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September 2015

Govert Westerveld, our well-known Spanish member of Dutch origin, resident in Blanca (Murcia), has been and is still very active as a draughts and chess historian and as an author of books and articles in his fields of interest.

Read more on our page New Chess Literature.

PS (24-09-2015):
Tony Gillam has discovered 3 old manuscripts in the Central Library of Poznan, Poland:

  • Des Arabers Philipp Stamma, gebürtig von Aleppo in Syrien, entdeckte Schachspiel-Geheimnisse …, Strasburg, 1771
  • Hellwig Johann Christian, Versuch eines aufs Schachspiel gebaueten taktischen Spiels von zwey und mehrern Personen zu spielen, Leipzig 1780
  • Marci Hieronymi Vidae Cremonensis Sacchia ludus (XVI century)

Maybe there are members who are interested in such things ...

Tim Harding's new work Joseph Henry Blackburne: A Chess Biography has just been published by McFarland (at a price of $75), it is already listed on Amazon UK (£49.95) and expected to be soon available in Germany as well. All relevant information is gathered on Tim Harding's pages, see www.chessmail.com/research/blackburne.html.
Certainly a book of great interest to our members!

PS (11-10-2015): The Blackburne biography has been included in the Publications of our Members.

Rolf Littorin

* 3 January 1923   † 3 September 2015

Rolf Littorin, the great Swedish chess collector who was also a founding member of our association, is no longer with us. After a short illness he recently passed away at the age of 92. He leaves behind his wife Birgitta, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Rolf will be sorely missed and fondly remembered by his family and his friends. 
Calle Erlandsson and Peter Holmgren have written an obituary (in Swedish), published at www.lask.se/arkiv.asp?id=3392
You may find some details on the deceased (in English) in our former birthday greetings: