Visiting an Old Chess Metropolis

Regional Meeting of the Ken Whyld Asociation
at Vienna, 1 - 3 October, 2010

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Our senior participant Kurt Landsberger was the next who rose to speak, he told about his genealogical research on the Steinitz family in the period of Nazi persecution. The results of his research work will be integrated in his next book.

Subsequently Hugo Kastner (author of Das große humboldt Schachsammelsurium, 2008) presented his work Alles über Schach. Mythen, Kuriositäten, Superlative (humboldt, Hannover 2010) written together with Michael Ehn – here an extract (PDF) as well as a review (in German) from the Glarean Magazin.

Hugo Kastner (standing) with Bob and Winifred van de Velde

Shop window attractions

Intermediate stop on the overlong way to the Central Cemetery:
the graveyard restaurant invites to the necessary lunchtime snack.

There was no food for a "Heaven repay you!" ...

As the next station of our meeting the visit of the Central Cemetery was planned that afternoon, there our interest was directed at the old Jewish part with the graves of former chess greats. Here our group benefitted from Michael Ehn's preliminary works, as to his commendable chess activities belong among other things the tracking and the documentation of forgotten graves of Viennese chess players. On such occasions he also used to make overgrown graves accessible again.

Finally we had arrived (with a big delay) at the Central Cemetery.
(Our meeting has suffered a little from the "vast extent" of the Danube metropolis.)


Michael Ehn at the grave of Ignaz Freiherr v. Kolisch
only recently rediscovered by him


Friedrich Torberg and Arthur Schnitzler,
side by side bedded in their final resting places.


The Trebitsch family - the inscription of Leopold Trebitsch (10/05/1842 - 12/12/1906)
is top right, partly covered with grape leaves.

Richard Réti was entombed 1929 in the grave of his father,
a Professor of Medicine who had already passed away in 1904.

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