The unexpected death of Roger Klittich has deeply touched all those who had known him. Michael Negele has provided an extensive obituary accompanied by a lot of photographs.

A German version of Michael Negele's text (slightly modified) is available in this pdf file!


A friend has left us ...


The empty podium

If you scroll down on the page
you will find a nice photograph of Roger Klittich with his friend
Hans Dieter Reichert.


With some melancholy I think back to the late afternoon of the 8th November 2014:
It was half a year ago in Weimar, nearly at the same hour that I am writing these lines, that I said goodbye to Heidi and Roger Klittich in the hotel Elephant.

Even if I was aware of his poor health for several years - we had frankly spoken about rather critical moments in 2014 - there was practically no reason to doubt that we would meet again at the end of June 2015 on the occasion of the summer auction on Theaterwall 17.
For in Weimar Roger Klittich seemed completely restored to health, he was as vital and brilliant as always, and virtually scintillatingly witty. (See this photo.)
Mr. Klittich fascinated not only me by his short introduction to the upcoming auction of the Kloprogge collection, but also the much more expert audience of Chess Collectors International.

Roger Klittich in Weimar, 2014


The more I was deeply moved a few days ago by the terrible news that our friend and favourer - yes, our mentor as far as the development of the Ken Whyld Association as from 2003 is concerned - has left us forever. Obviously the weak organism was not able anymore to overcome a fatal interaction of two medicines, so the kidneys failed. Against expectation a strong will had suddenly to bow to fate.

Since November 1999 (A short look back) I have regularly attended the chess book auctions of the house Klittich-Pfankuch, and in these 15 years a relationship has developed which was based on more than mere interests relating to business or collecting.

Roger Klittich was always a welcome conversational partner to me, whereas I willingly took over the role of the listener. Particularly in the early days of the Ken Whyld Association we had long phone calls, he was adviser, organizer and sponsor in one person. But especially he was - together with his wife Heidi and his son Karl - a host, a role he felt visibly comfortable about and which he always knew to enjoy.


Heidi and Roger Klittich (2001)


Roger Klittich himself takes care of the 
bodily needs of his guests (2005)


Discussion in Braunschweig 2005



Our hosts in Braunschweig, 2006 (above)
and 2007 (below)




Roger Klittich in November 2011 ...

... here with Andreas Saremba



A long row of chess collectors (June 2014)



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