of Chess Bibliography


Jurgen Stigter


The comprehensive bibliographical recording of the entirety of chess literature in a database is certainly a very ambitious undertaking, which can only be realized to a large extent and in a reasonable time by means of a worldwide network. The initiator of this idea was the Dutch collector Jurgen Stigter, whose appeal led to the formation of the "Amsterdam Group" in November 2002.

A first version of an operational database was finally realized last year by our member Per Skjoldager, he already presented it the attendees of our Braunschweig meeting in November 2014. The database is based on the Klittich-Pfankuch catalogs 40 to 67, so at the moment the text entries of the database correspond to the descriptions of the lots in those catalogs. It is obvious that it will still be a huge effort to optimize this database towards a real bibliography, nevertheless, more than 11 years after the KWA’s foundation (2003) the current version is a formidable milestone: more than 24 000 titles are available.

Naturally the database offers a "Search" field as well as the option for an "Advanced Search". In addition to the a.m. text descriptions, the following information is displayed:

- No. of the Klittich-Pfankuch auction
- Theme (category, for instance "Tournament books", "Magazines", etc.)
- L/N Catalog No.
- Kieler Katalog No.
- Betts Catalog No.
- Lot no. Klittich catalog
- Year of Publication
- Estimated (Start) Price Klittich auction
- Hammer Price Klittich auction

So the database is also helpful for the comparison of prices - always an issue for collectors!

In case a very large data set is displayed you can use a "Filter" to narrow it down.
Strongly recommended browsers for the database are Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

To get access to the database, our members should contact Per Skjoldager
( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) who will send by email an individual username and password - here is the link to the login page.

Our next exigent concern is to find members (or new members) who are willing to cooperate over a longer period in this project, so that we can make further progress in a reasonable time.
If you would like to contribute, please contact our chairman Bob van de Velde. 
( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Sincere thanks go to the Auction House Klittich-Pfankuch, Braunschweig which has readily provided us with the electronic editions of the auction catalogs.








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