In memoriam Horst Helten

 


Die Nachricht vom Tode des deutschen Schachantiquars Horst Helten (*21.05.1949 †19.02.2003) erreicht uns verspätet Ende Juli. Er verstarb mit nur 53 Jahren nach schwerer Krankheit.

Horst Helten war ein Kölner "Gewächs", lebte aber mit seiner Familie in Frankfurt. Seine Kataloge, es waren insgesamt 62, hat er stets an ausgewählte Stammkunden verschickt, die letzten Nummern in elektronischer Form.

Leider wissen wir wenig über den Verstorbenen. Ab 1996 war er Mitglied im Schachverein SC 1961 König Nied; dort verstärkte er die 1. Mannschaft und war im Vorstand als Pressewart tätig.

Die ersten Seiten eines Katalogs, der auch einige private Anmerkungen enthält, haben wir aufgenommen - Katalog Nr. 58, Deckblatt und Seite 2:

 

 

 

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Winfried E. Kuhn zum Gedenken

*21.08.1947 Nordheim †3.09.2004 Lüneburg

 

Die Problemwelt hat erneut einen schmerzlichen Verlust hinnehmen müssen: Problemfreund Winfried E. Kuhn ist nach schwerer Krankheit mit nur 57 Jahren am Freitag, den 3. September verstorben.

Hatte sich der langjährige Freund und Weggenosse von Godehard Murkisch zunächst als starker Löser ausgezeichnet, so war die erste Publikation im Jahre 1987 SCHACHBRETT – 1000 Schachaufgaben aus der Landeszeitung für die Lüneburger Heide (1967-1987) der Auftakt zu einer ungeheuren publizistischen Aktivität von WEK (so sein in der Problemwelt weithin bekanntes Namenskürzel) – es war dies die Geburt der Kuhn/Murkisch-Serie, einer Liebhaberserie in Klein(st)auflage, die heute bei Nr. 42 angelangt ist (die o. g. Nr. 1 hat drei weitere Auflagen erlebt).

Die Serie lässt sich in 4 Kategorien unterteilen:
- Problemsammlungen aus Tageszeitungen
- Problemsammlungen einzelner Komponisten
- Problemschach-Jahrbücher
- Preisberichte von Problemturnieren

Einen Überblick über die Serie geben die folgenden Listen: Kuhn/Murkisch-Serie I (jpg-Datei) und Kuhn/Murkisch-Serie II (pdf-Datei, erstellt von R.B.; update August 2012).

Als einen Höhepunkt in WEKs Schachleben müssen wir sicherlich das SCHWALBE-Treffen in Lüneburg 1990 sehen, das er organisiert und in einem umfangreichen, großzügig bebilderten Kongressbuch dokumentiert hat; eine Luxus-Edition dieses Buchs (mit Farbtafeln) existiert allerdings nur in wenigen Exemplaren.

Neben dem Problemschach war das Sammeln und Lesen von Kriminalromanen eine weitere Passion von WEK: er gab selbst vor wenigen Jahren an, in seinem Leben weit über 4500 Krimis gelesen zu haben. In der Kolumne "Capablanca und ich – Schachkrimis, -erzählungen und anderes", die in Problem-Forum - Zeitschrift für Freunde des Problemschachs seit Bestehen dieses Magazins (2000) regelmäßig erschienen ist, hatte WEK eine Plattform zur Vorstellung schach-belletristischer Werke gefunden.

Winfried E. Kuhn und sein problemschachlicher Nachlass werden im Gedächtnis seiner zahlreichen Freunde bleiben.

(R.B.)

 

 

In Memoriam Wolfgang Unzicker

(* 26.06.1925 Pirmasens † 20.04.2006 Albufeira/Portugal)

 

Der weltweit bekannte und allseits beliebte Nestor des deutschen Schachs, Großmeister Wolfgang Unzicker, lebt nicht mehr. Er verstarb vor wenigen Tagen während einer Urlaubsreise in Portugal an Herzversagen. Zeitlebens war er ein Amateur, dem aufgrund dienstlicher Verpflichtungen wenig Zeit für Schachturniere blieb. Trotzdem war er im westdeutschen Nachkriegsschach über rund 25 Jahre der stärkste Spieler und errang zahlreiche Erfolge (einen Überblick geben die nachstehenden Links). Wolfgang Unzicker war Ehrenmitglied unserer Schwester-Vereinigung, der Emanuel Lasker Gesellschaft, und bis zuletzt blieb er schachlich aktiv in seinem Verein "Tarrasch München".
Hooper/Whyld (im Oxford Companion to Chess) bemerken über ihn: "Unzicker's good manners, his sportsmanship and sense of fair play, made him popular at home and abroad."

 

Wolfgang Unzicker
(Oktober 2005)

 

Nachrufe bei ChessBase in Deutsch und Englisch.
Eintrag bei Wikipedia mit weiteren Links.
KARL-Kolumne von Johannes Fischer bei KARL online.

 

 

Signatur Wolfgang Unzickers

 

Wolfgang Unzicker
im Jahre 1950


 

 

In memoriam

Karel Falleyn

March 24, 1931 (Blankenberge) – October 4, 2008

 

 

 

Although Karel Falleyn has never been a member of the KWA, many members he was known to as the publisher of the chess ex libris catalogue.

For many years his state of health was severely disturbed. The last 18 months of his life, Karel was seriously ill. Even then, his death came unexpectedly.

Karel, who never complained, fought bravely against the illness that controlled his body more and more. He could rely on the great support and care from his kind wife, Georgette, regardless of her own state of health.

Chess was in Karel’s life until the very last moment. Yes, even on the morning of his death, he was relatively well and was able to do some work for his chess collection.

Being an educated ship’s mechanic, he used to work in the shipping industry; however, being young, he combined the shipping work with the work of a croupier in the local casino during the summer. Karel worked day and night.

When later on he got the opportunity to become a full-time croupier in one of the most important casinos on the Belgian coast, i.e. Knokke, he said goodbye to his work as a ship’s mechanic.

 

Picture: Karel Falleyn, 1999

Working most of the time during the evening and night, this job gave him a lot of free time during the day. He became very active as a correspondence player. In 1971, he became Champion of Belgium in the primary division.

Getting infected by the chess virus, he started to collect everything related to chess: advertising with chess motifs, postal cards, stamps, ex libris (bookplates) with chess motifs, etc. He became a member of the organisation for chess motif collectors BENEFRALUX where he personally met Jean Mennerat, the former great French collector and mourned KWA-member.

He got in contact with many foreign collectors he regularly corresponded with, amongst others the German Gerd Meyer and the Pole Gyzicki. This resulted in the publication of a chess ex libris catalogue in 1992. In 1996 a second volume was published.

 

Click to enlarge!

 

Karel was a very gracious man, however, at the chess board he could deal hard tactical blows. As a piece of evidence his "immortal game", published in the Schach-Informator no. 13 and awarded the seventh best game of that Informator. He repeatedly said that he had received 9 points out of 10 from the former world champion Euwe, but from his countryman O'Kelly only 2 points ... Finally the game, as a lasting memory to Karel:


Ottevaere, Herman – Falleyn, Karel – cch-BEL 1971, 1st division:

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Bc4 Nc6 7. Be3 Bg7 8. f3 O-O 9. Qd2 Bd7 10. Bb3 Qa5 11. O-O-O Rfc8 12. h4 Ne5 13. Kb1 Nc4 14. Bxc4 Rxc4 15. Nb3 Qd8 16. g4 b5 17. e5 Ne8 18. h5 Bxe5 19. hxg6 fxg6 20. Nxb5 Be6 21. N5d4 Bf7 22. f4 Bg7 23. f5 Nf6 24. Rh4 a5 25. Qh2 a4 26. Nd2 Rb4 27. Nc6 Bxa2+ 28. Kxa2 a3 29. b3 Qc7 30. Qg2 d5 31. Nxb4 Qc3 32. Nc4 Ne4 33. Nxd5 Qb2+ 0-1

You may also play through the game at chessgames.com!

 

Henri Serruys

 

 

 

In Memoriam Larry Evans

(* 22/03/1932 † 15/11/2010 )

 

 

Recently the well-known chess grandmaster, journalist and author Larry Evans passed away in Reno, Nevada. Larry Parr wrote a more detailed obituary at Chess Life Online and ChessBase published an eulogy of the deceased as well. Moreover GM Lubomir Kavalek: Remembering Larry Evans (The Huffington Post).

 

Our member Lawrence Totaro with his friend Larry Evans
at dinner (2005)

 

 

 

 

Jeremy Gaige

(* 09/10/1927 New York † 19/02/2011 Philadelphia)

 

Jeremy Gaige, the great American chess historian and archivist, passed away this year's February at the age of 83. As an article on Jeremy Gaige (by Andy Ansel) is planned for our next CSQ issue, only a short note of remembrance will be presented here.

Jeremy Gaige was a pioneer in the field of collecting chess data, and his outstanding magnum opus Chess Personalia - A Biobibliography belongs even nowadays – in the era of electronic databases – to the standard reference works for all those who intend a research on a more or less known chess figure. In the whole chess world Gaige was famous for his painstaking work and the reliability of the data published by him, also appreciated in detail by Edward Winter in a separate Feature Article.

 

First edition 1987

 

Paperback reprint of 2005

 

You will find a list of Jeremy Gaige's works at Wikipedia, a short biographic information in the obituary by Sally A. Downey at philly.com. But as to his vita we will above all refer to his "self-obituary", posthumously published in Edward Winter's Chess Explorations (60).

Additionally, an obituary from CHESS (April 2011) is reproduced below as well as a contribution by Johannes Fischer on Jeremy Gaige taken from KARL magazine (issue 1/2004; in German only):

 

             

Obituary in CHESS                  Contribution from KARL

 

R.B., 23/04/2011

 

PS (28-06-2015):
Andy Ansel’s article "Personal Recollections of Jeremy Gaige" was reproduced in CSQ 4 (June 2011), p. 17f.

PS (01-07-2015):
You will find still more about Jeremy Gaige in Chess Life  November 1988, p. 12-13 (courtesy of Michael Negele): Chess Scholar Salvages Lost History, Preserving Our Past From 'Irrelevancy', as well as an interview with Jeremy Gaige International 'Spy Ring' Records Chess Heritage, accompanied by a short review of Chess Personalia: A Biobibliography - all by CL editor Don Maddox.

 

 

 

 

Further Obituaries
(Non-members)

 

 

Lourenço João Cordioli

Henryk Konaszczuk

Nathan Divinsky

Jay Whitehead

Jeremy Gaige

Larry Evans

Karel Falleyn

Wolfgang Unzicker (in German only)

Winfried E. Kuhn (in German only)

Horst Helten (in German only)

 

 

 

Jay E. Whitehead

(* 12/10/1961 New York † 04/10/2011 San Francisco)



Our member John Donaldson has informed us that his friend, the International Master Jay Whitehead passed away last week. Only a few days before his 50th birthday he died from cancer.

Jay Whitehead was not only a great chess talent who was awarded the IM title in 1986 (at the age of 25), he was also an excellent backgammon player. But already before his 30th birthday he gave up tournament play, in 1997 David Lazarus reported in his online article on the psychological background of this step: Pawns of the Game - Love, obsession, madness, and other matters of chess (see the 2nd half of the text) which also contains further details on Jay and his older brother Paul (a comparable chess talent). Already before (in 1984) Jay Whitehead had joined the Hare Krishna sect.

In his two last decades Jay Whitehead devoted to chess historical research and collected games from the 19th century - i.e. prior to 1867 - which he recorded in a database, and some time ago he presented his project on the page Definitive Work on Chess History in Progress! You will find current information about it in John Donaldson's mail (04/10/2011) who simultaneously sent us Jay's database in CBV format (1.5 MB).

Mark Ginsburg has sent us a mail with two historical photographs (reproduced below). Among other things he tells us how the visit of the Lugano Open 1984 had come about: Mail by Mark Ginsburg (05/10/2011), as well as Mark Ginsburg's A Personal Chess History: The Fabulous 80s: Lugano, Switzerland.

 

Photo from the US Junior 1978
From left: NM Tom Costigan, Jay Whitehead, Yasser Seirawan, Michael Rohde,
Paul Whitehead, Steve Odendahl, Mark Ginsburg and John Fedorowicz

 

Photo from the Lugano Open 1984: Jay Whitehead
(with his back to the camera) analyzes with Viktor Korchnoi.
Left from Kortschnoi Boris Spassky and Florin Gheorghiu,
between Spassky and Korchnoi Sergey Kudrin.
(Photo by Catherine Jaeg)

 

Additional obituaries of Jay Whitehead were published by the United States Chess Federation (main.uschess.org/..., with a newer photo of Jay) and by Dennis Monokroussos at his Chess Mind Blog (www.thechessmind.net/blog/...).

R.B., 09/10/2011



 

Nathan Divinsky 1925-2012
by John Donaldson

Nathan Joseph Harry "Tuzie" Divinsky died in Vancouver, on June 17, 2012, of cancer after an illness of several weeks. He was 86.

 

 

 

Nathan Divinsky at the 1st Kórnik Conference in 2002
(Photo received from Tomasz Lissowski)

 

One of the giants of Canadian chess, Divinsky was a man of considerable and varied accomplishments as an author, journalist, player, politician and promoter of the royal game. He played twice for the Canadian national team (Amsterdam 1954 and Havana 1966), but represented his nation in many more Olympiads as its FIDE Delegate. A man of principle, who didn’t mind speaking his mind in the devil’s den of FIDE politics, his stentorian voice could be heard at many FIDE Congresses.

Divinsky will likely be best remembered by the chess world for his literary output, which included:

Around the Chess World in 80 Years, Vols 1 and 2
- 1961 and 1965 BCM Quarterlies
The Batsford Encyclopedia of Chess - 1990
Life Maps of the Great Chess Masters -1994
Warriors of the Mind: A Quest for the Supreme Genius of the Chess Board
(with Raymond Keene) 1989, 2002

Dr. Divinsky edited the column "Chess Charivari" from October 31, 1953 to June 19, 1954 in the Winnipeg Tribune. His column of February 20, 1954, included a nice victory over Sammy Reshevsky in a simul in Winnipeg which is reproduced below.

Divinsky served for 15 years, from 1959-1974, as editor of the magazine Canadian Chess Chat. This was the only Canadian magazine for much of this time, and played an invaluable role in promoting chess in Canada.

A man with a strong interest in chess history, Divinsky was fascinated by the German chess master, historian and diplomat Tassilo von Heydebrand und der Lasa. His article "The Mighty Baron", which appeared in the June 1985 issue of the British Chess Magazine (pp. 226-232), was one of the first serious looks at Lasa’s career and was well-received, prompting Divinsky to dig deeper. The past two decades he spent a great deal of time delving into all aspects of the Baron’s life, in what promised be his magnum opus.

One example of the extent of his research is that, while Mega DataBase 2012 has 279 of Lasa’s games, Divinsky had dug up close to 500. This included the game against Heinemann played at the Mechanics’ Institute of San Francisco in late 1887/early 1888.

Divinsky received a setback when his collaborator Peter Stockhausen dropped out of the Lasa project, but he continued on, and one can only hope that his work will be published one day.

Divinsky grew up in Winnipeg at the same time as the Yanofsky brothers, Abe and Harry, in what was the golden age for Manitoba chess. He won the Championship of this province in both 1946 and 1952, and finished runner-up in 1945. While he never devoted himself fully to tournament play, Divinsky did play in several Canadian championships, finishing tied for 3rd-4th in 1945.

A man of many interests, Divinsky was a master at bridge as well as chess. He was very active in politics in the 1970s and 1980s, serving on the Vancouver School Board from 1974-80, and as an alderman of Vancouver’s city council from 1981-82.

Divinsky earned a PhD from the University of Chicago in Mathematics in 1950, and served as a mathematics professor at the University of British Columbia, where he spent the entirety of his professional career. Among his students were future Grandmasters Duncan Suttles and Peter Biyiasas.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn Goldstone, and daughters Judy Kornfeld and Pamela Divinsky.

Those wishing to learn more about this remarkable man may wish to consult International Master Anthony Saidy’s tribute entitled “Chess Godfather of the North”, which appeared in Chess Life in December 2010 (pp. 17-19).

 

Chess Charivari

One great untapped resource for those wishing to research chess events from the past are chess columns in local newspapers. Today you will not find many in North America but 100 years ago there were a great number (easily over 60) appearing throughout the continent and even 50 years ago there were quite a few. More and more newspapers are posting their archives online and have search capabilities that spare the hunt in the dark pouring over blurry microfilm that was the only way to get things done in the past. Also very useful in the quest is Ken Whyld's massive Chess Columns: A List, a 587 page book that makes a very good stab at trying to record as much information about as many columns as possible. As Whyld wrote in his introduction, in a work of this kind there were bound to be many errors and omissions, but it is still quite impressive.

One column you will not find listed in Chess Columns: A List ran in the Winnipeg Tribune from October 31, 1953 to June 19, 1954. The 33 columns that appeared focused primarily on international news, but national and local events were also covered. A typical column featured a chess problem, news and one or two annotated games - often in great depth. Books reviews and the occasional photo rounded things out. Chess Charivari, as Dr. Nathan Divinsky called his column, was meaty and well written but that didn't stop it from being dropped in the summer of 1954. The Winnipeg Tribune gave the case as low readership - in a poll commissioned by the paper out of 120 readers there were only three regular and six occasional readers of Chess Charivari! Divinsky received a total of $160 for his work on his column that deserved a better fate.

The following excerpt gives a small taste of the good stuff to be found in Chess Charivari.


Chess Charivari - February 20, 1954
by Dr. Nathan Divinsky


Reshevsky Simultaneous

This event proved to be a highlight in Winnipeg chess. The most enjoyable chess evening fans have had for many years. Dr. W. W. Wright, president of the Manitoba Chess Association introduced the grandmaster. For the first 15 minutes Reshevsky answered questions from the floor, explaining that he would very much like to get Botvinnik ALONE in a match for the world's championship! Then the play began.

Thirty three Winnipeg stalwarts opposed the grandmaster. Having participated ourselves, we can assure our readers that his opening play was faultless, that his speed was phenomenal, and after an hour, a half dozen players had already suffered defeat. The middle game was played at a more reasonable rate. It is here that the grandmaster is at a disadvantage - he does not have sufficient time to consider all the combinations, whereas the individual player has a bit more time and peace. Several players obtained an advantage, some in position and a few in material. However as more and more fell away, and the ranks were thinned to ten, Reshevsky seemed to be coming around at breakneck speed - and one MUST move when he comes! The difficult part was over, and after only 3 hours of play, 31 had gone down to defeat. Only your editor and Mr. Abe Kussim obtained draws. We expect to hear more of Mr. Kussim in Winnipeg chess.

Though Winnipeg's result compares with Calgary (33 losses and 1 draw) and Vancouver (33 losses and 4 draws), we feel that a much stronger group of players could have participated. With players like Mogle, Blinder, A. Dreman, B. Deitchman, H. Frank and M. Desser in the line-up we are convinced that several wins would have been scored, to say nothing of I. J. Dreman and H. Yanofsky. Not only would they themselves have had good chances, but they would have helped slow up Reshevsky and given all the others more time to think. We sincerely hope that the next generation of A players will take a more sincere interest and give all chess enthusiasts pleasure and enjoyment. We were happy to see many young and talented players in the line-up.

There were a great number of spectators (close to 100) and they all seemed to be having a wonderful time.

Besides your editor and Mr. Kussim, the following players participated:
E. Budnitsky, C. F. Ashmore, A. Boxer, P. H. Buhr, T. F. Carter, S. F. Cooper, S. Choslovsky, A. D. Divinsky, J. Enns, B. Fortier, J. Filkow, N. Garfinkle, L. Guberman, P. Hildebrandt, K. Knapheus, N. Klassen, P. Katz, W. Krawitz, G. Love, W. R. Mitchell, H. R. MacKean, J. L. Matynia, R. Newbury, J. J. Promislow, S. Pedlar, B. Richman, J. Steigerwald, P. Sidney, J. Shebaylo, A. Vincent, Dr. W. W. Wright.

Notes by Divinsky:



A Sam Loyd problem, Geller-Flohr and Petrosian-Smyslov from the 19th USSR Championship (the first without notes and the second heavily annotated) and a review of R. N. Coles The Chess-Player's Weekend Book completed this column.

 

 

 

 

Graves of well-known Chess Masters
and Chess Personalities

 

 

 Overview

Alekhine, Alexander
Anderssen, Adolf
Blackburne, Joseph H.
Bogolyubov, Efim D.
Bohatirchuk, Fedor
Bronstein, David I.
Canal, Esteban
Capablanca, José R.
Caro, Horatio
Davidson, Jacques
Donner, Jan Hein
Dufresne, Jean
Enevoldsen, Jens
Engels, Ludwig
Evans, William D., Capt.
Fischer, Bobby


Flamberg, Aleksander D.
Frère, Thomas
Gligorić, Svetozar
Goldberg, Menashe G.
Harrwitz, Daniel
Junge, Klaus
Larsen, Bent
Lasker, Berthold
Lasker, Emanuel
Löchner, Friedrich
Michell, Reginald Pryce
Morphy, Paul
Nimzowitsch, Aron
Pillsbury, Harry N.
Réti, Richard
Richter, Kurt


Rubinstein, Akiba K.
Salwe, G. Henryk S.
Schottländer, Arnold
Showalter, Jackson W.
Steinitz, William
Tal, Michail N.
Tarrasch, Siegbert
Teschner, Rudolf
Tinsley, Samuel
Trebitsch, Leopold
van Manen, John
von Heydebrand und der Lasa, Tassilo
von Kolisch, Ignaz Frhr.
Winawer, Szymon A.
Wisker, John
Zukertort, Johannes H.


 

 

 

Adolf Anderssen
* 6 July 1818 Wrocław † 13 March 1879 Wrocław.
Anderssen's grave is situated in the cemetery Osobowice, Wrocław.

Photographs from the visit to Wrocław in 2008 (KWA Trip to Wroclaw).

 


Inscription on the back of the gravestone

 

 

Tassilo von Heydebrand und der Lasa
* 17 October 1818 Berlin † 27 July 1899 Osieczna, Poland
Buried in the Evangelical Cemetery of Osieczna (Stork's Nest).

Photograph from the visit to Stork's Nest, 2007 in the course of the II International von der Lasa Conference at Kórnik: Excursion to Osieczna

 

 

 

Thomas Frère
* 8 December 1820 New York † 19 January 1900 New York
Buried in the Greenwood Cemetery of New York.

Visit of the cemetery in the course of the KWA general meeting at New York, 2007 (The Ken Whyld Association in New York City).

 


Martin Hillyer at the grave of his forefathers

 

 

Daniel Harrwitz
* 22 February 1821 Wrocław † 2 January 1884 Bolzano
Buried in the Jewish Cemetery of Bolzano.

Photographs received from Luca D'Ambrosio; see also Luca D'Ambrosio on Daniel Harrwitz' track.

 

 

 

 

 

Jean Dufresne
* 14 February 1829 Berlin † 15 April 1893 Berlin
Buried in the Jewish Cemetery of Berlin-Weißensee.

Photograph on the occasion of the plaque's inauguration in 2006 (see the report On the way to "mystic places"...)

 

Plaque at the back of the gravestone

Frank Hoppe: Ehrung am Grab von Jean Dufresne (in German only)

 

 

Wilhelm (William) Steinitz
* 14(17?) May 1836 Prague † 12 August 1900 New York
Steinitz' resting-place is at the "Cemetery of the Evergreens" in Brooklyn, New York (Bethel Slope Section, Lot 5893).

 


Steinitz biographer Kurt Landsberger
at the grave of Steinitz

 

Photo taken from Chessworld Vol. 1, No. 3,
May-June 1964, p.46

 

A plaque in honor of Steinitz was inaugurated at Prague in 2004: www.fide.com/...

 

 

Ignaz Freiherr von Kolisch
* 6 April 1837 Bratislava † 30 April 1889 Vienna
Buried in Vienna's Zentralfriedhof.

Photographs from the regional KWA meeting at Vienna, 2010 (Visiting an Old Chess Metropolis).

 



Inscription:
Sein klarer Geist, sein edles Herz
Ward frueh des Todes Raub.
Verweht die Zeit auch seinen Staub
Besteht doch fort der Seinen Schmerz.

 

 


 

 

Johannes Hermann Zukertort
* 7 September 1842 Lublin † 20 June 1888 London
Buried in the Brompton Cemetery of London.

The grave had considerably sunk into the ground and was overgrown with grass, this year it was digged up by the English GM Stuart Conquest. Currently there is a project running with the Polish Heritage Society to restore the grave completely, and it will be re-dedicated next year (2012). Stuart Conquest has published an article on Zukertort (and Vincent van Gogh) in CHESS, October 2011 (p30-32): Starry, Starry Knights also gives the history of his efforts concerning Zukertort's grave.
All contributions to support the a.m. project are most welcome, please contact Stuart Conquest ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or the Polish Heritage Society via their website www.polishheritage.co.uk if you would like to make a donation.
Presumably the Ken Whyld Association will support this project as well.

PS (22/10/2011): Tomasz Lissowski informed us that the Polish Chess Federation as well collects money for the restoration of the grave. The appeal was signed by the Historical Comitee of the Federation which is headed by Tomasz. Moreover it should be mentioned that the Polish Heritage in the UK has called Zukertort "the best Polish sportsman of the XIX century".

PPS (26/10/2011): Stuart Conquest still informed us about a detail not included in his a.m. article: «... according to the cemetery supervisor, the Zukertort plot contains two earlier burials, which, however, have nothing to do with him. In other words, there would have been two "deeper" coffins beneath his. It appears this was not unusual at that period, at least at Brompton. Presumably this was a "cheaper" funeral option. The legal rights to a stone or slab always belonged to the last (most recent) burial, in this case Zukertort.»

Photographs by Stuart Conquest:

 

 

 

              



Update (09/03/2012)

Again Stuart Conquest has informed us about the current developments concerning the JHZ project at Brompton:
The official permission has now been granted by the Royal Parks Commission for the proposed work to go ahead. So things will now be moving much faster.

The project is two-fold: the restoration of the existing ledger (raising, supporting, cleaning, re-lettering), but also the placing of a new headstone alongside, with a suitable inscription in both English and Polish.
Below the proposed design of the new stone as submitted to the stonemasons:

 

      



The work may be completed as soon as July. There will definitely be a ceremony organised at that time (when the work is finished) to re-dedicate the grave.

If people wish to donate, now is the time to do so!
Stuart Conquest is accepting private donations at his personal bank account:
S CONQUEST, IBAN GB77 BARC 2013 3440 2808 52. All contributions, however small, are most welcome. Many thanks.
It is also possible to make a donation via the Polish Heritage Society.
Whichever way, he would ask people to please contact him privately and let him know if they have made a donation. His email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

This month, in London, Stuart Conquest will be meeting with members of the Polish Heritage Society. They are all agreed on carrying out this project to the highest possible standards.

There is also a project to affix a memorial plaque at Simpson's-in-the-Strand - this is definitely going ahead too. As we all know, it was here that Zukertort played his last game.

Below a recent photo of the grave, from Stuart Conquest's last visit to London:

 

 

PS (29/04/2012): Stuart Conquest just informed us about a new project, namely to make a short documentary film on Zukertort's life.
The memorial plaque at Simpson's-in-the-Strand is to be unveiled at a reception in late August.


PPS (08/06/2012): Good news about Zukertort's grave - here the wording of Stuart Conquest's yesterday's e-mail:

"It gives me great pleasure to confirm that the newly restored grave of Johannes Zukertort is now complete! I flew in from Spain to be present, and to meet the people who worked on this exciting project. I can confirm that they were thoroughly professional, and paid utmost attention to detail. I attach a selection of photos, below. You will from these have an idea of the work that was undertaken.
There will be a service to re-dedicate the grave on Tuesday, June 26th, at 13:00 (Brompton Cemetery, London), to which all are welcome. A Polish bishop has agreed to officiate. I hope a lot of chess fans will be able to attend!
I hope you all agree that the new grave is worthy of such an important figure in chess history."

You will find his selection of 16 photos in this picture gallery.

On this occasion it should be mentioned that the restoration was also supported by donations made by the Ken Whyld Association and by Michale Negele.

Rededication of Zukertort's grave on 26 June 2012

The previous day Steve Giddins had already announced this event in his blog (A great gesture), and Tony Gillam sent us a short summary afterwards - here the excerpt from Tony's mail dated 27/06/2012:
"I was in London yesterday at the Zukertort grave rededication. It was a
pleasant ceremony with about 6 or 8 chess players and over 20 people from
the Polish Heritage Society - 31 people in total. The new gravestone looks
very good, half in English and half in Polish on the front, and some chess
pieces on the back! The original horizontal stone has been cleaned up and it all looks very good. Jimmy Adams, Gordon Cadden, Ray Cannon and myself were there to represent the KWA. Jimmy and Gordon were talking about trying to do something for Philidor."
John Saunders in his Chess Blog as well as Peter Doggers on chessvibes.com gave more detailed reports with photos and a video recording of Stuart Conquest's speech.

 

Leopold Trebitsch
* 10 May 1842 † 12 December 1906 Vienna
Buried in Vienna's Zentralfriedhof.

Photographs from the regional KWA meeting at Vienna, 2010.

 


Grave of the Trebitsch family; Leopold Trebitsch
is "eternalized" top right (see picture below).

 

 

Arnold Schottländer
* 2 April 1854 Ziębice (Münsterberg, Poland) † 9 September 1909 Wrocław
Buried in the Jewish Cemetery of Wrocław.

Photograph from the visit of Wrocław, 2008 (KWA Trip to Wroclaw).

 


Sein Körper war schwach,
sein Geist aber stark.
(His body was weak, but his mind was strong.)

 

Berthold Lasker

* 31 December 1860 Berlinchen (Barlinek) † 19 October 1928 Berlin
Buried in the Jewish Cemetery of Berlin-Weißensee.

Photograph from the visit of the cemetery in 2006 (On the way to "mystic places"...).

 

Grave of Berthold Lasker and his wife
Regina, née Cassriel (1868-1928)

 

 


 

 

Horatio Caro
* 5 July 1862 Newcastle-upon-Tyne † 15 December 1920 London
Buried in the Jewish Cemetery of East Ham, London (Section E Row 18 Plot 14). Source: www.ecforum.org.uk/...

Photographs received from Gordon Cadden.

 

 

 

 

 

Emanuel Lasker
* 24 December 1868 Berlinchen (Barlinek) † 11 January 1941 New York
Buried in Beth Olom Cemetery, Queens, New York.

Photographs received from Andreas Saremba.

 

 

 

 

Harry Nelson Pillsbury
* 5 December 1872 Somerville, Massachusetts
† 17 June 1906 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Buried in the Laurel Hill Cemetery of Reading, Massachusetts

Link: www.findagrave.com...

 

 

Aron Nimzowitsch
* 7 November 1886 Riga † 16 March 1935 Copenhagen
Buried in Bispebjerg Cemetery, Copenhagen, in a "double grave" with

Jens Enevoldsen
* 23 September 1907 Copenhagen † 23 May 1980

Photographs from the Nordic KWA meeting in April 2006.

 

 

 

 

 

José Raúl Capablanca y Graupera
* 19 November 1888 Havana † 8 March 1942 New York
Buried in the "Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón" of Havana.

Photographs by Calle Erlandsson [Calle Erlandsson in Cuba (2007)].

 

Marble King on Capablanca's grave
and
inscription on tomb



Michael Sheehan (Berrylands, Surbiton, GB) has sent us additional photographs, taken by him in January, 2012. - Please click to enlarge:

 

      

 

Detail of the photos above

 

 

Richard Réti
* 28 May 1889 Pezinok, CSR † 6 June 1929 Prague
Buried in Vienna's Zentralfriedhof.

Photographs from the regional KWA meeting at Vienna, 2010.

 

 



 

Robert James (Bobby) Fischer
* 9 March 1943 Chicago, Illinois † 17 January 2008 Reykjavík, Iceland
Buried in the Christian cemetery of Laugardælir church, outside the town of Selfoss.

Photograph received from Michael Negele.

 


Stefan Böhm (SC Bayer Leverkusen) at Bobby Fischer's grave

 

Further Link:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bobby_Fischer_grave.JPG

 

 


 

Alexander Alexandrovich Alekhine
* 31 October 1892 Moscow † 24 March 1946 Estoril, Portugal
Buried in Montparnasse Cemetery, Paris (Lev Polugaevsky was buried here as well).

The grave was heavily damaged by a severe storm on 26/12/1999 and has been restored later on.

Photograph by Michael Negele (in November 1990):

 

Click to enlarge!

 

We received the following photographs and detailed information from our French member Alain Biénabe (Bordeaux).
Photos © Denis Teyssou (2004/7).

Alekhine was buried in Lisbon on April 16, 1946.
In 1956, his ashes were transferred to the Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris (Section 8).

 

 

This tomb was erected on March 25, 1956 by FIDE President Folke Rogard (Sweden), Vyacheslav Ragosin (USSR), Marcel Berman Vice President (France), World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik (USSR), Gian Carlo dal Verme (Italy) and Pierre Dierman (Belgium).
His tomb, where his name is engraved in Cyrillic and Roman, shows a chessboard:

 

 

 

The inscription reads (translated):

Alexander Alekhine
Chess genius of Russia and France
1st November 1892 - 25 March 1946
World chess champion from 1927 to 1935 and from 1937 to his death
Grace Alekhine née Wishar (1876-1956)

The tomb is surmounted by a bas-relief of Alekhine at chess (sculpture by A. Baratz):

 

 

Destroyed in 1999/12 (after a storm and a tree falling on the grave), it was rebuilt exactly and with the same materials.

 

After the storm



It was completed in early 2003, with support and funding of the Cultural Service of the Russian Embassy (they paid the bill on their own: more than 20 000 euros).

Our Italian member Santo Daniele Spina has sent us his article La tomba di Alekhine, published in L’Italia Scacchistica no. 1205, December 2008, p. 489 (click to enlarge):

 

 

Photograph by Arcangelo Blandini in Archivio Aldo Clementi.

A PDF of the article with two additional pictures:
Una foto originale della tomba di Alekhine

 

 

 

 

Additional Links:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Alekhine_tombe.jpg
commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Detail_of_grave_of_Alexander_Alekhine...
www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=7312

 

 

Klaus Junge
* 1 January 1924 Concepción, Chile
† 17 April 1945 killed in action near Welle, Lüneburger Heide
Buried in the cemetery of Welle (Harburg District, Lower Saxony).

Photograph by Andreas Saremba (2011).

 

 

We give below three quotations on the death of Klaus Junge which we take from the linked pages (in German only).

www.denkmalprojekt.org/2009/kellinghusen_frdh_junge_wk2_ns.htm - A memorial plaque reproduced there gives apart from Klaus three additional "Junge" killed in action, probably brothers of Klaus Junge (see dates and place of birth!).

Klaus Junge kam im Jahre 1928 mit seiner aus Dithmarschen stammenden Familie von Chile nach Hamburg zurück und lebte dort im Uhlenhorster Weg 37. Er war ein exzellenter Schachspieler, der schon als kommender Schachweltmeister gehandelt wurde. In den letzten Kriegstagen sollte er mit einer Gruppe von 10 Soldaten in Welle im Landkreis Harburg die anrückenden englischen Panzer mit Panzerfäusten aufhalten. Die Bevölkerung wollte sich ergeben, wurde aber unter Drohungen gezwungen, die herausgehängten weißen Fahnen wieder einzuholen. Bei den folgenden Kämpfen wurde auch der Ort beschossen und teilweise großer Schaden angerichtet. Am nächsten Tag wurden die Leichen von Klaus Junge und fünf anderen Soldaten gefunden und zusammen mit ihren Panzerfäusten begraben. Diese hat man dann im Oktober 2008 bei Restaurierungsarbeiten an den Gräbern gefunden. Quelle: Bericht von Frau Elsbe Rabe, Nichte von Klaus Junge und Artikel im Nordheide-Wochenblatt v. 29. Nov. 2008.

http://denkmalprojekt.org/2011/welle_friedhof_wk2_ns.html:

Welle (Friedhof), Landkreis Harburg, Niedersachsen
PLZ 21261
Auf dem Friedhof befinden sich Kriegsgräber aus der Endphase des Zweiten Weltkrieges. – Hierzu findet sich in dem Buch "Krieg in der Heimat" von Ulrich Saft beschrieben, dass der auf dem Friedhof beigesetzte Leutnant Klaus Junge in Welle am 17.4.1945 etwa zwölf Versprengte gesammelt hatte, darunter auch auch Marineartilleristen, die am 16.4.1945 Schneverdingen verteidigten. Als britische Angriffsspitzen in den Ort fuhren, wurden sie mit Panzerfäusten beschossen. Der Leutnant und zwei Soldaten fielen in den Kampfhandlungen und wurden auf dem Weller Friedhof beigesetzt.

www.schachfreunde-sasel.de/presse/Schachfreund_Dezember 2010.pdf:

Article MEISTER DES SCHACH – KLAUS JUNGE (1924-1945) in
Schachfreund December 2010, quote p12f.
... Zumindest die letzte Frage beantwortet Helmut Riedl auf der Suche nach dem genauen Todestag von Klaus Junge selbst. Er führt ein Zitat an, in dem von einem Klaus I. gesprochen wird, bei dem es sich um Klaus Junge handeln soll:
"Leutnant Klaus I. hatte dort [bei Welle in der Lüneburger Heide] ungefähr ein Dutzend Versprengter gesammelt. Unter diesen waren auch Marineartilleristen, die noch am Vortag in Schneverdingen gekämpft hatten. Die Zivilbevölkerung hatte den Soldaten von der reichlich vorhandenen Milch angeboten und den Ort verlassen. Von Leutnant I. hatten sie den Eindruck, als ob er den Krieg noch gewinnen wolle. Als die ersten britischen Panzer nach Welle hineinrollten, wurden sie mit Panzerfäusten beschossen. Kurz darauf standen die Schmiede und ein Haus in der Moorstraße in Flammen. Leutnant I. und zwei weitere Soldaten fielen. Alle drei wurden später zusammen mit fünf Opfern der Luftangriffe auf dem Weller Friedhof beigesetzt."

 

 

Captain William Davies Evans

* 27 January 1790 on Musland Farm, St. Dogwell's, North Pembrokeshire, Wales
† 3 August 1872 Ostend, Belgium
Buried in the Old Cemetery ("ancien cimetière") of Ostend.

For biographical informationen on Capt. Evans see www.chesscafe.com/text/skittles141.pdf.

Photographs received from Henri Serruys.

 

Evans' sarcophagus in the center of the burying place

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The "Grave Hunters" Tomasz Lissowski and Jurgen Stigter
at the Jewish Cemetery of Warsaw
(Photograph by Calle Erlandsson)

 

Szymon Abramowicz Winawer
* 6 March 1838 Warsaw † 29 November 1919 Warsaw
Buried in the Jewish Cemetery of Warsaw (Okopowa str.).

Photographs by Calle Erlandsson.

 



Upper part of the gravestone
Lower part of the gravestone

 


Jurgen Stigter at the grave of Rafał Winawer
(son of Szymon Winawer)

 

 

Aleksander (Avrohom) Dawidowicz Flamberg
* 1880 Warsaw † 24 January 1926 Warsaw
Buried in the Jewish Cemetery of Warsaw (Section 12b, Row 16, Number 20).
For Flamberg's forename see Edward Winter's C.N. 5952 and 5963.

Photographs by Calle Erlandsson.

 


Please click to enlarge!



 

 

 

Mikhail Nekhemievich Tal
* 9 November 1936 Riga † 27 June 1992 Moscow
Buried in the New Jewish Cemetery (Latvian: Jaunie ebreju kapi) in Šmerlis, Riga.
(Šmerlis is a forest and the site of the only remaining Jewish cemetery in Riga.)

Photographs by Calle Erlandsson.

 

 

Mikhail Tal monument in Riga

 

 

Paul Charles Morphy
* 22 June 1837 New Orleans, LA † 10 July 1884 New Orleans, LA
Buried in St Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans

Photgraph by Michael Negele (in July 1989).

 

Click to enlarge!

 

 

Friedrich Löchner (alias Erich Ellinger)
* 12 September 1915 Heilbronn-Böckingen  † 18 February 2013 Hohentengen am Hochrhein, Germany

Friedrich Löchner has made his mark as an excellent Heilbronn and Württemberg chess player, moreover as a problem composer, pedagogue, poet and author. In 2012 he still enjoyed the best of health (according to Christian Wolbert, chairman of the Heilbronn chess club). Last February, at the age of 97 he died of a heart attack in the town of Hohentengen am Hochrhein.
The below reproduced urn grave already held the ashes of his wife Anita and his mother Wilhelmine, now he has found his final resting place here as well. His ashes were buried on March 1st, 2013.
(According to Dr Ulrich Löchner, son of the deceased.)

An article by Uwe Jacobi about the grave was published in the Heilbronner Stimme on 14/02/2004: Rätselhafter Grabstein mit 'Matt in drei Zügen'.

You will find more biographical details of Friedrich Löchner on http://blog.zitante.de/.... Some of Friedrich Löchner’s chess problems are presented on the website of the Heilbronn Chess Club http://heilbronner-schachverein.de/....
Three obituaries from the Heilbronner Stimme:
http://traueranzeigen.stimme.de/24207995 / http://traueranzeigen.stimme.de/24478080 / http://traueranzeigen.stimme.de/24207953
as well as a commemorative article (PDF) from the same newspaper.

Photograph received from Karlheinz Eisenbeiser (Buchen).

 

 

The family grave is situated at the cemetery of Heilbronn-Böckingen, it shows a three-mover composed by Friedrich Löchner with the position Kc2 Qa7 Bg3 Pf2 – Kd4 Pc5 (3#).
Solution:
1. f3 Kc4 2. Qa4+ Kd5 3. Qe4#
with a dual (2. Qb7 Kd4 3. Qe4#) as an "allegory for human fallibility" (see the above linked article).
1... Kd5 2. Qa6 c4/Kd4 3. Qd6/Qd3#
1... Ke3 2. Qa3+ 3. Qd3#
Miniature with Y-flight of the black King.

 

 

Siegbert Tarrasch
* 5 March 1862 Wrocław † 17 February 1934 Munic
Buried in the Nordfriedhof of Munic.

Photographs received from Andreas Saremba.

 

Tarrasch biographer Wolfgang Kamm at Tarrasch's grave

 

 

 


 

 

Jacques Davidson
* 14 November 1890 Amsterdam † 13 January 1969 Amsterdam?
Buried in Zorgvlied Cemetery, Amsterdam.

Dutch Treat article by Hans Ree: The great Davidson

Photograph received from Eddy Sibbing, Max Euwe Centrum.

 

The gravestone with a "chess problem" (Mate in 1):
The white King leaves the visible board and
mates his opponent by moving heavenwards.

 

 

Johannes Hendrikus (Jan Hein) Donner
* 6 July 1927 Den Haag † 27 November 1988 Amsterdam
Buried in Zorgvlied Cemetery, Amsterdam.

Photograph received from Eddy Sibbing, Max Euwe Centrum.

 

 

 

Menashe Gershon Goldberg
* 12 May 1939 Radom, Poland † 7 January 2005 Amsterdam
Buried in Zorgvlied Cemetery, Amsterdam.

Menashe Goldberg was the owner of the famous chess café Gambit in Amsterdam.

Links (ChessBase articles):
Aniko Kiss: The oldest chess café in Amsterdam
Yochanan Afek: Menashe is no longer in Gambit (obituary)

Photograph received from Eddy Sibbing, Max Euwe Centrum.

 

Click to enlarge!

 

 

Ludwig Engels
* 11 December 1905 Düsseldorf † 10 January 1967 São Paulo
Buried in the cemetery "Da Lapa" of São Paulo.

Today the formerly handsome grave is completely neglected. Prof. Friedrich-Karl Hebeker has sent us a report about his recent visit to São Paulo: With Lourenço Cordioli at Ludwig Engels’ grave in São Paulo.

Photographs and text © Friedrich-Karl Hebeker, Düsseldorf (2011).

 

Esteban Canal
The sources widely disagree on Canal's date/place of birth/death:
* 1893 (grave inscription)
19 April 1896 Chiclayo, Peru (Gaige, Chess Personalia)
19 April 1897 Chielago, Peru (Birth certificate)
According to Alvise Zichichi (Esteban Canal [Brescia, 1991]) Canal was born before 1896 in Spain (Santander?).
See also Edward Winter's Chess Explorations (8).

An interesting version is given in Peter Anderberg's article "Esteban Canal in Leipzig" (Kaissiber 34, July-Sept. 2009, p.50, footnote 3): according to that Canal was born on 19/04/1896 on a ship on the Pacific Ocean, "on the way to Peru where his parents moved from Spain." - Quoted from Sahovski Glasnik 11-12/1926 by A.J. Gillam in Meran 1926 (1996), p.5; the original hint at this source came from Wolfgang Pieper (Osnabrück). (R.B.)

† 14 February 1981 Coquio/Varese, Italy (Gaige, Chess Personalia)
15 February 1981 Cittiglio (Death certificate)
Buried in Cocquio-Trevisago, Italy.

Photographs and information from Luca D'Ambrosio, Bolzano.

 

Grave of Esteban Canal and his wife Anna Klupacs
(Photos from November 2008)

 

   

 

 

 

Fedor Parfenovich Bohatirchuk
* 27 November 1892 Kiev, Ukraine † 4 September 1984 Ottawa, Canada
Grave at Pinecrest Cemetery in Nepean, Ontario, Canada.

Photograph received from Yakov Zusmanovich, Pleasanton, California.

 

Grave of Fedor Bohatirchuk and his wife Olga née Zykina

 

 

John van Manen
* 21 February 1922 Aalten, Netherlands
† 20 May 2000 Port Macquarie, Australia
Buried in the Innes Gardens Cemetery of Port Macquarie.

Two obituaries of John van Manen are linked below:
- Harald Balló's Schachzettel 181 (lower section of page)
- Sun-Herald Chess Column for June 11

Photographs by Bob Meadley / received from Paul Dunn.

 

John van Manen's last resting place

 



The inscription reads:

In Loving Memory of
JOHN VAN MANEN
21.2.1922 - 20.5.2000
Loved Husband of Inge
Father of Frank
Father-in-Law of Janelle
Pop of Michael, Melinda and Natasha
Great-Grandpop of Joshua
A Great Chess Historian

 

 

David Ionovich Bronstein
* 19 February 1924 Bila Tserkva, Ukraine
† 5 December 2006 Minsk, Republic of Belarus
Buried in the Chizhovskoe Cemetery of Minsk

Photograph taken by Arnold Yangarber (friend of David) in December 2011.
Photograph and information received from Yakov Zusmanovich, California.

David I. Bronstein's grave
(please click to enlarge)

In the photo from left to right: Tatiana Boleslavsky (the daughter of GM Isaac Boleslavsky and David's widow; she has a PhD in Music and teaches Theory and History of Music at the University of Minsk), Valery Ivanov (friend of David for more than 30 years), Sergey Voronkov (internationally known chess writer and historian).

 

 

John Wisker
* 30 May 1846 Hull, England
† 18 January 1884 Richmond/Melbourne, Australia
Buried in the Kew Cemetery of Melbourne.

Photographs received from John Dunn (Macquarie, Australia).

 

Bob Meadley pointing at John Wisker's
grave which was still unmarked.

 

Bob Meadley organised for a marker to be placed on it, and the grave was provided with a small plaque on a plinth:

 

Photograph taken in 1994 by the Kew Cemetery caretaker, John Shannon.
The plaque is about 200 mm x 200 mm.

 

 


 

 

 

Jackson Whipps Showalter
* 5 February 1860 Minerva, KY, USA
† 5 February 1935 Lexington, KY, USA
Buried in Georgetown Cemetery, Kentucky, USA (710 South Broadway).

Photographs and information from Maurice Carter (Fairborn, OH, USA).




The entrance

 

From the entrance, you would take the outer drive to the right. About half way around you will come to section I, the graves are to the left of this outer drive.

 

The large marker family stone of the Showalters

 

Inscription at the bottom

 

There are three smaller stones behind the stele, next to the large tree. The right one nearest to the tree is Jackson Showalter, the middle one his wife Nellie (see pictures below), the third one his son James.

There are a number of other Showalters buried in this family site:
The parents
Freeman Benoni (!) Showalter (1811-1904) and
Margaret Rachel Whipps Showalter (1819-1905)

The children
Freeman Benoni Showalter (1895-1978)
Infant (1901-1901)
James Watterson Showalter (1906-1936)

 

 

 

 

Jackson Showalter's year of birth on the stone (1859) is not consistent with the date given in Gaige Chess Personalia (1860)! (R.B.)
For Nellie Showalter who was a strong chess player see Edward Winter's Chess Notes 7482 and 7485.

 

 

Efim Dmitriyevich Bogolyubov
* 14 April 1889 Stanislavitsk/Kiev, Russian Empire
† 18 June 1952 Triberg, BRD
Buried in the cemetery of Triberg.

Photographs from Stefan Haas, Karlsruhe.

 


Here an enlarged section.

 


Another photograph provided by Michael Negele, from July 2015:


 

 

 

Reginald Pryce Michell
* 9 April 1873 Penzance, England
† 20 May 1938 London, England
Buried in Kingston upon Thames Cemetery, London.

Photographs and information from Paul Lonergan (England).

Paul Lonergan wrote: "[The grave] is situated in an extreme corner of Kingston upon Thames cemetery near the Dawson Road entrance. As one enters via the Dawson Road entrance, turn right and RPM's grave is against the wall. I located the grave earlier this year and tidied it up as it had some weeds and litter in it. The grave is unusual in that the headstone does not appear to have any foundation stone. The headstone reads: «Here lies Reginald Pryce Michell. Born 1873. Died 1938»." (E-mail 21/07/2012)

 

 

Click above picture to enlarge.

 

 

Svetozar Gligorić
* 2 February 1923 Belgrade, Yugoslavia 
† 14 August 2012 Belgrade, Serbia
Buried on August 16, 2012 in the "Alley of the Greats" at Belgrade's New Cemetery (see also the eulogy at ChessBase).

Photographs taken by Zdravko Savić, Maribor, Slovenia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Akiba Kiwelowicz Rubinstein
* 01 December 1880 Stawiski, Poland 
† 15 March 1961 Antwerp, Belgium
Buried in the cemetery of Etterbeek in Wezembeek, Belgium.
(The Etterbeek municipality is a suburb of Brussels.)

The photographs below were taken by Mrs. Maja Kapturska, granddaughter of Janusz Woda, honorary member and former president of the Polish Chess Federation. Janusz Woda has sent the photos to Paweł Dudziński who forwarded them to me (R.B.).
Akiwa Rubinstein's date of birth seems meanwhile secured by official documents, see the contribution Rubinstein's DOB.  
 




 

 

 

 

 

 

Georg Hirsz (Henryk) Solomonowicz Salwe
* 24 October 1862 Warsaw, Poland 
† 15 December 1920 Łódź, Poland
Buried in the Jewish Cemetery of Łódź.

Photographs provided by Tomasz Lissowski, Warsaw.

 

The Jewish Cemetery of Łódź

 

 

The name and dates are hardly readable.

 

 


 

 

Kurt Richter
* 24 November 1900 Berlin, Germany 
† 29 December 1969 Berlin-Karlshorst
Buried in the Protestant Cemetery of Karlshorst.
[Source: DSZ 2/1970, p.33-36]

© Photograph taken by Michael Dombrowsky, Hamburg.

 

 

 

 

 

Rudolf Teschner
* 16 February 1922 Potsdam, Germany 
† 23 July 2006 Berlin-Steglitz
Buried in the Cemetery of Steglitz.

© Photograph taken by Michael Dombrowsky, Hamburg.

 

 

 

Jørgen Bent Larsen
* 4 March 1935 Tilsted, Thisted, Denmark 
† 9 September 2010, Buenos Aires, Argentina

© Photographs: Skakhuset/Stellan Persson, Vaerlose, Denmark.

Stellan Persson wrote:
The Cementerio Jardin, Pablo Nogués, Av. Samuel Morse 303, Provincia de Buenos Aires became the last resting-place of the Danish GM Bent Larsen. A beautiful park, no large building or mausoleum, about 30 km away from Buenos Aires and not far away from Martinez, his home.
A small office informs about the place of the grave. The cemetery was opened in May, 1971. (There is an older British Cemetery on Plaza 1 de Mayo, in the centre of Buenos Aires.) 
 

 

 

   

 

   

 

 

 

 

Joseph Henry Blackburne
* 10 December 1841 Manchester, England
† 1 September 1924 London
Buried (he and his third wife Mary Jane) in Ladywell and Brockwell Cemetery, Lewisham, south London.

Samuel Tinsley
* 13 January 1847 South Mimms, England
† 26 February 1903 London
Buried in Ladywell and Brockwell Cemetery, Lewisham, south London.

Both graves (of Blackburne and Tinsley) were located a couple of years ago by Geoffrey Thurley, see Martin Smith' entry in the excellent Streatham & Brixton Chess Club blog where you will also find photos.
(Information by our member Tim Harding)

 

 

Another page which deals with gravesites of chess masters is Edward Winter's compilation Chess Explorations (8) - Graves of Chess Masters.

A nice booklet on "chess graves" was published 5 years ago in the Netherlands:
Rob Bijpost, Fred van der Vliet: Schaakgraven. Schaakkoerier no. 82. Motiefgroep Schaken (ed./publ.), 2006, 44 pp.
Here the cover of the booklet as PDF. The contents is also given on http://www.euwe.nl/koerier82-thema.htm.

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