Hommage to Alfred Hrdlicka
(27/02/1928 - 05/12/2009)


The artist Alfred Hrdlicka passed away in Vienna on December 5th.
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All his life he was connected to chess, his volume "Schach Zeichnungen 1" [Claasen Verlag, Düsseldorf 1983] adorns many a collection.

The young Hrdlicka was regarded as a chess player of great talent, but not always he was able to cope with the nervous strain of a tournament game.

At the second International Students Team Tournament at Brussels in March 1953 he played at the second board of a mixed team of two Austrians, one Frenchman and one Belgian.
Here his first round victory against the Englishman Peter Clarke:

Clarke - Hrdlicka (French)
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Ne7 7. Qg4 Nbc6 8. Qxg7 Rg8 9. Qxh7 cxd4 10. Nf3 Qa5 11. Ra2 Bd7 12. h4 0-0-0 13. h5 Nf5 14. h6 Rdf8 15. Bd3 Rh8 16. Bxf5 Rxh7 17. Bxh7 f6 18. exf6 Qxc3+ 19. Bd2 Qc4 20. Ra1 e5 21. Bg6 e4 22. h7 Rh8 23. f7 Qc5 24. Bh6 Qc3+ 25. Ke2 exf3+ 26. gxf3 Ne5 27. f8Q+ Rxf8 28. Bd3 Nxd3 29. cxd3 Qb2+ 30. Kf1 Qxa1+ 31. Kg2 Qxh1+ 0-1
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Hrdlicka expressed his views of chess in an exhibition catalogue of the Gallery Pudelko (Bonn, 1982), for him Emanuel Lasker was the "Greatest": Hrdlicka's explanations from 1982 (jpg file; in German).

Therefore his impressive brush drawing (in sepia and black Indian ink, 48.5 x 66 cm) "Dr. Lasker gegen Dr. Tarrasch oder Die Schlange und das Kaninchen" [Dr Lasker against Dr Tarrasch or The Snake and the Rabbit] from the above volume will be presented here for lasting remembrance.

(Michael Negele)

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