The Tata meeting of CHLS, that we hoped to hold in the shop of Rainbowchess will not be possible, because this year, Rainbowchess doesn't have a shop in Wijk aan Zee.

It was planned for the 21th of January, when several foreign members are expected in Wijk aan Zee.

Martha Kist

In the Netherlands the Frisian institution Tresoar has announced the ambition to found a Dutch centre for mind game collections. Recently, Tresoar, that means ‘treasure’, has applied for the institutional membership of the Ken Whyld Association (by the way the association will be formally renamed as Chess History and Literature Society at January 1st, 2018).

Read more: A new institutional member

Wolfgang Pähtz - Damenschach in OstdeutschlandOn Friday 24th November the viewing for the 73rd chess - auction will take place in Braunschweig, Theaterwall 17. After the official viewing in the auction room all chessfriends are invited to have some snacks and refreshments in order to get fit again for the presentation of Mr. Wolfgang Pähtz (Jena / Germany) with his brand new book about Damenschach in Ostdeutschland (see which will start at approx. 17:30 p.m. Afterwards we've a contribution from  Mr. Herbert Bastian ( about the latest details of his recent "Chapais research".

Rob Spaans: Reisgids voor SchaakliefhebbersThis book is some sort of travel guide for chess lovers. It describes more than hundred places where cultural chess motives can be found. Mostly in museums, churches and castles in The Netherlands, Germany and France. Think of extraordinary chess pieces, chess boards, chess tables, chess clocks, chess statues, chess paintings, chess tapestries, chess villages, chess mosaics, chess graves, etcetera, etcetera.

The book is in an A5 paperback format, has 328 pages, has many (black & white) pictures and sells for € 19,95.

Hopefully the most critical remark will be that the book is available only in Dutch. The title is "Reisgids voor Schaakliefhebbers", which translates as "Travel guide for chess lovers".

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Rob Spaans

Jon Crumiller and GM Lev Alburt just have published a most interesting book on the World Championship Match between Magnus Carlsen and Sergei Karjakin last winter in New York City. As Bob van de Velde and I had the opportunity to visit that match during it´s desicive state, but also our friend Jon in Princeton, it is a nice remembrance to that trip.

The book itself offers an intriguing sight on the match and it´s background.

Michael Negele

Gyula Breyer - front cover

Gyula Breyer - back cover

Tamás Erdélyi

On 25 April 2017, the Hungarian grand seigneur of European chess,

IM Dr. Tamás Erdélyi,

passed away after a short, severe illness at the age of 64.

In the 80s and 90s after the fall of the Iron Curtain, he was a feared opponent at the more and more popular Central European Chess-Open. His calling, however, - for which he got a legendary reputation among chess clubs – were two other areas: On the one hand his own chess publishing house “Caissa” - for many decades there have been almost ten releases by famous authors per year – and on the other hand the chess shop linked to the publishing house which was part of almost all big European tournaments, especially in the youth sector. Despite the growing computerization of the chess sector, it was of utmost importance to him to present chess books in printed form which got more and more difficult in the last few years due to economic reasons.

Read more: Chess players mourn IM Dr. Tamás Erdélyi

Karl Klittich, Bob van de Velde, Per Skjoldager and Michael Negele

Meeting of Per Skjoldager, Karl Klittich, Bob van de Velde and Michael Negele in Taulov (Fredericia, Denmark) on Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Two board members and our Danish database expert met last Sunday to discuss the current state of the ToBiblion project. The meeting was joint by the interim webeditor Michael Negele, who reported on the new logo of the CH&LS and the next steps to launch the new website of the Chess History & Literature Society.

Results of this most successful meeting will be reported in due course through the website, but also at the meeting in Brunswick on 24th November, 2017. The agenda for this meeting at the eve of the 73rd auction at Klittich-Pfankuch auction house will be communicated by the board.

Read more: Meeting of Per Skjoldager, Karl Klittich, Bob van de Velde and Michael Negele in Taulov...

Rob Spaans and Bob van der Velde, Wijk aan Zee 2016

Dear Members,

I am happy to inform you that no member of the Council and no member of the Board had any objections to the appointment of Rob Spaans as financial auditor and member of the Committee of cash auditors. On the contrary, I got several very positive reactions. By consequence Rob has been appointed beginning from September 13th.

Robert van de Velde

Romano Bellucci, Torino 2006

Again it´s my sad duty to report about the passing of a good friend, a founding member of the Ken Whyld Association.

In late 2002 or early 2003 I got in contact with the Italian chess editor and publisher

Romano Bellucci

(* 9th July, 1940 in Rome;  15th September, 2017 in Venice).

His wonderful magazine Scacchi e Scienze Applicate (started in 1981) was well known to me. At that time Romano, who came already during wartimes to Venice, and was a school friend of Antonio Rosino, was most enthusiastic about German chess history.

Read more: Obituary of Romano Bellucci

KWA meeting in Norwich 2012, Jimmy Adams (on the left) and Ray Cannon

I am glad to announce the newest publication of my friend Jimmy Adams. In Norwich 2012 we talked about Gyula Breyer, and he told me, that he was working already more than 20 years on this topic. Now, five years later, I can hold his tremendously well researched The Chess Revolutionary, a book of incredible 876 pages, in my hands. Thank you, dear Jimmy, for all your efforts.

Michael Negele

Gyula Breyer - front cover

Gyula Breyer - back cover

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