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Chess in the Time of War

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 09.03.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

"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...

Two Immortal Chess Cavalcades

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 06.07.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

A six-time champion of Moscow, Vasyukov won numerous international events. He coached Anatoly Karpov in the world championship matches. Unfortunately, he will now follow Kieseretzky's fate.

Chess in Clouds of Smoke

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 04.17.2012 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Chess is the only sport where smoking was not only possible; it was quite common. For some mental athletes, such as the late world chess champion Mikhail Tal or the legendary grandmaster Viktor Korchnoi, performing without cigarettes was unthinkable.

Chess World Cup: Peter Svidler All the Way

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 11.21.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

It was the most amazing move of the 2011 Chess World Cup, a wonderful coup de grâce you don't see every day. And it could have been enough to play it, go home and enjoy it for years to come. But it was not all Peter Svidler had done at the World Cup this month.

Chess Puzzles: A Vodka Escape

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

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Steinitz's Immortal Chess Game

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Enough is enough and you throw in the towel. That's the elegant way to give up in boxing. In chess, there are more ways of resigning a game before you get actually mated.