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Chess Champions and Their Queens

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 01.17.2017 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

When Magnus Carlsen sacrificed his Queen against the Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin last month in New York, it won him not only the world title ma...

Is Magnus Carlsen A Chess Artist?

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 12.07.2016 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Magnus Carlsen became known to the world as a chess artist. Nearly 13 years ago he began a sparkling attacking victory in a Dutch tournament with sacr...

Honoring Chess Beauty

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 10.14.2016 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The world champion Misha Tal (1936-1992) was to chess what the saxophonist Charlie Parker was to jazz. Both flying high with no barriers, no limits to...

Greatest Chess Triumph of Wesley So

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 08.18.2016 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

"I am living a dream," exclaimed Wesley So after winning the 2016 Sinquefield Cup, the strongest chess tournament of his life and one of this year's b...

Viktor Kochnoi: Fighting The Soviet System To Play Better Chess

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.11.2016 | Home
Doug Bandow

His childhood was harsh; his career difficult. But he spent almost half of his life in the West, able to taste liberty even before the Soviet Union fell. Viktor Korchnoi is one more reminder of the manifold injustices of totalitarian communism.

It's Karjakin vs. Carlsen for the World Chess Title

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 03.30.2016 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

On Monday in Moscow, Sergey Karjakin, 26, was trying to explain to journalists how he won the Candidates chess tournament, an eight-player double-round robin event to determine the challenger for the world champion Magnus Carlsen in the title match in November.

The Dance of Chess Kings

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 02.02.2017 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

What does Carlsen have in common with sport superstars Lionel Messi, Jaromir Jagr or Stephen Curry? They all seem unstoppable. Everybody knows they are going to score, but not many are able to prevent it.

My Academy Award Nominations for Best Health-Themed Movie of 2015

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 01.04.2017 | Entertainment
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Although there is no Oscar for the best health-themed movie, each year I nominate films for the year that have the best health themes. I select the w...

Carlsen Wins Grand Chess Tour

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 12.18.2016 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The world chess champion Magnus Carlsen won the Chess Grand Tour, a three tournaments bonanza played in Norway, the USA and England, and involving the world's best players.

Karjakin Lifts the Chess World Cup

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 10.02.2016 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The match, a combination of classical, rapid and blitz games, delivered amazing moves and unexpected blunders. All 10 games were decisive, no draws. Svidler, 39, blamed it on exhaustion and the resulting mistakes.

Aronian's Chess Comeback

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 09.03.2016 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

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.

Watch Bobby Fischer Enact His Own Mental Chess Match In Exclusive 'Pawn Sacrifice' Featurette

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 08.19.2015 | Entertainment

Bobby Fischer is one of the 20th century's most celebrated sportsmen. The brash American chess prodigy became an international superstar, cemented in ...

Brilliant Start of Chess Summer

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 07.05.2016 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

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.

Can America Return to Chess Glory?

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 09.15.2016 | 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.

Carlsen Collects Another Chess Victory

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 06.29.2015 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

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.

Magnus Carlsen and a Parade of Chess Champions

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 01.31.2015 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

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.

The New York Times and Chess

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 01.03.2015 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Make no mistake about it: every time a newspaper cuts a chess column, chess loses.

Wesley So Wins the Millionaire Chess Open in Las Vegas

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 12.13.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

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.

The Reykjavik International Film Festival Is the Tectonic Meeting Point of European and American Indie Cinema

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 12.09.2014 | Entertainment
James Marshall Crotty

Whether you are looking to write, scout or shoot (the Icelandic Film Centre offers a 20 percent rebate if you meet certain "cultural criteria"), put Reykjavik and RIFF in your filmmaking bucket list.

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.

China Wins Gold at Chess Olympiad in Norway

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 10.14.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The young Chinese team won the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway. They became the only undefeated team among 176 participating countries, winning eight matches and tying three, scoring 19 points.

Winning While Losing

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 09.12.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Shortly after the final was over on July 7, 1974, I took the train from Amsterdam to the German town of Solingen where I was scheduled to play an important international chess tournament.

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.

Baseline Chess, Hedgehog and Magnus Carlsen

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 03.15.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

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?