Lothar Schmid, Baron Thassilo von Heydebrand und der Lasa
with his wife Dorothée as well as Yuri Averbakh and Ken Whyld
during the 1st International von der Lasa Conference of Chess Historians
at Kórnik Castle (Poland), September 2002.

 


Lothar Schmid
Chess player, collector, publisher

This was the order in which Marion Faber expressed her appreciation of the achievements of the doyen of chess collectors – who died on May 18th, 2013, eight days after his 85th birthday – in "Librarium", the magazine of the Swiss Society of Bibliophiles in 1980 [Faber article]. I am not competent to judge the merits of the OTB and correspondence chess grandmaster who liked to call himself, with characteristic understatement, a hobby player, or likewise the merits of the most diplomatic arbiter of memorable matches. Therefore my focus is directed on the passionate collector. The interested reader may refer to an interview in SCHACH 6/1998 which records the essential aspects of an exceptional chess career.

 

Visit to Bamberg, June 2001
Matthias Limberg, Hans-Jürgen Fresen, Jurgen Stigter, Lothar Schmid

 

In 1952, after his law studies, Lothar Schmid joined the Karl-May-Verlag founded in 1913 by his father, Dr Euchard Albrecht Schmid (†1951), in Radebeul (near Dresden), and its representation in Bamberg respectively. This subsidiary was managed by the three brothers Joachim (1920-2003), Roland (1930-1990) and Lothar Schmid.
The author met the latter in person at the Lasker Congress in Potsdam in January 2001. At that time the vital septuagenarian was leading the company together with his son Bernhard, and it was difficult for me to distinguish what he had his heart more set on: the publishing business, whose 100th anniversary on 1st of July will now be clouded by Schmid’s death, the extensive Karl May estate whose potential sale and Schmid’s ideas of price together caused public discussion later on [1], or on the "largest chess collection in private hands", diligently accumulated for more than 50 years. The last, in particular, gave Schmid an outstanding special position, compared with the other two collections comparable in extent and importance, namely that in Cleveland (OH), passed on to the local Public Library in 1928 by the lawyer John G. White, and that of Dr jur. Meindert Niemeijer (†1987), already transferred during his lifetime (1948) as Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana to the Royal Library in The Hague, that are open to the public. Over the decades, however, Bamberg turned into the Mecca for all chess bibliophiles, and many a visitor regarded the abundance there as "the Holy Grail", the owner himself by then having hardly an overview of it. L.S. (Bamberg) attracted like a strong magnet all items connected in any way with chess: books, paintings, chessmen and boards, chess clocks, stamps and medals with chess motifs, as well as unique items such as manuscripts, diaries and autographs. He quickly took possession of the complete estates of deceased masters, functionaries or collectors; but the grandmaster was always willing to provide information if it was a matter of available, well-assorted factual knowledge. The search for a hidden stored book or document however could come to nothing due to the immense dimensions of the accumulated items. Now the sad realisation comes over me, that I have definitively missed his repeated offers to visit Bamberg. The worldwide community of chess collectors will wish to keep our doyen in their memories as we last saw him at the meeting of the Ken Whyld Association in Braunschweig in November 2011: charming and courteous, with a blazing enthusiasm for extraordinary things on and at the borders of the 64 squares.

Michael Negele

[1] See Winnetous Erben – Wer bekommt Karl Mays Nachlass? and Der silberne Löwe wird jetzt versilbert (articles from FAZ 10/04/2008).


A German version of the above obit will be published in SCHACH - Deutsche Schachzeitung 6/2013.



Lothar Schmid giving a simul at Klittich-Pfankuch (Braunschweig, June 2001).
Among the GM´s opponents you see Peter Anderberg (in the left corner)
and Jurgen Stigter. Standing, you can identify Norbert Fieberg (looking to the camera)
and Godehard Murkisch.

 

Tony Gillam has one or two memories of the friendship of Lothar Schmid and Ken Whyld, from comments made by both of them:

They were great friends for many years. Ken’s younger son, when in his late teens, spent a month one summer living at Lothar’s home in Bamberg. Ken "repaid" Lothar by giving him a scrapbook by Lowenthal of one of his columns.

Ken also gave Lothar an almost complete collection of Huttmann’s leaflets from around 1840, collected by the Nottingham player Sigismund Hamel. These leaflets have been the subject of articles in The Chess Stalker Quarterly.
Only a few years ago, when Lothar was asked to name the rarest item in his library, he said the Huttmann leaflets.

The last few years of The Chess Players’ Chronicle are extremely rare. Lothar’s incomplete collection of those years came from Ken.

Ken’s older son Martin told me that he could remember a trip to the very picturesque Lathkill Dale in Derbyshire. Lothar and Ken were walking ahead of him, alongside the stream, singing or whistling "The Trout".

When Ken died, Lothar travelled from Bamberg to Ken’s home. I was there that day helping to sort out Ken’s stock of books for sale. Lothar spent half an hour sitting alone in Ken’s office, just remembering his friend.

Tony Gillam


Moreover we link an excerpt from Sarah Hurst’s interview A Walk on the Whyld Side (CHESS November 1998) which sheds additional light on this friendship.

A bibliophilic portrait of Lothar Schmid was written as early as 1965 by Angelika Hübscher, published in the "Börsenblatt für den Deutschen Buchhandel – Frankfurter Ausgabe" – Nr. 31, 21 April 1965, pp. 721-724 – here is a scan of this interesting contribution (in German).


Below some more photographs (archive Michael Negele):

 

Klittich-Pfankuch auction, Braunschweig, June 2003
Lothar Schmid, Henri Serruys, Matthias Limberg, Geurt Gijssen, Hans-Jürgen Fresen


Lothar Schmid also attended our KWA general meeting in Forchheim 2004, here the link to our pictorial report.

 

 

Lothar Schmid with Anatoly Karpov, Viktor Korchnoi
and Wolfgang Unzicker who celebrated his 80th birthday
at the Mainz Chess Classic, 2005 ("Unzicker-Gala").

 

 


 

 

 

Lothar Schmid with Wolfgang Angerstein
CCI meeting in Braunschweig, October 2008

 

Hans-Jürgen Fresen and Lothar Schmid with Reitstein’s A List of Chess Books
CCI meeting in Braunschweig, October 2008


 

Lothar Schmid with Manfred Mädler at the opening ceremony,
just after L.S. had won his "entrance ticket fight" with the security officers.
Chess Olympiad Dresden, November 2008.

 

Lothar Schmid looking at our Ken Whyld poster
(Introduction of the Lasker monograph at the Chess Olympiad
Dresden, November 2008)


 

Lothar Schmid shows his certificate,
he has been appointed honorary member of the Emanuel Lasker Society.
Eckberg dinner, Dresden, November 2008.


 

Thomas Thomsen and Lothar Schmid
in Braunschweig, November 2011

 

 

Lothar Schmid vs Michael Negele,
Lasker rapid tournament, Berlin, January 2009

 

Numerous obituaries of Lothar Schmid are meanwhile online, I mention only the newspapers Die Welt, The Telegraph and The New York Times. (R.B.)

PS (13/06/2013): Our member Tim Harding has published an obituary in his column "The Kibitzer" at ChessCafe.com, please see: Lothar Schmid, 1928-2013 (meanwhile only available for a fee).

 

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Comments:

Paul Dunn (Macquarie, Australia), 31/05/2013:
Very sad to hear the news that Lothar Schmid has died. He visited Australia in 1971 and played in the Karlis Lidums tournament in Adelaide.
I was able to find all of his games except one and they are on www.ozbase.com.au.

Alessandro Sanvito (Milano, Italy), 28/06/2013:
I am sad; I heard that Lothar Schmid recently passed away after a long illness. I have met him many times and in different countries. He, together with many other chess scholars of the same generation, made many important contributions to chess, but now we are old. Grandmaster, famous arbiter in the Iceland match 1972, but chess books were his greatest love.
At first Chicco, than Zichichi and Ken, Pagni, Paoli, and so on … I feel sad! But such is life!


PS (17/07/2013): Alessandro Sanvito has sent us his own obituary (in Italian) to publish on our site:
Il Grande Maestro Lothar Schmid non è più.

 


In Memoriam

  Albert Frank  
*28/09/1943  †02/05/2013

 

Again we have to forward sad news: Our Belgian member Dr. Albert Frank passed away on Thursday, 2nd of May. His son Bernard Frank told us that he died after more than five months of severe sufferings. We offer our sympathies to his family and his friends.
The funeral took place on Friday, 10th of May at 11:30 am at the crematorium of 1490 Court-Saint-Etienne – Belgium.

Joining the KWA in February 2012, Albert Frank could be a member of our association only for a quite short time, and he had no chance to visit one of our meetings. The book Chess and Aptitudes published by him 1978 is included in our Members' Publications. Leo Hovestadt has dedicated a full page to Albert Frank - including a short interview with a photograph - at Carolus Chess.

 

 

 

In Memory of
Knud Lysdal

* 6/04/1950 † 12/04/2013

 

Our member Per Skjoldager has written an extensive obituary of his late friend Knud Lysdal, sharing some of his personal memories with us:

Completely unexpected to all of us, my good friend Knud Lysdal passed away on Friday, 12 April 2013 after a severe illness, only a few days after his 63rd birthday. He leaves a wife and three daughters.

Knud became a member of Silkeborg Chess Club at the beginning of the 60s and played actively there up to 1985. He played for their best team for 14 seasons and scored 49 points in 84 games.

Knud became the editor of the chess column in Midtjyllands avis in 1981 and he wrote about major and minor events for 25 years. Knud never took the easy way. On the contrary, he wrote in his own style in beautifully well phrased Danish about many different themes or subjects, always giving his own sharp comments and analyses.

In 1985, Knud and his wife Anne Dorte became teachers at Tjele efterskole where Knud served as a teacher of German for 4½ years. [Danish "efterskoles" are "continuation schools" following elementary school -residential schools that allow students aged 14-16 to defer going to high school while they make choices about their educational future.]

After Tjele, Knud and his wife moved to Grindsted, where they worked at a local school for some years. Later, Knud was employed at Middelfart/Fredericia Handelsskole [a secondary school of commerce] where Knud continued his work as a teacher of German.

Knud was a member of Grindsted Skakklub for some years, but it was obvious that the resistance they could offer was insignificant.

Knud became a member of Evans on 1st October 1997 and thus, we became Club mates. In his first game in the club championship, he defeated me with the White pieces. I don’t remember my meeting with Knud as such, but I clearly remember the game. After the opening and a number of exchanges, it suddenly dawned on me. Knud, who was a very strong club player, saw it too - a positional blow that tied me up completely. I struggled on for about 30 more moves, but Knud never loosened his firm grip on the position.

Knud’s knowledge and understanding of the game was far beyond his rating. He typically played sharp, positional openings and he often outplayed his opponents in the middle game. When he lost, it was typically because he overlooked a tactical "Gegenstoß" in time trouble.

We never played any blitz. In fact, I don’t think he ever played it while we were club mates. I think Knud disliked it because it spoiled the beauty of the game.

During the years we met many times over the board. Often we would play our games privately and always in my "reading room". At nine o’clock precisely we would stop the clock and enjoy a cup of coffee, a piece of cake and a "grown up" Cognac. Always a Black Renault. Then we would talk about our mutual interests and often it would be the middle of the night before we finished our game.

After the game we would typically analyse it the "Knud Lysdal way". He once told me that he was "slightly annoyed" over the way his opponents "analysed" their games with him. He said that they tend to start the same game again and again, fiercely insisting on specific variations, instead of simply exchanging the various ideas they had during the game. And so did we - exchanging our ideas, sometimes however, falling into the trap of discussing specific lines.

The last time I met Knud over the board was in a small local tournament in Fredericia where we shared 2nd place. On that occasion, Knud defeated me with the Black pieces.

 

 

Knud Lysdal (Braunschweig, June 2006)

 

After we became club mates, it soon turned out that we shared a lot of interests. We often talked during the club evenings and one day, Knud agreed to my idea about going on a visit to Karlsbad. This was while Jørn Erik and I worked on the research on our Nimzowitsch book and it turned out that Knud would accompany me on many chess "excavations" over the years to follow.

Our first trip went to Munich, then Karlsbad and finally to Berlin where we worked at the newspaper library. We arrived late in the evening at the central station at the Berlin Zoo. I had booked in advance two single rooms at an economy hotel nearby (I thought). When we asked the taxi drivers to take us to the address of our hotel, they just shook their head. They had never heard of it, and had no idea of its location. At that point, I was pretty upset. Knud looked at the description of the Hotel, and he had a good laugh when it became clear I had mixed up "Tiergarten" [animal park] with the "Zoo". Finally we hired a Taxi to drive us to our hotel, and after a long ride all the way through Berlin to the outskirts of the former eastern part, we finally arrived at the hotel.

At the hotel it took me quite a while to calm down. But Knud took out his pocket chess set, opened the minibar and found two beers and invited me to sit down for a game. Of course, after a few minutes my calm was restored and we had a wonderful stay at this modest little Hotel. In fact, we always came back to this specific Hotel on our future excavations and I know Knud recommended it to family and friends.

 

 

Having a "Pilsner Urquell" in the Hotel Imperial
[Photo courtesy of Per Skjoldager]

 

On this trip, Knud revealed his love for German classical food. One day in Berlin he took out a small paper note from his wallet and he told me that he had once (many years before) been to this specific restaurant, probably nearby, where they served the most wonderful "Knödel" [dumplings]. We had to find it! We searched the streets for quite a long time, but finally gave up. We found a good replacement though. German food and beer became a mandatory part of all future excavations and even on our tours to Braunschweig, we now and then enjoyed "Das volle Programm" which was a major feast of "Kraut, Fleisch und Wurst".

At the library, I had a long list of microfilms I had to see. Knud wanted to give me a hand and requested instructions. I gave him a number of rolls and began my work. I knew pretty much what I was looking for and went forward with my work. I passed through one roll after the other, one chess column following another. When we arrived at lunch time I asked Knud if he would join me for a break, but he was completely absorbed in his work. He had diligently taken notes on everything he had found but he was still on roll number one. He confessed that he had lost himself in some interesting stuff he had found in the newspaper and he enthusiastically told me about his findings. It was interesting of course, but it rarely had anything to do with the subject we were looking for. This scenario repeated itself almost every day, but at the end of the day we were both very pleased at what we had found, each of us, in our own way.

 

 

"Old friends" Knud Lysdal and Per Skjoldager
(Braunschweig, 2006)

 

Knud, our Danish Expert.

One of the first times Knud and I were attending the auction in Braunschweig was in June 2006. It was a beautiful day, and all our assembled chess friends were in high spirits in the evening after a very successful trip to Ströbeck. Our mutual friends would soon learn that Knud also liked a good laugh. As usual we met with the other suspects in the evening at the Italian restaurant in the Hotel "Deutsches Haus". Detlef Krämer from Cologne was among the participants and he had brought a pile of duplicate books which he passed on to the people sitting around the table. Knud was one of the first in line, and he rapidly flicked through the pages several times, turned the book in his hands and appeared to weigh it carefully before he loudly said: "Ahh-haah - a typical binding from Cologne". Jurgen Stigter, who was eagerly awaiting his turn to inspect the treasure, took the bait. "How can you say that?" he asked in amazement. With the eye of an expert, Knud addressed the people at the table and said: "He is clearly a beginner". Jurgen, who hardly noticed the insult, wanted to have clarity; "Yes, yes, but how can you say that?" Knud looked at him for a moment and then he said: "Because the bookbinder’s tag says so".

From that day on, Knud was known as "our Danish expert", but people seem to have forgotten about "the beginner".

 

Again on a visit to the Klittich-Pfankuch auction
- time to relax ...
(Braunschweig, June 2007)

 

In company of IM Bernd Schneider - and in a very good temper
(Braunschweig, November 2012)

 

 

 

One more experience comes to my mind very often when I think about Knud. It happened on our second trip to Karlsbad, when we had originally planned a visit to Marienbad too. But we changed our mind because we had learned about a very interesting exhibition we both wanted to visit. In Leipzig (which has a major library), the exhibition "Das Leben der Anderen" (an exhibition about the regime in the DDR) had been extended for some days and we decided to go there. We spent almost the entire day at the exhibition and we were both quite overwhelmed with the impressions we experienced.

When we passed by the Nikolaikirche (where the uprising against the government began) we decided to step inside. We entered the church and sat down. We just sat there for more than half an hour lost in our own thoughts. Neither of us said anything. When we got outside again we agreed that such peace was a blessing.

This is how I remember Knud. Always friendly and approachable. Always ready to share his vast knowledge with a friend. Always good company.

May he rest in peace.

 

 

 

 

Birthdays of KWA members

 

Bernd Schneider 50!

Our long-time member Bernd Schneider (Solingen) turned 50 on 10th of April, 2015.

 

Manfred Mädler turned 80!

Manfred Mädler, correspondence chess IM, collector, chess teacher, journalist, editor, publisher and dealer of chess literature & material since 1972 (at that time the Schachhaus Mädler was founded in Lübeck) could celebrate a special anniversary on 15th of July, 2014.

 

Rolf Littorin turned 90!

On 3rd of January, 2012 our Swedish senior member and KWA founding member Rolf Littorin could look back on 9 decades. So he now belongs to the small group of the doyens of the KWA. Congratulations!

 

Rudolf Glenk celebrated his 75th birthday

On the occasion of his 75th birthday (on 12th of December, 2012), our Forchheim member Rudolf Glenk has given an interesting interwiew to Udo Güldner which was published on the website of the chess club Forchheim: www.schachclub-forchheim.de/... - Rudolf Glenk delivers some insight into his collection (in German).

 

 

 

 

 

Rolf Littorin turned 90!

On 3rd of January, 2012 our Swedish senior member and KWA founding member Rolf Littorin could look back on 9 decades. So he now belongs to the small group of the doyens of the KWA. Congratulations!

Calle Erlandsson has sent us a short note: "Peter & Joan Holmgren invited GM Ulf Andersson, GM Jens Kristiansen (Senior World Champion 2012) and me to a dinner at their new apartment in Kungsholmen, central Stockholm, on January 3rd. We had a toast for Rolf, who preferred to not celebrate his anniversary this time."

Moreover Calle wrote an article on Rolf Littorin in Tidskrift för Schack no. 1/2008 (page 30-32) when Rolf turned 85. The issue of the magazine is available as PDF: www.schack.se/tfs/history/2008/... pdf [meanwhile not available anymore - 11-09-2015]

PS: The Swedish Chess Federation has made pdf files of oldTidskrift volumes (going backwards) and has reached 1989 (published at www.schack.se).

A further tribute on the occasion of his 85th birthday (with a few photos) can be found on www.kwabc.org/archive/Homepage-UK/Birthdays/....

We give below some more photos of Rolf Littorin (courtesy of Calle Erlandsson and Michael Negele).

 

Rolf Littorin in his private library, with a copy of "Hieronymus Vida".
(Photo Calle Erlandsson)

 

Rolf Littorin with Rudolf Glenk, the latter a new senior member
since December 2012 (photo by Michael Negele,
Klittich-Pfankuch auction, Brunswick 2002)

 

In Wolfenbüttel 2003, Bibliotheca Augusta / Duke August Library
- KWA foundation event
(Photo Michael Negele)

 

Rolf Littorin, 2004
(Photo by Calle Erlandsson)

 

 

An even older photo: Rolf Littorin in
Erik Lundin’s Schackparad 1 (1987)
– please click to enlarge.
(Michael Negele)

 

 

 

 

In Memoriam
Alex Crisovan


* 02/10/1919 (Békéscsaba, Hungary)
† 28/11/2012 (Pfäffikon, Switzerland)

 

Our Swiss member Alex Crisovan passed away only a short time after his 93rd birthday. He was the second eldest member of our association (after Billy Levene). Michael Negele has contributed a short note of remembrance and two new photos:

"… Alex was for more than 75 (?) years a significant figure in the chess scenery, especially in Switzerland. [He came to Switzerland as a 13-year-old boy. (R.B.)] Personally I met Alex Crisovan for the first time during the Chess Olympiad 1988 in Thessaloniki, there he impressed me a lot by all his knowledge about chess history. Later we visited Alex and Maria at their nice home in Pfäffikon, and I was amazed (my wife was shocked) by all these chess books amassed in the second flat. Our book project (German translation of Bronstein’s book of Neuhausen/Zurich 1953) was overcome by history – the Sportverlag Berlin published a (significantly shortened) translation in 1991. (Ein weiterer R(h)einfall - he who comes too late will be punished by life ...)

Below you find a photo taken on a tour to the Rhine fall in 1990 (a view from the Neuhausen side), my wife Marion, Alex and Maria Crisovan:

 

 

 

 

Later on I met Alex again at the San Bernardino tournament (in 1994), and his wife and he joined our KWA meeting at La Tour-de-Peiltz in 2006 (see photos below). There he still was in splendid condition, especially his mind was sharp. It makes me happy, that this stage of consciousness was donated to him till the very end. Keep well, dear Alex, in the next world."

 

 

Alex Crisovan in San Bernardino, 1994

 

 

Alex Crisovan with Toni Preziuso in La Tour-de-Peiltz, 2006

 

Those who wish to read more about Alex Crisovan may look at our former birthday greetings (October 2008 in English / German; October 2009 in English / German) and the brief tribute in the contribution Our Doyens / Unsere Nestoren, as well as Richard Forster’s short biography of Alex Crisovan in his marvellous book about the Zurich Chess Club, 1809-2009.

PS (22/02/2013): Our Swiss member Toni Preziuso wrote an obituary, published in Schweizerische Schachzeitung 1/2013, p.21: www.swisschess.ch/ssz-online.html..._ssz1.pdf

PPS (02/03/2013): Already in 2010 the large book collection of Alex Crisovan (together with the collections of the Swiss Association of Problem Friends, of Richard Forster and of Toni Preziuso) had been donated to the Central Library of Zurich. The nearly 4000 items are presented there as "Helvetian Chess Library". Source: SSZ 5/2010, p.5 (R.B.)

 

 

 

 

Horst Lüders Memorial Page

 

 

Horst Lüders was one of our earliest friends and advisers for our still young association. Born and resident all his life in Kiel, he already joined the Kieler Schachgesellschaft von 1884 [KSG, i.e. Kiel Chess Society of 1884] as a young person in 1943. There he developed into a strong player who, as a member of the top team of the KSG, contributed considerably to its advancement as a top team of Schleswig-Holstein during the sixties. His passion for chess remained unbroken in his advanced years and so in his last 4 years he strengthened the senior team of the chess club SV Eutin when competing in the “Verbandsliga” [a kind of regional league].

               Horst Lüders
     *02/13/1927 †09/21/2003
     (Brunswick, June 23, 2001)

 

But Horst Lüders was not only a keen club player, he was also particularly active as a chess reporter and organizer. Above all we wish to point here to his contributions in organizing the Alfred Brinckmann Memorial Tournaments (these were international team rapid chess tournaments for four-man teams, which were held between 1968 and 1994, alternately in Kiel and Hamburg) and to the extension of friendly connections with other chess clubs such as SV Manhem in Göteborg, which culminated in mutual visits with concurrent team competitions.

In the field of chess reporting Horst Lüders has made a remarkable name for himself nationwide with numerous articles, and his valued book reviews of new publications in a column in the magazine Schach in Schleswig-Holstein still appeared until shortly before his death.

Horst Lüders was in a lucky situation, he was able to integrate his passion for chess into his occupation as a librarian: being an employee of the Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesbibliothek [SHLB, i.e. Regional Library of Schleswig-Holstein] (from 1964 to 1992). It was due to his influence that in 1974 the library and the collection of miniatures of the Kiel jurist and problem composer Dr Wilhelm Maßmann were left to the Regional Library. Horst Lüders has catalogued this collection; the first edition of the Schachbibliothek Maßmann [Maßmann Chess Library] was published in 1982. This in turn induced the well-known Lübeck collector Gerd Meyer also to donate his own very extensive and valuable chess library as a legacy to the Regional Library. As a result of the unexpected early death of Gerd Meyer the chess collections Maßmann and Meyer, which jointly comprised about 13,000 volumes (without duplicates), were unified by 1994 under the roof of the SHLB.

A new edition of the Maßmann catalogue in 1995 by Horst Lüders, who even after his retirement in 1992 attended on a voluntary basis to the ”Special Chess Collection”, was therefore only a preparation for a more enormous task, namely the bibliographical recording of the entire library and its publication in book form. He succeeded within 5 years, initially cooperating with his club companion Franz Felser and afterwards with Mrs. Christine Möhle, and in 2000 the Kieler Schachkatalog [Kiel Chess Catalogue] appeared in a small edition of 300 copies.

 

 

This chess catalogue represents an outstanding bibliographical piece of work and may be considered with complete justification as the high point of Horst Lüders’ life work in chess. In future his name will remain associated with chess bibliography throughout the world.

In 2002 Horst Lüders, who was already honorary member of the KSG for many years, received the Certificate of Honour of the German Chess Federation as a tribute to his many years of commitment to chess.

His colleagues have learned to appreciate Oberamtsrat Horst Lüders as a competent employee of many years' standing and as an expert committed to regional bibliography, who especially distinguished himself in paving the way for electronic data processing in this field. We will join in honouring his memory.

The club chronicle 100 Jahre KSG von 1884 e.V. communicates some details about the board activities and the achievements of Horst Lüders in chess: voluntary works and successes (in German only).

You will find some additional information on Horst Lüders on the next page
Erinnerungen an Horst Lüders
(in German only!)

 


 

 

 

Erinnerungen an Horst Lüders

 
 

 







 

Den "Autor" Horst Lüders haben wir schon auf der letzten Seite kurz angesprochen. Einen umfangreichen Artikel von ihm möchten wir hier zum Download anbieten:
100 Jahre Kieler Schachgeschichte (tif-Datei, ca. 6,4 MB)

 

 

 

 

 

Ein historisches Foto
aus obiger Festschrift

 

Über den Schachbuchbestand der SHLB hat Horst Lüders 1996 berichtet:
Artikel aus Die Schwalbe 157, II 1996, S. 264f.

 

Hermann Weissauer, Problem-Turnierwart (links),
Horst Lüders, Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesbibliothek Kiel (Mitte),
Wolfgang Dittmann, neuer 1. Vorsitzender der Schwalbe (rechts).
(Foto von der Jahreshauptversammlung der Schwalbe, Hennef 20.-22.10.1982;
aus: feenschach 62, XI 1982)

 

 

 

 

 

In memoriam

Hubert Petermann

*07.04.1959 †07.07.2005

 

 

In Forcheim, 2004

 

Eine schreckliche Nachricht erhielt ich am Wochenende von Andreas Saremba:
Unser Schachfreund Hubert Petermann lebt nicht mehr.

Wir wollen ihn im besten Gedenken behalten, so wie wir ihn in Dresden, Berlin oder Forchheim erlebt haben: Zurückhaltend, aber interessiert, kompetent und hilfsbereit.

Traurig macht mich, daß Hubert sich seinen Wunsch, nach Amsterdam zum Mitgliedertreffen zu kommen, dann doch nicht mehr zu erfüllen zutraute.

Seine letzte Mail vom 06.06.2005 klang noch so optimistisch:


Hallo zusammen,

ich habe den Emails von Herrn Negele entnommen, dass es wohl eine kleine Gipfelkonferenz mit KWA, CCI und der Lasker Gesellschaft in Hamburg anlässlich des CCI-Treffens gegeben hat. Wir sollen uns "exklusiv" verlinken und uns gegenseitig auf Veranstaltungen aufmerksam machen.
Okay, den zweiten Teil mache ich schon, ist aber ausbaufähig.
Seit gestern habe ich Euch "exklusiv" verlinkt und zwar auf der Startseite auf der linken Seite unter dem Lasker-Zitat. Ich hoffe, es gefällt Euch.
Sollten die Logos (KWA, CCI) nicht okay sein, dann bitte ich Euch, mir ein neues Logo zu senden (jpg-Format, Breite 100 Pixel).
Inzwischen bedaure ich es, nicht am CCI-Treffen mit integriertem Lasker-Treff in Hamburg teilgenommen zu haben. Ich musste mir ja unbedingt ein Fussballspiel (schlechtes Spiel mit schlechtem Ausgang) anschauen.
Aber die Ausstellung werde ich mir nicht entgehen lassen.
Auf das KWA-Treffen im Max-Euwe-Zentrum in Amsterdam freue ich mich jetzt schon.

Gruß Hubert (Petermann)
Webmaster Emanuel Lasker Gesellschaft


Die Emanuel Lasker Gesellschaft verliert nicht nur ein aktives Mitglied, sondern auch einen hervorragenden Webmaster. Es bleibt zu hoffen, dass die schöne Website in Huberts Sinne fortgeführt werden kann.
Die Ken Whyld Association trauert um einen schachhistorisch engagierten Freund und Förderer unserer Ziele und Absichten.

Hier meine persönliche Erinnerung an Hubert Petermann, eine ganz wilde Sache:
Partie Michael Negele - Hubert Petermann (Dresdener Open, 2000)





Hubert, für Dich hat jetzt sicherlich eine neue spannende Partie begonnen ...

(M.N.)

 

 

In memoriam

Rudolf Reinhardt

* 1937-02-02 † 2006-09-02

 

A bitter loss ...

Our chess friend Rudolf Reinhardt is no longer with us. After he had seemingly felt much better he completely unexpectedly passed away in his family circle in Berlin on Saturday, September 2, 2006. I think I spoke last to him on the phone in July 2006, after two light strokes in spring he had sounded quite optimistic. Just last week he had delivered a contribution to the coming Nimzowitsch issue of the cultural chess magazine KARL, so his creativity seemed to be restored as well. A fatal false estimation ...

 

 

 

Rudolf Reinhardt sitting in the first row
while Prof. Ernst Strouhal (Vienna) giving a lecture
(Berlin, October 2005)

 

 


As his wife told me Rolf Reinhardt was a "fighter" who knew how to deal in a disciplined manner with a serious illness, we got to know and to esteem him as an endearing, very dependable and well-read chess researcher. It will be a special matter of concern to the Ken Whyld Association to remember his work and to facilitate the publication of his book – so far completed by him as a manuscript - including Nimzowitsch games unpublished till now.

 

 

Rudolf Reinhardt and Michael Negele
in front of the Berlin Dorland Agency

 

Mr Reinhardt had studied mathematics and physics, in Neukölln he had managed the training of student teachers as the head of the upper school; but he had a passion for history and certainly for chess as well. I will never forget the way he - as a kibitzer - followed with such an interest the games at the Lasker rapid tournament in October 2005. He was an attentive and critical listener but he particularly appreciated a conversation with like-minded chess friends and he willingly shared his wide-ranging knowledge with them. So we will have most pleasant memories of Rolf Reinhardt who - as a founding member - attended our meetings in Forchheim (2004) and Amsterdam (2005). Our sympathies are with his wife as well as with his two sons and their families.


Rudolf Reinhardt has a conversation
with the chess friends Wiese and Schiffmann (?)
(2006-02-24)

 

The funeral will take place on September 15th,
see this card announcing his death (link):

 

 

 

 

In memoriam

René van der Heijden

(August 29, 1951 – April 6, 2007)

 


René in his family circle

 

René van der Heijden, a founding member of the KWA and a passionate collector of chess books, has passed away much too young. In his struggle against cancer he was playing a losing game. We wish that his partner Tia van der Let together with her children Gwendoline, Natalie and Angelique may summon courage and strength to endure and to overcome this severe loss.

 

Geurt Gijssen, René van der Heijden and Pierre Voss
(Wijk aan Zee 2005)

 

René liked to play chess and was a member of several clubs, in the last years he played for "Nieuw Amelisweerd", a circle of chess friends with the objective to enjoy the game and a friendly get-together. And he could win his last game played on December 14th, 2006. It’s true that his favourite book was Dostojewski’s The Player but above all he was a collector. Anyone who visited him at home knows what that means: various rooms filled with books from different fields: science, mathematics, literature in different languages, art, music, economy and of course chess. In bookcases, boxes, piles. Naturally each incomplete series had to be completed.

 

René and collector friend Joop Jansen
(Book market in the Max Euwe-Centrum, Amsterdam)

 

A personal episode: Jurgen Stigter had found the missing volumes of the BCM and the Tijdschrift van den Nederlandschen Schaakbond for René. I phoned René for a date and promised to bring him the eagerly awaited items. Now he knew that his collection would be complete at least in this area. On Friday we dropped by his house – unfortunately too late as René was already deceased a few hours before. Accordingly he couldn’t "really" experience any more the completion of his collection but only in the preview of his mind’s eye. We would like to believe that at least that was not completely insignificant.

René van der Heijden will be cremated on Friday, April 13th, in his family circle.
(Hans Engberts)

 

 

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