Obituary for the chess writer Albin Pötzsch

Albin Pötzsch

A king of chess literature has left us. The studied germanist and pedagogue

Albin Pötzsch

succumbed suddenly and unexpectedly shortly before the end of his 85th year on 2019-10-22 to a serious illness.

An obituary by Wolfgang Pähtz (in German).

Dale A. Brandreth, RIP 1931-2019

Dale A. Brandreth
Dale A. Brandreth

Dale A. Brandreth

* 17-12-1931   † 09-09-2019

An excerpt from Wayne Komer's obituary on

Dale A. Brandreth (17-12-1931 - 09-09-2019; Hockessin, Delaware), a founding member of our association, has passed away. He was a chess writer, a collector, historian, publisher and book-dealer.

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Auction: Two eighteenth century broadsides advertising The Famous Chess Automaton

On September 26th, Forum Auctions is auctioning two extremely rare eighteenth century broadsides advertising The Famous Chess Automaton.

For more information, visit the Forum Auctions website (LOT 92 and LOT 93).

Swinemünde 1936

Swinemünde 1936: Left-right, standing: Michel, Lange, von Hennig, Hahn, Richter, Ernst, Koch, Wächter. Left-right, sitting: Zollner, Eliskases.
Left-right, standing: Michel, Lange, von Hennig, Hahn, Richter, Ernst, Koch, Wächter.
Left-right, sitting: Zollner, Eliskases.

A continuation of the article by Jan Kalendovský (Swinemünde 1936 | Swinemünde 1936), including additional games,

by Alan McGowan

This event, the last of a number of training tournaments prior to the Munich Olympiad was held June 14-21 in a popular Baltic Sea resort (now Świnoujście in Poland). The town had hosted a chess event every year since 1930: international tournaments in 1930 and 1932; the 1931 German Championship; a Berlin Chess Association tournament in 1933; preliminary rounds for the German Team Championship 1934 and a zonal qualifying tournament for the 1935 German championship.

The event was held in the Dresdener Hof, a hotel located at Wilhelmstrasse 9, a few steps from the Kurhaus and the sea.

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Leonard Raymond Reitstein, RIP 1928-2019

Leonard Raymond Reitstein, 2018
Leonard Raymond Reitstein, 2018

Leonard Raymond Reitstein

* 06-06-1928   † 02-08-2019

We just received sad news from Cape Town. One of our founding members, Leonard Raymond Reitstein - for many years known as "Mr Chess of South Africa" - passed away on Friday. Our sympathy is with his wife Ruth and all the family members and friends.

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NEBEA: Special Price for CH&LS members

We have some good news to share with you. The last copies of NEBEA (Nuevo Ensayo de Bibliografía Española  de Ajedrez. Autores: José A. Garzón, Josep Alió & Miquel Artigas. Valencia, 2012) are currently available for purchase at a special price.

Member of CH&LS can buy both the Deluxe and Collector's edition, with an additional discount (-5%) through online shop:

During the buying process the system will ask do you have a promo code? You must then introduce CH&LS for the discount to be automatically applied.

About NEBEA:

The New Survey of Spanish Chess Bibliography (NEBEA) is an arduous work of research in which the authors cover 8 centuries of Spain’s history and culture through Spanish books and manuscripts, most of which are widely unknown, about the game of chess. It is a completely thematic bibliography, since all the Spanish chess (XIII-XX centuries) works are investigated in it, with a complete and rigorous study of each of them, and with the incorporation of original images from all of them, something of extraordinary interest, without any comparable antecedents in the vast field of the humanities. It is, in short, a work of remarkable interest for the chess scholars.

Technical summary of the book:

  • Very important news about Scachs d´amor, and the books of Vicent (1495), Lucena (c. 1497), Damiano (1512-1564), Ruy López (1561), including biography of all of them
  • 1001 footnotes, 664 pages
  • 266 images, many never published. Numerous diagrams and photographs
  • Index, tables, and Glossary
  • Deluxe Edition and Collector´s Edition

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José A. Garzón, Josep Alió & Miquel Artigas

Chess in Scotland

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by Alan McGowan

Most of our members will remember Alan McGowan from Canada as the author of the marvelous Kurt Richter book, published last year (Alan McGowan: Kurt Richter - A Chess Biography with 499 Games). However, Alan is also a renowned historian for Chess Scotland. We are most grateful that he just contributed an overview, to be shared with our community.

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76th Auction at Klittich-Pfankuch auction house on 22nd June 2019

Marco Nolte, Adelheid Klittich-Pfankuch and Dr. Karl Klittich
Marco Nolte, Adelheid Klittich-Pfankuch and Dr. Karl Klittich

On the eve of the Saturday auction Adelheid Klittich-Pfankuch and our board member Dr. Karl Klittich invited the CH&LS members and guests to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the antiquarian bookshop Karl Pfankuch, founded in 1919.

Karl explained in a short speech the relation between the Klittich-Pfankuch auction house and the still existing Karl Pfankuch & Co, nowadays a renowned stamp & coin dealer.

Also Karl summarized, how our late friend Roger Klittich, a lawyer by training, had started the auction business. Just be chance, as a great number of confiscated Russian Icons had to be auctioneered for the Brunswick authorities.

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Announcement Exhibition "Chess & Religion" in Ebersberg (Bavaria)

Logo Schach- und Kulturstiftung G.H.S.

Our member Georg Schweiger just provided the information about the fourth exhibition, organized by the Foundation Chess & Culture G.H.S. in the Ebersberg townhall.

For further information see the flyer (in German language). There you will also find Georg Schweiger's contact - CH&LS members are invited to visit.

Some comments to the Sothesby Catalogue about the "Lewis chessman" auctioned in July 2019.

by Morten Lilleören

Regarding the Lewis chessman up for sale at Sotheby’s 02 July: Here is a link to the catalogue:

[The Lewis Chessmen sold at auction for £735000: The Guardian]

I will give a few comments about the catalogue note here, but more facts and arguments about the Lewis chessmen are contained in the attached articles. These articles were originally published in 2011/12 on the websites of ChessBase and the Chess Cafe. However, the articles are now either completely or partially inaccessible. They are therefore republished. They contain lots of facts around the Lewis chessmen and their origin. The articles were a part of a polemic. Their main criticism was the lack of historiographical craftsmanship behind the notion about an Icelandic origin - claiming that the authors of the ‘theory’ took the liberty of suppressing inconvenient facts while at the same time adding fiction when regarded necessary.

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