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co-production – of Dale Brandreth and David Hooper – once filled a gap in chess literature, the lesser known and mostly unpublished games of the third chess world champion were the focus of the authors’ attention: 203 out of about 600 games collected beforehand had been selected for the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



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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 http://www.newinchess.com/...

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 www.worldchesshof.org/exhibitions/....



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.)
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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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