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Our membership secretary, Claes Løfgren, has published a message for all members. Registered members can read it under News for members: Membership fee.

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Michael Wiltshire
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The President of the Chess Collectors International (CCI), Michael Wiltshire, offers all interested members of our Society a copy of Sotheby's 1874 catalogue of George Walker's chess library.

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Heading of the first article, January 1952
Heading of the first article, January 1952

Our member Claes Løfgren has received a request from Terje Kristiansen from Tønsberg, Norway. Mr. Kristiansen is a member of Sjakkhistorisk Forum and specialist for Soviet chess history.

Here is the request:

Dear Mr. Løfgren,

Dr. Albrecht Buschke, the German Jew who emigrated to the USA in 1938 with a huge collection of chess books, letters, autographs and magazines, wrote many columns in the 1952 American chess magazine Chess Life called: Alekhine’s Early Chess Career. Additional data by A. Buschke. V. Alekhine in Soviet-Land. He claimed that the 1921 versions of Das Schachleben in Sowjet-Rußland were either edited or shortened by the publisher Bernhard Kagan:

Schach. Spiel / Sport / Wissenschaft / Kunst, frontcover
Schach. Spiel / Sport / Wissenschaft / Kunst, frontcover

Dear Colleagues,

the chess exhibition in the Thüringischen University and State Library has now been closed. But for all those who did not have the opportunity to go to Jena, a real “consolation” has just appeared, the brochure with the title

Schach
Spiel / Sport / Wissenschaft / Kunst. Aus den Beständen der ThULB.

(Chess
Game / Sport / Science / Art. From the ThULB holdings.)

76 p. With numerous colored illustrations. The brochure costs 4.25 EUR / pc. The delivery will be on account (plus shipping and packaging costs). Please send your orders directly to Ms. Heike Rothenburg:

The following three photos are intended to give a first impression of the new release. Pages 42-43 are from the VI. Section: Schachmeister (Chess masters).

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

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.

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)

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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

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 (www.klittich-pfankuch.de/indexengl.htm).

Bob van de Velde

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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 (http://www.klittich-pfankuch.de).