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    June 26, 2020

    Oh, to be able to read Dutch!

    On the New in Chess website, there is a book on chess anecdotes advertised. In English the title is ‘Anecdote Guide for Chess Enthusiasts’:

    Anekdotengids voor Schaakliefhebbers
    By Rob Spaans

    An illustration of the cover shows identically dressed twin ladies in sunglasses watching Browne play Andersson.

    From the introduction:

    Greetings chess lover,

    The two ladies in the audience in this fascinating photo are a striking appearance. You see, the twins, because they have the same haircut, the same glasses and the same clothes. They have installed themselves to be able to follow the games of the chess tournament for a long time. The puzzle books are ready for when the chess players are busy for a long time hatching a move.

    Unfortunately, your guide was unable to find the answer to the obvious question of who the twin ladies are and where their interest in chess comes from, and you cannot read that in this book. What you can read in it are anecdotes about the chess players in the foreground who are engaged in a fierce battle on the 64 fields. You may have recognized them. It is the American Walter Browne with the white pieces and the Swede Ulf Andersson with the black pieces. It looks like they are not distracted by the remarkable duo in the audience and are completely absorbed in their duel.

    In addition to anecdotes about Browne and Andersson, you can also read a lot of other anecdotes in this Anecdotes guide for chess enthusiasts, such as about the mistress of Capablanca, about the cats of Aljechin, about the gun of Euwe, about Fischer who should not have been called Fischer, about the yogurt from Karpov, about a chessboard killer and about a chess piece that was traded for almost a million euros.

    Browne and Andersson played twenty games against each other. The only two in the Netherlands where Browne had the white pieces were:

    Browne – Andersson, Hoogovens 1976 0.5-0.5
    Browne – Andersson, Amsterdam IBM 1978 0-1


    • Great Chess Quotes

      June 29, 2020

      Oh, to be able to read Dutch! (continued)

      Anekdotengids voor Schaakliefhebbers

      By Rob Spaans

      The third paragraph of the introduction in Dutch reads:

      Behalve anekdotes over Browne en Andersson kunt u ook heel veel andere anekdotes lezen in deze Anekdotengids voor Schaakliefhebbers, zoals over de minnares van Capablanca, over de katers van Aljechin, over het pistool van Euwe, over Fischer die geen Fischer had moeten heten, over de yoghurt van Karpov, over een schaakbordmoordenaar en over een schaakstuk dat voor bijna een miljoen euro werd verhandeld.

      I translated “over de katers van Aljechin” as “about the cats of Alekhine” but had an inkling of the double meaning of “katers”. I wrote to Rob Spaans mentioning this and his reply:

      Concerning "the katers van Aljechin": this is a rather playful description because in Dutch 'katers' can mean male cats but also hangovers. Both were connected with Alekhine of course.

      Rob has books, in Dutch, of chess anecdotes and of chess geography. I intend to add both to my collection.

      Anekdotengids voor Schaakhefhebbers (2020)


      Reisgids voor Schaakliefhebbers (2018)

      A description of Reisgids

      Travel guide for chess lovers

      Rob Spaans has put together a Travel Guide for Chess Enthusiasts and invites you to take a journey through our chess cultural heritage.

      In his guide he has described more than a hundred places with many photos where chess and cultural history come together and where possible with a background story. It was a project of many years where many assisted him with advice and action. His book has more than 300 pages.

      One wants to make a distant European trip and the other a short trip in his own country. The guide provides both and takes you through chess villages, churches, museums, cemeteries, castles, restaurants, open-air places and much more.


      • Great Chess Quotes

        July 3, 2020

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