A further contribution by a guest author has been published on the DSB site: Conrad Woldemar Graf Vitzthum von Eckstädt - Der elegante Schachmeister by our member Dr. Hans Ellinger (Tübingen).

 

 

Photo from DWS 40, 3 Oct. 1909 (supplement)

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Paul Felix Schmidt (*20-08-1916 Narwa [Narva], Estonia; †11-08-1984 Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA) and of the 130th anniversary of his father Paul Roderich Schmidt (*20-08-1886 Fellin [Viljandi], Estonia; †21-04-1969 Heidelberg, Germany) we give a short note with some information on the former, who was a chemist by profession and a strong chess IM.

Read more: 100th anniversary of Paul Schmidt

Again we can point to a new article by our diligent writer Michael Negele, this time on the famous Max Lange who was also president of the German Chess Federation in the fading 19th century. Have a look at the DSB website: Dr. Max Lange - Der Bund verdient denjenigen Verwalter, den er sich wählt ...

 

Photo: Max Lange (from DWS 1895)


This time our CSQ newsletter (issue 24) offers 22 pages - it concludes the 6th year of our quarterly. Our new chairman, Bob van de Velde has contributed a markedly extensive editorial, consequently 2 pages were required for the introduction. As customary, you can look it up in our member section (password protected).

 

Read more: CSQ 24 - VIII 2016

A new chess biography has just been released by the publishing house Chaturanga, written by our member Prof. Friedrich-Karl Hebeker on the former German chess master Ludwig Engels who stayed in South America after the Chess Olympiad Buenos Aires 1939 and moved to Brazil in 1941.

Read more on our page New Chess Literature.

In the last 10 months, Michael Negele has invested a lot of work to write a series of chess historical articles to be published on the DSB website. Now he has drawn a conclusion 'Materialien zur kulturellen Bedeutung des Schachspiels' - ein Fazit, and you are asked to participate in a poll, here are the corresponding questions in English:

1)  Should we go on with the column?

  •   Very worth reading, please continue in any case
  •   I read that only occasionally, I don’t care if it will be continued
  •   Doesn’t interest me, the column could be cancelled

2)  How much are you interested in chess history?

  •    I am interested in all chess historical contributions
  •    I am only interested in contributions dealing with the more recent chess history
  •    I am not interested in chess historical contributions

Meanwhile the nomination of our new board − represented by Drs. Bob van de Velde, John Donaldson, Michael Clapham and Dr. Karl Klittich − has unanimously been confirmed by the Council of Representatives. According to our statutes, this formal act was indispensable to legalize the appointment of the board members.  
We wish them all the best for fulfilling their tasks, may they have the right hands for their decisions!

PS (11-07-2016): The items of the last Klittich-Pfankuch chess auction (part of the 70th auction in June 2016) have been included with descriptions, prices and images in our BoC database Tobiblion.com (for members only, password required)!

Few news

A new article by Michael Negele has just been released on the DSB site: Paul Lipke - Ein mitteldeutscher Schachgigant der „goldenen“ Dekade

Photo: Paul Lipke (from DSZ 1900, frontispiece)

Due to the personnel changes in our Board etc., the pages Organization and Imprint have been updated.
Moreover our page Statutes includes now the first version of the KWF&A statutes from January 2013 (previously only in the member section). An update to the current status is in preparation, we will keep you informed. 
PS (25-07-2016): Statutes (first version) corrected.

Via Göttingen to Braunschweig

I practically felt obliged to attend this year’s annual KWA meeting in Braunschweig on the eve of the Klittich-Pfankuch auction, as on the one hand  after the retirement of our long-time chairman Guy Van Habberney − the course had to be newly set for the future of our association; on the other hand chess friend Godehard Murkisch had invited me to come already two days earlier to Göttingen which I had willingly accepted, all the more as it would be my first visit to the famous university town in Lower Saxony.

Read more: Braunschweig VI 2016

What do others do for the popularization of chess?

Elke Rehder, a visual artist with a focus on the subject chess, has dealt as an author with different chess historical questions. Presently she is providing some information about the international event ExpoChess, this year’s festival will take place from 11th to 30th of July in the Basque capital Vitoria-Gasteiz.

Read more: ExpoChess 2016

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