Kindred’s Special: History and Literature Equals A LOVE AFFAIR

I really envy Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam. He had the rare invite to what appears to be perhaps the grandest chess library collection thanks to collector of such gems and you now find yourself sharing a visit and the acquaintance of David DeLucia who states, “A great collection should be what you really love.” A man of rare neatness, the whole of it is extremely well categorized and laid out. Being a private person, Mr. DeLucia went about locating and getting the most extensive and valuable collection. Here is what NEW IN CHESS article by Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam has to say about the enormous and personal library.  His catalogue and two photo books illustrate for fellow collectors the very rich quality of the DeLucia library.  Probably for security reasons, few know of or where the collection is located and few outside of family have the honor to get an invite to view it. After all, the wealth of any magnificent product just has to be enjoyed even if to a limited fellow cherishers of history and beauty.

Some of the collection described in NIC magazine 5/2010, pages 10-21, with pictures, are the finest copies of the rarest books, countless classics signed by authors, a 15th century Lucena manuscript, scoresheets ranging from Fischer’s Game of the Century, all the games from the 1927 New York Tournament, eight letters by Paul Morphy, over 100 manuscripts of Emmanuel Lasker, the gold watch of Jose R. Capablanca, the contract of the 1886 Steinitz vs. Zukertort lst World Chess Championship.

David DeLucia spent his working years on Wall Street and in a number of capacities. He says he was much more the casino rather than the gambler. He made money without gambling.  And by what I have read about some of the professional chess players who gamble, let that be a lesson to learn!  Only the casino wins in the long run!

In the beginning he started out moderately gaining materials that were rich in history and slowly built his library empire. Like so many hobbies and interests, such labor became a work of perfection and devoted love.  As a wealthy collector, he had the rare occasion to meet numerous collectors who were willing to transfer it to him for cash.

If you are interested in chess literature, then I recommend the excellent chess magazine, NEW IN CHESS.

Little known facts: The Romanian chess tournament director Elisabeta Polihroniade is a famous chess celebrity in Romania. For twenty-four years she hosted a chess program on TV!! Now, I ask you, why cannot America produce a national chess TV show?  I think it is the wrong approach by those who have tried it. They basically are shortlived adventures. What is needed is a host that can make chess exciting, informative to listeners, and who can conduct truly good interviews with guests that represent both professional and amateur alike.  For example, shows might show simultaneous exhibitions with interviews prior to the start by the pro as well as with some of the opponents he or she will meet.  Interviews with talented youth as well as oldtimers. Throw in some chess problems for viewers to solve with solutions given at the end of the broadcast. Interviews featuring differences in local, regional, national and international play along with coverage of the chess olympics past and present.

Hey, Kindred, if you want to see professional discussion of games you have them on Worldwide Chess and the Internet Chess Club. True, but my point is the general public does not have access to that site or have any curiosity to check-into-it (no pun intended).  Years ago I wrote an article on Americans love of instant gratifications regarding sports. Why soccer is European and not American can be seen in the dull slow low scoring games and chasing the ball without real action. No comparison to baseball, football or basketball where sport enthusiasts sit on the edge of their seats with a beer or coke in hand.



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