Wednesday, January 09, 2008

In Memoriam Kurt Riethmann

Kurt Riethmann
I have the sad duty to report the most important chess related event for me in the year that just has begun: My old chess club pal and our teammate Kurt Riethmann has died last Thursday at age 87. Not only our team, but also our chess club in Winterthur and the Swiss chess scene, especially the promotion of youth chess, are greatly indebted to him.

For me as a freethinker, the words "may he rest in peace" do not come easily over my lips. I am about to leave for the funeral this afternoon, and I have posted some thoughts about the Final Checkmate at my Med Journal Watch Blog.

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