Paul Felix Schmidt: A Winning Formula
by Eva Regina Magacs, M. Negele
Our small family (my father, my mother and I) came to America in March of 1952, after crossing the ocean in a re-fitted troop carrier named the "General Stewart". Not only did he (and we) keep up the German language, but he also stayed current in Russian by reading profusely (his favourite author was the poet Alexander Pushkin).
Years later, he told me that being a scientist was the only truly fascinating profession. Every evening he would study his journals, and the often finish up re-playing chess games from a book or magazine. I can remember him playing chess on a little hand-held "pocket" chess set.
My father stayed in touch with a variety of chess masters in the U.S. and Europe. Most notable was the Czech and German champion Ludek Pachman, who once came to visit him in Allentown. The last chess tournament he played in was a correspondence tournament in 1983/84, involving Estonian players.
Eva Regina Magacs is the daughter of Paul Felix Schmidt.
Michael Negele is a great chess-fan since 1972. He has contributed the historical backgrounds to over 70 articles. He is the co-founder of the "Ken Whyld Association", for the History and Literature of the game of Chess.
This book contains German and English parts.