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The Ups and Downs of Chess Champions

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 11.26.2015 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

In the ratings war, the world chess champion Magnus Carlsen, 24, and the top Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian, 33, looked like brothers in arms, occupying the first two places for some years. But this year they both hit the wall.

Can America Return to Chess Glory?

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 06.05.2015 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

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.

The Chess Phoenix Rises Again

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 02.17.2015 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

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.

Caruana's Spectacular Chess Leap

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 11.11.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

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.

Carlsen's Trifecta and Tal's Magic

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 08.27.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

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.

The Adventures of Soviet Chess Patriarch Mikhail Botvinnik

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.14.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

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.

Long Live the Chess King

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 09.21.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Every year since 2005, the picturesque Slovak town of Banska Stiavnica stages a game of living chess. It is a powerful, almost mystical, spectacle with human chess pieces dressed into medieval costumes and armed with spears and swords.

Chess Great Bent Larsen Dies

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

An optimist by nature, Larsen was one of the most fierce fighters of the last century and one of the few players capable of challenging the Soviets for the world championship title.