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2008

Short Report on a Visit to the Metropolis on the Oder
10-11/11/2008

Despite all the work on preparing the meeting at Brunswick/Dresden/Wroclaw we should not forget the birthday of our all-time second best German chess master - Robert would shout "Tarrasch" now.

Michael Negele at the World Chess Championship Bonn 2008

The five KWA members at the birthday party: Jørn Erik B. Nielsen, Peter Holmgren, Per Skjoldager, Knud Lysdal and Calle Erlandsson
The five KWA members at the birthday party: Jørn Erik B. Nielsen, Peter Holmgren, Per Skjoldager, Knud Lysdal and Calle Erlandsson

The time limit was overstepped by 8 days, but the chess prolific part of the half century party at Per Skjoldager's house in Taulov, Fredericia, Denmark, was a great event that took place on August 30. The party started at 1 pm and lasted until after midnight. Five KWA members were present, the host included. Also members of the Evans Chess Club in Vejle (where Per is a member) came to Taulov, so the lightning tournament (won by Viggo Bové Quist) collected nine participants including Michael Skjoldager who showed little respect and beat his father! Two KWA members preferred to watch Per's great chess library.

by Friedrich-Karl Hebeker

It was just 100 years ago that the first four games of the famous world championship match Emanuel Lasker - Siegbert Tarrasch were played at the Düsseldorf Palace of Art on 17-24 August 1908. Here a (very) short building history of the Palace with illustrations (in German only):

Group photo of the 9th Congress of the German Chess Federation, Leipzig 1894 (Source: Biblioteka Kórnicka PAN - our thanks go to Maria Łuczak)
Group photo of the 9th Congress of the German Chess Federation, Leipzig 1894 (Source: Biblioteka Kórnicka PAN - our thanks go to Maria Łuczak)

Who is able to identify the persons in the above picture by name?
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Again our Danish and Swedish members achieved an outstanding success at the 11th edition of the ChessCafe Holiday Quiz: Claes Løfgren (1st/88 points) and Calle Erlandsson (2nd/88) were the top scorers, only the submission date of their solutions had decided. Per Skjoldager (3rd/87) and Peter Holmgren (4th/86) complete the successful quartet. Peter Verschueren (19th) and Miquel Artigas (25th) take further good places in view of a record participation of 166 contestants.