Dear Chess Friends,

In those horrible time for Yugoslavia, Chess Informant tries to continue
with normal work. It is not easy at all. Belgrade, where is the head-office
of our company, is being bombed every day. Every day there are more
destroyed buildings, fires, killed and injured people.

Till now any one of our employees have not been injured. However, many of
us are living in the parts of town which are targets of air strikes. To
some of them the bombs has fallen only some hundred meters from the houses
where they live.

In spite of all this, during the April, we managed to publish "Chess
Informant 74" and sent it to all our customers and contributors all over
the world. We had a lot of luck in that.

At the moment when bombing started, i.e. March 24, "Informant 74" was in
print. In the condition of constant "airstrike danger signals", our
printing house has reduced very much its business hours (5-6 hours daily),
so that the printing was finished with a delay of ten days. However, after
that, a part of the town in which the printing house is situated, Rakovica,
has been seriously bombed almost every day. Although it has not been
directly hit, the printing house (a very modern one, built three years ago)
has been very damaged. Some walls of the building cracked, in some parts
the ceilings dropped down, while one corner of the house dropped down
completely. The printing house does not work any more.

We sent "Informant 74" to our customers in the last moment. All big
deliveries were sent by mail about April 10th. At that moment almost all
main roads and railways could be used. In the meantime, a great number of
bridges and railways were destroyed and could not be used for traffic (e.g.
railways Beograd - Budapest and Beograd - Skopje), so that the mail goes
very slowly.

Now our main aim is to survive - as individuals and as company. We do hope
that we will succeed in it.

You could help us by posting on your web site a few words about the
situation in which is Chess Informant now, that Chess Informant is still
existing and it is going to continue with its publishing activity. Our
friends from ChessBase have already done it. Here is the text which they
put on their site:

Informator 74 and Informator 73 CD on schedule

Our colleges from Chess Informant write that the book edition of Informant
74 was printed in time and sent to the customers. Informant 73 CD will be
mastered next week. While everyday life in Belgrade now bears very concrete
dangers and civil infrastructure and economy seem noticeably hurt, the
peaceful work of analysing and publishing chess games at Chess Informant
goes on as usual.

We would appreciate very much if you could put some similar text on your
web site.

Hoping that all this will stop soon and that we will get the opportunity to
come back to our normal life, we remain with our kindest regards,

Sincerely yours,

Milutin Kostic

Chess Informant