Trans-Europe Chess Express ...
For the second time this year Potsdam’s Kaiserbahnhof was the venue of a highly interesting chess event: Trans-Europe Chess Express – Logic meets Logistics, combining a special international rapid tournament with an attractive supporting program. Michael Negele was again on the spot and brought a lot of pictures.
The event had been organized by the Deutsche Bahn AG (DB AG, German Railways) in cooperation with the DSB (Deutscher Schachbund, German Chess Federation) and the Emanuel Lasker Society (ELG). There was also an informal and short "round table" with DSB president Herbert Bastian dealing mainly with chess in schools and kindergartens. However, a potential cooperation of the German KWA group and the DSB on a "chess culture project" was not discussed in detail, as Mr. Bastian had to leave quite early on Sunday afternoon.
One part of the supporting program was the Emanuel Lasker travelling exhibition, organized and presented by the Emanuel Lasker Society. The exhibition will tour the next two years to be presented in different major cities of German speaking countries, and it is intended to transform the expanded exhibit into a chess museum later on.
Naturally the big Lasker monograph (or its 2nd edition respectively) was an essential issue, but as expected no decision could be brought about. Some of the authors were present: Robert Hübner, Susanna Poldauf, Raj Tischbierek and Christian Wohlfarth, unfortunately co-editor Stefan Hansen couldn’t attend.
Only few more KWA members appeared in Potsdam, apart from GM Raj Tischbierek (who acted as commentator in the rapid and played in the blitz tournament) only Dr. Hans Ellinger (Tübingen) and Bernd Segebarth (Pingelshagen).
Another part of the supporting program was a blindfold simul on 3 boards played by "Philidor" (GM Stefan Kindermann in a historical costume) against three opponents from the auditorium.
The complete organization of the event and the social program were stunning, the Saturday evening closed with a fine formal dinner in the track hall (photo below).
The team rapid tournament on Saturday and Sunday (9 teams, each with one "chess legend", 3 young players U16 and 4 railway employees) is very well documented on the sites linked below, so we will limit ourselves here to some pictures.
In the blitz tournament Michael Negele could see "blitz chess from another star", hard to believe how GM Swiercz was destroyed by a little Dutchman.
Further impressions of the event and pictures from a short stroll through the city in this gallery (19 photos).
- Trans-Europe Chess Express – Logic meets Logistics / English and German version
- Großer Schach-Bahnhof in Potsdam at ChessBase – in German
- Treffen der Schachlegenden in Potsdam by Frank Hoppe (DSB) – in German
- Karpov shines as chess legends meet in Potsdam's Kaiserbahnhof by Peter Doggers / ChessVibes
PS: Moreover Raj Tischbierek’s article "Leuchttürme & Dampfloks" in SCHACH 11/2012 (pp. 60-63, 67-69) is to recommend to our German speaking members, just as the interview with Dr. Richard Lutz (pp. 64-66). Likewise we point to Harry Schaack's article "Stilvolle Züge" in KARL 4/2012, pp. 48-51.
PPS (09/02/2013): Also Jan Timman's contribution "When chess comes to town..." in New In Chess 2012/8, p.100f. partly deals with the Trans-Europe Chess Express event.