of our Members


Page 1: J. Adams to I. Bottlik (this page)
Page 2: D. A. Brandreth to H. Engberts
Page 3: T. Erdélyi to H. Grondijs
Page 4: G.V. Habberney to K. Landsberger
Page 5: I. M. Linder to F. Ólafsson
Page 6: C. A. Pagni to U. Schädler
Page 7: L. Schmid to L. M. Skinner
Page 8: S. D. Spina to M. Ziegler



Jimmy Adams

Recently a long-standing friend of Ken Whyld has joined us whose outstanding works as a chess publicist may fill complete metres long shelves. (Particularly if you add the volumes of Chess Monthly which has been edited since August 1991 by Jimmy Adams as a technical editor, then from spring 1992 - after the MacMillam crash – as an editor.)
Impressive are the tournament books published together with Dale Brandreth: Baden-Baden 1925, Bled 1931 or Moscow 1935, each based on the Russian originals, as well as Bogoljubov’s Chigorin biography, translated by Jimmy into English. But my definite favourite is and will remain "Artist of the Chessboard", herewith Johannes Zukertort was finally dedicated in 1989 a worthy game collection and biography. (M.N.)

PS (07-02-2016): 
A new edition of the above Zukertort biogrophy was published by New In Chess 2014 (paperback, 541 pp.).
The latest work by Jimmy Adams is Mikhail Chigorin, the Creative Genius. New, Greatly Enlarged Edition (New In Chess 2015). Bound edition of 750 pages.


Gyula Breyer - front cover

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 - back cover

More information:


Josep Alió




Josep Alió has friendly sent me his extensive work: "Els Escacs a Tarragona 1947-1997" (450 pp, more than 130 pictures, written in Catalan, edition of 500 copies published 1999). A splendid work of high quality – congratulations to our Spanish chess historian who is also an excellent chess player. (M.N.)






Yuri Averbakh

" Chess on stage and behind the scenes" appeared recently in Moscow 2003 in a marvellous colourful hardcover binding in the series "The Art of Chess" (Publishing House Ripol, - with the subheading "Revelations of a Chess Player, of a Politician and of an Historian" – very promising, dear Grandmaster Yuri Averbakh. (M.N.)


PS: We have to mention here the English edition of the above work, published last year (2011) by New In Chess: Centre-Stage and Behind the Scenes - The Personal Memoir of a Soviet Chess Legend (Paperback, 272 pp.) – an autobiography with many interesting insights into a bygone Soviet chess era. - Cover
More information at New In Chess, or read Hans Ree’s review "Hard Times" in NIC 2011/6, p.94-97 and GM Stuart Conquest's essay on Yuri Averbakh's Centre-Stage and Behind the Scenes (Part 1 of 2 / Part 2 of 2) at ChessVibes.  (R.B., 10/08/2012)

From Averbakh's large literary output we still mention his latest work only:
A History of Chess. From Chaturanga to the Present Day
(Russell Enterprises, 2012) - see our Announcement.


Alexander Baburin

Our grandmaster (from Russia), living in Ireland, may forgive me for selecting this book – there was some trouble afterwards with the publisher. Nevertheless I think it very worth mentioning – it describes the "soul of chess". We will refer here to Alexander Baburin's websites: & (M.N.)




Romano Bellucci




Since 1980 the very fine magazine "Scacchi e Scienze Applicate" has appeared at relative irregular intervals, its editor in chief is our friend Romano Bellucci from Venice. It is its aim to show the interrelations between chess and some fields of science. Numerous articles come from Romano’s pen. (M.N.)







Alain Biénabe

In this monumental and yet compact "chess guide" by the pair of authors Nicolas Giffard and Alain Biénabe the latter has dedicated more than 530(!) pages alone to chess composition in the course of which he throws a light on all recesses of this genre – a real treasure trove for problem friends. You may merely regret that this essential reference work only exists in French.
(R.B., III 2012)


2nd ed., Paris 2009
(1701 pages)







Ralf J. Binnewirtz




Problem friend Ralf Binnewirtz has filled a small gap in chess literature with his "Schlagabtausch im Räuberschach" (Exchange of blows in Losing Chess) – the collection of altogether 160 LC studies and problems is still the only book on this popular chess variant (Dresden 2000, 143 pp.). You will find additional information about losing chess on his private homepage.








Chess and problem friend Bernd Gräfrath (professor of philosophy at the university of Essen) being on a visit to the KWA webmaster: you don’t see me double here – it’s my twin brother Bodo who by the way quite often gave me some assistance in proof-reading my English concoctions.
Being a very active author Bernd has written some chess philosophical articles on Em. Lasker and during the last years he went increasingly into chess composition especially with retro-analytical problems (among them many LC retros!).

Further publications:
Ado Kraemer. Eine biographische Skizze mit zahlreichen Zugaben. (Treuenhagen, 2012)

Emanuel Lasker, eds. Richard Forster, Stefan Hansen, Michael Negele (Exzelsior Verlag Berlin, 2009), chapter 16: Laskers Schachprobleme, pp. 393-403

co-authored by H.-J. Fresen:
Obliged to Tradition ... (Venice, 2008)



Iván Bottlik



In 2004 our chess historian from Budapest has presented a concise overview of the Hungarian chess history where a text page is always opposite to a page with photographs or illustrations. It is quite remarkable that the sheet of stamps published at the same time and reproduced on the front (showing a position from the "Hungarian Opening") forms the basis of the book: On each of the 64 stamps a text in miniature has been printed reflecting a phase of Hungarian chess history – they may be read with the help of a magnifying glass. These miniature texts (by Iván Bottlik as well) correspond to a large degree to the book chapters. An original collector’s item supplementing the book! (R.B.) 


Further publications:
- Gyula Breyer. Sein Leben, Werk und Schaffen für die Erneuerung des Schachs (Unterhaching, 1999)
- Szergej Grodzenszkij, Iszaak Romanov, Levelezési sakk (Correspondence Chess; Budapest, 1985)
- Gedeon Barcza, Walter Árpád Földeák, Magyar Sakktörténet 3 (1896-1925) (Hungarian Chess History, vol. 3; Budapest, 1989)
- István Bilek, Walter Árpád Földeák, Magyar Sakktörténet 4 (1922-1944) (Hungarian Chess History, vol. 4; Kossuth, 1996)
- István Bilek, Walter Árpád Földeák, Barcza Gedeon – élete és játszmái (Gedeon Barcza – Life and Games; Budapest, 1990)




Dale Alden Brandreth

Dale A. Brandreth, the industrious person behind Caissa Editions has also worked several times as an author or as a coauthor. Well-known is his contribution to John Hilbert’s book project Shady Side: The Life and Crimes of Norman Tweed Whitaker Chess Master. For this book Dale Brandreth made his rich fund of documents on Whitaker available to John Hilbert who was enthusiastic about this excellent source material.
Another co-production – of Dale Brandreth and David Hooper – once filled a gap in chess literature, the lesser known and mostly unpublished games of the third chess world champion were the focus of the authors’ attention: 203 out of about 600 games collected beforehand had been selected for the book The Unknown Capablanca. (R.B.)





2nd ed. Dover Publ., New York 1993
(1st ed. B.T. Batsford, London 1975)








Øystein Brekke

Our member Østein Brekke is at home in the fascinating country of the trolls which - thanks to Magnus Carlsen - experiences a pleasing upswing in chess. His comprehensive biography of Svein Johannessen (1937-2007) is devoted to the formerly strongest Norwegian chess player (IM 1961) who crossed blades with many grandmasters of his time. Numerous annotated games are included in the book which unfortunately has been published in Norwegian only. The author gives a more detailed description of his work in this announcement.
(R.B., IV 2012)


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A review by Lars Grahn.



Further publications:
Nordisk sjakk i 100 år (1999) - front cover / cover verso
Norges Sjakkforbund 75 år 1914-1989
- Sjakkens Holmenkollen, Gausdal-sjakk 1970-1996
Historien om en sjakklubb - Schakklubben av 1911 i 100 år (2011) -
  co-authored by Thor Geir Harestad
Norske sjakktrekk: Norges Sjakkforbund 100 år 1914-2014 (2014)



Günter Büsing


Being a committed board member of the "Schwalbe" (secretary and 2nd chairman) since about 10 years, Günter Büsing still had the time to complete together with Hans Gruber this joint production (including some contributions by Ulrich Ring, bernd ellinghoven and Dieter Müller. Munich 1996, 51 pp.) – it erects a small memorial in honour of the unforgotten problem composer and helpmate expert Dr. John Niemann (19/04/1905 - 22/07/1990). (R.B.)






 Bernard Cafferty

As a long-time expert not only of Russian chess but also of Russian language, Bernard Cafferty has joined forces with the famous GM Mark Taimanov to produce this chess historically substantial work about the Soviet National Championships. While Taimanov was in charge of the games' annotation, B. Cafferty has contributed the reports on the tournaments. You may read the more detailed description by the publishing house in this pdf file. (R.B., III 2012)




Moreover you will find a list of Bernard Cafferty's publications at his Wikipedia page.









   Alex Crisovan (†)



With our Swiss "young member" an old-timer of chess journalism has joined the KWA, Alex Crisovan was editor of the Schweizerische Schachzeitung from 1973 to 1978. His publications are numerous, certainly the chronicle of the Swiss Chess Federation on the occasion of its centenary celebrations has to be rated as a remarkable contribution to the documentation of the history of chess. (M.N.)



Further publications:

co-authored by János Flesch and Hans Suri:
WM 76 Biel-Schweiz. Interzonen-Turnier. 9. u. 10. Internationales Open, Internationales Jugendturnier, Internationales Blitzturnier. Game annotations by Janos Flesch. Text and reports by Alex Crisovan. (H. Suri, Biel 1976. 160 pp.)

Alois Nagler und das Nagler-Gedenkturnier Zürich 1998 (SG Zürich [ed.] 2007. 170 pp.) - Cover / verso



Luca D'Ambrosio

Our friend from South Tyrol, a very committed member and one of the three founding members of his chess club ARCI Bozen being left, has now written his first book - also encouraged by our last year's "Festschriften" bibliography (2008): a nicely made commemorative publication on the occasion of the 25th club anniversary containing a comprehensive chronicle of the club with numerous pictures and tournament tables as well as a few games. The reader will receive a more detailed impression of the book at the club homepage (Presentation (pdf) / Notes of 1 August 2009 (pdf) / Some pages from the book (pdf) / Photo gallery 'Presentation of the book'). Moreover there are two current entries on the book (26/08 and 06/09/2009, in German) at the site of the South Tyrol Chess Association ASV Südtiroler Schachbund. (R.B.)


115 pages, paperback,
colour printing on glossy paper!



 Michael Dombrowsky


Before joining our KWF&A group this year, Michael Dombrowsky has written a delightful book dealing with the Berlin chess scene of the 1950s / 60s and the chess legends of that period. The book is not only very attractive due to its nice layout (coloured diagrams!) prepared by the publisher Arno Nickel, but also to its content – the author brings back memories of a time where many of us were still young and possibly heard for the first time the names of those 10 legends portrayed in the book. So this is a welcome excursion into a part of German chess history, and simultaneously a very entertaining read with many anecdotes and hitherto unknown biographical details on the protagonists, as well as many accompanying games and game fragments (annotated by Helmut Reefschläger). 

You will find the bibliographical data and excerpts from the book on the page of the Edition Marco Publishing House.

Moreover a review (in German) by our member Dr. Mario Ziegler in Glarean MagazinBerliner Luft-Menschen.

(R.B., VI 2014)


John Donaldson

Two International Masters – John Donaldson and Nikolay Minev – have met to produce the ultimate work on Akiba Rubinstein. The two-volume biography and game collection (revised and considerably expanded second edition 2006 [Volume 1] or 2011 [Volume 2] respectively) is the result of a research work of many years and deserves unreserved praise with regard to the completeness of material and the correctness of description. The reader will find 492 + 583 = 1075 games and game fragments in both volumes. Naturally hardback volumes (instead of paperbacks) would have been desirable, but you can't have it all... (R.B., III 2012)

Review Volume 1 by Taylor Kingston at ChessCafe
Review Volume 2 by Dennis Monokroussos - The Chess Mind Blog
Excerpt from Volume 2



Back covers above/below
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Further publications (selection):

Elmars Zemgalis. Grandmaster without the Title
Pomeranian Publishing, Berkeley 2001. Softcover, 160 pp.

Olaf Ulvestad: An American original
Thinkers‘ Press, Davenport 2002. Softcover, 36 pp.

A Legend On the Road: Bobby Fischer's 1964 Simul Tour
2nd ed., Russell, Milford 2005. Softcover, 198 pp.
(1st ed. 1994)

Imre König
The Chess Player, Nottingham 2005. Softcover, 159 pp.

A Strategic Opening Repertoire
2nd ed., Russell, Milford 2008. Softcover, 272 pp.
(1st ed. 1998)

The Life and Games of Frank Ross Anderson
You get the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Moravian Chess, Olomouc 2009. Hardcover, 361 pp.
Review by Brian Almeida: An Inspirational Tale
Excerpt from the foreword at

Emanuel Lasker, eds. Richard Forster, Stefan Hansen, Michael Negele (Exzelsior Verlag Berlin, 2009), chapter 21: Weltmeister ohne Titel, pp. 631-645

Co-authored by Nikolay Minev and Yasser Seirawan:
Alekhine in Europe and Asia
619 Games ... from Europe and Asia 1905-1945
International Chess Enterprises, Seattle 1993. Paperback, 118 pp.

Co-authored by Eric Tangborn:
The Unknown Bobby Fischer
International Chess Enterprises, Seattle 1999. Softcover, 191 pp.

PS (24-06-2014):
A valuable information should not get lost –
Jacqueline Piatigorsky: Patron, Player, Pioneer – a marvelous exhibition at the World Chess Hall of Fame running from October 25, 2013 to July 13, 2014 – has been curated by John Donaldson, and complete information, a press release and a wonderful downloadable PDF of the exhibition brochure is available at



Paul Dunn

Chess books from Australia open the door to another world for us – this small tournament book was the first work of our friend Paul Dunn from "Down under"– he will certainly like to tell us if there are meanwhile further publications by him. (M.N.)



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Further publication:
(Co-authored by Bob Meadley) John van Manen: The Chess Literature of Australia and New Zealand. 4th edition, updated to June 2009, published 2011. See KWA Publications page 10.




Michael Ehn

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of their chess column in the daily "Der Standard", ruf & ehn (i.e. Ernst Strouhal and Michael Ehn) emerged with this wonderful publication, being a combination of a book (with a chronology, indexes and 273 chess problems) and a DVD (with all 1035 chess columns from VI 1990 to VI 2010 as jpg or pdf files). This work belongs to the 15 most beautiful Austrian books in 2010, a tribute certainly rarely paid to a chess book at national level.
(R.B., III 2012)


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Thomas Binder in Glarean Magazin
Prof. Christian Hesse at ChessBase



Further publications:

Together with Hugo Kastner:
Alles über Schach. Mythen - Kuriositäten - Superlative
(humboldt, 2010. Softcover, 464 pp.)
- Cover / Cover verso

Schachkompositionen. Die besten Aufgaben und Komponisten der Schachgeschichte. Mit über 500 Rätseln und Lösungen
(humboldt, 2013. Softcover, 464 pp.) - see our Announcements.

Schicksalsmomente der Schachgeschichte. Dramatische Entscheidungen und historische Wendepunkte
(humboldt, 2014. Softcover, 272 pp.)



Hans Ellinger

By his series "Tübinger Beiträge zum Thema Schach" Dr. Hans Ellinger has created an "Articulation forum for chess history, contemporary chess, chess psychology, chess events" - this commendable venture was started by Prof. Paul Thieme's contribution Zur Frühgeschichte des Schachs in 1994. Outstanding to me are Volume 3: Schach unterm Hakenkreuz (Ralf Woelk) and naturally Volume 5: Stellungsspiel, Eliskases' strategic principal work of 1941 - eventually in German translation.
For such an undertaking a lot of idealism is required, therefore we hope that the Ken Whyld Association is able to give this series a new push (Volume 8 was published in 2003).

Overview "Tübinger Beiträge"



Bernd Ellinghoven

His name is especially connected with feenschach, the magazine devoted to fairy chess which he has published since 1989 [formerly Wilhelm Karsch (vol. I-XI, 1949-70) and Peter Kniest (vol. XII-XX, 1971-88)]. A bewildering unorthodox magazine whose irregular publication is also bewildering. That’s just something for SuFis (Super-Filosophers!!!) … (R.B.)





Hans Engberts †



That’s no chess book – nevertheless I found several passages related to chess – Hans Engberts and his partner René Hesselink give a report on 20 years in the Utrecht second-hand bookshop "Hinderickx & Winderickx" – many episodes seem familiar to me – a likeable book by bibliophiles for bibliophiles (or bibliomaniacs ?). (M.N.)


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Tamás Erdélyi

Our first Hungarian member, Dr. Tamás Erdélyi from Kecskemét published a lot of chess literature during the last years with his publishing house "Caissa Chess Books". Many of these books deal with openings but there are also quite a lot which are very interesting for collectors and historians such as works on Capablanca and Morphy. (M.N.)




Calle Erlandsson




Correspondence chess is the focus of attention of our Swedish friend Calle Erlandsson – this series combines in a quite appealing way the games of the Swedish CC championships of about 20 years. (M.N.)







Alain Fayard

Alain Fayard lives in Rome but he’s genuine French, a strong chess player and an enthusiastic collector of chess literature. Till midst of the nineties he was an editor of "Europe Echecs" and as it seems, he has unfortunately got into loads of trouble (and court proceedings) with his biography on Joël Lautier (1993) due to an alleged breach of copyright. In the end the publisher Bernard Grasset was at his wits’ end and withdrew the total edition from the market. An unpleasant story which our friend would prefer to forget – but his book turned into a collector’s rarity by that. (M.N.)




Vlastimil Fiala


Vlastimil Fiala is a professor of political science – and an absolute phenomenon regarding his diligence in publishing. In the meantime reprints from Olomouc are probably standing on the shelves of all our members. By his compilation "Cologne 1898", the 11th German Chess Congress he has filled a painful gap in the congress books of the "DSB" (German Chess Federation). The publication of "Proceedings of International Conference of Chess Historians" is a further achievement of Vlastik (together with Stanisław Sierpowski), among others are included articles by our members Harald E. Balló, Isaak M. Linder, Tomasz Lissowski, Jean Mennerat, Alessandro Sanvito, Ulrich Schädler and (naturally) Kenneth Whyld – The White-Lasa Papers. (M.N.)


Eric Fisher

Again and again we are pleased to find that such a lot of our members have published small but valuable works on chess history. A special find of this kind are two booklets written by our friend from the English town of Hull, Eric Fisher who just completed the 7th decade of his life. Probably Eric has published even more of such rarities about British chess history as club magazines of the Hull chess club. (MN)





Richard Forster

Richard Forster’s first work (in book form) on the English chess master Amos Burn has so far exceeded the manifold expectations and in all serious reviews it also met with an outstanding response, you will find examples at the author’s website, in KARL 4/04 or in NiC 8/2004 where Hans Ree devotes nearly 4 pages to this biography ("Quiet, but with a Revolver"). His in every respect weighty work will hopefully be found on the shelves of many chess friends. (R.B.)


Further publications:

Schachgesellschaft Zürich 1809 bis 2009. Eine helvetische Schachgeschichte in zwei Jahrhunderten mit einem Turnier- und Personenlexikon (Zürich, 2009).
Addendum: the articles by Dr. Richard Forster & Dr. Christian Rohrer, The World's Oldest Chess Club: Part I (1809-1914), Part II (1914-1945), Part III (1945-1961) and Part IV (1975 to the present), published at ChessBase.

The Jubilee Book at the site of the Schachgesellschaft Zürich.

English edition: The Zurich Chess Club, 1809 - 2009 (McFarland, 2011. 448 pp.)
Review by Brian Almeida at ChessCafe: A Monumental Tribute of Narrow Appeal
Page at McFarland

(as editor:)
Paul Müller-Breil, Erwin Voellmy (Zurich, 2005) - see

Together with Michael Negele and Stefan Hansen he edited: Emanuel Lasker. Denker, Weltenbürger, Schachweltmeister (Berlin, 2009) - see Lasker Monograph.

Edited together with Ulla Steffan: Auf die Dame kommt es an. Schachgeschichten (Unionsverlag, 2014) - see



Albert Frank (†)

It was nearly 40 years ago that Albert Frank, with the help of Dr. Max Euwe, undertook a study on the psychopedagogy of chess at a high school in Kisangani (Zaïre). The question was if learning chess has a positive influence on the development of numerical and verbal aptitudes, Albert Frank has recorded the results of his research in his book from 1978. You can read a summary online, and meanwhile the book is also available as an electronic edition, see for that
(R.B., III 2012)





Hans-Jürgen Fresen

The well-known Bochum top collector Hans-Jürgen Fresen has several special collecting fields, a collection of commemorative publications and chronicles of German chess clubs belongs to them. For his own club he took up his pen himself and the club chronicle presented by him in the publication depicted here is the result of a long and meticulous research in numerous archives and libraries. And he can be proud of the success of his endeavours, as his many findings made it necessary to completely rewrite the early history of the Bochumer Schachverein 02.

Further publications :
(with Norbert Fieberg) 80 Jahre Schachbezirk Bochum 1926-2006 / Festschrift (Bochum, 2007) >> Cover / Contents
(with Ralf Binnewirtz) Obliged to Tradition ... (Venice, 2008)



Urs Frischherz

Many of us know about that our Swiss chess friend and collector maintains a high-quality website on chess literature. But it’s completely new to me that his pedagogical profession has also become evident in chess education – a surprising addition to our previous listing. (M.N.)




José Antonio Garzón

"Our man in Valencia" succeeded with a remarkable chess historical coup as José A. Garzón was able to trace the apparently lost incunabulum of Francesch Vicent in an Italian manuscript - his Libre dels jochs partitis dels scachs en nombre de 100 was published more than 500 years ago (1495) just in Valencia. José’s latest work on the birth and the expansion of modern chess is connected with this and further find(s) and moreover it was published in a marvellously equipped and illustrated edition. Surely many a person will already impatiently wait for the English version of the first Spanish edition ...

Cover English edition


Further publications:
En pos del incunable perdido. Francesch Vicent: Llibre dels jochs partitis dels schachs, Valencia, 1495 (Valencia, 2001)
Estudio del tratado ajedrecístico de Luca Pacioli (Valencia, 2007) >> Picture
Govert Westerveld, La reina Isabel la Católica: su reflejo en la dama poderosa de Valencia, cuna del ajedrez moderno y orígen del juego de damas (Valencia, 2004)

Together with Josep Alió and Miquel Artigas:
(NEBEA, New Essays on Spanish Chess Bibliography)
ROMEDITORS, Valencia 2012.
For more details see our announcement.

El Ajedrez del Virrey - Virrey Chess, Alenar Editors, Valencia 2014
Further information and links in our announcement.



Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam


Among experts Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam, one of the two editors-in-chief of the magazine New In Chess, is regarded as the best interviewer in the chess world. His special skills become manifest in the fact that even reserved or media-shy chess greats become stupendously communicative in front of his microphone. This volume, published 2006, gathers 30 interviews of famous chess masters from the previous decade, with Kasparov included even five times.
(R.B., III 2012)


Harry Schaack in KARL
Taylor Kingston at ChessCafe
John Watson at TWIC




Tony Gillam


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.

Further details on the two publications:

Tournaments of 1916

Rare and Unpublished Chess Tournaments and Matches: 111

Tournaments of 1916

by A J Gillam

Amsterdam, April, 1916; Amsterdam, July/August, 1916; Budapest, September/October, 1916; Budapest, November/December, 1916; Arnhem 1916; Utrecht 1916; Vienna, Trebitsch Memorial, 1916/17

Stapled booklet; 68 pages; 7 cross tables; over 40 diagrams; ISBN 978-1-911444-04-6; nearly 100 games and position, with notes where available; background information; several of these tournaments are rare and their cross tables do not appear in the published reference books.


Paul Felix Schmidt

Paul Felix Schmidt

by A J Gillam

Paperback; 229 pages; 29 cross tables; career record; brief biography; many diagrams and a few illustrations; ISBN 978-1-911444-008; 254 games and positions from 1931-1971 – all that we could find; many with notes, many by Schmidt; he was one of the strongest players in the world in the early 1940s with a retro-grading over 2600.



Who has never heard of "The Chess Player, Nottingham" – meanwhile a one-man show of our friend Tony Gillam – "Hunter of the Lost Games". Uncounted – in the very meaning of the word – are all his chess publications; a good insight into Tony’s productivity, but also into his "ups and downs" is given in Sarah Hurst’s article in "Curse of Kirsan, Russell Enterprises 2002"; also "CHESS, July 1999". With "Munich 1942" I have chosen one of Tony’s recent works to which I personally attach considerable significance. (M.N.)

Further publications:

Ostende 1906 International Chess Tournament (CAISSA Editions, 2005)

Mannheim 1914 and the Interned Russians (The Chess Player, Nottingham 2014) - Cover. - Review by Brian Almeida at

Emanuel Lasker, eds. Richard Forster, Stefan Hansen, Michael Negele (Exzelsior Verlag Berlin, 2009), chapter 2: Lasker in Grossbritannien, pp. 29-49

The Chess Player Publications by Tony Peterson



Rudolf Glenk (†)

Time and again it is surprising what excellent chess publications are created by pure amateurs – such a work presents our chess friend Rudolf Glenk with his "Turmtore und Kachelofen-Probleme" [Tower (Rook) gates and tiled stove problems]. If additionally, like to me, the opportunity is granted to admire the "magnificent piece" in Glenk’s front room in Forchheim will understand how it warms the problem friend’s heart. (M.N.)


Further Publications:
- Die Vereinsbibliothek Schachclub Forchheim e.V. (Forchheim, 2004)
- Hans Michael Erdenbrecher - ein nicht vergessener Problemkomponist aus Mittelfranken. (Forchheim, 2005 and 2007) >> Image (2nd ed.)
- Herberts Lieblinge - 32 ausgewählte Schachprobleme von Herbert Engel (Forchheim, 2007) >> Image
- Bericht und Lösungen zum Preisausschreiben aus der Festschrift Schwalbe-Tagung vom 05. bis 07. Oktober 2007 in Forchheim (Forchheim, 2007)
- Hinterm Schachofen. Eine Schachbibliothek zum Schmökern. Italienische Schachliteratur gesammelt, katalogisiert und kommentiert von Rudolf Glenk (Forchheim, 2008) >> Image (title page)
- with Udo Güldner: XII. Internationale Deutsche Meisterschaft 2005 im Lösen von Schachproblemen, zugleich 29. Deutsche Meisterschaft, vom 15. bis 17. April 2005 in Forchheim. Programmheft mit Preisausschreiben (Forchheim, 2005)
- dito, Programmheft, Turnierbericht, Bericht und Lösungen zum Preisausschreiben (Forchheim, 2005)
- Schwalbe-Tagung vom 05. bis 07. Oktober in Forchheim. Festschrift mit Preisausschreiben (Forchheim, 2007) >> Image
- with Udo Güldner: Interview mit Rudolf Glenk - Rudolf Glenk zum 75. Geburtstag (Forchheim, 2014) >> announcement

Two books on Marcus Hieronymus Vida’s Scacchia Ludus 
(Self-published by Rudolf Glenk, Forchheim 2015)
Scacchia Ludus - Das Schachspiel
Die deutschsprachigen Ausgaben
Des Markus Hieronymus Vida ausführliche Beschreibung des Schachspiels
in Versen, aus dem Lateinischen übersetzt von N. A. Hiesebock
Further details in our announcement.

2nd revised edition,
self-published by Rudolf Glenk, Forchheim 2016.
More details in our column New Chess Literature.




Harrie H. Grondijs

Rijswijk: Author’s edition, 2004
361 p., hardcover

The Dutch study expert Harrie Grondijs has caught much attention in his field with numerous profound publications (both books and articles). One of his recent works is No Rook Unturned. A Tour Around The Saavedra Study which was published in a very small edition of only 30 copies. It is already indicated by the subtitle that this book completely deals with the famous Saavedra study – Günter Büsing supplied a detailed review and appreciation of this fascinating work in Die Schwalbe (no. 207, June 2004, p. 469-470). Remarkably, this book initiated further research on the early history of the helpmate, shortly afterward the reviewer and the author presented the result in a joint article (Günter Büsing, Harrie Grondijs: Die dritte Erfindung des Hilfsmatts [The third discovery of the helpmate]; Die Schwalbe 209, Oct. 2004, p. 537-542).

Here a list of Harrie Grondijs' Publications (updated 16/03/2010).






  Guy Van Habberney

This teamwork of cash auditor and chairman is definitely a "raisin in the cake" of chess biblio-graphies, as the meticulous compilation of the complete Belgian chess literature mates here with an exquisite color printing whose impact is unveiled above all by the numerous pictures. Many information boxes (highlighted in color) on relevant authors, photographs of chess personalities, a correlation table (as to L/N and Cleveland) and an index of names complete a work which belongs to the required stock of each bibliographically interested chess friend.

Self-published, Antwerp, 2011
157 pp, 24 x 16 cm
Softcover edition: 200 copies
Hardback edition (picture below): 50 copies




Dust jacket verso
(or softcover resp.)
- click to enlarge!





Here the entry on Henri Serruys featuring his earlier publication.
(R.B., III 2012)



Tim Harding

Tim Harding is one of the most industrious authors of our members, he has shifted from the short-lived opening literature to the stimulating and entertaining genre of correspondence chess game collections and CC history. Also in an exemplary manner his Chess Mail, unfortunately publication ceased with the January 2006 issue. (M.N.) 


Tim Harding, who had already included an essay on J.H. Blackburne (1841-1924) in his previous book Eminent Victorian Chess Players (2012), has now finished a stupendous biography and game collection about the "Grand Old Man" of British Chess. Interestingly enough, we learn from Tim’s preface that our KWA meeting in Norwich (April 2012) and his talk on Blackburne on that occasion led him to tackle the task of writing this volume of finally 582 pages. By his meticulous research he has unearthed a huge amount of biographical details and – for the delight of the readers  added an abundance of illustrations (photographs, drawings, caricatures). Above all the book contains more than 1,100 of Blackburne’s games, mostly annotated (some game scores are missing). And the appendices offer, apart from several indices, a bibliography, some interviews and articles as well as 55 chess problems composed by Blackburne. Some more information about the book is offered at the author’s web site where you can also find some linked reviews. Unquestionably this biography is the most beautiful, the most comprehensive and the most reliable work on Blackburne so far, hence it belongs on the shelves of each chess friend who is interested in the chess greats of the old times.

(R.B., IX 2015)

Tim Harding introduces himself in greater detail with his past and present chess activities at Dr Timothy Harding's Homepage.




Friedrich-Karl Hebeker

Ludwig Engels - a born Düsseldorfer - was one of the strongest German chess masters in the 1930s and a player of nearly grandmaster strength. Definitely he was the most famous member of the Düsseldorf Chess Club 1854, and now another Düsseldorfer - our member Friedrich-Karl Hebeker - has set him a literary monument by this biography. You may consider this book as the adequate answer to Lothar Nikolaiczuk’s satirical chapter "König Ludwig - ruhmbekleckert" (in his book "Der ELO-Schädling", 2013) where the author presents the good chess reputation of "King Ludwig" as undeserved and considers him a chess weakling. (The real name of King Ludwig is not revealed there, but it is clear who is meant.) Well, the readers will form their own opinion about that ...
(R.B., IX 2016)



Martin Frère Hillyer

Our US member from Ohio presents a very attractive book which makes a valuable contribution to the American chess history of the 19th century. As the author's name may already suggest, he is a descendant (great-great-grandson) of Thomas Frère (1820-1900), so his work also a piece of genealogical research on his own family. For the first time Thomas Frère's contributions to the development of chess in the USA, particularly in New York City, have been completely documented and acknowledged here.
Inter alia Frère was a second of Steinitz during his first world championship match against Zukertort, and he was a good friend of the American chess legend Paul Morphy – the first book on Morphy came from his pen.
(R.B., IV 2012)

Publisher's information


Owen M. Hindle

In the world of chess historians and also of chess players the name of Owen M. Hindle sounds good – a British champion player (participant of the chess olympiads 1964 and 1966) and an author of several chess books. The biography of Cecil de Vere, which is worth reading, is a joint production together with Bob Jones. (M.N.)


 Cover verso


Further publication:

The Mystery of Edward Pindar, Chess Nomad (Repronis, Ostrava, 2005. 93 pp.)
ISBN 80-7329-079-0 - Cover and text verso





Peter Holmgren


With his 526-page commemorative publication Stockholms Schackförbund 1911-2011 Peter Holmgren has presented an imposing work on the last 100 years of Stockholm’s Chess Federation, including many player portraits and games. Some more details about the book in the author’s information (PDF) and in the short Swedish review by Lars Grahn (scroll down there). (R.B., VIII 2012)







Peter de Jong


The jubilee book on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the Chess Club Utrecht was officially authored by Robert Beekman, but our member Peter de Jong has considerably contributed to this fine commemorative publication as he told himself in his mail from August 2011 – where you will also find some more details about the work. (A usual title page is missing and there is also no imprint but an intro page with photos of the two authors.) The seemingly strange title "Qui perd gagne!" (today this is the French term for "Losing Chess") was explained by Peter de Jong in his mail afterwards, he refers to the written record by Olland you will find in the book (p.17).  However it remains open if that "Qui perd gagne" played in Utrecht was really an early version of Losing Chess or (more likely) the kind of "Selfmate Chess" played in France in 19th century correspondence games (Paris – Marseille 1878) – at least the date (the 1880s in Utrecht) is very near.
The get-up of the book is neat and solid (hardcover, glossy paper, thread-stitching), and it contains an immense number of historically interesting photos. Some excerpts from the book in this PDF file.
(R.B., IV 2013)

Further publications:

Emanuel Lasker, eds. Richard Forster, Stefan Hansen, Michael Negele (Exzelsior Verlag Berlin, 2009), chapter 5: Laskers Beziehung zu den Niederlanden, pp. 101-128.

In 2013 Peter de Jong published two attractive books for chess historians: 600 Schaakgezichten [600 Chess Faces] and 325 Schaaktoernooien [325 Chess Tournaments], both privately printed and in a small edition only. They exclusively contain images of chess players and chess tournaments respectively, collected over the years from many different sources.
Peter has provided images of the covers as well as excerpts from the books (all as PDFs):
600 Schaakgezichten – cover / excerpt
325 Schaaktoernooien – cover / excerpt

 ... and in 2015 a trilogy on Max Euwe and Dutch chess history:
Max Euwe - Verhalen en Partijen 
Deel 1 - Nederlandse Schaakhistorie
Deel 2A - Partijen 1911-1940
Deel 2B - Partijen 1941-1981
- see our announcement.



Karl Kadletz

Our Austrian member Karl Kadletz from Leobendorf near Vienna can look back on numerous historical works and reviews but up to now only on one contribution to chess history – a nice survey on Wolfgang von Kempelen in "Archiv der Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften" which he made available to us as an "offprint". About his contribution to the "Turk", published in Schach-Aktiv 12/1984 Mr Kadletz appears to be not so happy – Preßburg turned into Preßbaum (a suburb of Vienna) ...

Further publications:

Emanuel Lasker, eds. Richard Forster, Stefan Hansen, Michael Negele (Exzelsior Verlag Berlin, 2009), chapter 12: Laskers Biograph: Jacques Hannak, pp. 285-307



Jan Kalendovský

Our member Jan Kalendovský has allied himself with another Czech chess historian to fill a long existing gap with this book on the first International Prague Chess Tournament 1908, published exactly 100 years after the event. (Before there was only a Czech book by Kautsky from 1909.) The nicely illustrated work contains 223 (annotated) games, reports of the 19 rounds and a lot of historical material, thus providing an adequate appreciation of that classic tournament where Schlechter and Duras shared first prize, followed by Vidmar and Rubinstein. The reviewers highly recommend the book and praise it with regard to the contents and the high-quality get-up. 

Read more:
Page of the publisher (in Czech)
Prague 1908 at Wikipedia
English reviews by Prof. Nagesh Havanur at Chessville and by John Elburg.
Czech reviews by Karel Mokry, Karol Rückschloss, Ivan Hausner and Břetislav Modr.




Auction house Klittich-Pfankuch




The auctioneers Klittich-Pfankuch – primarily father Roger und son Dr. Karl Klittich are responsible for a whole series of auction catalogues which provide outstanding descriptions and representations of the offered chess literature (and other collector’s items). Significant portions of chess literature were first shown in the 23rd auction of the year 1993 – meanwhile the auctions in Brunswick represent the "Mecca of the chess book collectors". (M.N.)






Kurt Landsberger (†)



The Steinitz biography and the following collection of materials on William Steinitz by his distant relation Kurt Landsberger belong to the most impressive works I have to describe in the course of this series. Maybe it was also the personal meeting with Kurt in Düsseldorf in October 2003 which intensified this impression. It’s just unbelievable what this "non chess player" has collected on the first world champion and how it is presented with expertise and love of details. Two "wonderful" books – thanks, dear Kurt. (M.N.)




 Kurt Landsberger und Michael Negele
(Düsseldorf, 2003)





Isaak M. Linder (†)

Among the numerous chess historical works by Isaak M. Linder (also here co-authored by his son Vladimir I.) I have selected one of the most recent and hefty (nearly 2 kg) items: Kings of the Chess World – "Terra Sport" Moscow 2001 – An extensive account including documents on the chess world champions from Steinitz to Kramnik – whose chapter incidentally turns out to be remarkably short. (M.N.)

Further publications:

co-authored by Wladimir Linder
Emanuel Lasker, eds. Richard Forster, Stefan Hansen, Michael Negele (Exzelsior Verlag Berlin, 2009), chapter 6: Emanuel Lasker in Russland, pp. 131-164




Tomasz Lissowski




Our friend Tomasz Lissowski from Warsaw is a guarantee of high quality – besides his impressive work on Zukertort (together with Cezary Domański) his biography and game collection of Lionel Kieseritzky (Wydawnictwo DiG, Warsaw 1996), a joint work with GM Bartłomiej Macieja seems to me to have received much too less attention. (M.N.)

Back cover



Further publications:

Dawid Przepiorka - His Life and Work (The Chess Player, Nottingham 1999. 59 pp.)

Szymon Winawer (The Chess Player, Nottingham 2000. 76 pp.)

co-authored by Mirosława Litmanowicz:
Karol Irzykowski. Pióro i szachy   (Penelopa, Warsaw 2001. 139 pp.) - Cover
See also Karol Irzykowski – Literat und Schachspieler by Thomas Lemanczyk at ChessBase (in German).

co-authored by Cezary W. Domański:
Arcymistrz z Lublina (Penelopa, Warsaw 2002)
See the German edition of the Zukertort biography.

Four Polish Championships. Warsaw 1926, Lodz 1927, Warsaw 1935, Jurata 1937
(The Chess Player, Nottingham 2003. 65 pp.)

co-authored by Adrian Mikhalchishin & Miguel Najdorf:
Najdorf: Life and Games (Batsford, London 2005. 256 pp.) - Cover and text verso.
Review by Taylor Kingston at ChessCafe.

co-authored by Wojciech Kulik and Feliks Przysuski:
Jurek Lewi (Penelopa, Warsaw 2007) - Cover and text verso.
Background report by Tomasz Lissowski

co-authored by Wolfgang Kamm:
Emanuel Lasker
, eds. Richard Forster, Stefan Hansen, Michael Negele (Exzelsior Verlag Berlin, 2009), chapter 1: Emanuel Laskers Vorfahren, Familie und Kindheit, pp. 1-26

Young Najdorf
(The Chess Player, Nottingham 2010. 151 pp.) - Cover
Review by "Chess Reader"

co-authored by Jerzy Konikowski & Jerzy Moraś
Mistrz Przepiórka (Penelopa, Warsaw 2013. 269 pp.)



Larry List

New York member Larry List’s interests have been in the intersections between chess-play, chess set design and the rich interrelations with visual arts and music. His book The Imagery of Chess Revisited, (2005, in English only) chronicles the 1944-45 exhibition of Surrealist chess themed art & music organized by French chess master Marcel Duchamp. 32 Pieces: The Art of Chess, Mark Sanders, ed. (2009, in English & Icelandic) includes List’s extensive essay, "New Forms for a New Era," which examines contemporary artists’ visions of chess in the context of 20th century chess & art history. A full essay translation in Czech is available as well.



PS (24-06-2014):

The exhibition Cage & Kaino: Pieces and Performances in the World Chess Hall of Fame was organized by Larry List, you will find detailed information and a fine downloadable exhibition brochure at
For another show Strategy by Design: Games by Michael Graves see



Claes Løfgren

For the first two years (till 1977) our Danish chess friend and collector distinguished himself as an editor of the "Organ for Dansk Skakbibliofil Forening" – nowadays "Skakbog-Samleren" is an exceptional treasure for bibliophiles. The magazine was published till 1984, sometimes with German contributions, for example by Gerd Meyer, Lübeck. Today Claes is still quite active as a writer, among other things with contributions to the Danish magazine "Skakbladet". (M.N.)

Click on the picture to enlarge it!




Manfred Mädler



There’s a pleasant little book filled with anecdotes provoking some hearty laughs, written by the chess journalist, publisher and correspondence chess IM Manfred Mädler in those days in Düsseldorf (1991; 79 pp.) – 1996 he returned to his native town Dresden ( Dear Manfred, when will you put pen to paper and write down your own chess memoirs? (R.B.)






  Karel Mokry



Another grandmaster in the KWA, but also a "Great" one for us collectors. Our Czech friend is regarded as an always reliable, nearly inexhaustible source for chess literature (chess bookshop), but now I have discovered him as an author too. Surely this kind of opening literature is not necessarily the main aspect of my collecting passion but here GM Mokry has impressively described the French Defence. (M.N.)





Peter J. Monté


The graduated historian Dr Peter J. Monté decided to join our association not before the publication of his magnificent work in 2014 - it was widely praised and made him famous among chess historians all over the world. And rightly so, as by this monumental book, which took him nearly 25 years of research he stands in the tradition of H.J.R. Murray and his A History of Chess. It mainly deals with the period when the game transformed from the slow medieval game into modern dynamic chess with its new rules and long-ranging pieces, it describes painstakingly all the manuscripts from Lucena to Greco, and considers all relevant literature on chess history written before, including that of our members Yuri Averbakh, Alessandro Sanvito and José Garzón. Definitely, this seminal work will still be an indispensable reference book for generations of future chess historians and experts dealing with that bygone era of chess.
(R.B., IX 2016)



Godehard Murkisch


A German publication on the subject "problem chess" undergoing a third revised edition may be nearly considered as a singularity! The attractive paperback is filled with 300 well-chosen tricky problems (1st ed. Munich 1980; 2nd ed. 1982; 3rd ed. 1985, 224 pp.) – time and again you will just like to pick up this small classic. Godehard Murkisch founded his own publishing house in 1999: Nightrider Unlimited. (R.B.)

Here is a list of the Kuhn†/Murkisch series:
nos. 1-30 (jpg-file) / nos. 31-45 (PDF)





  Michael Negele


Natural scientists don’t really tend to be "masterly men of letters" too, therefore our chairman is a "late developer". It was in Kaissiber No. 15 (Summer 2000), that is as early as in his 43rd year that he could go on in a thirty-page article about the "Dispute of Theoreticians" on the Goldman Variation (1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Qf3) and its exponents. Just as generous was the editor Stefan Bücker in Kaissiber 18: M.N. was allowed to elaborate on "The crime of Mr. Heyde" (Spring 2002) on 30 pages too. Meanwhile 16 articles of 4-10 pages have already been published in KARL till end of 2008 and the traditional magazine SCHACH published some contributions in 2005 and 2006 as well. (M.N.)

Contents of the first 20 numbers of Kaissiber (pdf-file)

Additional publications:
(as editor/co-author:)
Together with Richard Forster and Stefan Hansen: Emanuel Lasker. Denker, Weltenbürger, Schachweltmeister (Berlin, 2009) - see Lasker Monograph. Epilogue: Jenseits des Zufalls - Schach war doch das Leben, pp. 989-1055



Friðrik Ólafsson

Original chess literature from the North Atlantic Fire Island has not become widespread and is virtually unknown in wide parts of the chess world. The work by our famous Icelandic member presented here was already published a good 33 years ago (1976), it has kindly been transferred to me by Gunnar Finnlaugsson. On 240 pages it contains a selection of annotated attacking games of the author against nearly all important chess figures of the relevant period (including numerous diagrams, tournament tables as well as black and white pictures; each game with a preceding introduction). For lack of my knowledge of Icelandic I am not able to give a more detailed assessment of the text, so I will allow Gunnar to speak here (see the accompanying info sheet below). Collectors who regard quality highly will also appreciate the solid and appealing presentation (hardback edition with dust cover and sewn binding).











Carlo Alberto Pagni (†)



Prof. Pagni, retired but restless brain surgeon from Turin now living in Milan, is very concerned about the history of correspondence chess, many of his publications show that. The inclusion of his three small works from 1994-1997 in "Scacchi senza Quartiere", published in 2004 by the active company "Caissa Italia editore" seems particularly pleasing to me. In the meantime our friend Romano Bellucci has published a supplement as volume 4 of the "Correspondence Chess Matches between Clubs 1823-1899" (Scacchi e Science Applicate 2006).



Stellan Persson

With this historical encyclopaedia our Danish member and operator of the Skakhuset has published his lifework about "a Golden Era": On 480 pages he reports about the chess life in South Sweden and Copenhagen, spanning a period of 87 years (1922-2009). A total of 434 games is included in this work which the author has presented in more details on 3 pages (in German).
(R.B., IV 2012)




 Toni Preziuso


The last issue of the SSM
(No. 6, June 1995)


Our Swiss chess friend Toni Preziuso did some chess journalistic work for several years, at first (from January 1992 to June 1995) as the chief editor of the Schweizer Schach-Magazin, the organ of the SASB (Schweizerischer Arbeiter-Schachbund, Swiss Workers Chess Association). Owing to the merging of the SASB and the SSV (Schweizerischer Schachverband, Swiss Chess Association) the two associations’ organs united to the new SSZ, the Schweizerische Schachzeitung – and here Toni still carried on working as a chief editor (together with Markus Angst) till about halfway through 1997. Particularly his games analyses were highly appreciated, due to their intelligibility they were of benefit to weaker players as well. (R.B.)

Further publications:

Emanuel Lasker, eds. Richard Forster, Stefan Hansen, Michael Negele (Exzelsior Verlag Berlin, 2009), chapter 7: Aus der Schreibmaschine des Schachweltmeisters, pp. 167-188


Martin Ramsauer

Really wonderful books are created by our member Martin Ramsauer for it belongs to his profession as a book conservator to derive pleasure from it. After his first work "Weihnachtsbäume im Schachproblem" (2003) there is now (2007) a new item from his workshop, bound in cloth and with an attractive "additional design" on the front: Bogoljubow's chess column of the "Badische Illustrierte Zeitung" 1946-51 has been reprinted in a limited edition (of 50 copies), with that a widely unknown chess column from the postwar years run incognito for a long time is available again. The content is rather unexpected as "Bogol" turns out first and foremost to be a problem columnist and moreover an occasional composer as well. (R.B.)

Information on the book by Martin Ramsauer (PDF).



Jan van Reek (†)


This lovingly equipped volume incorporates 3 works of the author in German translation: "Miniaturen / Schachfiguren in der Endspielstudie / Die ultramoderne Endspielstudie" (Miniatures / Chessmen in the Endgame Study / The Ultra Modern Endgame Study); including a foreword by Harrie Grondijs (Koblenz 1993; 238 pp.). Jan van Reek has written and published numerous books on endgame studies, you will get to know more about him by visiting his homepage. (R.B.)





Rudolf Reinhardt (†)

Published in an excellent get-up, this book by the Nimzowitsch researcher Rudolf Reinhardt documents the late work of Aron Nimzowitsch and so fills a long lasting gap in the chess historical literature. Unfortunately the author was not lucky enough to experience his legacy to the chess world; after decades of meticulous research and preparation he couldn't completely finish his manuscript any more. We largely owe it to the publisher Arno Nickel that this work - considered as a sequel to "My System" - was published after all in 2010.
(R.B., III 2012)

Edition Marco, Berlin
hardcover, 408 p.


Reading (PDF, 3.3 MB)

In memoriam Rudolf Reinhardt.

                    Text verso



Leonard R. Reitstein

  Text verso

Author's edition,
Cape Town, 2003
216 pp., paperback
ISBN 0-620-298929-4


Who else than Leonard Reitstein, for many years South Africa’s "Mr. Chess" would be competent to produce a chess chronicle of the most important African chess country? The large-format book is lovingly equipped with numerous photos, illustrations and diagrams and all fields of South African chess life from the beginnings to the outbreak of WW II are considered. We can only hope that a successor will be found who will document the younger chess history of this country just as comprehensively and entertainingly as it was done in this volume on the early history. (R.B.)

Further publications:

Test Your Chess! 240 positions from South African games to test your skill (Kenilworth, Cape Town 1991) - Cover and text verso

Test your chess – 2. 240 more positions from South African games to test your skill (Cape Town 2005. 84 pp.) - Cover and text verso

A List of Chess Books Published in South Africa
Self published, Wynberg (Republic of South Africa), 2008 -  Cover



Antonio Rosino


Together with the well-known chess historian Adriano Chicco, Antonio Rosino devoted himself to the Italian chess history from its beginnings to the present time, the extensive result Storia degli scacchi in Italia counting 639 pages was offered to the chess public in 1990. Numerous plates as well as chapters on correspondence chess and problem chess (by Oscar Bonivento) and a selection of games enrich this valuable treatise. (R.B.)






Eric Ruch


   Text verso


EDITIONS feenschach - phénix
chess FEE=NIX history II.f - 2010
printed by -be- à aix-la-chapelle

Paperback / Thread-stitching
320+XVI pages
Edition of 500 Copies

Eric Ruch presents here the first volume of a comprehensive history of correspondence chess and follows with that an old suggestion of Eduard Dyckhoff ["Who will write us the history of correspondence chess?"]. The more than 70 included games reproduced from the period 1804 to 1840 (few played till 1843) are predominantly provided with contemporary comments as well as numerous diagrams. A 16-page appendix with black and white illustrations (reproduced are old letters and pages from books) completes the work whose English edition we hopefully can expect soon.
(R.B., III 2012)




Myron Samsin

As the cover text (verso) of this book reveals, this volume of the "Tübinger Beiträge" devotes to different theories of the origin of chess. In his contribution "Pawns and Pieces: Towards the Prehistory of Chess" co-author Myron Samsin pursues an interesting theoretical approach: the fusion of the old Greek board game Petteia/Poleis with an Indian (Chaupur-like) race game into a proto-chess which could have happened in the post-Alexandrian culture area of Asia. The plausibility of this theory is supported by the fact that in the reign of the Graeco-Bactrian kings a general fusion process of Indian and Greek cultural assets took place to a great extent.




Alessandro Sanvito


With Alessandro Sanvito an excellent authority in the field of chess history and chess bibliography belongs to our members – his outstanding work will be presented here. Generally the Italian chess guild is extraordinary active in this field – a look at the website of the C.C.I. Italiano will confirm that. (M.N.)

A new enlarged edition of that bibliography was released 16 years later - "dalle origini al 2015". See our announcement.









 Andreas Saremba


Unfortunately the first work of our software expert is only available to a very restricted readership – the members of the Lasker Society. Much to our regret, as you cannot imagine a better survey on the life and the work of Jean Dufresne.

PS: An enlarged second edition was published in 2006 (small number of copies as well), but a third edition is already anounced for 2007 ...

Johannes Fischer's interview with Andreas Saremba:
Jean Dufresne: Trotz Schicksalsschlägen ein heiteres Gemüt (ChessBase News, 2005-03-02; in German only!)




Allan G. Savage


Only 20 pages contains the "Marcel Duchamp Sampler" by Allan G. Savage which was "prepared specifically for the Chess Festival 1998" in Moline, IL in a limited edition. The booklet includes some short comments on Duchamp’s early chess career, expositions of conjugate (corresponding) squares (sister squares) in pawn endings, of their pre-history as well as the reconciliation of opposition and sister squares, completed by two annotated games of Duchamp. The paper was intended as a small "appetizer" for Allan Savage’s forthcoming book on Duchamp, and we wonder if we can still be curious about this publication!? (R.B.)

Thinkers’ Press, Inc., Davenport, IA
June 1998
ISBN 0-938650-99-8
limited edition of 200 copies




Ulrich Schädler

The trained archaeologist and present director of the Swiss Museum of Games has already published numerous articles in books and specialist journals, particularly in Board Game Studies (Yearbooks of the International Society for Board Game Studies) whose co-editor he is. His beautifully designed book Globusspiel und Himmelsschach - Brett- und Würfelspiele im Mittelalter was published only in a limited edition (Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, Darmstadt 1998. 64 pp. / Hardback, incl. mostly coloured illustrations.) (R.B.)


From the blurb (translated by R.B.): "In many respects the Middle Ages were an epoch full of the joys of life, an age of artistic creativity and innovation, an age of erudition but especially a playful age. Games served as a metaphor for the relations of man to the Creation, were the subjects of erudite discourses, educational instrument or more or less refined leisure activities – these aspects provide a backdrop for the medieval culture of play."


Further publications:

Alfons X. "der Weise"
Das Buch der Spiele
Translated and commented by Ulrich Schädler and Ricardo Calvo (†)
Ludographie - Spiel und Spiele, vol. 1,
LIT Verlag, Vienna/Berlin 2009. 336 pp.
Cover / Short description (in English and German)

As editor:

Spiele der Menschheit. 5000 Jahre Kulturgeschichte der Gesellschaftsspiele
PRIMUS Verlag GmbH / WBG Darmstadt, 2007. 224 pp.
Published on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Swiss Museum of Games (1987-2007).

Hans Holländer, Ulrich Schädler (Ed.)
Scacchia Ludus - Studien zur Schachgeschichte - Band 1
EDITIONS feenschach-phénix / chess FEE=NIX history vol. I, Aachen 2008. 615 pp.
Cloth bound edition / Dust cover / Text verso





Lothar Schmid (†)

Lothar Schmid was a personal friend of Ken Whyld but "The Omniscient One" couldn't move the "chess player, collector, publisher" to make a catalogue of his collection. At least there is – in a very small edition (100 copies) – an offprint of an article by Marion Faber from "Librarium, Zeitschrift der Schweizerischen Bibliophilen-Gesellschaft" issue I/1980 (23rd year) bearing just such a title, quite by chance M.N. became its proud owner when visiting a Düsseldorf antiquarian bookshop. It's no. 19/100 and it belonged to the late Rolf Rönnefahrt, a friend of L.S.'s youth. (M.N.)


Siegfried Schönle

Chess in Printed Works of the Baroque Period


After the Humanism the central artistic events had moved to the east, to the old German-speaking regions, they appeared in urban cultures such as Riga, Dorpat, Reval, Thorn, Danzig, to cite only a few.

The German writer Günter Grass has given a description of the baroque period in a very concise and clear style in his tale worth reading "Das Treffen in Telgte" (1979). The Polish title of this marvellous story is: "Spotkanie w Telgte", published 1992 in Poland. And in the year of the German first edition the tale was translated into English: "The Meeting at Telgte".



Presented are printed works of the baroque age (1600-1700) dealing with chess. Among them are particularly printed works which are generally not considered as "chess books" such as the Selenus but belong to different literary genres. Chess is related to the following names: Johann Lassenius, Adam Olearius, Luis Garon, Martin Limburger, Georg Philipp Harsdörffer, Christoph Ludwig Dietherr von Anwanden, Julius Wilhelm Zincgref, Laurentius von Schnüffis, Daniel Caspar von Lohenstein, Friedrich Hortleder, Caspar Dornau, Erasmus Francisci, to name only several. Their works frequently deal with moral questions of chess, but the authors of the baroque period also showed an interest in blind chess, living chess, the pawn promotion and other aspects of chess.
Kassel, 11/2007
Siegfried Schönle


Epigram and emblem from: Martin Limburger (1637-1692), Die Betruebte Pegnesis
[ill. p. 14, Schach in Drucken des Barocks]

Further publications

- as editor:
Festschrift für Egbert Meissenburg · Schachforschungen
Festschrift for Egbert Meissenburg · International Research in Chess
Bibliographic data and authors.
This pdf-file contains a table of contents with all titles.

Internationale Bibliographie zur Geschichte der Schach- und Brettspiele
Image of the book
Title page in German and in English as PDF each.
Information on the book.



Henri Serruys


It is thanks to our Antwerp ex-libris expert that the two previous publications by Karel Falleyn (1992 and 1996) on this subject have been combined, but also 165 new ex-libris have been added. In total 1350 different ex-libris with chess motifs are represented! Lists sorted by catalogue number, by owner and by artist, have been revised and fully integrated.

You can order this wonderfully illustrated book directly from the author -

For his latest work (co-authored by Guy Van Habberney) see this entry.




Leonard M. Skinner


A further "gigantic" undertaking is the collection of Alekhine's games by Leonard M. Skinner and Robert G. P. Verhoeven for which I show absolute admiration. You should imagine this book being supplemented with a perfect Aljekhine biography as planned by Ken Whyld – but that didn’t happen anymore. Likewise it's a pity that Rob Verhoeven has in the meantime completely retired from chess bibliography and chess history. (M.N.)





Per Skjoldager
Jørn Erik Nielsen


A "big hit" of our two Danish members is this exemplarily researched Nimzowitsch biography which was voted 2012 Book of the Year against strong international competition. But this is "only" the first part of an intended two-volume work – we hope that the authors take heart and energy from the success of the first volume to tackle and complete the successor volume as well. We are full of expectation!

More about the book in our Announcements.
(R.B., IV 2013)






Santo Daniele Spina

Our Sicilian member Prof. Santo Daniele Spina is an archaeologist in Catania, at the same time an enthusiastic chess player and chess historian, his list of publications in Italian journals is impressively long.
We are pleased to say that he let us have his contribution "Per un bilancio de fine secolo Catania nel Novecento", Catania July 2000, p. 657ff as an offprint:
"Arcangelo Blandini and Bogoljubow's famous simultaneous exhibiton in Catania" (please click on the above picture). You will find an additional extensive contribution of Santo Spina on Sicily’s chess history in the always recommendable magazine of our friend Romano Bellucci: "Indice bio-bibliografico degli scacchisti attivi in Sicilia (1500-1959)" in Scacchi e Szienze Applicate, fasc. 24 (2004), Venezia, May 2005, p. 24 ff – here is the English abstract (jpg-file). (M.N.)



Marian Stere

With this publication from the year 2009 Marian Stere presents a comprehensive bibliography of the Romanian chess literature which - in addition to printed matters - contains other chess related items as well. Numerous illustrations, mostly in color, adorn the volume which was published by Gambit (Bucharest) in a limited edition. More information and impressions give the pdf files linked below:

Description by the author /
page 30-31 / page 112-113 /
page 116-117 / page 122-127 /
page 164-165 / page 240-241 /
page 274-275 / page 294-296

A review was written by our member Karel Mokry.

Further publication by Marian Stere: Wolfgang Pauly. Challenge of a Legacy (Bucharest, 2001)



Jurgen Stigter

"Reading is dangerous for a book collector. It costs a lot of time ..." as Jurgen says with an ironic undercurrent in KARL 1/2004. Then there’s surely left no time for writing, but after all our club founder from Amsterdam is the author of the most extensive Lasker bibliography I know about. Maybe we will be surprised one day by a printed new edition – the copy on hand is dated 1987.
Furthermore we may point to the following publications of Jurgen Stigter:
"The history and rules of Rithmomachia: the philosopher's game", Delft Ms (about 1989); as well as an obituary of Ken Whyld in "Board Game(s) Studies" No. 6 / 2003, p. 99-101.
After all Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam's contribution "For the love of books" ("Jurgen Stigter's dream of a universal chess bibliography") was published in New In Chess 2008/5 - a six and a half-page article resulting from an interview with Jurgen Stigter.



Hanspeter Suwe


A "Fanzine for Lovers of Castling Affairs, Problem Chess, Chess History and Bibliography"; in 2006 the trio of editors, Hanspeter Suwe, Stephen Rothwell and Andreas Thoma has successfully managed the 7th year of this magazine around the main topic "castling" (publication: three times a year; about 130-150 pp./year). (R.B.)





Raj Tischbierek


The 3rd FIDE GM in our association is very active in publishing – the magazine "SCHACH" ( published by him continues the good tradition of the GDR magazine, but also that of the "Deutsche Schachzeitung" – it’s a pity that he couldn’t decide to make this more clear by the heading (and by the count of the years). Raj Tischbierek’s Olympiad book (in those days there were still publishers in Germany – like "Sportverlag Berlin" – who tackled such projects) gives a very pointed presentation of the history of these team matches. (M.N.)


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Further publications:

Emanuel Lasker, eds. Richard Forster, Stefan Hansen, Michael Negele (Exzelsior Verlag Berlin, 2009), chapter 19: Hastings 1895, pp. 577-607; chapter 20: Das Weltmeisterschaftsmatch Lasker - Tarrasch 1908, pp. 609-628; chapter 22: Laskers Comeback 1934 in Zürich, pp. 647-661



Lawrence Totaro


Even the youngest member of our association has already written a book: Within a rarely treated subject – i.e. the chess autographs and their forgeries – he has meticulously dealt with the handwriting and signatures of Bobby Fischer as well as with the fakes having appeared at eBay in particular. In addition to a preface by GM Larry Evans the book contains an analysis by graphologist Sheila Lowe ...

... you will learn something more about the book with the gloriously colourful cover from the review by Phil Innes at Chessville.

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Govert Westerveld

La reina Isabel la Católica:
su reflejo en la dama poderosa de Valencia, cuna del ajedrez moderno y origen del juego de damas
(Valencia 2004; large-format, 426 p.)


It’s true that our (till now) fourth man in Spain is of Dutch descent but he prefers to research in old Spanish chess and draughts sceneries. In his monumental work published two years ago (in collaboration with José A. Garzón) he summarizes the results of a twenty-year research – it deals with the early history of draughts and its connection to modern chess as well as with the very important part the Queen Isabella of Castile played as a projection figure for these board games. José Garzón (in an online "reprinted" article in Spanish) even considers this book as one of the most valuable works for the Spanish culture! But meanwhile Govert Westerveld is already busy with new book projects, a multi-volume work on the Lucena family is in preparation ...




Fabrizio Zavatarelli

Serafino Dubois – Quarant’anni di scacchi da campioneJune 2017: The publisher Messaggerie Scacchistiche has just issued a book, edited by our member Fabrizio Zavatarelli from Milan in Italy. The book contains an autobiography of Dubois, tens of his letters and about 300 of his games (all the specimens that could be found), with historical and modern annotations. A preview can be found here:

Although Dubois' autobiography already appeared in print - with misprints and without notes different from Dubois' - the correspondence is an absolute novelty and many games are rather hard to seek out.


Often buried in oblivion, Ignaz Kolisch (1837-1889) was one of the leading chess players in the period 1859-1867, before he became a bank director with some help from the Rothschild family and later on a "Baron von Kolisch" as well as an eminent chess patron. Fabrizio Zavatarelli has raised an outstanding chess literary monument to that most interesting, witty and charming personality. His deeply researched work contains 324 annotated Kolisch games, more than the double of the previously known fund, and he gives all found sources with their possible additional information. Moreover a lot of other coeval top chess masters are portrayed thus sketching a picture of the European chess scene at that time. Many diagrams, rare photographs, illustrations and drawings enrich the monograph which leaves a mark of excellence in the series of chess biographies by McFarland.
(R.B., I 2016) 




Mario Ziegler

Our German member from Nohen (Rhineland-Palatinate) is a PhD historian and owner of the publishing house Chaturanga, and for many years he has focused on the history of chess.
Apart from some items on opening theory, a book on endgames and a lot of articles and reviews, his list of publications reads as follows:

Die große Schachparade. Band 1: Turniere, Taten und Talente (mit Reinhold Ripperger und Helmut Wieteck), St. Ingbert (ChessCoach) 2010

Säulen des Schachs. Band 1: Paris (mit Reinhold Ripperger und Helmut Wieteck), St. Ingbert (ChessCoach) 2012

Das Schachturnier London 1851, St. Ingbert (ChessCoach) 2013 − already presented on our page

Moreover he has contributed to the book
Rainer Buland, Bernadette Edtmaier, Georg Schweiger (Hrsg.): Das Gästebuch der Schachweltmeisterschaft 1934 in Deutschland. Faksimile, Forschungsergebnisse, Geschichte und Umfeld, Wien, Berlin (LIT) 2014 (Ludographie  Spiel und Spiele, Band II)

And last but not least he is the publisher of different chess historical works (the last one by Prof. Hebeker: Vom Rhein nach São Paulo)  you may find all books on, as well as of the two Caissa issues  see






This column presents book projects of our members which were financially supported by the Ken Whyld Association.





 Reprint of "Die Brüderschaft 1885/1886"


One book project, the reprint of “Die Brüderschaft 1885/1886”, was already finished prior to our association's foundation: the years 1885 and 1886 were published at the end of April 2003 in one volume by “Publishing House Moravian Chess, Olomouc”.


Contributions to the project were made by Ralf Binnewirtz (complete transcription and layout of the volume 1885), Vlastimil Fiala (supplying copies for the transcription; printing/publishing), Tony Gillam (project idea and corrections of the English texts) and Michael Negele (review of the transcription and preface).



The reprint of the first volume 1885 was a great challenge as the original was handwritten in Old German cursive writing, so at first it had to be transcribed into common Latin characters.
For additional information such as on the historical background we recommend you the reading of the Preface.


The original volume from the
Royal Library, The Hague


The “Brüderschaft” which only appeared from 1885 to 1888 and afterwards changed into the “Deutsches Wochenschach”, is very sought after among collectors because of its extreme rarity; especially the volumes 1885 and 1886 are virtually not obtainable in the original. Therefore we are pleased that all volumes are available now as reprints.

Chess friend Hans-Georg Kleinhenz (Munich) has later found some inconsistencies and errors in the 1885 reprint, they are listed in this Errata-Zettel (in German only). Additionally he has entered the games of the first year 1885 into a ChessBase database which he offers to download at his Homepage.

We would like to indicate that KWA members get a 20% discount on all publications from the Publishing House Moravian Chess (exception: subscription of QCH = Quarterly for Chess History). For subscribers of QCH this member’s discount will be 30%. Also no shipping costs will be charged.

Our sincere thanks go to Dr Vlastimil Fiala for this generous support of our association.



The reprint of the Chess Reader  had also been initiated before our foundation, consequently the first printing of 100 copies by the “Publishing House Moravian Chess” could already be delivered a short time after our foundation event. So our members will be delighted to get a copy prior to this year’s Christmas, all the more as it represents a gift of our present chairman Jurgen Stigter to the founding members. Therefore – surely in the name of all members – heartfelt thanks to him!
We owe further thanks to Tony Gillam who as the copyright owner agreed to the project, as well as to Vlastimil Fiala for willingly undertaking the printing and for the rapid publication.

As an introduction to the Chess Reader we would like to provide you with some quotations and information:



Tony Gillam in his obituary of
Ken Whyld:

"At this time (the 1950s), Ken was busily collecting chess books. He began a magazine (Chess Reader, 1955-63) devoted to reviewing new chess books and during its lifetime he wrote over 500 reviews. This was not only a clever way of getting free copies but it gave him an outlet for his writing skills. This magazine is now completely unobtainable, even on the secondhand market, which is
a great shame as it means that Ken’s beautifully crafted reviews are also unavailable."





Excerpt from A Walk on the Whyld Side(reprinted from CHESS 11/1998, in: Sarah Hurst, Curse of Kirsan. Milford, 2002):

"Throughout the 1950s Whyld had also produced his own magazine, The Chess Reader. This was quite different from The Chess Student’s Quarterly, being exclusively devoted to reviews and discussions of chess books, but it had the same effect of keeping the editor in touch with chess buffs around the world. Whyld was simply doing something he wanted – keeping a record of new chess publications and obtaining a few free review copies along the way. Long before the invention of the PC and desktop publishing software, he laboriously typeset the pages. “I typed everything out with dots to the end of the line to see how many spaces I had to leave, then I typed each page out again with right-hand justification.” "

Foreword by Dr. Meindert Niemeijer (1902-1987) in CHESS READER Volume I, no. I:

"A magazine for chess bibliophiles is a “rara avis“ in the chess world, but certainly there is a need for one since ”Les cahiers de L’échiquier français” are no more issued. Therefore the intention to publish such a periodical in the English language deserves the support of all those who are interested in the secondary aspects of chess.

Only he who is not merely alive to the practical game but also to the history and the literature of the game of all games, will fully undergo the fascinating influence it exercises on humanity for many centuries.
May a great success be granted to Mr. K. Whyld to his new magazine.

Dr. M. Niemeijer."

We would also like to present to you the editorials by Ken Whyld from the first and the last issue:
First Editorial / Last Editorial (Christmas, 1963).

A few informative lists concerning the Chess Reader have been compiled by chess friend Michael Negele, they will be herewith passed on to our readers:


List of all articles (in addition to the reviews)

Vol. 1 no. 3  F. Le Lionnais, Two Kings share the world´s smallest Realm: 64 squares (from UNESCO "COURIER")
Vol. 1 no. 4  K. Whyld, William Winter An appreciation

Vol. 1 no. 4  D.J. Morgan, The A.C. White "XMAS BOOKS"
Vol. 2 no. 1  The Overbrook Press Series of Chess Books
Vol. 2 no. 1  An Early Magazine ("The Palamède" and its forerunners, of J.H. Huttmann, 1840-41)
Vol. 2 no. 2  Chess Tournament Books I (1939-1956)
Vol. 4 no. 1  Chess Tournament Books II (1939-1956, contd from Vol. 2 no. 2)
Vol. 5 no. 2  Chess Tournament Books III (1939-1956, contd from Vol. 4 no. 1)

Listing of years of publication (and places of indexes)

Vol. 1 Spring 1955 - Winter 1955/56 (Index no. 4 p. 59)
Vol. 2 Spring 1956 - Spring 1958 (Index in Vol. 3 no. 2 p. 31)
Vol. 3 Autumn 1958 - Autumn 1959 (Index no. 4 p. 63)
Vol. 4 Spring 1960 - Autumn 1961 (Index no. 4 p. 63)
Vol. 5 Spring 1962 - Christmas 1963 (Index no. 4 p. 63)

The attempt to continue the Chess Reader did not last long:
The Chess Player
Vol. 6 Midsummer 1965 Nos. 1-2


Ken Whyld’s lists of duplicates no. 10 to 27 as well as the first list for the closure of his collection end of 1963 (according to Hurst's interview) – the last sentence is typical of Whyld’s attitude to matters!

Chess lists
(Chess books and magazines - mainly second-hand, but in good condition, unless otherwise stated; offered by Ken Whyld)
No. 10 (July 1955)
No. 11 (September 1955)
No. 12 (February 1956)
No. 13 (June 1956)
No. 14 (November 1956)
No. 15 (October 1957)
No. 16 (May 1958)
No. 17 (November 1958)
No. 18 (March 1959)
No. 19 (August 1959)
No. 20 (December 1959)
No. 21 (May 1960)
No. 22 (January 1961)
No. 23 (April 1961)
No. 24 (January 1962)
No. 25 (May 1962)
No. 26 (August 1962)
No. 27 (May 1963)

No. I
"Due to a fundamental change in my private life I shall be selling my own chess library over the next year or so. The books will be listed in a series of catalogues, of which this is the first. Each item number will be prefaced by a letter indicating group. When I no longer have the books, I shall know for the first time exactly what I did have ! ..."


It turned out after completion of the reprint that a further issue of the Chess Reader (namely vol. VI, nos. 3-4, Febr. 1966) was published as a latecomer to vol. VI (nos. 1-2, Midsummer 1965). This one will also be reprinted and distributed to our founding members together with a further gift - on this point see our publications page 4.
A second impression of the Chess Reader including the a.m. additional issue is in preparation.


Here you may have a look at the introduction of the last CR issue: Intro








Presented in Forchheim:
2nd edition of the "Chess Reader by Ken Whyld", completed by the issue 3/4 of volume VI 1966 (missing in the member edition). This edition was enlarged by an obituary written by Tony Gillam as well as a foreword and an index both by Michael Negele.
Available from Moravian chess publishing house.











The first book project of the Ken Whyld Association after its foundation was finished at the beginning of August, 2005 when the Zukertort biography was brought out by the Exzelsior Publishing House Berlin. It is thanks to the intensive cooperation of the authors Cezary W. Domanski & Tomasz Lissowski, of the translator Thomas Lemanczyk, of the publisher's reader Michael Negele and of the publisher Raj Tischbierek that this work under the title Der Großmeister aus Lublin. Wahrheit und Legende über Johannes Hermann Zukertort (288 p., hardcover, ISBN 3-935800-03-7; shop price 29.- Euro) is available to the chess public in German language within only 3 years after the publication of the Polish original. Those interested are requested to pay attention to the message (pdf-file) of Michael Negele who you may also write to via e-mail (given below).

As a further appetizer we would like to offer you an "online reprint" of Richard Forster's article "More about Potter" (Late Knight No. 26). The article was slightly corrected/revised by the author - it includes some attractive encounters between Potter and Zukertort at the chess board!


Title and Imprint (pdf-file)

Table of contents (pdf-file)

Preface by Michael Negele (pdf-file)

At the moment remainders are still available for a reasonable price, i.e. 25.- Euro (incl. postage). Those interested are requested to turn to Michael Negele (michael.negele.wtal[at]






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The Polish original










By the chess booklets which Ken Whyld gave his friends all over the world as a yearly Christmas present he resumed the tradition of Alain C. White's famous Christmas series. As original copies of the Whyld series are extremely rare, we are very pleased that an initiative of the KWA on the occasion of Ken Whyld’s 80th birthday was successful in so far as now [May 2006] a reprint of all 17 booklets is available, united in one volume and published by Vlastimil Fiala’s Publishing House Moravian Chess (Olomouc).
[476 p., bound edition; ISBN 80-7189-559-8. © Caissa-90 and Ken Whyld Association]
The actual reprint has still been enlarged by a Part I. placed in front, including the following contributions:
- Introduction (by Michael Negele)
- Kenneth Whyld (06-03-1926 to 11-07-2003) In Memoriam (by Alessandro Sanvito)
- Plates (Tafeln) in Deutsches Wochenschach
- Kagans Neueste Schachnachrichten
- L’Echiquier Revue Internationale d’Échecs [Edmond Lancel] (compiled by Henri Serruys)
- Ken Whyld’s Christmas Series (by Alessandro Sanvito)

The titles of the 17 Christmas booklets are listed in our Ken Whyld book list.

As a further bonus the KWA Yuletide Series No 0 [Yuletide greetings 2003. (Gabriel Eloy Doazan) Labourdonnais – Morphy] has been added to the reprint.




As the third volume of our Ken Whyld trilogy a reprint of the periodical Chess Students Quarterly has come out, again from the printing press of Vlastimil Fiala's Publishing House Moravian Chess:


Whyld, K. / Cordingley, E.R.G.: Chess Student
- contains all volumes of 'The Chess Students Quarterly', Vol. 1-6. Published in August 2007; 568 p., € 35.- (shop price)

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Vlastimil Fiala will offer this book to KWA members at a good price of € 20.- only.

The preparatory work on the CSQ reprint (scanning and working over of the scans) proved to be especially laborious - due to the partly poor quality of the originals; we owe the completion of these preliminaries to Michael Negele who invested a large part of his leisure time in it. Moreover he contributed a preface garnished with passages from Ken Whyld's quite personal article on his friend E.G.R. Cordingley. Below we offer both for reading:

Michael Negele's Preface of the CSQ Reprint 

Ken Whyld: E.G.R. Cordingley. Publishing Pioneer (jpg-file, 700 KB) -
taken from CHESS December 1999

At this point we would like to thank Andy Ansel and Tony Gillam too for sending original CSQ issues. A valuable enlargement of our reprint is the inclusion of Ken Whyld's first publication Match Bronstein - Boleslavski 1950, we are again very obliged to Tony Gillam who gave the permission for its reprinting.

Additional Notification (02/11/2007):
Unfortunately it turned out that owing to a production fault the second part of issue 16 (p. 465-484) has not been included in the CSQ reprint. We ourselves regret it most that the reprint has been unsuccessful in this regard, and we would like to apologize to all those who are affected. We offer the missing pages here as a pdf-file:
CSQ Issue 16, part 2  (11.9 MB)



Der Tradition verpflichtet ...
Eine Bibliographie der Festschriften deutscher Schachvereine,
gegründet bis 1914

Obliged to Tradition ...
A Bibliography of the Commemorative Publications of German Chess Clubs
Founded by 1914

Date of publication: May 2008



The idea for this book had already been born in 2004 but good 4 years should go by before the result was available in book form. Naturally the decision to publish the book in a bilingual edition (German/English) had a lasting influence on the completion of the project. You will find more details on the history of the origins and the realization of the book in Michael Negele's introduction which we offer here for a reading in advance:

Below the contents from the book, please click on the small picture!


Scacchi e Scienze Applicate, Venezia 2008
Paperback, 214 pp., large format

With a preface by Egbert Meissenburg and an introduction by Michael Negele

Translation: Johannes Fischer
Proofreading: Leonard Skinner

Supported by the Ken Whyld Association


With the bibliographical entries all the German chess clubs (so far as known to the authors) have been considered which were founded by 1914 and have at least published one commemorative publication in the course of their club history. Apart from the pure bibliographical data also details about the contents of the commemorative publications have been given. Naturally the extent of these details vary a lot - simply depending on the contents of the commemorative publications.
The book contains numerous illustrations: nearly all covers of the commemorative publications have been reproduced in colour (>> Appendix), moreover there are 40 chess historically interesting black and white pictures (taken from the commemorative publications) in the bibliographical main part of the book.

We wish to express here our hearty thanks to our member Romano Bellucci (Venice) for his generous sponsoring of the project and for his commitment during the production of the book.

Romano Bellucci has kept a smaller part of the total edition, so our Southern European chess friends may order directly from him:

Romano Bellucci
Castello 5449
I-30122 Venezia

phone: ++39 (0)41-5223595
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


- for KWA members: 24.- Euro
- for non-members: 29.- Euro

All prices plus postage (depending on EU / non-EU country; continent)
Weight of 1 copy: 1,230 g

We have received quite a lot of important corrections and additions to the book from our attentive readers, many thanks for that! We have included all items in the pdf-file linked below, among other things eight additional commemorative publications. I'm sorry but at the moment this text is only available in German:

Corrections / Additions  (update: 30 October 2008)




Yuletide No. 0

The idea of a "Christmas Series", which as is well known goes back to Alain C. White (with 44 volumes from 1905 to 1936) was later on taken up on a smaller scale by Ken Whyld (see our Ken Whyld book list). Jurgen Stigter has decided to continue this nice tradition within the KWA, the first issue of the KWA Yuletide series (no. 0) was distributed to our members at the end of 2003 - beginning of 2004 (together with the supplement issue of the Chess Reader, see Publications p 2). The booklet of 15 pages is a photocopy of the original dated 1859, containing a letter (in French) by G.E. Doazan to George Allen with the title Labourdonnais - Morphy.
An English translation of this text has been worked out by our French country's representative Alain Biénabe (Bordeaux) in February, 2004. You will find the bilingual version (French/English) in the following pdf-file:
Yuletide no. 0
Many thanks to Alain for this commendable work.


Yuletide No. 1

As Yuletide No. 1 a small tournament book was reproduced which is extremely rare in the original: Schaakpartijen, gespeeld in 1851, gedurende den wedstrijd van het genootschap Philidor in Amsterdam. (Chess games, played in 1851 during the tourney of the Philidor Club in Amsterdam.) Published by W.F. Stramrood, Wijk bij Duurstede, 1852, 52 + VI pages, in Dutch language. Jurgen Stigter has completed the booklet with a four-page appendix where he places the introduction in Dutch and in English translation side by side.


Yuletide No. 2

The Yuletide greetings 2005 (Dubuque) Chess Journal Vol. V. April, 1873. NO. 38. A. VAN DER LINDE came out recently, it's the first publication of the series which was produced in bernd ellinghoven's "workshop". Furthermore an original article by Peter de Jong was added, so to speak in anticipation of his "Dutch Chess History before 1900".
Our thanks go to all concerned including Tony Gillam, our well-established proof-reader, but in particular to Jurgen Stigter who again has financed this "present" for all of us.


Yuletide No. 3



Today the Yuletide greetings 2006 arrived - just on time for Christmas: The King the Avowed Enemy of the Queen. A New Royal Game of Chess, played for half-crown stakes. Invented by Philoi-d'Or, executed by Robert Cruikshank. (First edition: London, 1820) The booklet of altogether 40 pages includes an introduction by Jane Robins, two articles by Gareth Williams taken from the Collector's Corner in the magazine Chess: A Royal Scandal (May 1993) and George Cruikshank, Charles Dickens and Chess (April 2004), as well as an excerpt from The world turned upside down; or, No News and Strange News. The quality of "Yuletide" has steadily been improved, that's now the first one with (partly) colour illustrations!
Many thanks go once again to Jurgen Stigter who has financed this issue, and to all helpers who contributed to its success. [23.12.2006]





Prof. Dušan B. Drajić from the Belgrade University had just joined our association (in March 2010) when he announced his new bibliographic project, and he has since pursued it with a remarkable determination and energy. His intention was a 4-volume bibliography of the Yugoslavian chess literature from 1886 to the present in a bilingual edition (English/Serbian), and already shortly after midyear 2010 he could present the first volume of the planned work. As per decision of the KWA board it was given as a gift to our members.














105 pages, hardback
ISBN 978-86-7466-387-5




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It took an additional half year only till the second volume was published (in February 2011), and at the moment (April/May 2011) the work on volume III is already in progress – it is supposed to see the light of day still in the course of this year. The books have been published in a convenient handy format (160 x 240 mm), moreover as hardback editions with thread-stitching pleasingly sturdy and optimally suited for a long-lasting use. The circulation is 300 copies in each case. You will find further details about the books in the reproduced forewords.



120 pages, hardback
ISBN 978-86-7466-400-1









Dušan B. Drajić has realised his work with high commitment in a surprisingly short time (- we have no doubts that part III will be "timely" available to us as well) and has acted here as author, translator, designer, producer and distributor in one person! His bibliography is an additional "building block" of the complete bibliography of chess literature worldwide.
Here we have to appreciate as well the valuable cooperation of our Welsh member Leonard Skinner who has exemplarily finished the proof-reading of the English parts of volume I and II.

KWA members can order volume II directly from the author - mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - after having transferred 12 euros (including postage; or 15 US$ for US/NA members) to our club account.

RJB, 1 May 2011


Prof. Dušan Drajić has published now the third volume of his Yugoslavian bibliography (for the period 1968-1979) in the established layout. This time the price has slightly increased to 15.- Euros. Our members can again order directly from the author (see above) after having transferred the a.m. amount to our club account.


Published by Academic Mind, Belgrade in September 2011.
Edition of 200 copies,
156 pages, hardback.
ISBN 978-86-7466-409-4





RJB, 30/11/2011



The fourth volume of this series was published in February 2012, it includes the period 1980 to 1991.
The price for our members is 15 € including postage, please address orders as usual to the author (see above).

Published by Academic Mind,
Edition of 150 copies,
168 pages, hardback.
ISBN 978-86-7466-424-7




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On 3rd of May, at the Belgrade Faculty of Mechanical Engineering a further promotion event took place with regard to the volumes III and IV. The promotion team was identical to that of the previous events (> volumes I and II): Prof. Dušan Vuković, chairman Sinisa Ruzicić, Prof. Dušan Drajić, FIDE Arbiter Bora Žarić and GM Svetozar Gligorić.


Dušan Drajić, Bora Žarić and Svetozar Gligorić


RJB, 09/05/2012


Exactly one year later, in February 2013 the fifth volume of the Yugoslavian Bibliography was published:



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


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.


Just as with the previous volumes, a promotion event took place in Belgrade: apart from the late GM Svetozar Gligorić, who was replaced by GM Ljubomir Ljubojević, the same team met on 21 February 2013. Prof. Dušan Drajić has sent us a few images:


Dušan Vuković, chairman Sinisa Ruzicić, Dušan Drajić,
Bora Žarić (International arbiter and chess author)
and GM Ljubomir Ljubojević
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On the screen a photo of Che Guevara watching GM Gligorić in Havana.


Ljubomir Ljubojević in the center of attention



As a supplement to the series we can present a booklet by Dragan Stojnić, containing a bibliography of Serbian problem chess literature from the period 1992-2013. It is bilingual (English and Serbian) as well, and Dušan Drajić has provided a preface





Published by Academic Mind, Belgrade 2013
Edition of 60 copies
Flexicover, 39 pages
ISBN 978-86-7466-480-3

Price: 7.50 € incl. postage from Belgrade










The last book of this series 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.)

This edition has been produced for KWA members only and is not for sale elsewhere.
Price: 17 EUR including postage within Europe.





Dušan Drajić and Dragan Stojnić

Published by Academic Mind, 
Belgrade 2016.
Edition of 150 copies,
ISBN 978-86-7466-609-8

Here is a scan of the foreword:
page 1 / page 2 (jpg-files)







From left: A friend and ex-student of Dušan Drajić (the latter was the mentor
for his M.Sc. thesis), Ljubomir Ljubojević, Dušan Drajić and Dusan's son Dejan
















The Chess Literature of Australia and New Zealand
By John van Manen
4th Edition

Updated to June 2009
By Bob Meadley and Paul Dunn


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Editor: Ken Whyld Association
Hardback, 242 pp., thread-stitching
Edition of 250 copies
ISBN: 978-86-7466-419-3

This bibliography of chess literature of Australia and New Zealand was published in autumn 2011 by Academic Mind, Belgrade. Bob Meadley and Paul Dunn had delivered the manuscript of the 4th edition whose publication was a quite long haul. More about that in the "Foreword of the Editor" reproduced below:

Early in 2006 our member Paul Dunn from "Down Under" contacted Michael Negele, who was at that time Chairman of the Ken Whyld Association. Paul and his coauthor Bob Meadley needed sympathetic support for a new printed edition of the late John van Manen's Biblio-graphy of the Australian and New Zealand Chess Literature (the last update by the author was in 1989). Our Australian friends had worked on that project for some time, and an electronic version (already finalized in 2003) was generously sent to Michael.

In principle the KWA board agreed during the La Tour-de-Peiltz assembly on giving financial support to the project, however quite a lot of concerns had to be overcome during the following years. Especially some mixed experiences with our "Obliged to Tradition …" bibliography caused significant reluctance by the KWA in taking on the role and responsi-bilities of a publisher.

Meanwhile Paul and Bob continued their work and provided a very presentable manuscript (counted as the 4th edition) in the summer of 2009. With only minimal changes (with regard to contents) still to be made, a positive reply was promptly given by the new KWA Board.
But again the realization was delayed, at that time KWA was simply missing the manpower necessary for the consistent pursuit of this project. Particularly we both (Ralf Binnewirtz and Michael Negele) were heavily involved with the finalization of the great Lasker monograph until nearly the end of 2009. This workload made it practically impossible to invest time and effort on an additional publication.

In the spring of 2010 it was decided that the original text still needed a proper layout, and a concluding proof-reading should prove to be necessary as well. As a consequence it was not before end of June 2010 i.e. after the Antwerp assembly, that Ralf Binnewirtz was officially tasked to complete the layout work.

Besides, after changing the format from A5 to A4 a complete revision of the index was necessary, and all the colored pictures in the book also had to be reworked in order to have a sufficiently high resolution for the final printing. It was thought that these efforts could be finished by the beginning of October 2010. Hereafter it again took some months before a final proof-reading could be done.

In April 2011 our member Dr. Leonard Skinner had kindly offered to deal with it, and in the shortest time he had completed this task. We express our sincere thanks to our comrade from Wales, who supported us for the fifth time in such a bibliographical publication.

The Ken Whyld Association also wants to thank Prof. Dušan Drajic from Belgrade who had agreed to undertake the printing and binding with his printer. These favorable conditions provided by our Serbian friend helped the KWA considerably to take on the burden of a publisher again. So we extend our thanks to the publisher Academic Mind, in particular to Aleksandar Raškovic, as well as to the printing office Planeta Print, all from Belgrade.

Last but not least the KWA Board would like to pay tribute to the two authors for all their patience and together with our Australian friends we hope that this bibliography will be helpful to all collectors, bibliophiles, researchers and libraries concerned with chess, its literature and its history.
Ralf Binnewirtz and Michael Negele,
on behalf of the Board of the Ken Whyld Association October 2011


The retail price of the book is 26.80 € plus postage.
There are reduced prices for our members:
- Order from Prof. Dušan Drajic (Belgrade) only possible in combination with
ordering one of the bibliographic works of Prof. Drajic; in this case the price
for the Australasian bibliography is 18.- € including postage -
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- Order in Germany from Michael Negele, price 20.- € including postage.

Scale prices (including postage):
5 copies for 80.- €
10 copies for 150.- €
Bank transfers always to our KWA club account.





Belgian chess publications:
an annotated bibliography

by Henri Serruys and Guy Van Habberney



Self-published, Antwerp 2011

Softcover edition of 200 copies, 160 p., size 24 x 16 cm.
Color print on glossy paper.
ISBN 9789081724005
Weight: 438 g
Price for KWA members:
20.- € + postage
Retail price: 25 €.

Hardback edition of 50 copies, numbered and signed by the authors.
ISBN 9789081724012
Weight: 617 g
Price for KWA members:
40.- € + postage

Packaging: 1.50 €
Postage: 12.45 € (Europe, USA)
or 20.75 € (other countries)

You can order directly from Henri Serruys: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The authors presented their book for the first time to the chess public on 18/11/2011 in Brunswick. The high-quality layout, numerous pictures of the bibliographised works in color as well as text elements highlighted in color provide for an outstanding overall impression. A book that rouses and spurs the collector's passion on!
See also the short appreciation in the Publications of our members.





Hardback edition
(dust jacket corresponds to
pictures above/below)










Text verso :
Henri Serruys (*1948) is a founding member of the Ken Whyld Association of chess book collectors, while Guy Van Habberney (*1954) is the worldwide chairman of this organization, which promotes the collection of chess books and intends to contribute to a greater knowledge of the history of the game of chess.

In this publication, the authors give a comprehensive overview of all chess books published in Belgium, not just the usual technical books, but also those that are more literary in nature and that feature chess as a theme.
Images of all these books are provided.
The authors have also added very detailed chapters on Bulletins as well as on Magazines.









Ado Kraemer -
Eine biographische Skizze mit zahlreichen Zugaben

by Ralf J. Binnewirtz



                  Cloth bound collector's edition


Kuhn†/Murkisch series No. 45,
288 + xviii pages, with 269 diagrams and 19 pictures (2 in color), indexes of sources, names and themes.
Published by Nightrider Unlimited, Treuenhagen 2012
ISBN 978-3-935586-13-9.

Edition of 200 (paperback) + 50 (hardcover) copies

Order from: Verlagsbuchhandlung Godehard Murkisch, Herbartweg 3, D-37083 Göttingen, Germany
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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

Price for members: 17.- €,
for non-members: 24.- €
- postage included only in Germany.

KWA members can order from Michael Negele by e-mail ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ); prepayment by bank transfer to our KWA account is required.



Ado Kraemer, famous problem composer of the Logical-New German Problem School, is not only presented here with his unsettled life story but also with more than 260 of his problems, usually reproduced as diagrams and furnished with detailed solutions. Most of the selected problems and studies have not been included in the Kraemer/Zepler work Im Banne des Schachproblems, nevertheless the reader will find here many a masterpiece which would have been suited for that anthology. A recapitulatory appreciation of Kraemer's problem production is added on 3 pages subsequent to the biographical part. A whole lot of quotes and short articles by and on Ado Kraemer have been worked in which will contribute to shed light on Kraemer's personality.

Moreover for the first time Ado Kraemer is presented in this work as an OTB player (Master of Westfalia 1923, shared with Dr. A. Schäfer), all known Kraemer games are gathered in the annexe. The book has been carefully proofread by the editor, Godehard Murkisch who has also contributed a foreword.

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

You will find corrections to the book in this Errata sheet  12/04/2014 (PDF, in German).

Reviews of the book were published in the following magazines:

Schach - Deutsche Schachzeitung, August 2012, p.80f. (by Udo Degener)
PROBLEM-FORUM, September 2012, p.14 (by Manfred Zucker)
The Problemist, September 2012, p.473 (by John Rice)
feenschach, July-August 2012, p.464 (by Bernd Ellinghoven)
Die Schwalbe, October 2012, p.645f. (by Günter Büsing)
idee & form 116, October 2012, p.3849 (by Thomas Maeder)
König & Turm, December 2012, p.86 (by Hanspeter Suwe)




Das Schachturnier London 1851

by Mario Ziegler


1st edition, 2013
Publisher: ChessCoach
Hardcover, 555 pp.
ISBN-13: 978-3944158006
Weight: 1.12 kg

London 1851, the first international chess tournament of the modern era, is a cornerstone in the history of chess. Held in a knockout system with mini matches, it assembled the 16 leading European players of that time with the aim to determine the best. It is the merit of our Saarland member to have managed a comprehensive and modern reappraisal of this eminent chess event. The core of the book is formed by all the games, newly revised by the author and thoroughly analyzed with the help of modern chess engines. Contemporary annotations have been included where it made sense, this way integrating the viewpoints of the old masters. Naturally all information is given on how the event was prepared and became reality, as well as all participants are introduced in separate chapters...

More information (in German / PDF files):
- Foreword by DSB president Herbert Bastian
- Introduction
- Excerpt from the book, incl. Table of contents

Review by Harry Schaack in KARL 2/2013, p.64:

Retail price: 44.80 €
Our members can order the book for a reduced price of 35 € directly from the author This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (in Germany postage included). For shipment in Europe a postage of 9 € has to be added.




Die Internationalen Schachturniere
zu Meran 1924 und 1926

by Luca D’Ambrosio




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

See also the announcement at

Some more information provided by the author (PDFs): 
Folder on the book
Excerpt from the book (2.3 MB)

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. .

Luca’s first major publication, his work on the chess tournaments Meran 1924 and 1926, is obviously a masterstroke, probably the finest tournament book ever produced; accordingly the spontaneous reactions of the readers were overwhelming. Particularly we have to emphasize the painstaking research work of the author spanning over 7 years, all the additional information and documentations given in the book, the throughout abundant illustration with rare historical photographs, drawings, lithographs and documents. And naturally the magnificent overall get-up of the book combined with an excellent layout by Ulrich Dirr.

R.B., 08-08-2014


PS (06-10-2014): A more detailed review (by Ralf Binnewirtz and Michael Negele) was published in the German magazine SCHACH 10/2014, p. 40-42 ["Erlesene Geschichte(n) V: Meran 1924 und 1926"].



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