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 www.chesshistory.com

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 www.unionsverlag.com/...



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 www.lulu.com/product/ebook/....
(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 ChessCafe.com.

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).



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