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 ChessCafe.com 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)



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