Apart from Yuri
Averbakh to whom - as a newcomer in the group of our doyens - we recently
paid a tribute, our association can enumerate four additional members
who stand in the 10th decade of their lives:
Isaak Maxovich Linder, Moscow, Russia
(*20 November 1920, Vienna)
Dr. Isaak M. Linder is widely known in the chess world as a distinguished
historian and author of numerous books which have partly been published
in German or English. You will find a short résumé of his
work and activities (with additional pictures) in our former birthday
greetings particularly from the years 2004
and 2005. Together with his
son Vladimir I. Linder he contributed the chapter "Emanuel Lasker
in Russia" to the large Lasker monograph (2009), and still in 2010
their two biographies Emanuel Lasker: 2nd World Chess Champion
and José Raúl Capablanca: 3rd World Chess Champion
were published in English.
Linder with his wife Nadetschja and son Vladimir.
Photo approx. end of the fifties (Wladimir was born in 1953).
Linder giving his talk at the II International
von der Lasa Conference in Kórnik, 2007.
(Further photographs in our Report from
Kurt Landsberger, Verona, NJ, USA
(*28 December 1920, Prague)
On the pages of this website we quite often come across Kurt Landsberger,
the great-grandnephew of Steinitz and biographer of the first official
world chess champion, and many a member has also met him personally -
on the occasion of his various visits to Europe or his attendances at
our general meetings (Forchheim 2004, New York 2007, Vienna 2010).
biography of Kurt Landsberger (2003)
Landsberger with his wife Anny
- wedding photo, 1943
(taken from Kurt Landberger's book Prisoners
of War at
Camp Trinidad, Colorado 1943-1946 , p.31)
Landsberger with Karl Kadletz at our
general meeting in Vienna, 2010
Alex Crisovan, Pfäffikon,
(*2 October 1919, Békéscsaba, Hungary)
Our Swiss veteran joined the KWA at the advanced
age of 87 (i.e. 2006), his activities as author, journalist, player and
official were addressed in our short tribute from 2008
(and the pages from 2006 + 2007 linked there), moreover you will find
here an additional photo of him (in his prime). You may read up a more
detailed short biography (with a photograph and a game) in Richard Forster's
"Festschrift" Schachgesellschaft Zürich 1809 bis 2009
(Zurich 2009), p. 245f.
Not forgotten is Alex Crisovan's unexpected visit of our annual meeting
in La Tour-de-Peiltz (2006) together with his
spouse, here once again the Group
photo from that event.
Crisovan (approx. 1946)
years later: Alex Crisovan with Toni Preziuso at
our annual meeting in La Tour-de-Peiltz, 2006
remind of Alex Crisovan's last major publication, the beautiful book on
Alois Nagler and the Nagler memorial tournament Zurich 1998:
volume and tournament book on the occasion of Alois Nagler's 100th
Published 2007 by Schachgesellschaft
by Markus Angst in
SSZ 3/2007, p.13 (PDF),
and a second review in
Benjamin (Billy) F. Levene, Bedford,
(*16 February 1918, New York)
Our second doyen from the USA, the "resilient" dentist Dr. Benjamin
Levene celebrated his 94th birthday just a few days ago, on this our congratulations!
We gladly heard from well-informed circles that he is still hale and hearty
- and that too we wish him for the years to come.
In our birthday greetings from 2008
we had compiled some details by and about Dr. Levene, and also his visit
of the KWA general meeting in New York City (2007)
together with his spouse Hope was recorded on our pages. For further reading
we offer two pdf files about the 13th CCI Convention in Boca Raton, Florida
(2008) which he attended:
The CCI-USA News, Vol. 2008 issue II (8.6 MB) as well as an article
Life - July 2008 (p.22-25; 4.8 MB).
Levene (Chess Review 1944)
- you will find the relevant text to this photo in the
above linked greetings from 2008.
Dr. Levene with his daughter Terrilee
(Photo from middle of the eighties)
Levene at our general meeting
in New York, 2007
Ralf Binnewirtz, 19/02/2012