artist Alfred Hrdlicka passed away in Vienna on
(Page at Wikipedia: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Hrdlicka)
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
over the game <<
Hrdlicka expressed his views of chess in an exhibition catalogue of the
Gallery Pudelko (Bonn, 1982), for him Emanuel Lasker was the "Greatest":
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.