DALE A. BRANDRETH, P.O. Box 151, Yorklyn, DE 19736 USA
A TITAN IN THE CHESS WORLD HAS LEFT US - LOTHAR SCHMID DIES AT 85
Referee for several World Chess Title Matches including the Fischer - Spassky World Championship Match in 1972, one of the World's leading Grandmasters for some twenty years, heir to the Karl May adventure series, World-class chess bibliophile, owner of the largest private collection of chess books, and a top scorer for West Germany in eleven Chess Olympiads ( +52 -21 =51) against the world's greatest players, and winner of many tournaments, passed away at his home in Bamberg on May 18th at age 85.
Trained professionally as a lawyer, he, along with his brothers, took over the Karl May publishing business from their father, thus allowing Lothar to travel far and wide in pursuit of his great love for acquiring chess books, and to a lesser degree chess sets and ephemera.
His greatest claim to fame in the eyes of the public no doubt centered on his Herculean task of mollifying Bobby Fischer's paranoia and touchiness to a level that was tolerable to Spassky in their famous "Match of the Century" in Reykjavik in 1972. Schmid's legal training, love for the game, and equitable personality sufficed to save the day in that match as well as in two later title matches in 1978 when the Soviet defector Korchnoi played that government's fair-haired choice Karpov— also a very great player; and then the Kasparov-Karpov title fight in 1986 that again led to a bitter battle where Schmid's qualities again were crucial in keeping the contest from disintegrating.
For those of us who had the pleasure of knowing Lothar in person, his great contributions in the chess world were somewhat taken for granted while we envied his opportunities to be so intimately involved in many situations which allowed him advantages in acquiring choice rare chess books. In other words one soon realized his shrewdness was not restricted to the chessboard itself. To me he was also a "Grandmaster of Chess Book Acquisition".
I shall always remember with delight some anecdotes that reveal his passion for chess books. On one of his visits to Yorklyn we were examining some books on rather shaky shelves in my garage when I warned him that we had to be careful because the weight of the books had caused these shelves to buckle and bury me under a deluge of books not too long ago. He simply smiled and said: "What a way to go!" Although I have heard this remark in a different context, I then realized that I was in the presence of a true bibliomaniac…and I felt happy.
So Lothar, I shall miss you! For those times we met, whether in Yorklyn, in Bamberg, in New York, or at Christies in London, I have great fondness for those memories. Truly and sadly, we shall not see your like again.
REST IN PEACE DEAR FRIEND
We have the largest stock of old, rare, and out-of-print chessbooks in the world that are for sale—to the best of our knowledge.
THIS SITE LAST EDITED ON May 22, 2013
NOTE: Henceforth there is a minimum charge of $50 for all orders, except for books I have published as well as Gillam and Lachaga editions still in print. Domestic postage is $4 for orders for less than $100. Domestic orders over $100 are $3 postage.
NOTE: New policy. Henceforth items will be held no longer than ten days. If the buyer assures me that payment has been sent, items will be held an additional six days. After that any such items are subject to prior sale.
I do not take any credit cards, but I do take Paypal for foreign orders. There is a 3.9% fee to cover what I am charged by Paypal, but this is usually much cheaper than wire transfer fees by banks for payments less than about $1000, though this varies from country to country.
For US Customers I accept personal checks (I wait until the check has cleared unless I have dealt with you before) or US Postal Money Orders.
Foreign orders: Checks in US dollars on a New York bank (available in some countries) or money orders in US dollars are also accepted in addition to Paypal. DO NOT SEND CASH! Checks in foreign currencies are generally unacceptable because there is a poor conversion rate and a cashing charge of about $40. Canadian customers can send payment in Canadian money orders in US dollars or in Canadian personal checks at the exchange rates on the date of sending. British customers can send payment as personal checks in pounds sterling at the rate prevailing on the date of sending. Inasmuch as the stock changes almost every day, it is best to have me check on the availability of particular items before sending payment. Note well that any loss is the buyer's loss unless there is insurance. Losses can the be replaced up to the insured value. Rates and insurance limits vary from country to country. Loss rates are very low, but they do happen.
Returns: Items that are defective or incomplete can be returned for another copy without question. Where another copy cannot be provided, a refund will be made. On expensive items I carefully examine the item before sending it. Any other items need my permission before a return is accepted. Items sold on an "as is" basis are not returnable at all.
Note new postal rates:
Foreign: Full postage & insurance or registration.
Domestic (via US Postal Service, book rate, insured): to $100: $4. Over $100: $3
DESIGNATION CODES FOR CONDITION OF ITEMS:
Mint: as new; excellent (exc): minor blemishes; very good(vg): significant defect such as minor crease(s), shop worn, off color (fading) pages, embossing stamp (so designated separately), minor noted defect(s); good: several such defects; fair: more serious defects such as warping, heavily browned pages, staining; Poor: several significant defects; "as is" very significant defects as noted, items in this category are clearly noted as such and are non-returnable.
"ELRS": ex library with release stamp
"FGML": from a Grand Master's Library
"‡": with an embossed stamp of a former collection
Other codes such as "WR", "LR", "CR", "NR", "GR", "HH", "CLR" are location codes which are meaningless to buyers.
To contact me:
The best way to contact me for questions, etc., is via e-mail. My e-mail address is dbrandreth3 (at) comcast (dot) net. It is difficult for me to keep track of the numerous phone calls I get since I am in and out frequently. With over 20,000 different chess items in stock I seldom can quote over the phone anyway.
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