* 12-12-1937 † 3-1-2017
An obituary by Michael Negele:
It´s always a sad duty to fulfil when a long-term chess friend passed away.
Rudolf (Rolf) Glenk (1937-2017) I met for the first time in Brunswick at the Klittich auction house in the beginning of this millenium. Soon after that, in 2002 I could visit his wife Helga and Rolf in their Franconian hometown Forchheim. This was also the year, when Jurgen Stigter had initiated the so-called "Amsterdam group", the nucleus of the Ken Whyld Association. Of course Rolf, who was already a passionate collector of chess books for decades, decided to be a founding member of our Association. Pretty clear, Rolf Glenk was more than just a member: He and his club mate Udo Güldner organized our wonderful annual assembly in 2004 in Forchheim:
In addition to our earlier announcement of the informal meeting during the Tata Steel tournament at the Raindropchess shop in La Baliza (see below Informal KWA get-together during the Tata Steel chess tournament), we are pleased to let you know that there will be two brief presentations as well: Michael Negele will give an explanation about the new English language edition – in three volumes – of the Lasker book published in 2009, while Jurgen Stigter wil discuss the content of an old letter he found in Emanuel Lasker’s Manual of Chess (London 1932) with comment on Lasker himself.
We sadly have to announce the passing of our foundation member Rudolf (Rolf) Glenk from Forchheim.
A obituary by Michael Negele will follow in due course. For some more detailed information see the announcement of the Forchheim chess Club (Udo Güldner) - in German language, only.
After nearly 14 years of services as webmaster Ralf Jürgen Binnewirtz had informed the board to retire with end of 2016. As Ralf had celebrated his 65 birthday last May, his most understandable intention was inaminously accepted. In a few days my appreciation of his indispensable efforts for our Association will be filed.
Today I just want to introduce our new website team (and so two new members of the Ken Whyld Association).
Several KWA members have mentioned that they will attend the Tata Steel tournament in Wijk aan Zee, during the second weekend (January 21st and 22nd). They thereby follow a long standing tradition. In the ‘rich’ years of the tournament the organisers provided a dedicated space in the commentator’s tent for the KWA to meet. Unfortunately those years have gone and we had to improvise to come together, with varying success. Thanks to the efforts of our honarary member Jurgen Stigter, Jozias Hillenkamp of the Raindropchess company (www.raindropchessmedia.com) has offered to the KWA the meeting space in their chess shop La Baliza in Wijk aan Zee. This shop is only open during the tournament. There will a bar available for snacks and drinks as well.
Our German member from Forchheim, Rudolf Glenk has again released a small book in a beautiful bibliophilic get-up:
Kachelofenprobleme [Tiled Stove Problems]
- 2nd revised and corrected edition.
Read more in our column New Chess Literature.
PS (23-12-2016): A new biographical article by Michael Negele has just been published on the DSB website, it deals with Richard Teichmann who was born 148 years ago right on this day:
Genug des Stumpfsinns, Remis ... Richard der Fünfte kam aus Altenburg.
The Paul Schmidt biography by Anthony Gillam and Michael Negele - we have mentioned it several times - is still in preparation. On their trip to the USA Bob van de Velde and Michael Negele paid a visit to Jim and Regina Magacs in Binghamton, NY - the latter is a daughter of Paul Schmidt and she will also provide an English translation of the German part of the book.
Certainly the beginning of Germany's 'fifth' or 'foolish' season on 11-11 and the simultaneous start of the World Chess Championship in New York City are not interrelated. Apart from that, we can offer today the November issue of our KWA newsletter − CSQ 25 will be the last number of the CSQ series in the conventional form. As customary, it is available in our member section − we hope you enjoy!
PS: The new website of CCI Germany is meanwhile online − have a look at www.cci-deutschland.de/.
PPS (15-11-2016): CSQ 25 slightly updated on p. 2 (Siegfried Schönle added).
PPPS (21-11-2016): Chess artist Elke Rehder has just published two contributions on her website - please see the page The history of chess in the 19th century: "Chess magazines in Europe and the USA" as well as "Chess columns in newspapers" - both in English.
A pictorial report (in German) on the CCI meeting in Altenburg is online: www.schachmuseum.com/...
26-11-2016: Mario Ziegler has published a note on the Altenburg meeting, see his Chaturanga site: Schachgeschichte im Geburtsort des Skatspiels.
Stefano Zulian, our Italian member from Borso del Grappa has written a biography of the priest Lorenzo Busnardo − the life of an adventurous chess master from the Renaissance.
15-02-2017: Please note that a revised version (January 2017) of the synoptical table referred to in the article is available on the latest website of the study.