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Page 1: J. Adams to I. Bottlik (this page)
Page 2: D. A. Brandreth to H. Engberts
Page 3: T. Erdélyi to H. Grondijs
Page 4: G.V. Habberney to K. Landsberger
Page 5: I. M. Linder to F. Ólafsson
Page 6: C. A. Pagni to U. Schädler
Page 7: L. Schmid to L. M. Skinner
Page 8: S. D. Spina to M. Ziegler
Recently a long-standing friend of Ken Whyld has joined us whose outstanding works as a chess publicist may fill complete metres long shelves. (Particularly if you add the volumes of Chess Monthly which has been edited since August 1991 by Jimmy Adams as a technical editor, then from spring 1992 - after the MacMillam crash – as an editor.)
Impressive are the tournament books published together with Dale Brandreth: Baden-Baden 1925, Bled 1931 or Moscow 1935, each based on the Russian originals, as well as Bogoljubov’s Chigorin biography, translated by Jimmy into English. But my definite favourite is and will remain "Artist of the Chessboard", herewith Johannes Zukertort was finally dedicated in 1989 a worthy game collection and biography. (M.N.)
A new edition of the above Zukertort biogrophy was published by New In Chess 2014 (paperback, 541 pp.).
The latest work by Jimmy Adams is Mikhail Chigorin, the Creative Genius. New, Greatly Enlarged Edition (New In Chess 2015). Bound edition of 750 pages.
Josep Alió has friendly sent me his extensive work: "Els Escacs a Tarragona 1947-1997" (450 pp, more than 130 pictures, written in Catalan, edition of 500 copies published 1999). A splendid work of high quality – congratulations to our Spanish chess historian who is also an excellent chess player. (M.N.)
" Chess on stage and behind the scenes" appeared recently in Moscow 2003 in a marvellous colourful hardcover binding in the series "The Art of Chess" (Publishing House Ripol, www.ripol.ru) - with the subheading "Revelations of a Chess Player, of a Politician and of an Historian" – very promising, dear Grandmaster Yuri Averbakh. (M.N.)
PS: We have to mention here the English edition of the above work, published last year (2011) by New In Chess: Centre-Stage and Behind the Scenes - The Personal Memoir of a Soviet Chess Legend (Paperback, 272 pp.) – an autobiography with many interesting insights into a bygone Soviet chess era. - Cover
More information at New In Chess, or read Hans Ree’s review "Hard Times" in NIC 2011/6, p.94-97 and GM Stuart Conquest's essay on Yuri Averbakh's Centre-Stage and Behind the Scenes (Part 1 of 2 / Part 2 of 2) at ChessVibes. (R.B., 10/08/2012)
From Averbakh's large literary output we still mention his latest work only:
A History of Chess. From Chaturanga to the Present Day
(Russell Enterprises, 2012) - see our Announcement.
Our grandmaster (from Russia), living in Ireland, may forgive me for selecting this book – there was some trouble afterwards with the publisher. Nevertheless I think it very worth mentioning – it describes the "soul of chess". We will refer here to Alexander Baburin's websites: www.chesstoday.net & www.gmsquare.com (M.N.)
Since 1980 the very fine magazine "Scacchi e Scienze Applicate" has appeared at relative irregular intervals, its editor in chief is our friend Romano Bellucci from Venice. It is its aim to show the interrelations between chess and some fields of science. Numerous articles come from Romano’s pen. (M.N.)
In this monumental and yet compact "chess guide" by the pair of authors Nicolas Giffard and Alain Biénabe the latter has dedicated more than 530(!) pages alone to chess composition in the course of which he throws a light on all recesses of this genre – a real treasure trove for problem friends. You may merely regret that this essential reference work only exists in French.
(R.B., III 2012)
2nd ed., Paris 2009
Ralf J. Binnewirtz
Problem friend Ralf Binnewirtz has filled a small gap in chess literature with his "Schlagabtausch im Räuberschach" (Exchange of blows in Losing Chess) – the collection of altogether 160 LC studies and problems is still the only book on this popular chess variant (Dresden 2000, 143 pp.). You will find additional information about losing chess on his private homepage.
Chess and problem friend Bernd Gräfrath (professor of philosophy at the university of Essen) being on a visit to the KWA webmaster: you don’t see me double here – it’s my twin brother Bodo who by the way quite often gave me some assistance in proof-reading my English concoctions.
Being a very active author Bernd has written some chess philosophical articles on Em. Lasker and during the last years he went increasingly into chess composition especially with retro-analytical problems (among them many LC retros!).
Ado Kraemer. Eine biographische Skizze mit zahlreichen Zugaben. (Treuenhagen, 2012)
Emanuel Lasker, eds. Richard Forster, Stefan Hansen, Michael Negele (Exzelsior Verlag Berlin, 2009), chapter 16: Laskers Schachprobleme, pp. 393-403
co-authored by H.-J. Fresen:
Obliged to Tradition ... (Venice, 2008)
In 2004 our chess historian from Budapest has presented a concise overview of the Hungarian chess history where a text page is always opposite to a page with photographs or illustrations. It is quite remarkable that the sheet of stamps published at the same time and reproduced on the front (showing a position from the "Hungarian Opening") forms the basis of the book: On each of the 64 stamps a text in miniature has been printed reflecting a phase of Hungarian chess history – they may be read with the help of a magnifying glass. These miniature texts (by Iván Bottlik as well) correspond to a large degree to the book chapters. An original collector’s item supplementing the book! (R.B.)
- Gyula Breyer. Sein Leben, Werk und Schaffen für die Erneuerung des Schachs (Unterhaching, 1999)
- Szergej Grodzenszkij, Iszaak Romanov, Levelezési sakk (Correspondence Chess; Budapest, 1985)
- Gedeon Barcza, Walter Árpád Földeák, Magyar Sakktörténet 3 (1896-1925) (Hungarian Chess History, vol. 3; Budapest, 1989)
- István Bilek, Walter Árpád Földeák, Magyar Sakktörténet 4 (1922-1944) (Hungarian Chess History, vol. 4; Kossuth, 1996)
- István Bilek, Walter Árpád Földeák, Barcza Gedeon – élete és játszmái (Gedeon Barcza – Life and Games; Budapest, 1990)
Dale Alden Brandreth
Dale A. Brandreth, the industrious person behind Caissa Editions has also worked several times as an author or as a coauthor. Well-known is his contribution to John Hilbert’s book project Shady Side: The Life and Crimes of Norman Tweed Whitaker Chess Master. For this book Dale Brandreth made his rich fund of documents on Whitaker available to John Hilbert who was enthusiastic about this excellent source material.
Another co-production – of Dale Brandreth and David Hooper – once filled a gap in chess literature, the lesser known and mostly unpublished games of the third chess world champion were the focus of the authors’ attention: 203 out of about 600 games collected beforehand had been selected for the book The Unknown Capablanca. (R.B.)
2nd ed. Dover Publ., New York 1993
(1st ed. B.T. Batsford, London 1975)
Our member Østein Brekke is at home in the fascinating country of the trolls which - thanks to Magnus Carlsen - experiences a pleasing upswing in chess. His comprehensive biography of Svein Johannessen (1937-2007) is devoted to the formerly strongest Norwegian chess player (IM 1961) who crossed blades with many grandmasters of his time. Numerous annotated games are included in the book which unfortunately has been published in Norwegian only. The author gives a more detailed description of his work in this announcement.
(R.B., IV 2012)
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A review by Lars Grahn.
- Nordisk sjakk i 100 år (1999) - front cover / cover verso
- Norges Sjakkforbund 75 år 1914-1989
- Sjakkens Holmenkollen, Gausdal-sjakk 1970-1996
- Historien om en sjakklubb - Schakklubben av 1911 i 100 år (2011) -
co-authored by Thor Geir Harestad
- Norske sjakktrekk: Norges Sjakkforbund 100 år 1914-2014 (2014)
Being a committed board member of the "Schwalbe" (secretary and 2nd chairman) since about 10 years, Günter Büsing still had the time to complete together with Hans Gruber this joint production (including some contributions by Ulrich Ring, bernd ellinghoven and Dieter Müller. Munich 1996, 51 pp.) – it erects a small memorial in honour of the unforgotten problem composer and helpmate expert Dr. John Niemann (19/04/1905 - 22/07/1990). (R.B.)
As a long-time expert not only of Russian chess but also of Russian language, Bernard Cafferty has joined forces with the famous GM Mark Taimanov to produce this chess historically substantial work about the Soviet National Championships. While Taimanov was in charge of the games' annotation, B. Cafferty has contributed the reports on the tournaments. You may read the more detailed description by the publishing house in this pdf file. (R.B., III 2012)
Moreover you will find a list of Bernard Cafferty's publications at his Wikipedia page.
Alex Crisovan (†)
With our Swiss "young member" an old-timer of chess journalism has joined the KWA, Alex Crisovan was editor of the Schweizerische Schachzeitung from 1973 to 1978. His publications are numerous, certainly the chronicle of the Swiss Chess Federation on the occasion of its centenary celebrations has to be rated as a remarkable contribution to the documentation of the history of chess. (M.N.)
co-authored by János Flesch and Hans Suri:
WM 76 Biel-Schweiz. Interzonen-Turnier. 9. u. 10. Internationales Open, Internationales Jugendturnier, Internationales Blitzturnier. Game annotations by Janos Flesch. Text and reports by Alex Crisovan. (H. Suri, Biel 1976. 160 pp.)
Our friend from South Tyrol, a very committed member and one of the three founding members of his chess club ARCI Bozen being left, has now written his first book - also encouraged by our last year's "Festschriften" bibliography (2008): a nicely made commemorative publication on the occasion of the 25th club anniversary containing a comprehensive chronicle of the club with numerous pictures and tournament tables as well as a few games. The reader will receive a more detailed impression of the book at the club homepage (Presentation (pdf) / Notes of 1 August 2009 (pdf) / Some pages from the book (pdf) / Photo gallery 'Presentation of the book'). Moreover there are two current entries on the book (26/08 and 06/09/2009, in German) at the site of the South Tyrol Chess Association ASV Südtiroler Schachbund. (R.B.)
115 pages, paperback,
colour printing on glossy paper!
Before joining our KWF&A group this year, Michael Dombrowsky has written a delightful book dealing with the Berlin chess scene of the 1950s / 60s and the chess legends of that period. The book is not only very attractive due to its nice layout (coloured diagrams!) prepared by the publisher Arno Nickel, but also to its content – the author brings back memories of a time where many of us were still young and possibly heard for the first time the names of those 10 legends portrayed in the book. So this is a welcome excursion into a part of German chess history, and simultaneously a very entertaining read with many anecdotes and hitherto unknown biographical details on the protagonists, as well as many accompanying games and game fragments (annotated by Helmut Reefschläger).
You will find the bibliographical data and excerpts from the book on the page of the Edition Marco Publishing House.
Moreover a review (in German) by our member Dr. Mario Ziegler in Glarean Magazin: Berliner Luft-Menschen.
(R.B., VI 2014)
Two International Masters – John Donaldson and Nikolay Minev – have met to produce the ultimate work on Akiba Rubinstein. The two-volume biography and game collection (revised and considerably expanded second edition 2006 [Volume 1] or 2011 [Volume 2] respectively) is the result of a research work of many years and deserves unreserved praise with regard to the completeness of material and the correctness of description. The reader will find 492 + 583 = 1075 games and game fragments in both volumes. Naturally hardback volumes (instead of paperbacks) would have been desirable, but you can't have it all... (R.B., III 2012)
Review Volume 1 by Taylor Kingston at ChessCafe
Review Volume 2 by Dennis Monokroussos - The Chess Mind Blog
Excerpt from Volume 2
Back covers above/below
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Further publications (selection):
Elmars Zemgalis. Grandmaster without the Title
Pomeranian Publishing, Berkeley 2001. Softcover, 160 pp.
Olaf Ulvestad: An American original
Thinkers‘ Press, Davenport 2002. Softcover, 36 pp.
A Legend On the Road: Bobby Fischer's 1964 Simul Tour
2nd ed., Russell, Milford 2005. Softcover, 198 pp.
(1st ed. 1994)
The Chess Player, Nottingham 2005. Softcover, 159 pp.
A Strategic Opening Repertoire
2nd ed., Russell, Milford 2008. Softcover, 272 pp.
(1st ed. 1998)
The Life and Games of Frank Ross Anderson
You get the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Moravian Chess, Olomouc 2009. Hardcover, 361 pp.
Review by Brian Almeida: An Inspirational Tale
Excerpt from the foreword at http://www.newinchess.com/...
Emanuel Lasker, eds. Richard Forster, Stefan Hansen, Michael Negele (Exzelsior Verlag Berlin, 2009), chapter 21: Weltmeister ohne Titel, pp. 631-645
Co-authored by Nikolay Minev and Yasser Seirawan:
Alekhine in Europe and Asia
619 Games ... from Europe and Asia 1905-1945
International Chess Enterprises, Seattle 1993. Paperback, 118 pp.
Co-authored by Eric Tangborn:
The Unknown Bobby Fischer
International Chess Enterprises, Seattle 1999. Softcover, 191 pp.
A valuable information should not get lost –
Jacqueline Piatigorsky: Patron, Player, Pioneer – a marvelous exhibition at the World Chess Hall of Fame running from October 25, 2013 to July 13, 2014 – has been curated by John Donaldson, and complete information, a press release and a wonderful downloadable PDF of the exhibition brochure is available at www.worldchesshof.org/exhibitions/....
Chess books from Australia open the door to another world for us – this small tournament book was the first work of our friend Paul Dunn from "Down under"– he will certainly like to tell us if there are meanwhile further publications by him. (M.N.)
(Co-authored by Bob Meadley) John van Manen: The Chess Literature of Australia and New Zealand. 4th edition, updated to June 2009, published 2011. See KWA Publications page 10.
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of their chess column in the daily "Der Standard", ruf & ehn (i.e. Ernst Strouhal and Michael Ehn) emerged with this wonderful publication, being a combination of a book (with a chronology, indexes and 273 chess problems) and a DVD (with all 1035 chess columns from VI 1990 to VI 2010 as jpg or pdf files). This work belongs to the 15 most beautiful Austrian books in 2010, a tribute certainly rarely paid to a chess book at national level.
(R.B., III 2012)
Schachkompositionen. Die besten Aufgaben und Komponisten der Schachgeschichte. Mit über 500 Rätseln und Lösungen
(humboldt, 2013. Softcover, 464 pp.) - see our Announcements.
Schicksalsmomente der Schachgeschichte. Dramatische Entscheidungen und historische Wendepunkte
(humboldt, 2014. Softcover, 272 pp.)
By his series "Tübinger Beiträge zum Thema Schach" Dr. Hans Ellinger has created an "Articulation forum for chess history, contemporary chess, chess psychology, chess events" - this commendable venture was started by Prof. Paul Thieme's contribution Zur Frühgeschichte des Schachs in 1994. Outstanding to me are Volume 3: Schach unterm Hakenkreuz (Ralf Woelk) and naturally Volume 5: Stellungsspiel, Eliskases' strategic principal work of 1941 - eventually in German translation.
For such an undertaking a lot of idealism is required, therefore we hope that the Ken Whyld Association is able to give this series a new push (Volume 8 was published in 2003).
Overview "Tübinger Beiträge"
His name is especially connected with feenschach, the magazine devoted to fairy chess which he has published since 1989 [formerly Wilhelm Karsch (vol. I-XI, 1949-70) and Peter Kniest (vol. XII-XX, 1971-88)]. A bewildering unorthodox magazine whose irregular publication is also bewildering. That’s just something for SuFis (Super-Filosophers!!!) … (R.B.)
Hans Engberts †
That’s no chess book – nevertheless I found several passages related to chess – Hans Engberts and his partner René Hesselink give a report on 20 years in the Utrecht second-hand bookshop "Hinderickx & Winderickx" – many episodes seem familiar to me – a likeable book by bibliophiles for bibliophiles (or bibliomaniacs ?). (M.N.)
Our first Hungarian member, Dr. Tamás Erdélyi from Kecskemét published a lot of chess literature during the last years with his publishing house "Caissa Chess Books". Many of these books deal with openings but there are also quite a lot which are very interesting for collectors and historians such as works on Capablanca and Morphy. (M.N.)
Correspondence chess is the focus of attention of our Swedish friend Calle Erlandsson – this series combines in a quite appealing way the games of the Swedish CC championships of about 20 years. (M.N.)
Alain Fayard lives in Rome but he’s genuine French, a strong chess player and an enthusiastic collector of chess literature. Till midst of the nineties he was an editor of "Europe Echecs" and as it seems, he has unfortunately got into loads of trouble (and court proceedings) with his biography on Joël Lautier (1993) due to an alleged breach of copyright. In the end the publisher Bernard Grasset was at his wits’ end and withdrew the total edition from the market. An unpleasant story which our friend would prefer to forget – but his book turned into a collector’s rarity by that. (M.N.)
Vlastimil Fiala is a professor of political science – and an absolute phenomenon regarding his diligence in publishing. In the meantime reprints from Olomouc are probably standing on the shelves of all our members. By his compilation "Cologne 1898", the 11th German Chess Congress he has filled a painful gap in the congress books of the "DSB" (German Chess Federation). The publication of "Proceedings of International Conference of Chess Historians" is a further achievement of Vlastik (together with Stanisław Sierpowski), among others are included articles by our members Harald E. Balló, Isaak M. Linder, Tomasz Lissowski, Jean Mennerat, Alessandro Sanvito, Ulrich Schädler and (naturally) Kenneth Whyld – The White-Lasa Papers. (M.N.)
Again and again we are pleased to find that such a lot of our members have published small but valuable works on chess history. A special find of this kind are two booklets written by our friend from the English town of Hull, Eric Fisher who just completed the 7th decade of his life. Probably Eric has published even more of such rarities about British chess history as club magazines of the Hull chess club. (MN)
Richard Forster’s first work (in book form) on the English chess master Amos Burn has so far exceeded the manifold expectations and in all serious reviews it also met with an outstanding response, you will find examples at the author’s website, in KARL 4/04 or in NiC 8/2004 where Hans Ree devotes nearly 4 pages to this biography ("Quiet, but with a Revolver"). His in every respect weighty work will hopefully be found on the shelves of many chess friends. (R.B.)
Schachgesellschaft Zürich 1809 bis 2009. Eine helvetische Schachgeschichte in zwei Jahrhunderten mit einem Turnier- und Personenlexikon (Zürich, 2009).
Addendum: the articles by Dr. Richard Forster & Dr. Christian Rohrer, The World's Oldest Chess Club: Part I (1809-1914), Part II (1914-1945), Part III (1945-1961) and Part IV (1975 to the present), published at ChessBase.
The Jubilee Book at the site of the Schachgesellschaft Zürich.
English edition: The Zurich Chess Club, 1809 - 2009 (McFarland, 2011. 448 pp.)
Review by Brian Almeida at ChessCafe: A Monumental Tribute of Narrow Appeal
Page at McFarland
Paul Müller-Breil, Erwin Voellmy (Zurich, 2005) - see www.chesshistory.com
Together with Michael Negele and Stefan Hansen he edited: Emanuel Lasker. Denker, Weltenbürger, Schachweltmeister (Berlin, 2009) - see Lasker Monograph.
Edited together with Ulla Steffan: Auf die Dame kommt es an. Schachgeschichten (Unionsverlag, 2014) - see www.unionsverlag.com/...
Albert Frank (†)
It was nearly 40 years ago that Albert Frank, with the help of Dr. Max Euwe, undertook a study on the psychopedagogy of chess at a high school in Kisangani (Zaïre). The question was if learning chess has a positive influence on the development of numerical and verbal aptitudes, Albert Frank has recorded the results of his research in his book from 1978. You can read a summary online, and meanwhile the book is also available as an electronic edition, see for that www.lulu.com/product/ebook/....
(R.B., III 2012)
The well-known Bochum top collector Hans-Jürgen Fresen has several special collecting fields, a collection of commemorative publications and chronicles of German chess clubs belongs to them. For his own club he took up his pen himself and the club chronicle presented by him in the publication depicted here is the result of a long and meticulous research in numerous archives and libraries. And he can be proud of the success of his endeavours, as his many findings made it necessary to completely rewrite the early history of the Bochumer Schachverein 02.
Many of us know about that our Swiss chess friend and collector maintains a high-quality website on chess literature. But it’s completely new to me that his pedagogical profession has also become evident in chess education – a surprising addition to our previous listing. (M.N.)
José Antonio Garzón
"Our man in Valencia" succeeded with a remarkable chess historical coup as José A. Garzón was able to trace the apparently lost incunabulum of Francesch Vicent in an Italian manuscript - his Libre dels jochs partitis dels scachs en nombre de 100 was published more than 500 years ago (1495) just in Valencia. José’s latest work on the birth and the expansion of modern chess is connected with this and further find(s) and moreover it was published in a marvellously equipped and illustrated edition. Surely many a person will already impatiently wait for the English version of the first Spanish edition ...
Cover English edition
En pos del incunable perdido. Francesch Vicent: Llibre dels jochs partitis dels schachs, Valencia, 1495 (Valencia, 2001)
Estudio del tratado ajedrecístico de Luca Pacioli (Valencia, 2007) >> Picture
Govert Westerveld, La reina Isabel la Católica: su reflejo en la dama poderosa de Valencia, cuna del ajedrez moderno y orígen del juego de damas (Valencia, 2004)
Together with Josep Alió and Miquel Artigas:
NUEVO ENSAYO DE BIBLIOGRAFIA ESPAÑOLA DE AJEDREZ 1238-1938
(NEBEA, New Essays on Spanish Chess Bibliography)
ROMEDITORS, Valencia 2012.
For more details see our announcement.
El Ajedrez del Virrey - Virrey Chess, Alenar Editors, Valencia 2014
Further information and links in our announcement.
Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam
Among experts Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam, one of the two editors-in-chief of the magazine New In Chess, is regarded as the best interviewer in the chess world. His special skills become manifest in the fact that even reserved or media-shy chess greats become stupendously communicative in front of his microphone. This volume, published 2006, gathers 30 interviews of famous chess masters from the previous decade, with Kasparov included even five times.
(R.B., III 2012)
Who has never heard of "The Chess Player, Nottingham" – meanwhile a one-man show of our friend Tony Gillam – "Hunter of the Lost Games". Uncounted – in the very meaning of the word – are all his chess publications; a good insight into Tony’s productivity, but also into his "ups and downs" is given in Sarah Hurst’s article in "Curse of Kirsan, Russell Enterprises 2002"; also "CHESS, July 1999". With "Munich 1942" I have chosen one of Tony’s recent works to which I personally attach considerable significance. (M.N.)
Ostende 1906 International Chess Tournament (CAISSA Editions, 2005)
Mannheim 1914 and the Interned Russians (The Chess Player, Nottingham 2014) - Cover. - Review by Brian Almeida at ChessCafe.com.
Emanuel Lasker, eds. Richard Forster, Stefan Hansen, Michael Negele (Exzelsior Verlag Berlin, 2009), chapter 2: Lasker in Grossbritannien, pp. 29-49
The Chess Player Publications by Tony Peterson
Rudolf Glenk (†)
Time and again it is surprising what excellent chess publications are created by pure amateurs – such a work presents our chess friend Rudolf Glenk with his "Turmtore und Kachelofen-Probleme" [Tower (Rook) gates and tiled stove problems]. If additionally, like to me, the opportunity is granted to admire the "magnificent piece" in Glenk’s front room in Forchheim will understand how it warms the problem friend’s heart. (M.N.)
- Die Vereinsbibliothek Schachclub Forchheim e.V. (Forchheim, 2004)
- Hans Michael Erdenbrecher - ein nicht vergessener Problemkomponist aus Mittelfranken. (Forchheim, 2005 and 2007) >> Image (2nd ed.)
- Herberts Lieblinge - 32 ausgewählte Schachprobleme von Herbert Engel (Forchheim, 2007) >> Image
- Bericht und Lösungen zum Preisausschreiben aus der Festschrift Schwalbe-Tagung vom 05. bis 07. Oktober 2007 in Forchheim (Forchheim, 2007)
- Hinterm Schachofen. Eine Schachbibliothek zum Schmökern. Italienische Schachliteratur gesammelt, katalogisiert und kommentiert von Rudolf Glenk (Forchheim, 2008) >> Image (title page)
- with Udo Güldner: XII. Internationale Deutsche Meisterschaft 2005 im Lösen von Schachproblemen, zugleich 29. Deutsche Meisterschaft, vom 15. bis 17. April 2005 in Forchheim. Programmheft mit Preisausschreiben (Forchheim, 2005)
- dito, Programmheft, Turnierbericht, Bericht und Lösungen zum Preisausschreiben (Forchheim, 2005)
- Schwalbe-Tagung vom 05. bis 07. Oktober in Forchheim. Festschrift mit Preisausschreiben (Forchheim, 2007) >> Image
- with Udo Güldner: Interview mit Rudolf Glenk - Rudolf Glenk zum 75. Geburtstag (Forchheim, 2014) >> announcement
Two books on Marcus Hieronymus Vida’s Scacchia Ludus
(Self-published by Rudolf Glenk, Forchheim 2015)
Scacchia Ludus - Das Schachspiel
Die deutschsprachigen Ausgaben
Des Markus Hieronymus Vida ausführliche Beschreibung des Schachspiels
in Versen, aus dem Lateinischen übersetzt von N. A. Hiesebock
Further details in our announcement.
2nd revised edition,
self-published by Rudolf Glenk, Forchheim 2016.
More details in our column New Chess Literature.
Harrie H. Grondijs
Rijswijk: Author’s edition, 2004
361 p., hardcover
The Dutch study expert Harrie Grondijs has caught much attention in his field with numerous profound publications (both books and articles). One of his recent works is No Rook Unturned. A Tour Around The Saavedra Study which was published in a very small edition of only 30 copies. It is already indicated by the subtitle that this book completely deals with the famous Saavedra study – Günter Büsing supplied a detailed review and appreciation of this fascinating work in Die Schwalbe (no. 207, June 2004, p. 469-470). Remarkably, this book initiated further research on the early history of the helpmate, shortly afterward the reviewer and the author presented the result in a joint article (Günter Büsing, Harrie Grondijs: Die dritte Erfindung des Hilfsmatts [The third discovery of the helpmate]; Die Schwalbe 209, Oct. 2004, p. 537-542).
Here a list of Harrie Grondijs' Publications (updated 16/03/2010).
Guy Van Habberney
This teamwork of cash auditor and chairman is definitely a "raisin in the cake" of chess biblio-graphies, as the meticulous compilation of the complete Belgian chess literature mates here with an exquisite color printing whose impact is unveiled above all by the numerous pictures. Many information boxes (highlighted in color) on relevant authors, photographs of chess personalities, a correlation table (as to L/N and Cleveland) and an index of names complete a work which belongs to the required stock of each bibliographically interested chess friend.
Self-published, Antwerp, 2011
157 pp, 24 x 16 cm
Softcover edition: 200 copies
Hardback edition (picture below): 50 copies
Dust jacket verso
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Here the entry on Henri Serruys featuring his earlier publication.
(R.B., III 2012)
Tim Harding is one of the most industrious authors of our members, he has shifted from the short-lived opening literature to the stimulating and entertaining genre of correspondence chess game collections and CC history. Also in an exemplary manner his Chess Mail www.chessmail.com, unfortunately publication ceased with the January 2006 issue. (M.N.)
Tim Harding, who had already included an essay on J.H. Blackburne (1841-1924) in his previous book Eminent Victorian Chess Players (2012), has now finished a stupendous biography and game collection about the "Grand Old Man" of British Chess. Interestingly enough, we learn from Tim’s preface that our KWA meeting in Norwich (April 2012) and his talk on Blackburne on that occasion led him to tackle the task of writing this volume of finally 582 pages. By his meticulous research he has unearthed a huge amount of biographical details and – for the delight of the readers – added an abundance of illustrations (photographs, drawings, caricatures). Above all the book contains more than 1,100 of Blackburne’s games, mostly annotated (some game scores are missing). And the appendices offer, apart from several indices, a bibliography, some interviews and articles as well as 55 chess problems composed by Blackburne. Some more information about the book is offered at the author’s web site where you can also find some linked reviews. Unquestionably this biography is the most beautiful, the most comprehensive and the most reliable work on Blackburne so far, hence it belongs on the shelves of each chess friend who is interested in the chess greats of the old times.
(R.B., IX 2015)
Tim Harding introduces himself in greater detail with his past and present chess activities at Dr Timothy Harding's Homepage.
Ludwig Engels - a born Düsseldorfer - was one of the strongest German chess masters in the 1930s and a player of nearly grandmaster strength. Definitely he was the most famous member of the Düsseldorf Chess Club 1854, and now another Düsseldorfer - our member Friedrich-Karl Hebeker - has set him a literary monument by this biography. You may consider this book as the adequate answer to Lothar Nikolaiczuk’s satirical chapter "König Ludwig - ruhmbekleckert" (in his book "Der ELO-Schädling", 2013) where the author presents the good chess reputation of "King Ludwig" as undeserved and considers him a chess weakling. (The real name of King Ludwig is not revealed there, but it is clear who is meant.) Well, the readers will form their own opinion about that ...
(R.B., IX 2016)
Martin Frère Hillyer
Our US member from Ohio presents a very attractive book which makes a valuable contribution to the American chess history of the 19th century. As the author's name may already suggest, he is a descendant (great-great-grandson) of Thomas Frère (1820-1900), so his work also a piece of genealogical research on his own family. For the first time Thomas Frère's contributions to the development of chess in the USA, particularly in New York City, have been completely documented and acknowledged here.
Inter alia Frère was a second of Steinitz during his first world championship match against Zukertort, and he was a good friend of the American chess legend Paul Morphy – the first book on Morphy came from his pen.
(R.B., IV 2012)
Owen M. Hindle
In the world of chess historians and also of chess players the name of Owen M. Hindle sounds good – a British champion player (participant of the chess olympiads 1964 and 1966) and an author of several chess books. The biography of Cecil de Vere, which is worth reading, is a joint production together with Bob Jones. (M.N.)
With his 526-page commemorative publication Stockholms Schackförbund 1911-2011 Peter Holmgren has presented an imposing work on the last 100 years of Stockholm’s Chess Federation, including many player portraits and games. Some more details about the book in the author’s information (PDF) and in the short Swedish review by Lars Grahn (scroll down there). (R.B., VIII 2012)
Peter de Jong
The jubilee book on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the Chess Club Utrecht was officially authored by Robert Beekman, but our member Peter de Jong has considerably contributed to this fine commemorative publication as he told himself in his mail from August 2011 – where you will also find some more details about the work. (A usual title page is missing and there is also no imprint but an intro page with photos of the two authors.) The seemingly strange title "Qui perd gagne!" (today this is the French term for "Losing Chess") was explained by Peter de Jong in his mail afterwards, he refers to the written record by Olland you will find in the book (p.17). However it remains open if that "Qui perd gagne" played in Utrecht was really an early version of Losing Chess or (more likely) the kind of "Selfmate Chess" played in France in 19th century correspondence games (Paris – Marseille 1878) – at least the date (the 1880s in Utrecht) is very near.
The get-up of the book is neat and solid (hardcover, glossy paper, thread-stitching), and it contains an immense number of historically interesting photos. Some excerpts from the book in this PDF file.
(R.B., IV 2013)
Emanuel Lasker, eds. Richard Forster, Stefan Hansen, Michael Negele (Exzelsior Verlag Berlin, 2009), chapter 5: Laskers Beziehung zu den Niederlanden, pp. 101-128.
In 2013 Peter de Jong published two attractive books for chess historians: 600 Schaakgezichten [600 Chess Faces] and 325 Schaaktoernooien [325 Chess Tournaments], both privately printed and in a small edition only. They exclusively contain images of chess players and chess tournaments respectively, collected over the years from many different sources.
Peter has provided images of the covers as well as excerpts from the books (all as PDFs):
600 Schaakgezichten – cover / excerpt
325 Schaaktoernooien – cover / excerpt
... and in 2015 a trilogy on Max Euwe and Dutch chess history:
Max Euwe - Verhalen en Partijen
Deel 1 - Nederlandse Schaakhistorie
Deel 2A - Partijen 1911-1940
Deel 2B - Partijen 1941-1981
- see our announcement.
Our Austrian member Karl Kadletz from Leobendorf near Vienna can look back on numerous historical works and reviews but up to now only on one contribution to chess history – a nice survey on Wolfgang von Kempelen in "Archiv der Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften" which he made available to us as an "offprint". About his contribution to the "Turk", published in Schach-Aktiv 12/1984 Mr Kadletz appears to be not so happy – Preßburg turned into Preßbaum (a suburb of Vienna) ...
Emanuel Lasker, eds. Richard Forster, Stefan Hansen, Michael Negele (Exzelsior Verlag Berlin, 2009), chapter 12: Laskers Biograph: Jacques Hannak, pp. 285-307
Our member Jan Kalendovský has allied himself with another Czech chess historian to fill a long existing gap with this book on the first International Prague Chess Tournament 1908, published exactly 100 years after the event. (Before there was only a Czech book by Kautsky from 1909.) The nicely illustrated work contains 223 (annotated) games, reports of the 19 rounds and a lot of historical material, thus providing an adequate appreciation of that classic tournament where Schlechter and Duras shared first prize, followed by Vidmar and Rubinstein. The reviewers highly recommend the book and praise it with regard to the contents and the high-quality get-up.
Page of the publisher (in Czech)
Prague 1908 at Wikipedia
English reviews by Prof. Nagesh Havanur at Chessville and by John Elburg.
Czech reviews by Karel Mokry, Karol Rückschloss, Ivan Hausner and Břetislav Modr.
Auction house Klittich-Pfankuch
The auctioneers Klittich-Pfankuch – primarily father Roger und son Dr. Karl Klittich are responsible for a whole series of auction catalogues which provide outstanding descriptions and representations of the offered chess literature (and other collector’s items). Significant portions of chess literature were first shown in the 23rd auction of the year 1993 – meanwhile the auctions in Brunswick represent the "Mecca of the chess book collectors". (M.N.)
Kurt Landsberger (†)
The Steinitz biography and the following collection of materials on William Steinitz by his distant relation Kurt Landsberger belong to the most impressive works I have to describe in the course of this series. Maybe it was also the personal meeting with Kurt in Düsseldorf in October 2003 which intensified this impression. It’s just unbelievable what this "non chess player" has collected on the first world champion and how it is presented with expertise and love of details. Two "wonderful" books – thanks, dear Kurt. (M.N.)
Kurt Landsberger und Michael Negele
Isaak M. Linder (†)
Among the numerous chess historical works by Isaak M. Linder (also here co-authored by his son Vladimir I.) I have selected one of the most recent and hefty (nearly 2 kg) items: Kings of the Chess World – "Terra Sport" Moscow 2001 – An extensive account including documents on the chess world champions from Steinitz to Kramnik – whose chapter incidentally turns out to be remarkably short. (M.N.)
co-authored by Wladimir Linder
Emanuel Lasker, eds. Richard Forster, Stefan Hansen, Michael Negele (Exzelsior Verlag Berlin, 2009), chapter 6: Emanuel Lasker in Russland, pp. 131-164
Our friend Tomasz Lissowski from Warsaw is a guarantee of high quality – besides his impressive work on Zukertort (together with Cezary Domański) his biography and game collection of Lionel Kieseritzky (Wydawnictwo DiG, Warsaw 1996), a joint work with GM Bartłomiej Macieja seems to me to have received much too less attention. (M.N.)
Dawid Przepiorka - His Life and Work (The Chess Player, Nottingham 1999. 59 pp.)
Szymon Winawer (The Chess Player, Nottingham 2000. 76 pp.)
co-authored by Mirosława Litmanowicz:
Karol Irzykowski. Pióro i szachy (Penelopa, Warsaw 2001. 139 pp.) - Cover
See also Karol Irzykowski – Literat und Schachspieler by Thomas Lemanczyk at ChessBase (in German).
co-authored by Cezary W. Domański:
Arcymistrz z Lublina (Penelopa, Warsaw 2002)
See the German edition of the Zukertort biography.
Four Polish Championships. Warsaw 1926, Lodz 1927, Warsaw 1935, Jurata 1937
(The Chess Player, Nottingham 2003. 65 pp.)
co-authored by Wolfgang Kamm:
Emanuel Lasker, eds. Richard Forster, Stefan Hansen, Michael Negele (Exzelsior Verlag Berlin, 2009), chapter 1: Emanuel Laskers Vorfahren, Familie und Kindheit, pp. 1-26
(The Chess Player, Nottingham 2010. 151 pp.) - Cover
Review by "Chess Reader"
co-authored by Jerzy Konikowski & Jerzy Moraś
Mistrz Przepiórka (Penelopa, Warsaw 2013. 269 pp.)
New York member Larry List’s interests have been in the intersections between chess-play, chess set design and the rich interrelations with visual arts and music. His book The Imagery of Chess Revisited, (2005, in English only) chronicles the 1944-45 exhibition of Surrealist chess themed art & music organized by French chess master Marcel Duchamp. 32 Pieces: The Art of Chess, Mark Sanders, ed. (2009, in English & Icelandic) includes List’s extensive essay, "New Forms for a New Era," which examines contemporary artists’ visions of chess in the context of 20th century chess & art history. A full essay translation in Czech is available as well.
The exhibition Cage & Kaino: Pieces and Performances in the World Chess Hall of Fame was organized by Larry List, you will find detailed information and a fine downloadable exhibition brochure at www.worldchesshof.org/exhibitions/exhibit/cage-kaino-pieces-and-performances/.
For another show Strategy by Design: Games by Michael Graves see www.worldchesshof.org/exhibitions/exhibit/strategy-by-design-games-by-michael-graves/.
For the first two years (till 1977) our Danish chess friend and collector distinguished himself as an editor of the "Organ for Dansk Skakbibliofil Forening" – nowadays "Skakbog-Samleren" is an exceptional treasure for bibliophiles. The magazine was published till 1984, sometimes with German contributions, for example by Gerd Meyer, Lübeck. Today Claes is still quite active as a writer, among other things with contributions to the Danish magazine "Skakbladet". (M.N.)
Click on the picture to enlarge it!
There’s a pleasant little book filled with anecdotes provoking some hearty laughs, written by the chess journalist, publisher and correspondence chess IM Manfred Mädler in those days in Düsseldorf (1991; 79 pp.) – 1996 he returned to his native town Dresden (www.schachhaus-maedler.de). Dear Manfred, when will you put pen to paper and write down your own chess memoirs? (R.B.)
Another grandmaster in the KWA, but also a "Great" one for us collectors. Our Czech friend is regarded as an always reliable, nearly inexhaustible source for chess literature (chess bookshop), but now I have discovered him as an author too. Surely this kind of opening literature is not necessarily the main aspect of my collecting passion but here GM Mokry has impressively described the French Defence. (M.N.)
Peter J. Monté
The graduated historian Dr Peter J. Monté decided to join our association not before the publication of his magnificent work in 2014 - it was widely praised and made him famous among chess historians all over the world. And rightly so, as by this monumental book, which took him nearly 25 years of research he stands in the tradition of H.J.R. Murray and his A History of Chess. It mainly deals with the period when the game transformed from the slow medieval game into modern dynamic chess with its new rules and long-ranging pieces, it describes painstakingly all the manuscripts from Lucena to Greco, and considers all relevant literature on chess history written before, including that of our members Yuri Averbakh, Alessandro Sanvito and José Garzón. Definitely, this seminal work will still be an indispensable reference book for generations of future chess historians and experts dealing with that bygone era of chess.
(R.B., IX 2016)
A German publication on the subject "problem chess" undergoing a third revised edition may be nearly considered as a singularity! The attractive paperback is filled with 300 well-chosen tricky problems (1st ed. Munich 1980; 2nd ed. 1982; 3rd ed. 1985, 224 pp.) – time and again you will just like to pick up this small classic. Godehard Murkisch founded his own publishing house in 1999: Nightrider Unlimited. (R.B.)
Here is a list of the Kuhn†/Murkisch series:
nos. 1-30 (jpg-file) / nos. 31-45 (PDF)
Natural scientists don’t really tend to be "masterly men of letters" too, therefore our chairman is a "late developer". It was in Kaissiber No. 15 (Summer 2000), that is as early as in his 43rd year that he could go on in a thirty-page article about the "Dispute of Theoreticians" on the Goldman Variation (1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Qf3) and its exponents. Just as generous was the editor Stefan Bücker in Kaissiber 18: M.N. was allowed to elaborate on "The crime of Mr. Heyde" (Spring 2002) on 30 pages too. Meanwhile 16 articles of 4-10 pages have already been published in KARL till end of 2008 and the traditional magazine SCHACH published some contributions in 2005 and 2006 as well. (M.N.)
Contents of the first 20 numbers of Kaissiber (pdf-file)
Together with Richard Forster and Stefan Hansen: Emanuel Lasker. Denker, Weltenbürger, Schachweltmeister (Berlin, 2009) - see Lasker Monograph. Epilogue: Jenseits des Zufalls - Schach war doch das Leben, pp. 989-1055
Original chess literature from the North Atlantic Fire Island has not become widespread and is virtually unknown in wide parts of the chess world. The work by our famous Icelandic member presented here was already published a good 33 years ago (1976), it has kindly been transferred to me by Gunnar Finnlaugsson. On 240 pages it contains a selection of annotated attacking games of the author against nearly all important chess figures of the relevant period (including numerous diagrams, tournament tables as well as black and white pictures; each game with a preceding introduction). For lack of my knowledge of Icelandic I am not able to give a more detailed assessment of the text, so I will allow Gunnar to speak here (see the accompanying info sheet below). Collectors who regard quality highly will also appreciate the solid and appealing presentation (hardback edition with dust cover and sewn binding).
Carlo Alberto Pagni (†)
Prof. Pagni, retired but restless brain surgeon from Turin now living in Milan, is very concerned about the history of correspondence chess, many of his publications show that. The inclusion of his three small works from 1994-1997 in "Scacchi senza Quartiere", published in 2004 by the active company "Caissa Italia editore" seems particularly pleasing to me. In the meantime our friend Romano Bellucci has published a supplement as volume 4 of the "Correspondence Chess Matches between Clubs 1823-1899" (Scacchi e Science Applicate 2006).
With this historical encyclopaedia our Danish member and operator of the Skakhuset has published his lifework about "a Golden Era": On 480 pages he reports about the chess life in South Sweden and Copenhagen, spanning a period of 87 years (1922-2009). A total of 434 games is included in this work which the author has presented in more details on 3 pages (in German).
(R.B., IV 2012)
The last issue of the SSM
(No. 6, June 1995)
Our Swiss chess friend Toni Preziuso did some chess journalistic work for several years, at first (from January 1992 to June 1995) as the chief editor of the Schweizer Schach-Magazin, the organ of the SASB (Schweizerischer Arbeiter-Schachbund, Swiss Workers Chess Association). Owing to the merging of the SASB and the SSV (Schweizerischer Schachverband, Swiss Chess Association) the two associations’ organs united to the new SSZ, the Schweizerische Schachzeitung – and here Toni still carried on working as a chief editor (together with Markus Angst) till about halfway through 1997. Particularly his games analyses were highly appreciated, due to their intelligibility they were of benefit to weaker players as well. (R.B.)
Emanuel Lasker, eds. Richard Forster, Stefan Hansen, Michael Negele (Exzelsior Verlag Berlin, 2009), chapter 7: Aus der Schreibmaschine des Schachweltmeisters, pp. 167-188
Really wonderful books are created by our member Martin Ramsauer for it belongs to his profession as a book conservator to derive pleasure from it. After his first work "Weihnachtsbäume im Schachproblem" (2003) there is now (2007) a new item from his workshop, bound in cloth and with an attractive "additional design" on the front: Bogoljubow's chess column of the "Badische Illustrierte Zeitung" 1946-51 has been reprinted in a limited edition (of 50 copies), with that a widely unknown chess column from the postwar years run incognito for a long time is available again. The content is rather unexpected as "Bogol" turns out first and foremost to be a problem columnist and moreover an occasional composer as well. (R.B.)
Information on the book by Martin Ramsauer (PDF).
Jan van Reek (†)
This lovingly equipped volume incorporates 3 works of the author in German translation: "Miniaturen / Schachfiguren in der Endspielstudie / Die ultramoderne Endspielstudie" (Miniatures / Chessmen in the Endgame Study / The Ultra Modern Endgame Study); including a foreword by Harrie Grondijs (Koblenz 1993; 238 pp.). Jan van Reek has written and published numerous books on endgame studies, you will get to know more about him by visiting his homepage. (R.B.)
Rudolf Reinhardt (†)
Published in an excellent get-up, this book by the Nimzowitsch researcher Rudolf Reinhardt documents the late work of Aron Nimzowitsch and so fills a long lasting gap in the chess historical literature. Unfortunately the author was not lucky enough to experience his legacy to the chess world; after decades of meticulous research and preparation he couldn't completely finish his manuscript any more. We largely owe it to the publisher Arno Nickel that this work - considered as a sequel to "My System" - was published after all in 2010.
(R.B., III 2012)
Edition Marco, Berlin
hardcover, 408 p.
Leonard R. Reitstein
Who else than Leonard Reitstein, for many years South Africa’s "Mr. Chess" would be competent to produce a chess chronicle of the most important African chess country? The large-format book is lovingly equipped with numerous photos, illustrations and diagrams and all fields of South African chess life from the beginnings to the outbreak of WW II are considered. We can only hope that a successor will be found who will document the younger chess history of this country just as comprehensively and entertainingly as it was done in this volume on the early history. (R.B.)
A List of Chess Books Published in South Africa
Self published, Wynberg (Republic of South Africa), 2008 - Cover
Together with the well-known chess historian Adriano Chicco, Antonio Rosino devoted himself to the Italian chess history from its beginnings to the present time, the extensive result Storia degli scacchi in Italia counting 639 pages was offered to the chess public in 1990. Numerous plates as well as chapters on correspondence chess and problem chess (by Oscar Bonivento) and a selection of games enrich this valuable treatise. (R.B.)
EDITIONS feenschach - phénix
chess FEE=NIX history II.f - 2010
printed by -be- à aix-la-chapelle
Paperback / Thread-stitching
Edition of 500 Copies
Eric Ruch presents here the first volume of a comprehensive history of correspondence chess and follows with that an old suggestion of Eduard Dyckhoff ["Who will write us the history of correspondence chess?"]. The more than 70 included games reproduced from the period 1804 to 1840 (few played till 1843) are predominantly provided with contemporary comments as well as numerous diagrams. A 16-page appendix with black and white illustrations (reproduced are old letters and pages from books) completes the work whose English edition we hopefully can expect soon.
(R.B., III 2012)
As the cover text (verso) of this book reveals, this volume of the "Tübinger Beiträge" devotes to different theories of the origin of chess. In his contribution "Pawns and Pieces: Towards the Prehistory of Chess" co-author Myron Samsin pursues an interesting theoretical approach: the fusion of the old Greek board game Petteia/Poleis with an Indian (Chaupur-like) race game into a proto-chess which could have happened in the post-Alexandrian culture area of Asia. The plausibility of this theory is supported by the fact that in the reign of the Graeco-Bactrian kings a general fusion process of Indian and Greek cultural assets took place to a great extent.
With Alessandro Sanvito an excellent authority in the field of chess history and chess bibliography belongs to our members – his outstanding work will be presented here. Generally the Italian chess guild is extraordinary active in this field – a look at the website of the C.C.I. Italiano will confirm that. (M.N.)
A new enlarged edition of that bibliography was released 16 years later - "dalle origini al 2015". See our announcement.
Unfortunately the first work of our software expert is only available to a very restricted readership – the members of the Lasker Society. Much to our regret, as you cannot imagine a better survey on the life and the work of Jean Dufresne.
PS: An enlarged second edition was published in 2006 (small number of copies as well), but a third edition is already anounced for 2007 ...
Johannes Fischer's interview with Andreas Saremba:
Jean Dufresne: Trotz Schicksalsschlägen ein heiteres Gemüt (ChessBase News, 2005-03-02; in German only!)
Allan G. Savage
Only 20 pages contains the "Marcel Duchamp Sampler" by Allan G. Savage which was "prepared specifically for the Chess Festival 1998" in Moline, IL in a limited edition. The booklet includes some short comments on Duchamp’s early chess career, expositions of conjugate (corresponding) squares (sister squares) in pawn endings, of their pre-history as well as the reconciliation of opposition and sister squares, completed by two annotated games of Duchamp. The paper was intended as a small "appetizer" for Allan Savage’s forthcoming book on Duchamp, and we wonder if we can still be curious about this publication!? (R.B.)
Thinkers’ Press, Inc., Davenport, IA
limited edition of 200 copies
The trained archaeologist and present director of the Swiss Museum of Games has already published numerous articles in books and specialist journals, particularly in Board Game Studies (Yearbooks of the International Society for Board Game Studies) whose co-editor he is. His beautifully designed book Globusspiel und Himmelsschach - Brett- und Würfelspiele im Mittelalter was published only in a limited edition (Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, Darmstadt 1998. 64 pp. / Hardback, incl. mostly coloured illustrations.) (R.B.)
From the blurb (translated by R.B.): "In many respects the Middle Ages were an epoch full of the joys of life, an age of artistic creativity and innovation, an age of erudition but especially a playful age. Games served as a metaphor for the relations of man to the Creation, were the subjects of erudite discourses, educational instrument or more or less refined leisure activities – these aspects provide a backdrop for the medieval culture of play."
Alfons X. "der Weise"
Das Buch der Spiele
Translated and commented by Ulrich Schädler and Ricardo Calvo (†)
Ludographie - Spiel und Spiele, vol. 1,
LIT Verlag, Vienna/Berlin 2009. 336 pp.
Cover / Short description (in English and German)
Spiele der Menschheit. 5000 Jahre Kulturgeschichte der Gesellschaftsspiele
PRIMUS Verlag GmbH / WBG Darmstadt, 2007. 224 pp.
Published on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Swiss Museum of Games (1987-2007).
Hans Holländer, Ulrich Schädler (Ed.)
Scacchia Ludus - Studien zur Schachgeschichte - Band 1
EDITIONS feenschach-phénix / chess FEE=NIX history vol. I, Aachen 2008. 615 pp.
Cloth bound edition / Dust cover / Text verso
Lothar Schmid (†)
Lothar Schmid was a personal friend of Ken Whyld but "The Omniscient One" couldn't move the "chess player, collector, publisher" to make a catalogue of his collection. At least there is – in a very small edition (100 copies) – an offprint of an article by Marion Faber from "Librarium, Zeitschrift der Schweizerischen Bibliophilen-Gesellschaft" issue I/1980 (23rd year) bearing just such a title, quite by chance M.N. became its proud owner when visiting a Düsseldorf antiquarian bookshop. It's no. 19/100 and it belonged to the late Rolf Rönnefahrt, a friend of L.S.'s youth. (M.N.)
Chess in Printed Works of the Baroque Period
After the Humanism the central artistic events had moved to the east, to the old German-speaking regions, they appeared in urban cultures such as Riga, Dorpat, Reval, Thorn, Danzig, to cite only a few.
The German writer Günter Grass has given a description of the baroque period in a very concise and clear style in his tale worth reading "Das Treffen in Telgte" (1979). The Polish title of this marvellous story is: "Spotkanie w Telgte", published 1992 in Poland. And in the year of the German first edition the tale was translated into English: "The Meeting at Telgte".
Presented are printed works of the baroque age (1600-1700) dealing with chess. Among them are particularly printed works which are generally not considered as "chess books" such as the Selenus but belong to different literary genres. Chess is related to the following names: Johann Lassenius, Adam Olearius, Luis Garon, Martin Limburger, Georg Philipp Harsdörffer, Christoph Ludwig Dietherr von Anwanden, Julius Wilhelm Zincgref, Laurentius von Schnüffis, Daniel Caspar von Lohenstein, Friedrich Hortleder, Caspar Dornau, Erasmus Francisci, to name only several. Their works frequently deal with moral questions of chess, but the authors of the baroque period also showed an interest in blind chess, living chess, the pawn promotion and other aspects of chess.
Epigram and emblem from: Martin Limburger (1637-1692), Die Betruebte Pegnesis
[ill. p. 14, Schach in Drucken des Barocks]
- as editor:
Festschrift für Egbert Meissenburg · Schachforschungen
Festschrift for Egbert Meissenburg · International Research in Chess
Bibliographic data and authors.
This pdf-file contains a table of contents with all titles.
It is thanks to our Antwerp ex-libris expert that the two previous publications by Karel Falleyn (1992 and 1996) on this subject have been combined, but also 165 new ex-libris have been added. In total 1350 different ex-libris with chess motifs are represented! Lists sorted by catalogue number, by owner and by artist, have been revised and fully integrated.
You can order this wonderfully illustrated book directly from the author -
For his latest work (co-authored by Guy Van Habberney) see this entry.
Leonard M. Skinner
A further "gigantic" undertaking is the collection of Alekhine's games by Leonard M. Skinner and Robert G. P. Verhoeven for which I show absolute admiration. You should imagine this book being supplemented with a perfect Aljekhine biography as planned by Ken Whyld – but that didn’t happen anymore. Likewise it's a pity that Rob Verhoeven has in the meantime completely retired from chess bibliography and chess history. (M.N.)
Jørn Erik Nielsen
A "big hit" of our two Danish members is this exemplarily researched Nimzowitsch biography which was voted ChessCafe.com 2012 Book of the Year against strong international competition. But this is "only" the first part of an intended two-volume work – we hope that the authors take heart and energy from the success of the first volume to tackle and complete the successor volume as well. We are full of expectation!
More about the book in our Announcements.
(R.B., IV 2013)
Santo Daniele Spina
Our Sicilian member Prof. Santo Daniele Spina is an archaeologist in Catania, at the same time an enthusiastic chess player and chess historian, his list of publications in Italian journals is impressively long.
We are pleased to say that he let us have his contribution "Per un bilancio de fine secolo Catania nel Novecento", Catania July 2000, p. 657ff as an offprint:
"Arcangelo Blandini and Bogoljubow's famous simultaneous exhibiton in Catania" (please click on the above picture). You will find an additional extensive contribution of Santo Spina on Sicily’s chess history in the always recommendable magazine of our friend Romano Bellucci: "Indice bio-bibliografico degli scacchisti attivi in Sicilia (1500-1959)" in Scacchi e Szienze Applicate, fasc. 24 (2004), Venezia, May 2005, p. 24 ff – here is the English abstract (jpg-file). (M.N.)
With this publication from the year 2009 Marian Stere presents a comprehensive bibliography of the Romanian chess literature which - in addition to printed matters - contains other chess related items as well. Numerous illustrations, mostly in color, adorn the volume which was published by Gambit (Bucharest) in a limited edition. More information and impressions give the pdf files linked below:
Description by the author /
page 30-31 / page 112-113 /
page 116-117 / page 122-127 /
page 164-165 / page 240-241 /
page 274-275 / page 294-296
A review was written by our member Karel Mokry.
Further publication by Marian Stere: Wolfgang Pauly. Challenge of a Legacy (Bucharest, 2001)
"Reading is dangerous for a book collector. It costs a lot of time ..." as Jurgen says with an ironic undercurrent in KARL 1/2004. Then there’s surely left no time for writing, but after all our club founder from Amsterdam is the author of the most extensive Lasker bibliography I know about. Maybe we will be surprised one day by a printed new edition – the copy on hand is dated 1987.
Furthermore we may point to the following publications of Jurgen Stigter:
"The history and rules of Rithmomachia: the philosopher's game", Delft Ms (about 1989); as well as an obituary of Ken Whyld in "Board Game(s) Studies" No. 6 / 2003, p. 99-101.
After all Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam's contribution "For the love of books" ("Jurgen Stigter's dream of a universal chess bibliography") was published in New In Chess 2008/5 - a six and a half-page article resulting from an interview with Jurgen Stigter.
A "Fanzine for Lovers of Castling Affairs, Problem Chess, Chess History and Bibliography"; in 2006 the trio of editors, Hanspeter Suwe, Stephen Rothwell and Andreas Thoma has successfully managed the 7th year of this magazine around the main topic "castling" (publication: three times a year; about 130-150 pp./year). (R.B.)
The 3rd FIDE GM in our association is very active in publishing – the magazine "SCHACH" (www.zeitschriftschach.de) published by him continues the good tradition of the GDR magazine, but also that of the "Deutsche Schachzeitung" – it’s a pity that he couldn’t decide to make this more clear by the heading (and by the count of the years). Raj Tischbierek’s Olympiad book (in those days there were still publishers in Germany – like "Sportverlag Berlin" – who tackled such projects) gives a very pointed presentation of the history of these team matches. (M.N.)
Emanuel Lasker, eds. Richard Forster, Stefan Hansen, Michael Negele (Exzelsior Verlag Berlin, 2009), chapter 19: Hastings 1895, pp. 577-607; chapter 20: Das Weltmeisterschaftsmatch Lasker - Tarrasch 1908, pp. 609-628; chapter 22: Laskers Comeback 1934 in Zürich, pp. 647-661
Even the youngest member of our association has already written a book: Within a rarely treated subject – i.e. the chess autographs and their forgeries – he has meticulously dealt with the handwriting and signatures of Bobby Fischer as well as with the fakes having appeared at eBay in particular. In addition to a preface by GM Larry Evans the book contains an analysis by graphologist Sheila Lowe ...
... you will learn something more about the book with the gloriously colourful cover from the review by Phil Innes at Chessville.
La reina Isabel la Católica:
su reflejo en la dama poderosa de Valencia, cuna del ajedrez moderno y origen del juego de damas
(Valencia 2004; large-format, 426 p.)
It’s true that our (till now) fourth man in Spain is of Dutch descent but he prefers to research in old Spanish chess and draughts sceneries. In his monumental work published two years ago (in collaboration with José A. Garzón) he summarizes the results of a twenty-year research – it deals with the early history of draughts and its connection to modern chess as well as with the very important part the Queen Isabella of Castile played as a projection figure for these board games. José Garzón (in an online "reprinted" article in Spanish) even considers this book as one of the most valuable works for the Spanish culture! But meanwhile Govert Westerveld is already busy with new book projects, a multi-volume work on the Lucena family is in preparation ...
Often buried in oblivion, Ignaz Kolisch (1837-1889) was one of the leading chess players in the period 1859-1867, before he became a bank director with some help from the Rothschild family and later on a "Baron von Kolisch" as well as an eminent chess patron. Fabrizio Zavatarelli has raised an outstanding chess literary monument to that most interesting, witty and charming personality. His deeply researched work contains 324 annotated Kolisch games, more than the double of the previously known fund, and he gives all found sources with their possible additional information. Moreover a lot of other coeval top chess masters are portrayed thus sketching a picture of the European chess scene at that time. Many diagrams, rare photographs, illustrations and drawings enrich the monograph which leaves a mark of excellence in the series of chess biographies by McFarland.
(R.B., I 2016)
Our German member from Nohen (Rhineland-Palatinate) is a PhD historian and owner of the publishing house Chaturanga, and for many years he has focused on the history of chess.
Apart from some items on opening theory, a book on endgames and a lot of articles and reviews, his list of publications reads as follows:
Die große Schachparade. Band 1: Turniere, Taten und Talente (mit Reinhold Ripperger und Helmut Wieteck), St. Ingbert (ChessCoach) 2010
Säulen des Schachs. Band 1: Paris (mit Reinhold Ripperger und Helmut Wieteck), St. Ingbert (ChessCoach) 2012
Das Schachturnier London 1851, St. Ingbert (ChessCoach) 2013 − already presented on our page www.kwabc.org/...
Moreover he has contributed to the book
Rainer Buland, Bernadette Edtmaier, Georg Schweiger (Hrsg.): Das Gästebuch der Schachweltmeisterschaft 1934 in Deutschland. Faksimile, Forschungsergebnisse, Geschichte und Umfeld, Wien, Berlin (LIT) 2014 (Ludographie − Spiel und Spiele, Band II)
And last but not least he is the publisher of different chess historical works (the last one by Prof. Hebeker: Vom Rhein nach São Paulo) − you may find all books on www.chaturanga.de/products-page/, as well as of the two Caissa issues − see www.caissa-journal.de.