THE CCI –USANEWS
Chess Collectors International
Vol. 2011 Issue 1
IN THIS ISSUE
Coverage of the CCI Meeting in St. Louis Letter(s) to the Editor The Chess Auction Catalog Project Thomas Frere and the Brotherhood of ChessChess Sets of U.S. CompaniesThe Game Of Kings: Medieval Ivory Chessmen From The Isle Of Lewis
2011 ST LOUIS CCI MEETING
Since this was the very first CCI Meeting Ihave ever attended, I feel more than just a littleinadequate in my attempt to write a summaryof the meeting. What should I include, whatshould I leave out. Will I cover a subject wellenough, will I cover it too much…. well, youget the picture.
On a personal level, I was looking forward tothe meeting with a lot of excitement andunsure expectation, but I was also lookingforward to it with at least an equal amount of trepidation, as I had been asked to make a presentation at the meeting. What kind of idiotagrees to give a presentation at a meeting hehas never attended? Don’t answer that.
To be honest, about all I associated with theMidwest prior to my visit was humidity, heatand tornadoes, none of which sounded particularly enjoyable. It was cold and rainythe Friday we arrived, but before the weekendwas over the weather was almost perfect (for me, anyway): sunny and mild. I was mostimpressed with St. Louis itself, at least the parts I saw, the neighborhoods around our hotel consisted of beautiful vintage homesshowing wide ranges of style and beauty. Thestreet just to the north of the hotel was quite asurprise when it became very much alive onFriday and Saturday nights. It evidently is oneof the hot spots of the city, supporting a veryvibrant and exciting nightlife, something I wasnot at all that unhappy in discovering. Sincethe new World Chess Hall of Fame is locatedon this very same street, it can’t help but reflectsome of the same energy and excitement. Anexcellent site selection for the Museum indeed.
The hotel itself left us (my wife and I) verydisappointed. Service was lousy and the food,for the most part, mediocre. From what othershave said, however, their experience wasevidently different from ours so, hopefully, wewere the exception.
Food quality aside, the social dinner on Fridaynight got us off to a nice start. My wife and Isat opposite Rick Knowlton and George andVivian Dean, with whom we had someenjoyable conversations. Everyone was veryfriendly and welcoming and we very muchenjoyed ourselves. I went to bed that nighthighly anticipating the next day.
The meeting Saturday did not disappoint.
Doesn’t Look Like Much For Breakfast!
Attendees Begin Arriving for The Saturday Morning Session of the 2011 St. Louis CCI Meeting