Dear chess friends:

Juan Morgado has recently informed us about the worst black day in the history of his chess shop: it was Friday, August 13th when a serious fire developed in the 7th/6th floor above his shop. Juan himself was absent and it took the fire-brigade some hours to control the fire. Not until in the evening Juan could go into his shop (in the 4th floor) and he was shocked to see that there was an immense damage to his chess books, materials etc. by the water raining down from the floors above.

At the moment Juan is still busy with the evaluation of the damages. He thanks all those very much who have already expressed their sympathy.
I'm sure everyone will join me in wishing Juan all the best, and we hope he will soon overcome this cruel stroke of fate and reopen his shop.

(R.B. / August 29th, 2004)

“All has occurred before“, to quote rabbi Ben Akiba in Karl Gutzkow’s Uriel Acosta (1846). First plans to create a universal chess bibliography already evolved 16 years ago, namely during a discussion between the French collector Jean Mennerat and Rob Verhoeven from the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (The Hague). Some time later Rob Verhoeven and Ken Whyld developed a more extensive concept of a CHESS RESEARCH SOCIETY, which should include the bibliographical aspect. Jean Mennerat, Rob Verhoeven and Ken Whyld surely recognized the enormous extent of this project, as shows their interesting correspondence from the years 1987-1991 (see below).
Putting these concepts to practice proved impossible at that time, at least the Initiative Group Königstein could be based on them. (Thanks to Egbert Meissenburg for this hint.)