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Rob Spaans in 8 x 8


Personal

18-07-1965
Renée Gorter
Heerhugowaard
Sabbatical
Motiefgroep Schaken (Dutch chess collectors)
Chess club Heerhugowaard
Ken Whyld Association
Belgian Beer Cafe "De kleine deugniet", Alkmaar (NL)

Favorite novels

Ignacio Padilla: Amphitryon
Paolo Maurensig: The Luneburg variation
Louis Couperus: The floating chessboard
Michael Chabon: The Yiddish Policemen's Union
Stefan Zweig: Chess story
Vladimir Nabokov: The defense
Ignacio García-Valino: Dear Cain
Ronan Bennett: Zugzwang

Favorite chess movies

The seventh seal (Ingmar Bergman)
The chess players (Satyajit Ray)
Geri's game (Jan Pinkava)
Dangerous moves (Richard Dembo)
Bobby Fischer against the world (Liz Garbus)
Long live the queen (Esmé Lammers)
Brainwashed (Gerd Oswald)
The chess player (Raymond Bernard)

Favorite works of chess art

Painting by Lucas van Leyden: The chess players (Gemäldegalerie Berlijn, Germany)
Tapestry The garden of love (Historisches Museum Basel, Switserland)
Sculpture by Max Ernst: The king playing with the queen (MoMA New York, U.S.A.)
Fresco by Albertus Pictor: Chess game with death (church in Taby, Sweden)
Floor mosaic at the San Savino church in Piacenza (Italy)
Copper engraving by Monogrammist BR with the anchor: Playing chess with death (Kupferstichkabinett Berlijn, Germany)
Stained glass windows with chess motive in the cathedral of Chartres (France)
Sculpture of chess playing monkeys in the cathedral of Naumburg (Germany)

Favorite chess-sets

Lewis chessmen
Charlemagne chessmen
Bauhaus chess-set
Osnabrück chessmen
Fischer - Spassky chess-set by Cy Enfield
St. Louis chess-set
Embriachi chess-set
Garden chess-set at Galerie Deps, Ingber, The Netherlands

Favorite chess books (non-fiction)

Jerzy Gizycki: A history of chess
Leo Diepstraten: Spel uit de kunst in de kunst (Dutch book on chess art in the Low Countries)
David DeLucia: A few old friends
Jan Hein Donner: The king
Gareth Williams: Master pieces
Ned Munger: Cultures, chess & art (3 volumes)
Hooper & Whyld: The Oxford companion to chess
Matten 1 - 12 (Dutch literary magazine on chess)

Favorite chess spots

Max Euwe Centrum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (chess museum)
Schaakstukkenmuseum, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (museum of chess-sets)
Koninklijke bibliotheek, The Hague, The Netherlands (Royal Library)
Schachdorf Ströbeck, Germany
Le musée international du jeu d'échecs, Scorbé Clairvaux, France (chess museum)
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands
Marostica, Italy
Schachmuseum, Löberitz, Germany (chess museum)

Favorite chess personalities

Meindert Niemijer
Harold Murray
Max Euwe
Tassilo von Heydebrand und der Lasa
Jan Hein Donner
Viktor Kortchnoi
Antonius van der Linde
The Turk


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