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|May-19-13|| ||Karpova: Rset in Peace, Lothar Maximilian Lorenz Schmid!
|May-19-13|| ||Eastfrisian: RIP. The world has lost a very fine player and a grandseigneur of chess.|
|May-19-13|| ||stanleys: RIP GM Schmid!|
|May-19-13|| ||lost in space: Sad news. RIP GM Schmid. I had the honor to play a game against you in the 1980ties (simul)...and lost. Will never forget it.|
|May-19-13|| ||parisattack: Another of the Old Guard departs; and a fine gentleman he was, indeed!|
Dispensation of his collection will be interesting. I assume he made plans for it, of course.
|May-19-13|| ||alexmagnus: Yet another old player died short after celebrating birthday.|
|May-19-13|| ||BoyLogro: The international chess community is deeply saddened. RIP, GM Schmid. You've departed on the same day as the elegant & lovely Bella Flores (aged 84).|
|May-19-13|| ||twinlark: RIP GM Schmid.|
|May-19-13|| ||EvanTheTerrible: RIP Schmid.|
|May-19-13|| ||ketchuplover: seconded|
|May-19-13|| ||edbermac: Congratulating Bobby at the end of the 1972 match
|May-19-13|| ||HeMateMe: Wasn't he supposed to have been a millionaire, in addition to being a GM? How did he make his money?|
|May-19-13|| ||paulalbert: A great loss to both the chess and publishing world! As detailed in my post of May 10, 2008, I enjoyed his treating me to breakfast in NY about 7 years ago. Unfortunately I never had the chance to take him up on his invitation to see his enormous chess book collection at his home in Bamberg. May he rest in eternal peace.|
|May-19-13|| ||paulalbert: The Schmid family owns Karl May Verlag, a publishing company with the rights to print the prolific German author Karl May. If not familiar wth Karl May, see the very comprehensive Wikipedia article on Karl May. The arrangements are complicated because of the interests of the Karl May Foundation. In addition, because Lothar was in Dresden when the communists took over, he had to get to West Germany, in order to continue publishing, essentially starting over. He didn't give me all the details, because these are private institutions. With the merger of the two Germanies I guess any legal issues have been finally settled, but the bottom line is that publishing the very popular Karl May titles was and I believe still is a financially rewarding business.|
|May-20-13|| ||KlingonBorgTatar: RIP Lothar Schmid. At least you lived to see the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Rebirth of the united Germany. Thanks for the Schmid Benoni and your marauding knights game vs Bogolyubov.|
|May-20-13|| ||HeMateMe: <paulalbert>
If his publishing interests were in East Germany, wouldn't all of those assets have been seized by the East German state, sometime after WWII?
|May-20-13|| ||BUNA: <paulalbert: The Schmid family owns Karl May Verlag, a publishing company with the rights to print the prolific German author Karl May.>|
The works of Karl May became public domain ("gemeinfrei") in 1963.
|May-20-13|| ||wordfunph: rest in peace GM Schmid.|
|May-20-13|| ||paulalbert: On <HeMateMe> 's and <Buna> 's comment and question. Apparently the problem in communist East Germany was not so much the physical assets like the printing factory which may have been seized, but their opposition to the message of the Karl May novels,emphasis which effectively was on the free spirit of Native Americans, and Karl May himself was contoversial. Consequently, publishing the books became virtually impossible. It's difficult to seize intellectual property rights where the business value lay. How the Schmid family escaped from Dresden to Bamberg I do not know. Possibly the authorities did not care. Although the Karl May works did become public domain, Karl May Verlag has the rights to the Karl May name, and works on a number of promotional activities with others including the Karl May Foundation. The Karl May museums I think are more a Foundation activity.|
|May-20-13|| ||Diademas: RIP Lothar Schmid.
Is his birthdate correct?
The chessbase article gives his year of birth as 1928. The same does Wikipedia.
|May-20-13|| ||HeMateMe: World's most famous TD! Perhaps his family left East Germany before the Wall was put up, in the early 60s, when there was still free travel between east and west?|
|May-21-13|| ||HeMateMe: Here is a link to the NY Times obit for Herr Schmid:|
Schmid was also arbiter for the '92 rematch between Fischer and Spassky.
|May-21-13|| ||thomastonk: <HeMateMe: Perhaps his family left East Germany before the Wall was put up, in the early 60s, when there was still free travel between east and west?> He left the Soviet occupation zone already in 1947 and settled in Bamberg. The two Germanys were founded in 1949, and the Wall was put up 1961. (Thank you for the link to the NY Times.)|
|May-21-13|| ||haydn20: It's men like this who give meaning to the phrase "a real *mensch*.|
|May-21-13|| ||paulalbert: An interesting question with respect to Lothar's death is what is going to happen to his fabulous chess book collection? There is an inheritance and estate tax in Germany. Although the tax rates only go up to 30% for very large estates, the exemption for surviving spouses is only 500,000 Euros. Both Karl May Verlag and the chess book collection presumably are of considerable value, but presumably some ownership has already been transferred to Lothar's wife and three children. Putting a value for estate tax purposes on the chess book collection clearly would be very challenging. In the U.S., this kind of issue is frequently dealt with by donating the collection to a non profit organization, e.g., library, museum, university. The worst thing is heirs being forced to sell it off to pay taxes after a long dispute with tax authorities over valuation. I touched on this subject during my breakfast with Lothar many years ago. As I remember it, he said he was aware of the issue and planning for it, not surprising since Lothar had a law degree. At that time the collection had not been catalogued and that process was beginning. I would hope the collection could be preserved as a whole, not divided up among numerous collectors.|
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