New Literature by Jimmy Adams

KWA meeting in Norwich 2012, Jimmy Adams (on the left) and Ray Cannon
KWA meeting in Norwich 2012, Jimmy Adams (on the left) and Ray Cannon

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

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Meeting of the Extended board of the Ken Whyld Association

Claes Lofgren, Karl Klittich, Bob van de Velde
Claes Lofgren, Karl Klittich, Bob van de Velde

You'll find the full report in the Member Section: Documents (Registration required)

Present:

  • Michael Clapham, treasurer
  • Bert Corneth, web editor
  • Karl Klittich, member of the Board
  • Claes Løfgren, membership secretary
  • Michael Negele, honorary member, (from 16:00h onwards)
  • Per Skjoldager, ToBiblion administrator
  • Bob van de Velde, chairman

Matters of Practical Importance and General Interest:

The New Name of the Association

After a lengthy discussion the decision is taken to rename the Association, namely

Chess History & Literature Society, founded as Ken Whyld Association
Abbreviation: CHLS.

The chairman will submit the new name to the Council of Representatives for approval. This approval was granted, so the new name will be considered as settled. The chairman will take care of the necessary adaptions of the Statutes of the Association.

Meanwhile this new name was agreed upon by the Council of Representatives. Consequently, the new website of the CHLS will be launched under this new name and with a new logo.

No contributions for the KWA newsletter from members or non-members have been received for many months. The question whether the CHLS should continue the publication of a separate newsletter has no urgency at the moment and will be postponed until the next meeting of the board (in November 2017). At that time the new website will function and will have provided new experiences.

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A Chess-enthused Chemist Writes About a Like-minded Member of the same Profession

Ralf Binnewirtz, Wijk aan Zee 2015
Ralf Binnewirtz, Wijk aan Zee 2015

Recently, our KWA secretary Claes Løfgren has given a short report on Michael Negele’s book presentation in Braunschweig, dealing with the just published biography of Paul Felix Schmidt (PFS).

On this occasion Claes has already provided some information on PFS by way of linked pages and files.

Meanwhile I have prepared a review of that book, destined for publication on our website. Due to Claes’ preliminary contribution, I could do without including another short biography of the eponymous hero and lay more stress on other things instead. The fine English translation of my original German text was done by Eva Regina Magacs, the coauthor of the book.

Ralf J. Binnewirtz

Eva Regina Magacs, Michael Negele - Paul Felix Schmidt 'A Winning Formula'

Michael Negele
Michael Negele

After the welcome and introduction by chairman Bob van de Velde, Michael Negele took the rostrum for a presentation of his new book on Paul Felix Schmidt 'A Winning Formula' and its genesis. When the Schmidt project was first presented to us at the KWA meeting in October 2015 in Kiel, it was planned as a cooperation by Michael and Tony Gillam. However, disagreements between them sadly caused this plan to fail, and instead two books have appeared – a games collection with a brief biography by Tony and a thorough biography, with 12 selected games, co-written by Michael and Eva Regina Magacs, daughter of Paul Felix Schmidt.

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Retirement of Bert Corneth

Calle Erlandsson, Bob van de Velde and Bert Corneth, June 2017
Calle Erlandsson, Bob van de Velde and Bert Corneth, June 2017

We regret to announce the retirement of Bert Corneth as our web-editor, due to personal reasons. Of course we fully respect his decision, but consider his retirement a great loss for the KWA, as he developed this newly created function since the beginning of this year with the meticulousness he was known for among many of our members. Bert had also built up a close working relationship with our webmaster Wilfried Krebbers which promised bright prospects for the future of the new website.

At the moment we are busy finding solutions for the tasks that must be fulfilled.

We wish Bert all the best for the future.

Bob van de Velde
Chairman

Serafino Dubois

Fabrizio Zavatarelli - Serafino Dubois, Cover

June 2017: The publisher Messaggerie Scacchistiche has just issued a book about Serafino Dubois, edited by our member Fabrizio Zavatarelli from Milan in Italy.

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Memories of Hans Holländer

Hans Holländer, 2016
Hans Holländer, 2016

Professor Hans Holländer passed away in April at the age of 85. Even though he was not a member of the KWA, many of us are at least familiar with his name because of his numerous publications on the culture and history of chess. Andreas Saremba shares with us some highlights of his achievements and personal memories (in German language) accompanied by photographs and voice recordings. Bert Corneth translated the German text into English.

(German orginal version)

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New Literature by Tony Gilliam

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.

More details on the two books by Tony can be found in the Members’ Publications section under Tony Gillam.

Obituary of Walter Shipman

Walter Shipman (r) and Andy Ansel in 2009.
Walter Shipman (r) and Andy Ansel in 2009. (Photograph kindly provided by M. Negele).

On February 28th Walter Shipman passed away at the age of 87. The friendly and popular International Master, a lawyer in his professional life, will be sadly missed. Especially our USA members may remember him participating in the KWA meeting in San Francisco in 2009.

Below is the link to a wonderful obituary, written by John Donaldson:

https://new.uschess.org/news/walter-shipman-1929-2017/

Michael Negele turns 60

Michael Negele in Kórnik, October 2015
Michael Negele in Kórnik, October 2015

On February 22nd our well-known member and former treasurer Michael Negele completed his 60th year. On this occasion the President of the German Chess Association, Herbert Bastian, has dedicated a laudation to him which has been published on www.schachbund.de. It can be found at http://www.schachbund.de/news/ein-schachhistoriker-wird-60.html (in German).

Personally (and I am confident that all founding members will agree) I have witnessed that Michael has been a driving force of the Ken Whyld Association as well ever since its birth, and his achievements and the value of his efforts can hardly be overestimated. So also from my side congratulations, wishing you good health and many pleasant years to come, my dear friend.

Bert Corneth.