We regret to announce the retirement of Bert Corneth as our web-editor, due to personal reasons. Of course we fully respect his decision, but consider his retirement a great loss for the KWA, as he developed this newly created function since the beginning of this year with the meticulousness he was known for among many of our members. Bert had also built up a close working relationship with our webmaster Wilfried Krebbers which promised bright prospects for the future of the new website.

At the moment we are busy finding solutions for the tasks that must be fulfilled.

We wish Bert all the best for the future.

Bob van de Velde

Fabrizio Zavatarelli - Serafino Dubois

June 2017: The publisher Messaggerie Scacchistiche has just issued a book about Serafino Dubois, edited by our member Fabrizio Zavatarelli from Milan in Italy.

Read more: Members’ Publications section, Page 8

Klittich-Pfankuch Auction June 22nd to June 24th – Important traffic information:

Dr. Klittich has kindly informed us that due to road construction work, dense traffic and occasional accidents the A2 around Hannover / Lehrte / Peine / Hämelerwald etc is sometimes closed or at least clogged up, causing delays of up to 2 hours or even more. There is no advice for a fixed re-direction because there are daily changes. He has tested various diversions himself and given the following suggestions to avoid traffic jams on your way to Braunschweig:

Read more: Important traffic information:

Our chairman Bob van de Velde has written an appeal to all members. You can find his letter in the member section at the end of the list of CSQs. Please read it carefully and support him.

Hans Holländer, 2016

Hans Holländer

* 6-2-1932 † 28-4-2017

Professor Hans Holländer passed away in April at the age of 85. Even though he was not a member of the KWA, many of us are at least familiar with his name because of his numerous publications on the culture and history of chess. Andreas Saremba shares with us some highlights of his achievements and personal memories (in German language) accompanied by photographs and voice recordings. A translation into English of his written text is in preparation.

Update (05-06-17): Here is the English version of the text, Memories of Hans Holländer, translated by Bert Corneth

Read more: Erinnerungen an Hans Holländer

Two more publications by Tony Gillam have appeared. The first is another booklet (number 111 already) in the series Rare and Unpublished Chess Tournaments and Matches. It covers tournaments held during 2016 in Amsterdam, Arnhem, Budapest, Utrecht and Vienna. The second is a collection of games, many with notes, of Paul Felix Schmidt, including a career record and brief biography. Schmidt was one of the world’s strongest players in the early 1940s. Please note that this is not the book originally intended. Another book on Schmidt will be published soon by Michael Negele.

More details on the two books by Tony can be found in the Members’ Publications section, Page 3 under Tony Gillam.

Walter Shipman (r) and Andy Ansel in 2009.

On February 28th Walter Shipman passed away at the age of 87.  The friendly and popular International Master, a lawyer in his professional life, will be sadly missed.  Especially our USA members may remember him participating in the KWA meeting in San Francisco in 2009.

Below is the link to a wonderful obituary, written by John Donaldson:


Michael Negele

On February 22nd our well-known member and former treasurer Michael Negele completed his 60th year. On this occasion the President of the German Chess Association, Herbert Bastian, has dedicated a laudation to him which has been published on www.schachbund.de. It can be found at http://www.schachbund.de/news/ein-schachhistoriker-wird-60.html (in German).

Personally (and I am confident that all founding members will agree) I have witnessed that Michael has been a driving force of the Ken Whyld Association as well ever since its birth, and his achievements and the value of his efforts can hardly be overestimated. So also from my side congratulations, wishing you good health and many pleasant years to come, my dear friend.

Bert Corneth.

Our member Siegfried Schönle from Kassel in Germany, whom many may remember from his contribution to the congress in KWA meeting Kiel, has compiled a work covering his extensive collection on the theme of chess in literature and art. The book is in German language.

Siegfried Schönle
Schach in Literatur + Kunst – vom Barock bis ins Jahr 2016.

Ein Sammlungsverzeichnis aus 25 Jahren.

Title translated: “Chess in Literature and Art – From the Baroque Era until into 2016.
A Catalogue of 25 Years Collecting”.

Read more: Schach in Literatur und Kunst

An interesting article by Frank Hoppe (in German language) about the CCI meeting in Altenburg, can be found here: http://www.schachbund.de/news/treffen-der-schachspielesammler-in-altenburg.html

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