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November 2021

The date of Rubinstein’s death 4

Certificate of death from Akiwa Rubinstein (excerpt)
Certificate of death from Akiwa Rubinstein (excerpt)

The well-known Belgium chess historian Hans Renette, the author of inter alia thoroughly researched biographies on Henry Bird and Louis Paulsen, has solved the problem of the correct date of Akiwa Rubinstein’s death. He has sent us a copy of the official death certificate:

Certificate of death from Akiwa Rubinstein

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LSAK chess book auction November 2021

by Michael Clapham

Lund Chess Academy recently held the latest of its regular online chess book auctions and many interesting and valuable lots went under the hammer. The auctions are admirably organised and conducted by Per Skoldager abd Calle Erlandsson whom I thank for allowing reproduction of the auction details and images.

There was keen competition for several scarce and sought after periodicals including the following:

  • British Chess Review, edited by Daniel Harrwitz, London, volume I only for 1853. This sold for €500 which was possibly good value as a full run of this periodical (12 issues for volume I and six issues in 1854 for volume II) sold in an LSAK auction earlier this year for €2,071.
  • A complete three volume run of The Amateur Chess Magazine, edited by James Chatto, London, 1872 to 1874, realised €270. From May 1873 the title changed to The Amateur and the chess content gradually diminished in favour of other amusements.

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Chess exhibition in Jena and chess museum in Löberitz

Showcase of the exhibition "Schach. Spiel – Sport – Wissenschaft – Kunst"
Showcase of the exhibition "Schach. Spiel – Sport – Wissenschaft – Kunst"

Siegfried Schönle, Kassel, reports on his visit to a chess exhibition in Jena in the ThULB (Thüringer Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek) together with Konrad Reiß, Zörbig, and the two-day visit to the Löberitz chess museum in eastern Germany.

Schachausstellung in Jena und Schachmuseum in Löberitz (in German)

New Member: Noémie Dumont

Our new member, Noémie Dumont from Lyon (France), introduces herself in the members area (You must be logged in to read).

New Member: Noémie Dumont

Klittich Auction only online

As the website of Antiquariat Klittich reported today, the auction on Saturday 27th November cannot be attended, due to the Corona situation in Germany. The auction can only be carried out “online”, or otherwise by written in bids, by telephone or by fax until two days before the auction. For further details, please see the Klittich website (

Bob van de Velde

The auction days of Antiquariat A. Klittich-Pfankuch November 26th and 27th, 2021

After three consecutive online auctions due to Covid 19, our member Karl Klittich has hoped for a 'normal' biennial auction with normal customer participation on 25th to 27th November. It goes without saying that our Board has the same hope. After all, since almost two years we will have our first normal meeting of the board, and we could also organise our usual informal member meeting at the end of the viewing hours on 26th November.

However, in the meantime the new Covid wave makes it doubtful that the German authorities will allow the usual presence of attendees. The latest information about the situation in Germany and especially in Braunschweig can be found on the website of the Antiquariat (

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The date of Rubinstein’s death 3

Excerpt from Le Soir of March 17, 1961, page 7
Excerpt from Le Soir of March 17, 1961, page 7

Our member Wilfried Krebbers took another step towards solving the problem of the anniversary of Rubinstein's death. In the Belgian daily newspaper Le Soir of March 17, 1961, he found an obituary notice from Rubinstein on page 7. The date of death is mentioned there as March 14, 1961.

This should be another indication that Rubinstein died on March 14th and not on March 15th.

Wayne Komer, RIP 1941-2021

Wayne Komer

* 01-09-1941    † 13-09-2021

From Canada comes the sad news that our senior member Wayne Komer passed away on September 13. Wayne was a devoted chess historian and collector of chess litterature, which he presented to a larger audience on the Chesstalk page. Tony Peterson has supplied this link to his obituary on the page:

ChessTalk / Parlons Échecs: R.I.P. Wayne Komer, 09-01-1941 - 09-13-2021