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 The first is another booklet (number 111 already) in the series Rare and Unpublished Chess Tournaments and Matches.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:

Rare and Unpublished Chess Tournaments and Matches: 111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

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) - Review by Brian Almeida at ChessCafe.com.