’s world of visual images the beautiful bookplates find a natural and well-deserved place with their imaginative, pictorial designs and the entertaining story behind each plate. In Denmark the knowledge and use of bookplates is in retreat and decline, however, books like this book on chess are one of the most intelligent and entertaining ways of spreading information about the life and world of exlibris.
I congratulate all the authors on a fine job and also congratulations to the skillful lay-outers and excellent printers for such a beautiful book paying credit to each work of art with fine details in black-and-white and colours. Bravo!"

For KWA members only:
Price: 15 Euro + postage (in Germany) 3.50 Euro = 18.50 Euro
Please order from Michael Rath, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; shipping after receipt of payment, please remit the amount to the following account:
Account number: 150685500
Bank code number: 42661330 (Volksbank Haltern)
IBAN: DE17426613300150685500
Please note "Schachspiegeleien" as reason for transfer (Verwendungszweck).

Generally the book is available in the Haltern public library or in local Haltern bookshops.



Our member Vlastimil Fiala has informed us about his new publications, special attention should be paid to the three rare Steinitz works published in a limited edition of 100 copies each:

1. The Chess Match between Messrs. Steinitz & Blackburne. London 1876 (reprint, HC, format A5, 56pp., EUR 12.00) - Excerpt (PDF)

and never published before:

2. The Chess Columns of The Field. Edited by Wilhelm Steinitz. Volume 1: 1873-1876 (HC, format A4, 266pp, EUR 33.00) - Excerpt (PDF)

3. The Chess Column of Ashore or Afloat. Edited by Wilhelm Steinitz. London 1883 (HC, format A5, 44pp., EUR 12.00) - Excerpt  (PDF)


Moreover a new book by Gino Di Felice has just been published:
Chess Competitions, 1824-1970, (HC, 566pp, EUR 39.00)
Cover and Introduction (PDFs)

Order / price list  Publishing House Moravian Chess (PDF)

Submit your order directly via email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or handle order and payment at www.moravian-chess.cz. Payments by credit cards, bank transfer (UK, CZ) or by Paypal are accepted.

Free postage and package for KWA members!




A new chess novella has been published by the Italian author Paolo Maurensig (well-known in chess circles for his novel The Lüneburg Variation), and interestingly enough the story is set in Bolzano, with the chess master Daniel Harrwitz as a central character. No wonder that our member and Harrwitz researcher Luca D’Ambrosio is involved in the presentation of the book.


Paolo Maurensig: L'ultima traversa
Series SHORT
Published by Barbera in October, 2012
85 pages, cloth
ISBN: 8878995576
ISBN-13: 9788878995574




Indeed Luca D’Ambrosio’s research (see our former report Luca D'Ambrosio on Daniel Harrwitz' track) had inspired Paolo Maurensig for that story, and the author will come to Bolzano on Wednesday, 21/11/2012 to present his new work at 6 pm in the Old Bolzano Town-hall. The evening will be introduced by Luca D’Ambrosio's lecture on his latest research.
More information (in German/Italian) on the following pages:
- Book presentation www.schachbund.it (and further links given there)
- Evening with the author www.arciscacchi.it/Sito01/Locandina.jpg

We hope that a translation of the novella into other European languages will still be realized.

On 11th of December Luca D’Ambrosio will again give a presentation about Harrwitz (in German), this time as a supporting event of the exhibition Simon and Sarah in Bozen at Castle Maretsch.
Further links for your information:
Vortragsreihe (Series of lectures)
Veranstaltungskalender (Event Calendar) Museumsverband Südtirol


PS (24/11/2012): Luca D'ambrosio has sent us two pictures from the book presentation on last Wednesday and Paolo Maurensig's visit of the Harrwitz grave (click to enlarge pictures):



Moreover, for our Italian speaking members we offer an interview of Paolo Maurensig and Luca D'Ambrosio at www.kiasma.it/podcast/index.php?id=65 - click "Get MP3 (21 MB | 15:35 min)" to download the file.




Per Skjoldager and Jørn Erik Nielsen
Aron Nimzowitsch
On the Road to Chess Mastery, 1886-1924

McFarland 2012, Hardcover, 456pp.
88 photos, 10 maps, appendices, notes, bibliography, indexes
ISBN: 978-0-7864-6539-2




The (according to Edward Winter) "supremely well researched" book covers the early years of Nimzowitsch from 1886 to 1924, including the dark period of World War I and the post war years, formerly neglected in other biographies. Partly a biography and partly a game collection (with nearly 450 games), it is the first volume of a planned work in two volumes, naturally the second is still in a distant future… Anyway, the book has already received high praise from the reviewers, and we have no choice but to recommend it warmly to you.

More details at New In Chess, or read the reviews by John Elburg (in a quite mangled English) and by John D. Warth at ChessCafe: A Beautiful Legacy.

KWA members can buy the book at www.chesslund.com for a discounted price of 40 Euros.

PS (25/01/2013): The book has been voted the ChessCafe.com 2012 Book of the Year, see www.chesscafe.com/.... Congratulations to the authors!

PPS (12/04/2013): Included in our Members' Publications.










Margus Sööt
Hillar Kärner - Kuus aastakümmet Caissa lummuses
[Hillar Kärner – Six Decades Under the Spell of Caissa]





Editor: Andres Adamson
Supported by Eesti Male Toetusühing (Estonian Endowment for Culture)
Published by Argo, Tallinn 2012
240 pp., 21 cm
ISBN 978-9949-466-58-0

Make-up: Erje Hakman
Layout: Marge Pent



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Title page  /  Imprint and Contents

Price: 26 Euros (incl. postage in Europe)


Hillar Kärner, born 27 July 1935 in Tallinn, International Master 1980; for decades he belonged together with IM Iivo Nei to the best Estonian chess masters behind the legendary Paul Keres. Hillar Kärner has played many unforgettable and spectacular games, the book contains a selection of 200. He could win single games against world champions Mikhail Tal and Anatoli Karpov, and also a win against Paul Keres is included in the book. Moreover you will find important results and tables, a short biography (interview), memories of comrades, etc.


The author has also sent us a picture of himself, standing in front of the ancient rock-carved City of Petra (South Jordan). Margus was on business in Jordan in March-April, 2012.

Click picture to enlarge.

More about Petra at Wikipedia – in English and in German.






Raj Tischbierek (ed.):
Schauspiel des Geistes. Marc Langs unglaublicher Rekord im Blindsimultanschach

Exzelsior Verlag Berlin, 2012
200 pp., paperback, with numerous pictures and diagrams.
ISBN 978-3-935800-07-5

With contributions by Vlastimil Hort, Raj Tischbierek, Marc Lang and Michael Negele who goes through the history of blindful chess on about 100 pages.
More information on the book at www.schauspiel-des-geistes.de/... (in German only).
We add a link to GM Helmut Pfleger's chess column in ZEIT-Online:

Reduced price for KWA members (worldwide): 20.- €.
Orders of the members are accepted by Michael Negele: michael.negele.wtal [at]t-online.de; payment in advance by bank transfer to our KWA account (see Imprint).
A simultaneous order of the Ado Kraemer book (see below) saves some postage!



Sooner than expected, the new work of Tim Harding, Eminent Victorian Chess Players: Ten Biographies, was published by McFarland. 

All relevant information on the book may be found on the publisher's site at www.mcfarlandpub.com/... as well as (more detailed) on the website of the author at www.chessmail.com/timsite/....

Review by John D. Warth at ChessCafe:
An Eminent Historian (PDF)



The new work of the KWA webmaster was published in June 2012 by Nightrider Unlimited: Ado Kraemer. Eine biographische Skizze mit zahlreichen Zugaben (No. 45 of the Kuhn†/Murkisch series). Edition of 200 (softcover) copies as well as a collector’s edition of 50 copies (cloth bound, red cover, see picture below).

On 288 + XVIII pages not only Ado Kraemer's vita is described (with pictures/ illustrations, numerous quotes and some short articles), the book also contains more than 260 Kraemer problems/studies, moreover Kraemer is for the first time presented as an OTB player.

Further information is provided by the Introduction / Einleitung and the Contents; besides the special Kraemer page at the author's Homepage (in German only). 



Paperback edition

Title page with a famous
four-mover of A. Kraemer and E. Zepler

KWA members can order the paperback edition from Michael Negele by e-mail (michael.negele.wtal [at]t-online.de); prepayment by bank transfer to our KWA account is required.






Non-members can order from the publisher Nightrider Unlimited, here is the link to the order page: www.nightrider-unlimited.de/angebot/....
Price for members: 17.- EUR,
for non-members: 24.- EUR
- postage included only in Germany.




Hardback edition 






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Informal KWA get-together during the Tata Steel chess tournament

Several KWA members have mentioned that they will attend the Tata Steel tournament in Wijk aan Zee, during the second weekend (January 21st and 22nd). They thereby follow a long standing tradition. In the ‘rich’ years of the tournament the organisers provided a dedicated space in the commentator’s tent for the KWA to meet. Unfortunately those years have gone and we had to improvise to come together, with varying success. Thanks to the efforts of our honarary member Jurgen Stigter, Jozias Hillenkamp of the Raindropchess company (www.raindropchessmedia.com) has offered to the KWA the meeting space in their chess shop La Baliza in Wijk aan Zee. This shop is only open during the tournament. There will a bar available for snacks and drinks as well.

On Saturday January 21st KWA members are invited to meet at 15:00 hours (3 PM) in La Baliza, Zwaanstraat 16-18, Wijk aan Zee.

Please note: Because of the necessary preparation Jozias Hillenkamp is asking how many members he can expect. Those of you who intend to join in La Baliza on Saturday afternoon, are hereby requested to inform Bob van de Velde latest by Wednesday January 18th:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +31 6 20444864.

The map below shows how to walk from the tournament hall De Moriaan (=A), Dorpsduinen 4, to the chess shop in De Zwaanstraat (=B).


    Important dates in 2017    


22 / 24 June 2017
72nd Auction of the Antiquariat A. Klittich-Pfankuch GmbH & Co.

Theaterwall 17 / PO Box 1133 
38100 Braunschweig

phone +49 (0)531 24 28 80
fax     +49 (0)531 13 50 5

Web: www.klittich-pfankuch.de 

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