People Behind the 'International
GM Alexander Baburin
is not easy to deal with somebody you do not know personally, at least
in the beginning. To help to overcome this problem, we created this page
with our short resumes and a few references from chess collectors.
in 1943, Jim lives in Kilkenny, Ireland. He has been involved in
collecting and researching all aspects of chess literature and memorabilia
for over 40 years. He inherited his love of chess books from his
father who introduced him to collecting by giving him his own small
though select library when he was 14 years old. Since then he has
traveled extensively throughout the world, never missing an opportunity
to add to his own knowledge of all aspects chess bibliography. He
stopped collecting in the late 1990s. His other passion is poetry.
In 2004 Jim won a prestigious Espy award
for Light Verse.
I was born in 1967 in Gorky, Russia. I have been living in Dublin,
Ireland since 1993. I am a professional chess player, coach, journalist,
author and publisher. My Internet projects include free chess newsletter
called 'Coffee Break Chess' and daily electronic newspaper 'Chess
Today'. I was always interested in chess literature. In 1995
I became a book dealer (specializing in Russian chess literature).
Over the years I developed good rapport with many collectors and
dealers world-wide. I have been supplying books (mainly in Russian)
to the Royal Dutch Library in Hague and to the Cleveland Public
Library in USA.
1. "It has been a great pleasure for the Royal Library in The
Hague to work with Alexander Baburin. His bibliographical descriptions
are very thorough and his catalogues a joy to go through. Baburin's service
is excellent in all ways, which is very important for a library as ours
since many departments are involved in the process of ordering books."
Henriette Reerink, Acting Curator, Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana,
Royal Library, The Hague.
Reference 2. "I have 'electronically' known GM Baburin for
about two years, and not only has he proven to be a strong Grandmaster
and excellent author, but also a most reliable book dealer - a rare combination
indeed. I can only wish him a well deserved success in his new auction
site, and hope that he will be coming with more rarities (I still have
some more in my wish list!)." Eduardo Bauzá Mercére,
(New York, USA).
Reference 3. "I have been dealing with Alex Baburin for
several years and have been very pleased with the selection offered by
Alex and with his excellent and prompt service. His catalogues are very
detailed and a joy to read." Michael D. Sharpe (Canada).
Reference 4. "I am happy to recommend Alexander Baburin
as a man with whom it is a pleasure to do business with. His honesty is
impeccable, and he treats his customers like family. Once, an uninsured
order of mine was lost in the mail, and Alexander made up for the lost
order even though he was under no obligation to do so. He is a Grandmaster
of chess and of customer relations." Richard Reich, MD (Madison,
Reference 5. "For more than ten years I have regularly dealt
with Jim Hayes of Kilkenny in buying, selling and exchanging chess books
and chess literature. Substantial sums of money have often been involved.
During all that time there has never been a dispute about payment and
all amounts due to me have been paid in full when requested." Clive
Farmer (Devon, UK).
references were given in 2000.