Peter de Jong has meanwhile finished his work on Max Euwe and Dutch chess history, Part 2 - in two volumes - will be available next week. All details in this pdf file!

Pierre Van Craenenbroeck

* February 14, 1936   † November 24, 2015

Our Belgian member Pierre Van Craenenbroeck has left us. Guy Van Habberney has written an obituary. 

Read more: Obituary of Pierre Van Craenenbroeck

The international community of chess historians has lost one of its prominent figures: The renowned Russian chess historian and author Dr Isaak Maxovich Linder departed this life October 31, 2015.

(Postscript added 03-12-2015)

Read more: Obituary of Isaak M. Linder

Isaak Maxovich Linder
* 20 November 1920   † 31 October 2015

Again one of our doyens has passed away: Isaak M. Linder, the famous Russian chess historian and author of countless chess books died shortly before his 95th birthday. There is a short tribute (in Russian / in English) and a notice of his death (in English). We will still provide a more detailed obituary.

Photo above from Kórnik, 2007 (II von der Lasa Symposium).

On 18-20 October, Herbert Bastian, president of the German Chess Federation, and Michael Negele, commissioner for the history and culture of chess, were on a visit to Kórnik Castle (and to the Biblioteka Kórnicka), were they also had the opportunity for an informal meeting with some representatives of the Polish Chess Federation. We give only a very short preview.

Read more: Preview: Visit to Kórnik

Kurt Landsberger is no longer with us. Our US member Martin Frère Hillyer has written an obituary.

Read more: Obituary of Kurt Landsberger

This year’s general meeting of the KWA was held in Kiel. Our chairman has provided a short report of the event, and again we can offer a lot of photos.

(Updated 23-12-2015: Siegfried Schönle's résumé in KARL 4/2015)

Read more: KWA meeting Kiel

Govert Westerveld, our well-known Spanish member of Dutch origin, resident in Blanca (Murcia), has been and is still very active as a draughts and chess historian and as an author of books and articles in his fields of interest.

Read more on our page New Chess Literature.





PS (24-09-2015):
Tony Gillam has discovered 3 old manuscripts in the Central Library of Poznan, Poland:

- Des Arabers Philipp Stamma, gebürtig von Aleppo in Syrien, entdeckte Schachspiel-Geheimnisse …, Strasburg, 1771
- Hellwig Johann Christian, Versuch eines aufs Schachspiel gebaueten taktischen Spiels von zwey und mehrern Personen zu spielen, Leipzig 1780
- Marci Hieronymi Vidae Cremonensis Sacchia ludus (XVI century) 

Maybe there are members who are interested in such things ...

Tim Harding's new work Joseph Henry Blackburne: A Chess Biography has just been published by McFarland (at a price of $75), it is already listed on Amazon UK (£49.95) and expected to be soon available in Germany as well. All relevant information is gathered on Tim Harding's pages, see www.chessmail.com/research/blackburne.html.
Certainly a book of great interest to our members!

PS (11-10-2015): The Blackburne biography has been included in the Publications of our Members.

Rolf Littorin

* 3 January 1923   † 3 September 2015
 

Rolf Littorin, the great Swedish chess collector who was also a founding member of our association, is no longer with us. After a short illness he recently passed away at the age of 92. He leaves behind his wife Birgitta, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Rolf will be sorely missed and fondly remembered by his family and his friends. 
Calle Erlandsson and Peter Holmgren have written an obituary (in Swedish), published at www.lask.se/arkiv.asp?id=3392
You may find some details on the deceased (in English) in our former birthday greetings:
- Rolf Littorin 85
- Rolf Littorin turned 90!

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