Obituaries

Wolfgang Berger

Wolfgang Berger - the "face" of the catholic working group for soldiers (KAS) - is no longer with us.

On October 22, Wolfgang Berger passed away at the age of 88. He was a very important part of the NATO and german armed forces chess championships. For a long time he was the distinguished "face" of the KAS during the tournaments and therefore the entire chess organisation within the armed forces.

Amongst other functions, he was the german representative of the NATO chess team from 1978 to 2001 and, additionally, chief arbiter from 1978 to 1996. Moreover, he organised the 1st to 17th german armed forces' chess championships from 1976 to 2008. After that, he transfered his tasks to Master Sergeant (ret.) Uwe Reiz and his function as team captain of the NATO chess team to Captain Senior Grade Karl Koopmeiners.

German team 2009

Wolfgang Berger (2nd on the left) among the german team during the NATO chess championship 2009.

The KAS owes Wolfgang Berger a lot for all his work, support and personality and he will always be remembered. KAS Logo


Lorenz Drabke In deep sadness the NATO chess team of the German Armed Forces takes farewell of our comrade and colleague

International Master
Lorenz Maximilian Drabke

He was a member of the Armed Forces and an important part of our team since 2004. He joined the team thirteen times, winning the team championship with us eleven times.

Four times he also won the title in the individual ranking. By his outstanding sporting achievements he held a decisive proportion in the overall success of the german team. He was torn out of life much too early by a tragic traffic accident. We lose a pleasant comrade and colleague, a very good chess player and a great friend. We will never forget you.

For the NATO chess team of the German Armed Forces
Karl Koopmeiners
and the
Catholic Working group for soldier care
Katholische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Soldatenbetreuung e.V.
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Funeral_cross On behalf of Lorenz' family and the German team I would like to thank the NATO Chess Community for your condolences and kind words.
Yesterday, he found his final resting place in Dieburg, Germany. A vast number of comrades and friends supported the family.

Lorenz passing is a big loss for all of us. We'll never forget him.

REST IN PEACE, LORENZ!

Lorenz grave