The new bibliography of Spanish chess literature, NUEVO ENSAYO DE BIBLIOGRAFIA ESPAÑOLA DE AJEDREZ 1238-1938 (NEBEA, New Essays on Spanish Chess Bibliography) by our members José A. Garzón, Josep Alió and Miquel Artigas has now been published by ROMEDITORS, Valencia. You will find all information about this monumental work, spanning 700 years of chess literature, at; moreover on the editor’s website There is a luxury edition and a limited collector’s edition (numbered and signed by the authors), for the former a generous discount of 20% will be given to KWA members only, the prize then being 96 Euros. To benefit from this offer, you have to enter a pomotional code (provided by the editor) with your order. You will find this code in our member section. Please consider that the code is only applicable to payments by credit card.
Members can also pay by bank transfer (IBAN ES43 0081 0271 34 0001321636, SWIFT CODE BSABESBBXXX), in this case please contact the editor, Mr Paco Romeu via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

There is also a Spanish ChessBase page with two videos - a book presentation by the authors and a promotional video, see
Moreover we offer an interview published by the prestigious paper El Mundo on 07/12/2012.

Below two photos of the authors and of the book presentation in Valencia on November 29th (click to enlarge).







PS (12/03/2013):

Alberto Herranz from ROMEDITORS has sent us a new photograph (taken by Isaac Ferrera):

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov with the NEBEA volume, flanked by
Cristóbal Grau, Adviser on Sport of Valencia City Hall and
Javier Ochoa, President of the Spanish Chess Federation.
Co-author José A. Garzón gives some explanations on the bibliographic work.
More details and images in the below linked contributions:

FIDE visits Valencia (on

In Spanish:
ChessBase report Ilyumzhinov en Valencia
YouTube video Origen Valenciano del Ajedrez

PS (02/11/2013): NEBEA has been awarded three prizes, we give the links to the pages about the "Premios al Producto Gráfico 2012": VLC Noticias and Hortanoticias.







Martin Ramsauer has completed his work on the third book of his series "Schach-Reprints":
Frederic Madden: Historical Remarks on the introduction of the game of Chess into Europe, and on the ancient Chess-men discovered in the Isle of Lewis [Archaeologia, 24 (1832), pp. 203-291]. It is the first scientific description of the famous chessmen discovered in the preceding year, captivating by numerous detail drawings. Cloth bound with gilding, format 30 x 21 cm. Prize: 29 Euros.

Please order directly from Martin Ramsauer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the chess club Königsspringer Haltern am See e.V. the book Halterner Schachspiegeleien … was published - just in time for the opening of the corresponding chess exhibition. A group of 8 authors has contributed to the book:
Edmund Bruns, Thomas Gerlach, Bernhard E. Köster, Eva Masthoff, Horstfried Masthoff, Michael Rath, Thomas Schniederjan and Dieter Stüber.




Edition Haltern am See, November 2012
Hardcover, 15 x 21.5 cm, 170 pp.
Printed on glossy paper, colour printing.
Edition of 300 copies.



This attractive and nicely illustrated book (with numerous colour images) offers the reader an entertaining mixture of articles widely related to the current exhibition. Central themes are not only the literature of chess incl. chess fiction, also elsewhere mostly neglected fringe areas such as chess ex libris and stamps have been included, and further contributions deal with the role of chess in the period of National Socialism or with chess sets from the wartime. As the book contains a chronicle of the local chess club Königsspringer Haltern am See e.V., it is also of particular interest for collectors of "Festschriften" (commemorative publications), here the Contents (jpg file) for your information. The beautiful bookplate of our member Josep Alió has been reproduced on the front cover, and in the book you will find a few more ex libris of KWA members (Rudolf Glenk, Michael Negele, Lothar Schmid and the late Jean Mennerat). The high-quality get-up and the reasonable price should make a purchase decision easy.

We still quote a reader's feedback (e-mail by Dr. Erik Skovenborg [Denmark] to co-author Eva Masthoff, 02/12/2012):

"One of my pleasures this weekend was the book of Schachspiegeleien with a marvelous collection of learned and interesting comments on the game of chess. The authors ... really know what they are writing about and also know how to make the subject interesting for the reader. In today’s world of visual images the beautiful bookplates find a natural and well-deserved place with their imaginative, pictorial designs and the entertaining story behind each plate. In Denmark the knowledge and use of bookplates is in retreat and decline, however, books like this book on chess are one of the most intelligent and entertaining ways of spreading information about the life and world of exlibris.
I congratulate all the authors on a fine job and also congratulations to the skillful lay-outers and excellent printers for such a beautiful book paying credit to each work of art with fine details in black-and-white and colours. Bravo!"

For KWA members only:
Price: 15 Euro + postage (in Germany) 3.50 Euro = 18.50 Euro
Please order from Michael Rath, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; shipping after receipt of payment, please remit the amount to the following account:
Account number: 150685500
Bank code number: 42661330 (Volksbank Haltern)
IBAN: DE17426613300150685500
Please note "Schachspiegeleien" as reason for transfer (Verwendungszweck).

Generally the book is available in the Haltern public library or in local Haltern bookshops.



Our member Vlastimil Fiala has informed us about his new publications, special attention should be paid to the three rare Steinitz works published in a limited edition of 100 copies each:

1. The Chess Match between Messrs. Steinitz & Blackburne. London 1876 (reprint, HC, format A5, 56pp., EUR 12.00) - Excerpt (PDF)

and never published before:

2. The Chess Columns of The Field. Edited by Wilhelm Steinitz. Volume 1: 1873-1876 (HC, format A4, 266pp, EUR 33.00) - Excerpt (PDF)

3. The Chess Column of Ashore or Afloat. Edited by Wilhelm Steinitz. London 1883 (HC, format A5, 44pp., EUR 12.00) - Excerpt  (PDF)


Moreover a new book by Gino Di Felice has just been published:
Chess Competitions, 1824-1970, (HC, 566pp, EUR 39.00)
Cover and Introduction (PDFs)

Order / price list  Publishing House Moravian Chess (PDF)

Submit your order directly via email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or handle order and payment at Payments by credit cards, bank transfer (UK, CZ) or by Paypal are accepted.

Free postage and package for KWA members!



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