On July 1st our senior member Stellan Persson celebrated his 85th birthday.
Stellan became a well-known figure to the Danish chess community during the 25 years he ran Skakhuset in Copenhagen, a classic chess shop of a type hard to find nowadays. New as well as a wealth of antiquarian books often made a visit longer than planned.
Stellan joined Malmö AS only 12 years old when his father brought him to the club. He had a talent for the game and became strong enough to win the club championship in 1955. During his active years Stellan occasionally worked as a chess journalist for various local newspapers. Even if Stellan today shares his life between Gothenburg and Mallorca, his heart is still with Malmö AS whose history he has documented in the book En gyllene epok from 2010. Another historical work by Stellan is a collection of the round tables from the Swedish Chess Congresses from 1939 to 1970.
After closing down Skakhuset in 1998 Stellan has continued dealing with chess material online and also by leading the chess book auctions of SS Manhem, the club in Gothenburg he now belongs to.
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Our new member, Xavier Boltaina-Bosch from Barcelona (Spain), introduces himself in the members area (You must be logged in to read).
Our new member, Jean Olivier Leconte from Saint-Mandé (France), introduces himself in the members area (You must be logged in to read).
Again we welcome a new member: František Štross from Prague, Czech Republic.
In the members area he introduces himself (You must be logged in to read).
Our new member, Anders Thulin, introduces himself in the members area (You must be logged in to read).
Our new member, Kevin O'Connell, introduces himself in the members area (You must be logged in to read).
Another new member of the CH&LS, John Hartmann from Omaha (Nebraska, United States) is presented in the member area (You must be logged in to read).
Our new member, Carsten Hansen, introduces himself in the members area (You must be logged in to read).
On 20 March a Zoom online conference for interested chess historians will take place on the occasion of "100 years of the French Chess Federation". It is a joint initiative of the CH&LS members Prof. Dr. Frank Hoffmeister (Bruxelles) and Herbert Bastian (Saarbrücken) together with Jean Olivier Leconte (Paris). Partners of the event are the French Chess Federation (FFE) and the German Chess Federation (DSB).
Originally, the conference was to take place locally in Paris, at the same time as a general meeting of the CH&LS. This was prevented by the Corona pandemic. Now all members of the CH&LS are invited to attend the interesting lectures by leading chess historians. Registration is free of charge by sending an email to one of the organisers (see the programme below). About a week before the conference, participants will then receive the access code by email. The Zoom programme is available free of charge on the internet (Zoom software download page) and must be installed on the participant's computer beforehand.