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					                                   THE
                                   CHESS COLLECTORS
                                   GROUP NEWSLETTER
AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2007 NEWSLETTER




                                     CHESS
                                   COLLECTING
                                     NEWS
                                      FROM
                                    AROUND
                                       THE
                                     WORLD




                                                  LATIVAN   ART NOUVEAU SET BY JURY MOSHAN




                                                2500 CHESS SET PHOTOGRAPHS
                                                CHESS PHOTO ALBUMS TO ENJOY FROM YOUR FELLOW MEMBERS
                                                Thanks to several group members        photographs.    Many hours of            To add your photo albums to this
                                                who are quite prolific with their       work is portrayed there and won-         list you may go the Picasa website
                                                cameras, we can now enjoy col-         derfully catalogued where you
                                                lections and shows we had no way       may view them with ease.                 http://picasa.google.com/
                                                of attending. This really becomes      With an ever increasing number
                                                a tremendous help to the mem-          of chess shows, auctions and             There you will also find a whole
                                                bership in seeing many chess sets      events being scheduled I am sure         community of photographers who
                                                of which they would otherwise          the number of Photo Albums will          have chess albums from around
                                                not be aware.                          be numerous.                             the world you will surely enjoy.
                                                Our new group site offers two (2)
                                                new links for you to enjoy. Just log   Thus far... We have albums by ;
                                                in to the group site and find under     Chessspy / Alan Dewey -
                                                “Group Menu” the listing for           Chesspurr / Guy Lyons -
                                                “Links”, click there and you will      r.van.der.veur / Robert &
                                                find many wonderful chess related       j v r e i j / Jo o s t v a n R e i j .


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                                                                 RANDOM
                                                                 CHESS SETS
                                                                 FROM
                                                                 AROUND
                                                                 THE WORLD
    NEWSLETTER
    AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2007




                                      CLOCKWISE FROM TOP

                            United States Sandcast Alumimum
                                 United Kingdom Wood /Ebony
                                          France Wood / Ivory
                                                 China Ivory
                                              Russia Porcelain
                                              Germany Wood




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                                         CHESS TABLES FOR THE COLLECTOR
                                         by Clay Neubert

                                         THE BATTLEFIELD AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
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                                         The campaign; another battle to be fought; right or
                                         wrong, is there ever a formal end? What will my       The tone of an entire room can
                                                                                               be set with the correct choice of
                                         supporters say? What will my enemies say? Will-
                                                                                               chess table.
                                         history judge me harshly or kindly? I ask myself if
                                                                                               The chess set shown on the ta-
                                         I am truly the master of my domain, another           ble automatically becomes the
                                         Genghis Kahn manipulating my armies and order-        main focal point of the room.
                                         ing horsemen to certain demise or am I mortal,
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                                         commmander of none: a fragment of a
                                         day dream? From the vantage of my
                          ILLUSTRATED
                         ARE BUT A FEW
                                         throne, I am able to see it all. Stupid
                             OF THE      generals! If I don’t make the decisions
                            HUNDREDS
                                OF       they will let everything slip away; and
                            STYLES IN    the cavalery, so much depends on
                         CHESS TABLES
                            AVAILABLE    them.             CONTINUED
                             TO THE
                           DiSCERNING
                              CHESS
                           ENTHUSIAST.




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NEWSLETTER
AUGUST -SEPTEMBER 2007




                         CHESS TABLES continued

                         For lack of a nail a shoe was lost. For lack of a shoe a horse was lost. Off in the distance my bastions are posed at
                         opposite extremes of my land. Serfs, brave little soldiers that move steadily forward, not caring for themselves,
                         willing to give all for my safety. My consort, stronger than I ever thought she could be, by my side and then
                         taking up the sword to protect her lord and do everything necessary to protect our kingdom or give everything to
                         the effort. Hills and valleys to traverse; rivers to ford; an ambush at each new move forward; the myriad obstacles
                         defined by sixty-four squares; this is the world that I have chosen. Almost any armchair general can carry his army
                         off to distant locations under his arm but it is so much more comfortable to battle in familiar territory.
                         It is so much nicer to have a permanent and dedicated surface to match wits with a worthy opponent or to relax
                         around with new and old friends. A chair, or stool, drinks to the side, adjusted lighting, the quiet, music or
                         idle chatter; life does not get much better than this. For your consideration are battlefields that are more than
                         a horizontal surface, raised and supported for play.
                         A horizontal surface supported by one or more pedestals is what comes to mind. Almost every material known to man
                         has been used to cre at e the s e m inia t ur e bat t le fiel ds o r c he s s tables as they are more commonly referred to.




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                                   CHESS CLOCKS
                                   CHESS CLOCKS ARE AVAILABLE IN HUNDREDS OF DIFFERENT DESIGNS


                                               We are fortunate as collectors to have within our grasp a long association with chess
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                                               clocks . They of course have been in existence since the advent of modern tourna-
                                               ment play. They are thought to have been first used in 1883 at the great London In-
                                               ternational Tournament. They have become a collectors item unto themselves and can
                                               command a hefty price at chess auctions for the right clock.
                                                Speaking of the right clock, in an auction offered by Frank Camarrata and won by
                                               ein3stein a new bidder. The antique clock went for an unprecedented price of
                                               $12,200.00 ! Congratulations to you both..Well, with that being done...the top end of
                                               Clock collecting just got thinned out. Plenty of room for collecting at the low end
                                               left. Wish I had a Mickey Mouse Chess Clock!

                                     TICK
                                     TOCK
                                     TI CK
                                     TOCK
                                     TICK
                                     TOCK
                                     CHESS
                                     CLOCK




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                                   THE GROUP LEADER’S
                                   MESSAGE OF THE MONTH
                                   By Robert Van der Veur
                                        This month is The Chess Collectors group’s one year
                                   anniversary. A big thanks to everyone who has helped this
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                                   group grow! Specially our group moderators!
                                        I’m happy to see that collectors are finding value in this
                                   group’s content. This group is all about helping each other
                                   and learning from each other,m so the member growth
                                   means that it will help more chess collectors grow next year
                                   than it did this year. And for that I’m vrey grateful, since
                                   this big part of my purpose.
                                        Most of all I’m grateful for how much working on this
                                   group has fueled my own growth. I’ve been collecting
                                   since 2001, but in the past year I learned about 50 times
                                                                                                                                                   I’M
                                   what I did in any previous year., Plus the volume of feed-
                                   back has been overwhelming. I wish I had the capacity to                                                       BACK
                                   respond to every mnessage personally, but I wass at least                                                       I’M
                                   able to read them all.                                                                                         BACK
                                        I think the biggest challenge for our community over
                                   the past year has been achieving the right balance between                                                     AND
                                   giving and receiving. Given the rapid expansion phase we                                                       NOW
                                   have been through this past year, I can understand why                                                          TO
                                   some need to contract a little to refresh and refocus.                                                        WORK!
                                        As a community we have accomplished an incredible
                                   amount in just 12 months! Let’s take a moment to take
                                   stock and recoqnize our accomplishments, reflect on what
                                   we have learned, anc consider what we might do in the year ahead


                                       Until next month,
                                       Robert




                                                                                                      ANYONE ABLE TO IDENTIFY THIS CHESS SET
                                                                                                      Need the Name of the Chess Set and the Designer.
                                                                                                      Please do not discount this set for next month I have
                                                                                                      a great idea to give this group an opportutiny to
                                                                                                      gather for itself, a chess first.
NEWSLETTER

                                          A FOND FAREWELL TO ALL
                                          IT IS WITH DEEP REGRET THAT I MUST TAKE LEAVE FROM YOU
                                          MY CHESS FRIENDS
                               TO
                             THOSE        Forgive me one last time for my lack of eloquence in       To this end then, I leave with good heart
                        MEMBERS WHO
                                          conveying my message. As many of you may well              knowing all will go well for this wonderful
                        HAVE WORKED
                          WITH ME AS      know, my health is deteriorating. I find it increas-        group of fellow chess collectors.
AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2007




                        CONTRIBUTERS      ingly difficult to spend the time and effort it takes to    My life has been enhanced greatly by my
                             TO THIS
                                          produce this newsletter.                                   association with you fine ladies and
                         NEWSLETTER
                           I SEND MY      It is certainly not my desire to bring to the group my     gentlemen.
                          HEARTFELT       personal problems. Unfortunately these last couple         I can assure you one and all the pleasure
                         THANKS FOR
                                          of months have found me struggling to work at any          has been mine. I wish to you all continued
                        YOUR EFFORTS
                               IN         pace, certainly not the pace required to work to a         success in all your chess endeavors.
                         MAKING THIS      deadline (however casual it may be).
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                          A SUCESS!
                                          I’ve noted of late all the wonderful off site articles     Warm Regards,
                                          and photographs being posted by many of our                Frank / Worldwide 509
                         THANK YOU        members that far exceed what I can offer via this
                            ALL.!
                                          newsletter.
                                          There are many far better qualified group members
                                          who will be able to offer the group a very fine news-
                                          letter that is (I’m sure) a bit more professional in
                                          content. In knowing this I feel that leaving my post
                                          as editor will be taken by someone with knowledge I
                                          never even imagined.

                                                                                                                      ELIZABETH




                                                                                                       FRANK C
                                                                                                                                   LUKE
                                                                                          JOOST
                                                           GUY/ PAULINE
                                                                               KRISTJAN




                                                            CLAY
                           FRANK




                                                                                                                         FRANK / WW509
                        ALAN D

                                       ROBERT
                                                                            MY GROUP SIGN-IN IMAGE
                                                          JIM

				
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