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Palazzo del Doglione: Our meeting venue
Palazzo del Doglione: Our meeting venue

Dear members of the society!

It gives me great pleasure to write the first letter to you on behalf of the board – Claes Løfgren (Secretary), Henri Serruys (Treasurer) and Jean-Olivier Leconte (Webeditor).

As announced on our website, we are planning a general assembly of the society to mark a new phase of our activities. The event will take place on 10 September 2022 in Marostica (Italy) from 10 am to 5 pm. Dr. Roberto Xausa President of the Banca Popolare di Marostica Volksbank Foundation has granted the holding of the General Assembly at the Sala del Buongoverno Palazzo del Doglione - Headquarters of the Foundation in the famous Piazza degli Scacchi! This offers many of us occasion to meet in person after a long period of travel and meeting restrictions. In the evening, you have the possibility to participate in the "Chess-live" event.

The draft program looks as follows:

10:00: Opening by the President

10:15: Dr. Björn Reich: Chess as a means of moral education in the Middle Ages

11:00: Coffee break

11:15: Guy van Habberney: Vae Victis - Lasker’s difficult journey after World War I

12:00: General Assembly:

  1. General Report of the previous board (Bob van de Velde)
  2. Report about To Biblion (Per Skjoldager)
  3. Presentation of the current board (Frank Hoffmeister, Jean-Olivier Leconte, Henri Serruys, Claes Løfgren)
  4. Future activities of the CHLS
  5. Administrative organization of the CHLS and legal form
  6. Any other business

13:15: Lunch break

14:15: Henri Serruys: The Third Junior World Championship in Antwerp 1955

15:00: Coffee Break

15:15: Dominique Thimognier: The 1974 Olympiad in Nice

16:00: End of General Assembly.

21:00: The Chess Life Event (optional)

While the Society will take care of food / drinks at the venue on Saturday, we cannot arrange joint accomodation. You are strongly encouraged to book your travel, hotel and the tickets for the Life Chess Event well in advance, as this is a major touristic attraction of the season (some practical information can be found here: Travel Guide to Marostica, Italy - Visit the region of Veneto, Italy (

It would also be nice if you could inform us about your particpation by return-mail ().

Looking forward to meeting many of you in person!

Prof. Dr. Frank Hoffmeister

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