Auction House Klittich-Pfankuch

A short look back

The oldest "Klittich-Pfankuch catalogue" in my archives still dates from the year 1993 and has the No. 23 - probably it was also the first which included a considerable number of chess books - after all more than 860 entries.

A first participation in Brunswick came about only much later, I (R.B.) will never forget - and not only me - the legendary drive together with Michael Negele (our driver) and Hans-Jürgen Fresen on November 20th, 1999.

Simul Lothar Schmid on June 22, 2001 in the auction hall
Simul Lothar Schmid on June 22, 2001 in the auction hall

A highlight in the history of the House of Klittich-Pfankuch occurred in June 2001 when the duplicates from the "Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesbibliothek" were put up for auction. The supporting programme offered a simultaneous exhibition at 20 boards by GM Lothar Schmid - we can easily make out some future KWA members: Norbert Fieberg, Jurgen Stigter, Godehard Murkisch.

A picture of the following garden party, our host Roger Klittich is just busy uncorking another bottle of excellent white wine which was very popular ...

All that happened still about 1 1/2 years before the foundation of the "Amsterdam Group" in November 2002.

In the following years too the House of Klittich-Pfankuch always proved to be an exemplary host and cooperating organizer, we only recall the KWA's foundation event in Wolfenbüttel / Brunswick in November 2003 as well as the 46th auction in June 2005, combined with a regional KWA meeting and IM Bernd Schneider's clock simul - all these and further events are known to be recorded at our pages (look up in our Archives!).

For the future we wish all the best to our Brunswick friends - we all hope to enjoy still numerous and successful (chess) auctions at the House of Klittich-Pfankuch!

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