Each year a lot of new chess books congest the market, and particularly before Christmas the number of new publications seems to multiply. Today I would like to point to two chess books only: Our member Fabrizio Zavatarelli has published his long-awaited work on Ignaz Kolisch, and some time earlier this year a book on the Chess Olympiad Buenos Aires 1939 has been released.
PS: Michael Negele has written an interesting article (in German) on Gustav R.L. Neumann (1838-81), published at www.schachbund.de/news/.... It’s a kind of addition to Michael’s article on Minckwitz in the current KARL issue 4/2015.
Isaak Maxovich Linder * 20 November 1920 † 31 October 2015
Again one of our doyens has passed away: Isaak M. Linder, the famous Russian chess historian and author of countless chess books died shortly before his 95th birthday. There is a short tribute (in Russian / in English) and a notice of his death (in English). We will still provide a more detailed obituary.
Photo above from Kórnik, 2007 (II von der Lasa Symposium).
On 18-20 October, Herbert Bastian, president of the German Chess Federation, and Michael Negele, commissioner for the history and culture of chess, were on a visit to Kórnik Castle (and to the Biblioteka Kórnicka), were they also had the opportunity for an informal meeting with some representatives of the Polish Chess Federation. We give only a very short preview.
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.
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!
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:
It was in 1935 - now 80 years ago - that Max Euwe became the 5th world chess champion. On this occasion our Dutch member Peter de Jong will release two books on Euwe and Dutch chess history. All information is gathered in the following pdf files:
Kurt Landsberger * 28 December 1920 † 19 December 2014
As we learned only yesterday, our dear old friend, long-time KWA member and Steinitz biographer Kurt Landsberger had passed away virtually 8 months ago, and 9 days before his 94th birthday. A (quite belated) obituary will follow.
Yesterday we received very sad news from Braunschweig: Roger Klittich, senior partner of the auction house A. Klittich-Pfankuch, one of the initiators of the KWA and its honorary member, had passed away on 1st of May.
Recently Tomasz Lissowski informed us that his friend Henryk Konaszczuk had passed away, having died of lung cancer just a few days after his 60th birthday. He was buried in Ruda Śląska (near Zabrze) on 28/03/2015.
For all chess collectors and chess historians who are still indecisive to join us, we have a special and generous offer, namely a free introductory membership. As this is a temporary offer, valid for three months only, you should not hesitate too long! More details in this flyer (in German and English).
A substantial step has been made in our bibliography project which still constitutes the chief aim of our association. Last year Per Skjoldager established a first version of a database which is operational and available to our members. Read more on our page Database of Chess Bibliography.
For those who have not yet paid the membership fee for this year 2015, we would like to remind you that you have only till April 1st to benefit from the reduced fee of 35 € or $45. Please take also notice of our new Dutch bank account which is given in our Imprint.
Recently our member Luca D’Ambrosio (Bolzano) was quite busy with organizing the anniversary tournament of the "Bozner Open" (taking place for the first time in a castle!) as well as a living chess performance in Bolzano.
After a few years of absence I had decided to come to Wijk aan Zee once more to attend our informal gathering and to visit the other places of interest in connection with the chess celeb-studded tournament.
Just back from a two-day visit to Amsterdam and Wijk aan Zee, we can offer the first snapshots (provided by Michael Negele) - it's only a very short foretaste of what will come, as we plan to give soon a more detailed pictorial report on this tour.