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Ladislav Alster
Number of games in database: 104
Years covered: 1944 to 1989

Overall record: +29 -35 =40 (47.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (7) 
    B28 B31 B89 B92 B30
 King's Indian (5) 
    E73 E64 E85 E61
 King's Indian Attack (5) 
 Queen's Indian (4) 
    E15 E14 E12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (18) 
    B76 B23 B32 B56 B43
 King's Indian (5) 
    E72 E98 E75 E92 E80
 Sicilian Dragon (4) 
    B76 B73
 Dutch Defense (4) 
    A88 A92 A81
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L Alster vs Smejkal, 1963 1-0
   G van Doesburgh vs L Alster, 1947 1/2-1/2
   J Trapl vs L Alster, 1963 0-1

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(born Jun-02-1927, died Jan-11-1991, 63 years old) Czech Republic

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Ladislav Alster was Czechoslovak champion in 1956.

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 104  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Alster vs Prochazka 1-0111944Melnik, CZEA51 Budapest Gambit
2. L Alster vs G van Doesburgh  0-1401947NED-CSRC11 French
3. G van Doesburgh vs L Alster  ½-½301947NED-CSRB58 Sicilian
4. R W Bonham vs L Alster 1-0401947Match MCCU-CZEE72 King's Indian
5. L Alster vs R W Bonham ½-½511947Match MCCU-CZED62 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
6. L Alster vs C Kottnauer  1-0411948CSR-chA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
7. Ujtelky vs L Alster 0-1471948CSR-chD75 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O c5, 8.dxc5
8. L Alster vs Sajtar  ½-½161948CSR-chD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
9. M Bobotsov vs L Alster 1-0341950CSR-BULB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
10. L Alster vs Filip  0-1461953CSR-chD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
11. L Alster vs J Sefc  1-0561953CSR-chA07 King's Indian Attack
12. Ujtelky vs L Alster  ½-½261953CSR-chA43 Old Benoni
13. L Alster vs Sajtar  1-0311953CSR-chB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
14. J Vesely vs L Alster  ½-½231953CSR-chB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
15. J Kozma vs L Alster 1-0271953CSR-chB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
16. L Alster vs L Tipary  ½-½231954Budapest ttA07 King's Indian Attack
17. L Alster vs Sajtar  ½-½521954CSR-chA02 Bird's Opening
18. L Alster vs J Kozma  ½-½401954CSR-chE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
19. Ujtelky vs L Alster  ½-½171954CSR-chE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
20. J Sefc vs L Alster  0-1401954CSR-chB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
21. L Alster vs Filip  ½-½151954CSR-chE15 Queen's Indian
22. F Blatny vs L Alster  ½-½251954CSR-chA07 King's Indian Attack
23. L Alster vs J Sefc  1-0561955CSR-54ch playoff 3rd placeD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Ujtelky vs L Alster  1-0531955CSR-54ch playoff 3rd placeE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
25. L Alster vs J Kozma  0-1311955CSR-ch ArmyA06 Reti Opening
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Oct-20-05  Eastfrisian: Ladislav Alster died on January 11, 1991 in Prague.
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  whiteshark: Any relations to D Hamburg ?
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  whiteshark: Dr. Ladislav Alster

He was also chess journalist and author of various chess books.

Apr-02-09  WhiteRook48: The Ladi has the Slav Defense al the time while observing a ster
Apr-02-12  Xeroxx: POTD discuss
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  Honza Cervenka: When I was youngster back in 1980s, Alster's books "Chci hrát šachy" (I Want to Play Chess) and "Šachy hra královská" (Royal Game of Chess) were the most popular chess textbooks for beginners and intermediates available in Czech language. I think they are fairly good even today, although the theory of openings has changed a lot since then.
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. POTD.
May-19-13  Xeroxx: ladi slav (baby don't hurt me, don't hurt me no more.)
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  zanzibar: His first book, <Miniaturní šachové partie (1978)> is available for 75 Kč + 49 Kč poštovné here:

where you will also find a photo of this player.

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  zanzibar: I stand corrected. The earliest book he authored, that I've been able to find, is from 1955:

<Šachový sborník 1955
Alster Ladislav

r.v. 1957, nakladatel Sportovní a turistické nakladatelství, OBr., o. zašlá>

<Chess proceedings 1955
Alster Ladislav

šachr.v. 1957, publisher Sports and tourist publishing, fig., O. Faded>

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  zanzibar: Perhaps some info as to his place of birth, or at least, where he was when very young:

<This period could be the most telling deceased members Josef Jirásek and William Rohn. In particular, Professor Jirasek was most pronounced in the postwar period the person Rakovnik chess (especially with regard to organizational activities). Paradoxically, in this period came from the Non-Aligned Rakovnik club most outstanding player personality. It was Ladislav Alster, who in 1940 was a boy running around between tables championship tournament and after the war has already taken his game and fought his way into the best tournaments. Unfortunately, soon leaving Rakovníka to Prague and Rakovník is not so much in the national scale hear.>

I think Rakovníka (or Lužná u Rakovníka) is a town west of Prague. How far west I can't really say, since the google map I'm looking at seems not to have a scale (ugh!).

(It does zoom nicely though, and looks pretty)

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  zanzibar: Also this:

<Chess history of Poděbrady


Another strong tournament took place in a Central Bohemia spa town twenty years later. In 1956 twenty prominent domestic chess players came together here to compete for the title of Champion of Czechoslovakia. 29-years old Ladislav Alster became the winner of the tournament, who was at the peak of his powers that time. Master František Zíta gained silver and bronze with eleven and a half points out of nineteen possible was divided between Karel Opočenský and Miroslav Herink. Out of famous names of later period appeared in 1956 behind Poděbrady chessboard e.g. Brno's master František Blatný or Slovak representatives Julius Kozma, Ján Šefc and Maxmilián Ujtelky.>

There is also a great 1936 picture of Alekhine and Flohr doing their best to out-dude Tom Wolfe:

Woman World Champion Věra Menčíková looks quite pleased to be there.

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  zanzibar: He's listed as an In Memoriam:

<41 I.M. JUDr. Ladislav Alster>


Does anybody know what the Czech abbrev JUDr. means?

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  zanzibar: Also this:

<chess 1954-2005

Permanent members of the Department of chess ÚDA [(Central House of the Army)] were in the years 1954-1956 two front Czechoslovak chess players - Miroslav Filip and Ladislav Alster. The first MS 1956 occupied eighth place. After the 1957 chess Department also began to perform the tasks of cultural and educational activities. The highest Czech chess competition he worked until 2005.>

<Šachy 1954−2005

Stálými členy odboru šachu ÚDA byli v letech 1954 až 1956 dva přední českoslovenští šachisté – Miroslav Filip a Ladislav Alster. První z nich na MS 1956 obsadil 8. místo. Po roce 1957 šachový odbor začal plnit rovněž úkoly kulturní a osvětové činnosti. V nejvyšší české šachové soutěži působil do roku 2005.>

Straight from the Ministry of Defense itself.

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  zanzibar: And a cultural note to finish:


In Berlin gallery painting Dutch painter Lucas van Leyden from 1508 called chess game. When calculating the box on the chessboard vertically, are fine, horizontally but there are four more.

"In the 14th and 15th centuries was popular in the Netherlands so-called courier chess. Besides the usual chess figures that each player additionally four pawn, two couriers, a mentor and a clown. But it was not the only version. Mongolian warrior Temarián used the chessboard of 110 fields (10x11), where there were a total of 11 kinds of figures, arranged in three rows. There was general, elephant, camel and even a giraffe", explained FIDE master Ladislav Alster, which in Carlsbad in the 60s of last century healed.>


V berlínské galerii je obraz nizozemského malíře Lucase van Leydena z roku 1508 nazvaný šachová partie. Spočítáme-li políčka na šachovnici ve svislém směru, jsou v pořádku, ve vodorovném jich je ale o čtyři více.

„Ve 14. a 15. století byl v Nizozemska oblíben takzvaný kurýrní šach. Vedle obvyklých šachových figurek měl každý hráč navíc ještě čtyři pěšce, dva kurýry, jednoho rádce a šaška. Nebyla to však jediná verze. Mongolský válečník Temarián používal šachovnici o 110 polích (10x11), kde bylo celkem 11 druhů figur, seřazených ve třech řadách. Byl tu generál, slon, velbloud a dokonce žirafa,“ vysvětlil mistr FIDE Ladislav Alster, který se v Karlových Varech v 60. letech minulého století léčil.>

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  zanzibar: OK, one more, since it concerns Czech chess during the war, a topic I've written about before:

<Junior Championship

It all began in 1943, during the Protectorate. Z. Martinek then held in Chocen 1.šachové junior championships, and on this occasion it was agreed 7 enthusiasts chess game that will play two rounds correspondence tournament, which would be a sort of unofficial championship of Bohemia and Moravia.

The tournament lasted a year and the winner was a promising junior Brno Henry Kucera 9b profit of 12 before George Hladký of Hodonína. Participate in the competition was even 16 year old Ladislav Alster, later a member of the winning team at the World Cup Czechoslovakia college teams in 1954 in Oslo and a champion of the Republic of practical chess.>

<Mistrovství republiky juniorů

Vše začalo v roce 1943, v době Protektorátu. Tehdy uspořádal Z. Martínek v Chocni 1.šachové juniorské přebory a při této příležitosti se dohodlo 7 nadšenců šachové hry, že sehrají dvoukolový korespondenční turnaj, který by byl jakýmsi neoficiálním přeborem Čech a Moravy.

Tento turnaj trval rok a vítězem se stal nadějný brněnský junior Jindřich Kučera ziskem 9b z 12 před Jiřím Hladkým z Hodonína. Účastníkem soutěže byl i tehdy 16letý Ladislav Alster, později člen vítězného družstva ČSR na mistrovství světa vysokoškolských družstev v roce 1954 v Oslo a přeborník republiky v praktickém šachu.>

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  zanzibar: From this web site:

comes what might be called a hard fought draw <Alster--Kavalek (1965)> during a Czech team championship:

[Event "Czech Team Championship - Slavoj Vysehrad vs VS Praha"] [Site "Prague CZE"]
[Date "1965.11.28"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Ladislav Alster"]
[Black "Lubomir Kavalek"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D40"]
[EventDate "1965.09.19"]
[Source "Lubomir Kavalek -"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 c5 5.e3 Nc6 6.a3 cxd4 7.exd4 Be7 8. Bd3 dxc4 9.Bxc4 O-O 10.O-O a6 11.Ba2 b5 12.d5 exd5 13.Nxd5 Nxd5 14. Bxd5 Bb7 15.Ne5 Na5 16.Bxb7 Qxd1 17.Rxd1 Nxb7 18.Be3 Rfe8 19.Nd7 Na5 20.Nb6 Rab8 21.Rac1 Bd8 22.Nd5 Nc4 23.Bf4 Ra8 24.b3 Nxa3 25.Bd6 b4 26.Bxb4 Nb5 27.Re1 Re6 28.Nf4 Rxe1+ 29.Rxe1 Bg5 30.Nd5 Nd4 31.f4 Bh4 32.Re4 Nxb3 33.g3 a5 34.Re3 axb4 35.Rxb3 Ra1+ 36.Kg2 Rd1 37.Nxb4 Bf6 38.Rd3 White 2:03 / ♗lack 2:05 -- Courtesy Lubos ♔avalek 1/2-1/2

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  Gypsy: <Does anybody know what the Czech abbrev JUDr. means?>

Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD)

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