On February 22nd our well-known member and former treasurer Michael Negele completed his 60th year. On this occasion the President of the German Chess Association, Herbert Bastian, has dedicated a laudation to him which has been published on www.schachbund.de. It can be found at http://www.schachbund.de/news/ein-schachhistoriker-wird-60.html (in German).
Personally (and I am confident that all founding members will agree) I have witnessed that Michael has been a driving force of the Ken Whyld Association as well ever since its birth, and his achievements and the value of his efforts can hardly be overestimated. So also from my side congratulations, wishing you good health and many pleasant years to come, my dear friend.
Our member Siegfried Schönle from Kassel in Germany, whom many may remember from his contribution to the congress in KWA meeting Kiel, has compiled a work covering his extensive collection on the theme of chess in literature and art. The book is in German language.
Schach in Literatur + Kunst – vom Barock bis ins Jahr 2016.
Ein Sammlungsverzeichnis aus 25 Jahren.
Title translated: “Chess in Literature and Art – From the Baroque Era until into 2016.
A Catalogue of 25 Years Collecting”.
An interesting article by Frank Hoppe (in German language) about the CCI meeting in Altenburg, can be found here: http://www.schachbund.de/news/treffen-der-schachspielesammler-in-altenburg.html
* 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.