The Committee of Cash Auditors, consisting of Dr. Michael Negele and Rob Spaans, has checked the financial statements over 2017 as presented by Treasurer Michael Clapham. We have concluded that these financial statements are an accurate reflection of the financial status and events of the Chess History & Literature Society in 2017.
Another new member, Henrik Malm Lindberg, introduces himself in the members area.
In the members area, our new member Robert 'Bob' Jones will be introduced by Claes Løfgren.
Werner Keym has recently sent his Chess Problems out of the box to your "interim web-editor". However, your humble one is totally ignorant in this specific field of expertise, so my announcement is somewhat delayed. I needed more than a month to ponder about the position displayed with the author's likeness.
Dear Chessfriends, be aware, think first of the last move of Black. Two members of the CH&LS are involved in this re-edition: Godehard Murkisch (Treuenhagen) representing the Nightrider Unlimited Publishing House and Ralf Binnewirtz (Meerbusch), who did the layout.
As usual the Board of our Society came together for its bi-annual meeting in the last week of June during the likewise bi-annual auction days of antiquarian bookseller and auction house Klittich-Pfankuch in Braunschweig (Brunswick). This time the former treasurer, successively chairman of the Society (at that time still the Ken Whyld Association) Guy Van Habberney had been invited to join, and for good reason: the Board informed him that on a proposal of the Board the Council of Representatives had decided to appoint him as Honorary Member of the Chess History & Literature Society! Later that afternoon of Friday June 22nd this appointment was made public at the beginning of the informal member meeting in which on behalf of the Board Honorary Member Michael Negele pronounced an appreciation. From July 9th on the text of this warmly applauded appreciation can be found in the member pages under News for members. [Update 09-07-2018: The text is now available, A short appreciation by another "Honorary Member"]
* 13-09-1939 † 07-06-2018
After a short disease our Dutch member Peter Monté passed away on June 7th. Born in 1939 he was 78 years old.
Peter fairly recently joined our Association after giving a much-appreciated lecture in Wijk aan Zee in January 2015 (Wijk aan Zee 2015). As he explained at the time, he initially wanted to find out when the first King’s gambit was played, an opening he himself also very much preferred to play OTB. After 25 years of assiduous research, the end result was the monumental The Classical Era of Modern Chess (McFarland, 2014, xxii + 594 p.). This is truly a work of great chess scholarship at a PhD level, and I am certain that it will stand the test of time and eventually be mentioned in one breath together with Murray’s monumental History of Chess (1913).
Peter Monté was a stubborn man, a character feature which certainly helped him a lot in his research.
Guy van Habberney
CH&LS quartett successfully defended against IM Elisabeth Pähtz (https://www.elisabeth-paehtz.de/)
Again on Friday afternoon before the chess auction in Theaterwall 17 our friendly hosts Adelheid Klittich-Pfankuch and Dr. Karl Klittich had again organized a most interesting chess event. This time IM Elisabeth Pähtz, No. 1 of German Woman Chess (current ELO-rating 2472) was challenged by a team of the CH&LS, headed by Per Skjoldager.
Early ten years ago a KWA-team, also headed by Per Skjoldager challenged IM John W. Donaldson, captain of the US team at the Dresden Olympiad.
Per Skjoldager was supported by Matthias Limberg, Claes Løfgren and Norbert Geissler, but also some other CH&LS-members contributed.
The Council of Representatives has approved the proposals of the Board concerning the communication between the Board and the Council. The text of the proposals, which are immediately in force, reads as follows:
- to consider the agendas and the reports of the meetings of the Board, published on the website, as the formal information from the Board to the Council;
- to permit every member of the Council to react on the information;
- in case a member considers it desirable or necessary to discuss a subject among the members of the Council, to require from the chairman of the Board to present that subject to the members of the Council (complying article 16 of the Statutes), after which the relevant articles of the Statutes will be applicable;
- without a request as meant in C, received by the chairman of the Board within four weeks after the date of publication of a report of the meeting of the board, all relevant decisions of the Board as mentioned in the report have to be considered as approved by the Council.
On Friday 22nd June the viewing for the 74th chess - auction will take place from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in Brunswick, Theaterwall 17. All chessfriends are invited to have some snacks and refreshments after the official end of the viewing.
At 5:30 pm a special performance of IM & WGM Elisabeth Pähtz (https://www.elisabeth-paehtz.de) will start. Mrs. Pähtz will play a consultation game against a certain number of "CH&LS members". The time limit will be 75 minutes for each party involved.
Surely, our members will demonstrate the same legendary enthusiasm in playing chess as in collecting chess books and euphemera. IM Bernd Schneider will be the referee, Michael Negele will act as the announcer. After the game a short "press conference" will be organized.