Herbert Grasemann

Eines Reverends Einfall, der Geschichte machte

A long awaited (announced end of 2013) and pre-eminent publication for problem friends has just been released by bernd ellinghoven (Aix-la-Chapelle): it’s the reprint of Grasemann’s "Reverend", commented and extended with most interesting contributions by Hans Peter Rehm and Stephan Eisert. You may choose between three different versions of the book:

The German paperback edition:

HERBERT GRASEMANN: Eines Reverends Einfall, der Geschichte machte
- Das neudeutsche Schachproblem - Ursprung, Grundlagen, Grundbegriffe
neu herausgegeben und erweitert mit einem Aufsatz und einer Auswahl neuerer Probleme durch Hans Peter Rehm und Stephan Eisert

The English paperback edition:

HERBERT GRASEMANN: A Cleric’s Idea, which made History
- The new-German chess problem - Origin, basic Principles and Concepts
A new, extended edition with an essay and a selection of more recent problems, by Hans Peter Rehm and Stephan Eisert

Editions FEE=NIX paperback VIII & IX, stitch binding, 200 pages each, price: 25 € each, special price for Schwalbe subscribers: 15 € + postage

The combined bilingual (German/English) hardback edition:

FEE=NIX-12, bound in cloth (black), gold foil stamping, stitch binding, XX + 400 pages,
ISBN 978-3-9812128-8-4
price: 50 €, special price for Schwalbe subscribers 30 € + postage

Schwalbe members should order from Ralf Krätschmer (Schwalbe-Bücherwart) ; non-Schwalbe members are asked to order from bernd ellinghoven ; see also http://dieschwalbe.de/download/reverend_e.pdf.

A limited and numbered luxury leather edition of 32 copies (probably 96 €) is planned, in case of interest please address yourself to bernd ellinghoven.

Substantially the books contain three parts each:

  • The reprint of Grasemann’s "Reverend"; its first edition was a small booklet of 56 pages, self-published by Grasemann in 1982 and meanwhile out of print for a long time. Despite its outer smallness it was a very important publication and surprisingly rich in content, dealing with the modern conception of the theory of the logical (new-German) problem and its evolution from the very beginning in the 19th century. As the book is also available in English now, non-German speaking readers will be able to study for the first time in detail the thinking and the ideas of the new-German problem school.
  • The essay "Pläne, Spiele, Züge" [Plans, Lines of Play and Moves] by Stephan Eisert and Hans Peter Rehm, reprinted from Die Schwalbe 48, XII/1977, p. 137-151 and slightly revised by the authors, informs us "about some newer developments in the logical school".
  • "A Florilegium. A choice selection of logical chess problems. Selected and with comments by Hans Peter Rehm and Stephan Eisert" gives 82 more recent problems with elaborate and sophisticated comments.

Moreover the books contain forewords by Schwalbe chairman Hans Gruber and by Hans Peter Rehm, a two-page biography of Herbert Grasemann, also written by HPR, a bibliography, a German/English glossary of technical terms, an index of names and of the most important terms & themes, as well as a number of photos of problem composers who played an outstanding role in the history of the new-German (logical) school.

The brilliant style of the three authors Grasemann, Eisert and Rehm, in combination with all the excellent problems make for a great reading pleasure. I can only recommend this book warmly to all people interested in chess problems.