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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

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

(9) 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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China Wins Gold at Chess Olympiad in Norway

(23) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 5:35 PM

Chess shifted to Asia this week: for the first time two Asian teams
stepped on the podium to claim olympic medals.


The young Chinese team won the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway. They became the only undefeated team among 176...

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Powerful Queen Sacrifices in Chess Olympiads

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 8:23 PM

On the eve of the Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway, scheduled for the first two weeks in August, a few queen sacrifices from the past olympiads lead us to an intriguing question: when might have the queen been sacrificed for the first time?

A scarce double-queen sacrifice


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Winning While Losing

(1) Comments | Posted July 13, 2014 | 9:50 PM


On July 13 at the packed Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Lionel Messi was handed the Golden Ball Trophy. It was an award going to the best soccer player of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. But instead of celebrating the joyful moment,...

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Carlsen's Trifecta and Tal's Magic

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 4:34 PM


After the world chess champion Magnus Carlsen collected two more world titles last week in Dubai, winning the FIDE Rapid and Blitz championships, new comparisons were inevitable. Now he might be compared to a horse or a long distance runner, I thought.


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Chess Champions in America

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 10:32 AM

Many past and present chess champions were attracted to America, mostly to New York. William Steinitz won the first official world championship match in 1886 in the United States and spent his last days there. The world champions Emanuel Lasker and Jose Raul Capablanca, both died in New York in...

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Two Immortal Chess Cavalcades

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 3:04 PM

Often crowned by a queen or other piece sacrifices, immortal games drew crowds of chess enthusiasts ever since the duel between Adolf Anderssen and Lionel Kieseretzky, played in London in 1851. It was the ultimate immortal game. Books were written about it and it was analyzed in great detail. Other...

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Anand to Face Carlsen for the World Chess Title Again

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 12:29 PM


At 44, Vishy Anand continues to raise eyebrows. After he lost the world championship match to Magnus Carlsen last year, his critics were merciless: his play was too timid, he made too many draws, he was too old, he was done, he...

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The Adventures of Soviet Chess Patriarch Mikhail Botvinnik

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 3:12 PM


Botvinnik during his last tournament, Leiden 1970

Chess players around him had disappeared, having been executed or sent to gulags, but he lived. Mikhail Botvinnik (1911-1995) survived because he made himself indispensable. Even the architect of Soviet chess, Nikolai Krylenko, became a victim...

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Chess Triumphs and Blunders

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 5:26 PM

Magnus Carlsen won the Zurich Chess Challenge, the first tournament he played as the world champion. It was an amazing event, a chess triathlon, with the superstars showing their skills in blitz, rapid and classic chess, the latter being the most important.

Undefeated, with three wins and two draws, the...

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Baseline Chess, Hedgehog and Magnus Carlsen

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 1:50 PM

The title of the world champion is a frequent topic of conversations about chess and bringing in Magnus Carlsen is inevitable these days. But did Carlsen do anything unique to win the title?

The dagger, ending Vishy Anand's hopes, came in Game 9 of the World Championship match in Chennai...

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Hikaru Nakamura Conquers London Chess Classic

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 12:37 PM


On the day the NFL team Washington Redskins fumbled six times and threw one interception, Hikaru Nakamura's performance in England seemed almost flawless. Last Sunday, the top American grandmaster won the London Chess Classic, a rapid chess competition, leaving many...

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Magnus Carlsen -- World Chess Champion

(11) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 1:04 PM


Magnus Carlsen is the new world chess champion, having defeated the titleholder Vishy Anand of India in 10 games with the score 6.5-3.5. The FIDE World Championship match finished Friday in the Indian city of Chennai. The 22-year old Norwegian grandmaster...

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Carlsen Closer to Chess Crown, Azerbaijan Best in Europe

(8) Comments | Posted November 17, 2013 | 4:41 PM


India is paying tribute to two great sportsmen. Sachin Tendulkar, 40, known as "God of Cricket," will retire after his last test match that started on Thursday. The world chess champion Vishy Anand, 43, is defending his title against Magnus Carlsen, 22, in...

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The Towering Defense That Shaped Chess History

(8) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 7:19 PM

The Super Bowls, Stanley Cups, World Cups and World Chess Championships are usually won with good defense. Which defense is going to decide the upcoming world championship match between Vishy Anand and Magnus Carlsen? We shall see soon: the first game starts in the Indian city of Chennai on Saturday,...

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Mighty Underdogs of the European Chess Club Cup

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 6:57 PM

Sporting fans love long shots and unexpected triumphs. The first and the last European Chess Club Cups provide proof. In 1976 the German team of SG Solingen shared first place with the powerful Soviet team, Burevestnik Moscow. And last Saturday, against all odds, the players of the Czech G-Team Novy...

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