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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.

Books

"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

Two Immortal Chess Cavalcades

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 2:04 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 | 11:29 AM

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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 | 2:12 PM

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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 | 4:26 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 | 12:50 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 | 11:37 AM

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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 | 12:04 PM

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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 | 3:41 PM

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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 | 6:19 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 | 5:57 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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September Chess

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 9:55 AM

September was a great month for chess.

The world's top-rated chess player Magnus Carlsen played his first official tournament in America, his last event before the world championship match against the titleholder Vishy Anand in November.

The Chinese GM Hou Yifan regained the women's world title. The FIDE Grand...

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Vladimir Kramnik Triumphs at the Chess World Cup in Norway

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 5:08 PM

Torn between playing with his young kids in France and playing chess in Norway, Vladimir Kramnik, 38, made a choice that paid off. The former world champion won the 2013 FIDE Chess World Cup in Tromsø and collected $96,000.

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The grueling 128-player...

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Chess Feast in Norway

(3) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 4:56 PM

From August 10 till September 5, 128 chessplayers will descend on the Norwegian city of Tromsø to contest the FIDE World Cup. Only two of the best players will be missing: the world champion Vishy Anand of India and his challenger Magnus Carlsen of Norway. They will play for the...

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Tired Chess Brains in China

(2) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 5:17 PM

Saved from collapse by the rich Russian sponsors, the FIDE Grand Prix moved to China this month for its fifth leg. Some of the world class chess players came to Beijing tired from the previous hectic schedule. They took part in some of the six major tournaments in the last...

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Boris Gelfand Leaves All Chess Greats Behind in Moscow

(6) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 6:43 PM

At the age of 41, Jaromir Jagr should not have been playing in the Stanley Cup final and keeping up with the fast skating hockey players. At the age of 45, the Israeli grandmaster Boris Gelfand should not be winning major chess tournaments ahead of young talented players and world...

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Chess: The Game of Tension

(3) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 11:26 AM

On June 2, on his 39th birthday, Gata Kamsky defeated Russia's Alexander Morozevich at the FIDE Grand Prix tournament in Thessaloniki, Greece. The U.S. champion took a half point lead into the last round. But last games are often full of tension, the pressure rises and blunders are made. Could...

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Karjakin Wins Norway Chess 2013, Edges Carlsen and Nakamura

(5) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 3:44 PM

Magnus Carlsen, the world's top-rated chess player, is expected to win every tournament he enters. The Norway Chess 2013 Super Tournament was tailored for him as a tribute to his previous successes. For the first time, he would compete in his homeland against some of the finest chess players in...

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Chess Art Under Alekhine's Watchful Eye

(5) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 2:50 PM

Every few years somebody discovers the French-American artist Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), connects him with chess and quotes him:"While all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists."

Duchamp was exaggerating, but he loved chess and he was a decent player. In three chess olympiads in the 1930s,...

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Chess: Remembering Robert Byrne (1928-2013)

(4) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 6:20 PM

Robert Byrne, a prolific chess writer and one of the strongest U.S. grandmasters, died Friday, April 12, 2013, a few days before his 85th birthday.

He was a World Championship Candidate, U.S. champion and played for the U.S. team in nine chess Olympiads. For 34 years, he wrote an exceptional...

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Magnus Carlsen Plays Vishy Anand for the World Chess Title

(4) Comments | Posted April 7, 2013 | 9:26 PM

The world's top-rated chess player Magnus Carlsen of Norway qualified from the Candidates tournament in London to challenge the reigning champion Vishy Anand of India in the world championship match in the fall of this year. Carlsen, 22, won in the English capital by a squeaker after a dramatic last...

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