At the first May weekend a group of chess historians met in Kraków to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the first Kraków chess club (founded 1893). Tony Gillam has written a summary of the event and Marek Skrzypczak has provided a lot of photographs.

Read more: Conference in Kraków

Our member IM John Donaldson has made a great find: a marvellous historical photograph of brilliant quality, and John was so kind to allow us to publish it on our site. We combine this photo with a little competition …

Read more: The Hague 1928

Dear chess friends,
On the old KWA website you may find some of my reports of former expeditions, often in combination with one of my business trips.
However, the last report (no. 22) was dated Warsaw November 2011 ... Easy to explain: With the relaunch of our website, Ralf Binnewirtz and I decided to put such "expeditions" no longer on my own member site. So, if I count correctly, the following report is my expedition no. 28, maybe one of the most impressive ...

Read more: The Chess Treasures of CABA

Our Norwegian member Øystein Brekke, organizer of the Norwegian Chess Festival in Fagernes, has sent us two photographs and the press release.

Read more: Open Norwegian Championship

Stefano Zulian has sent us his essay on a 16th century chess player, Busnardo Lorenzo, a priest born in Veneto, and his discovery. We hope that an English version will be available soon. For our Italian speaking members the contribution is linked in our member section.
Steano Zulian has been a member of the Marostica Chess Association for more than 20 years, he and Antonio Rosino have published two articles on the above subject in the March issue of Torre e Cavallo.

Our treasurer was on a business trip to Argentina last week and has already provided us with first pictures.

Read more: Michael Negele in Buenos Aires

In February the Heilbronn chess master Friedrich Löchner passed away at the age of 97. See our column Chess Graves for more details.

Our Italian member Santo Daniele Spina is an extremely industrious author. Michael Negele once met him personally in Catania, see his former report from December 2007 - in English or German.

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Once again the traditional January meeting in Wijk aan Zee was well-attended by our members. This time, besides Michael Negele also Tony Gillam and Guy Van Habberney have contributed to our pictorial report.

Read more: Regional KWA Meeting in Wijk aan Zee

"International Von der Lasa Award"© presented in Valencia

On 15 May 1495, Francesch Vicent’s book Libre dels jochs partitis dels scachs en nombre de 100 was printed in Valencia by Lope de la Roca and Pere Trincher. A considerable prize was offered now which will be paid to the happy finder of the possibly last existing copy of the original incunabulum.

Read more: The Quest for the Lost Incunabulum

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