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Bihari, Sándor (Alexander) (Rézbánya, now Băiţa, Romania, 19 May 1856 - Budapest, 28 March 1906) – Painter. He spent his childhood at Nagyvárad (now Oradea, Romania). In 1874 he moved to Pest and attended the Art School of Bertalan Székely. From 1876 he worked in Vienna, then studied in Paris and became acquainted with the impressionist and the plain air trends. In 1885 Emperor Franz Joseph bought one of his paintings: In Crossfire (Kereszttűzben). From 1886, he worked with Lajos (Louis) Deák-Ébner at Szolnok. In 1887 he visited Venice, then in 1888 Holland and Belgium. With Bertalan Karlovszky he founded an Art School in Budapest in 1890. In the same year he also participated in the foundation of the Artist Colony of Szolnok. He became known as an outstanding painter of Hungarian rural life. His oil paintings include Before the Magistrate (Bíró előtt) (1886); Sunday Afternoon (Vasárnap délután) (1893); Old Woman (Öreg asszony) (1900), and On the Banks of the River Zagyva (A Zagyva partján) (1900). His books are Intellectual Life (Szellemi élet) (1897), and About Myself (Magamról) (1904). He was one of the greatest Hungarian genre painters. He was recipient of the Franz Joseph Prize (1896), the Vaszary Prize (1898), as well as foreign prizes. – B: 0883, 0934, T: 7103.→Székely, Bertalan; Deák-Ébner, Lajos.

Bikcse Clan – Hungarian clan from the Árpádian era (997-1301), landowners along the River Zagyva. The clan’s ancient home was Tápió-Bicske in what is now County Pest; the Bikcsey family chose its name from this village, where their origins took root. – B: 0942, T: 7685.

Bilek, István (Stephen) (Budapest, 11 August 1932 - Budapest, 20 March 2010) - Chess Grandmaster (GM). He earned his Master title in 1952, his Trainer diploma in 1953, the International Master title in 1957, and the Grand Master title in 1962. He represented Hungary nine times at the Chess Olympic Games. As a member of the Hungarian team, he won 2 Silver and 2 Bronze medals; he also won the European Championship four times with 1 Silver and 3 Bronze. He was Captain of the team in 1978, when they won the Olympic Championship, and also in 1980. He was a three-time Hungarian Champion (1963, 1965, and 1970), and he played in inter-zonals in 1962 and 1964. His most successful tournaments were in Balatonfüred (1960), Salgótarján (1967), and Debrecen (1970). He placed first in all three. Bilek played on the Hungarian team in nine Chess Olympiads from 1958 to 1974, earning three individual medals: Silver on board 4 in 1962, Bronze on board 3 in 1966, and Silver on board 2 in 1972. From 1976 to 1988, he edited the Checkmate Program for Hungarian Television. He was a renowned writer of chess-life. In recent years, he was a columnist for the daily Hungarian Nation (Magyar Nemzet). He was awarded the International Master title in 1957 and the GM title in 1962. – B: 1031, 1704, T: 7103.

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