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




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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)

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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.)


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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)



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