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Lubomir (Lubos) Kavalek has been an International Chess Grandmaster (GM) since 1965, and several times U.S. and Czechoslovakian champion. He was rated among the world’s Top Ten chess players, winning more than thirty important international and national tournaments and matches. A leading player on the U.S. team, he collected a record of one gold and five bronze olympic medals. He was inducted to the Chess Hall of Fame in 2001.

Kavalek played entertaining chess, winning several brilliancy prizes. His game against Eduard Gufeld from the 1962 Student Olympiad shared sixth place in Andrew Soltis’s book "The 100 Best Chess Games of the 20th Century, Ranked."

In 1972, Kavalek was Bobby Fischer’s second in his world championship match against Boris Spassky in Reykjavik. He coached other world-class players such as Nigel Short, Robert Hubner and Yasser Seirawan, and was acting captain and chief analyst for the world team against the USSR team in London 1984.

Kavalek organized one of the most important tournaments in chess history, the Tournament of Stars in Montreal in 1979, as well as the prestigious 1988-89 World Cup for the Grandmasters Association. His book "World Cup Chess" was published by Bloomsbury in London in 1990.

As a journalist and commentator Kavalek has covered all the most important chess events in the last 45 years, writing for several U.S. and foreign magazines. He was inducted to the Gallery of Distinguished Chess Journalists in 2006. He wrote about chess for the Washington Post for 24 years (1986-2010) in his award-winning column. He now writes for the Huffington Post.


"The Najdorf Variation of the Sicilian Defense," with Yefim Geller, Svetozar Gligoric and Boris Spassky, published by RHM Press in 1976

"Wijk aan Zee Grandmaster Chess Tournament 1975" published by RHM Press in 1976; "One of the greatest tournament books of all time" - Sidney Fried, Publisher

"World Cup Chess: The Grandmasters Grand Prix," published in England by Bloomsbury Publishing in 1990 and in the U.S. by Trafalgar Square Publishing in 1990.

Entries by Lubomir Kavalek

Chess Feasts in Europe and America

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 1:02 AM


The world chess champion Magnus Carlsen came to Berlin this month to defend his other two world titles: in the rapid and blitz play. The Norwegian grandmaster succeeded marvelously in the three-day rapid event, finishing undefeated and scoring 11.5 points in 15 games....

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Karjakin Lifts the Chess World Cup

(1) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 6:47 PM

"It is the best result of my life," said Sergey Karjakin, 25, after he won the 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup, the grueling 128-player elimination tournament that took 25 days and finished on Monday in Baku, Azerbaijan. Karjakin defeated Peter Svidler in...
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Aronian's Chess Comeback

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 4:05 PM


Levon Aronian won the third Sinquefield Cup, the second leg of the recently established Grand Chess Tour. The top Armenian grandmaster finished a full point ahead of a group led by the world champion Magnus Carlsen and the U.S. champion Hikaru Nakamura.

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Czech King Walks into Chess History

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 8:15 PM


Walking is the best way to see the Czech capital, Prague. There is even the Royal Route based on coronation procession of 1458, connecting the Old Town with the Prague castle.

The first official world chess champion Wilhelm Steinitz, born in Prague, based...

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Brilliant Start of Chess Summer

(3) Comments | Posted July 5, 2015 | 3:18 PM

Fabiano Caruana's outstanding victory at the Dortmund tournament, a U.S. rating record and a magnificent king's hunt by the Chinese wizard Wei Yi marked the first days of summer.

Caruana became eligible to play for the United States just before the start of the traditional tournament in Dortmund, Germany. It...

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Topalov on Top of Norway Chess 2015

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2015 | 2:37 PM

The world chess champion Magnus Carlsen was in free fall, losing game after game at the beginning of the Norway Chess 2015 in Stavanger, one of the three tournaments of the newly founded Grand Chess Tour.

Failures of famous players attract as much attention as their successes. Misfortune was...

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Can America Return to Chess Glory?

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 12:07 PM

The United States chess team may embark on a journey reminiscent of the golden past. Three extraordinary grandmasters -- Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura and Wesley So -- are rated in the World's Top Ten. They are young, hungry and very good. And they will be eligible to play in next...

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Carlsen Collects Another Chess Victory

(6) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 4:23 PM


The world chess champion Magnus Carlsen, 24, scored another amazing victory with 7 points in 9 games at the Gashimov Memorial tournament in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. The Norwegian grandmaster finished a full point ahead of the former world champion Vishy Anand. The 45-year-old Indian...

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Nakamura and Krush Capture U.S. Chess Titles

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 7:40 PM


The 2015 U.S. Chess Championships in Saint Louis, Missouri, ended last Sunday as expected: the top-rated grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura won his 4th U.S. title. On the women's side, Irina Krush defended the title, her seventh. But it was not that simple.

After the...

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Every Chess Game Tells a Story

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 1:26 PM

Most people who don't play chess believe that the checkmate ends the game. They may not know they can also lose by overstepping the time limit or by resigning - something unheard of in other sports such as football, basketball or hockey.

Of course, you don't win by resigning....

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Chess Gems From Zurich

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 2:17 PM

The Zurich Chess Challenge was a festive six-grandmaster extravaganza played this month in the posh Savoy hotel. The American grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura benefitted from the last-minute change in the rules and blitzed his way to win the title.


The rules of...

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Carlsen and Nakamura Win Strong Chess Events

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 11:02 AM

The year 2015 is very young and the world chess champion Magnus Carlsen has already won two strong tournaments -- in Wijk aan Zee in January and in the German resort Baden-Baden this week. But first, let's go briefly to Gibraltar, where the American grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura was tearing the...

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Carlsen Wins Dutch Chess Fest

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 3:16 PM

Rising young stars, falling legends, deflated chess computers, clumsy soccer games, brilliant attacks, a commentator faux-pas, chess hungry spectators, windy beaches -- all this was present during the Tata Steel traditional chess tournament (Jan. 9-25) in the coastal Dutch town of Wijk aan Zee, one of the major chess events...

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40 Years of Spectacular Chess

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 3:56 PM

In 1975, the organizers of the traditional chess tournament in the Dutch coastal town of Wijk aan Zee inaugurated a prize for the most spectacular game. They expected breathtaking encounters, griping contests, and some glamour and charm.

Throughout the four decades many grandmasters were rewarded for their thrilling play,...

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The Chess Phoenix Rises Again

(6) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 3:15 PM


Vishy Anand could be the Phoenix of Chess. Many times down, but never out. Again and again he rises up to snatch another tournament triumph, another world championship.

Last year Anand lost the world title to Magnus Carlsen, but came back this year...

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Magnus Carlsen and a Parade of Chess Champions

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 3:46 PM

The world chess champion Magnus Carlsen turned 24 last Sunday and had many reasons to celebrate: it was the most fruitful year of his young chess career. For nearly four years he has dominated the FIDE rating list as the world's top-rated player. He won two additional world titles in...

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The New York Times and Chess

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 2:14 PM

The world champion Magnus Carlsen is making chess popular around the globe and his title defense against Vishy Anand begins on November 8 in Sochi, Russia. Millions of chess fans are looking forward to the coverage of the World Chess Championship match on the Internet and in the newspapers. Alas,...

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Wesley So Wins the Millionaire Chess Open in Las Vegas

(8) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 8:59 PM


The Philippine grandmaster Wesley So, 21, won the Millionaire Chess Open in Las Vegas and the first prize of $100,000, the largest in the history of open tournaments.

Millionaire Chess, the brainchild of grandmaster Maurice Ashley and the entrepreneur Amy Lee, promised...

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Caruana's Spectacular Chess Leap

(7) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 9:58 AM

The Sinquefield Cup in Saint Louis was promised to be extraordinary this year: the highest-rated chess tournament ever with many of the world's best players on hand. To the delight of Rex Sinquefield, the main sponsor, it got even better.


Fabiano Caruana, an...

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Chess in the Time of War

(1) Comments | Posted August 23, 2014 | 12:23 AM


"Wake up," my wife shouted. "We are at war!"

A few moments earlier, she met Vladimir Simagin pacing back and forth in the lobby of the Polish hotel in Polanica Zdroj, repeating:"Stupid people, stupid people, stupid people...." The Moscow grandmaster explained to her...

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