I quickly got to like the idea jointly developed with Andreas Saremba
to carry out the autumn meeting of the Ken Whyld Association (October
20-22, 2006) together with the Emanuel Lasker Society in Berlin and to
combine this event with an ensuing journey to Poland. On the one hand
it was a welcome occasion to bring together again quite a lot of the authors
and researchers involved in the Lasker biography project, on the other
hand we were able to pay our "young member", the library in
Kórnik castle a first visit, and with that the legacy of one of
the most eminent chess researchers of the 19th century, Tassilo von Heydebrand
und der Lasa.
When in addition the commemorative plaque for Jean Dufresne, donated by
Ralph Schiffmann and other Berlin chess friends, could be officially opened
on Friday afternoon, a really attractive programme had been achieved.
By the following survey I would like to share this successful weekend
with all the other chess friends. My thanks are due to the diligent photographers,
to the Berlin hosts – especially Susanna Poldauf and her helpers
as well as Andreas Saremba for the organization of the meeting in Weißensee,
but of course also to Ralph Schiffmann for his generosity.
Furthermore our thanks are due to my Polish friends, Maria Łuczak,
Dr. Kazimierz Krawiarz and their team from the Polish Academy of Science
in Kórnik as well as to Tomasz Lissowski who made this visit possible
with his kind help.
Last but not least: a big thank-you to Ralf Binnewirtz, the tireless "Master
of the Net".
(You will find our short report in advance on this weekend in the Archives.)
Cemetery in Berlin-Weißensee
Ralph Schiffman next to the gravestone of Jean Dufresne (1829-1893)
who is honoured now with a fine plaque. With 115000 graves the Jewish
cemetery in Weißensee is the largest in Western Europe.
Saremba quoting from his nice Dufresne
On the right Frank Hoppe, webmaster of the BSV can be made out –
the following link leads to his fine article on this event (in German
spite of the drizzle the guests listen to the explanations: right
at the front you can make out Mr. Seppelt with his wife, then P.W.
Wagner, T. Gillam (a little hidden), M. Negele, R. Binnewirtz, S.
Augustat and H. Fietz.
the "community" is gathering around the stele in honour
of Paul Lasker-Schüler (1899-1927), son of Else Lasker-Schüler.
Berthold Lasker (1860-1928) who is buried at this cemetery as well
outlived him by one year, his fatherhood was always denied by the
artist being married to him from 1894 to 1903.
grave of Dr. Berthold Lasker.
Unfortunately the inscription is hard to read – the Hebrew characters
mean: "May his soul be integrated into the bond of life"
"Emanuel Lasker (Society) meets Ken Whyld (Association)"
on Leuschnerdamm 31
are glad to say that Egbert Meissenburg will undertake the drawing
up of a Lasker bibliography for our project. Next to him Ralf Binnewirtz,
his contribution will deal with Lasker’s few problem compositions.
"delinquents" Tony Gillam, Toni Preziuso and Michael Negele
in eager anticipation of the "Lasker Evening" – in
the front Andreas Saremba’s ubiquitous recorder – "source
of quite a lot of audio documents".