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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.

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.

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.

Chess Triumphs and Blunders

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 04.07.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

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.

Hikaru Nakamura Conquers London Chess Classic

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 03.15.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Last Sunday, the top American grandmaster won the London Chess Classic, a rapid chess competition, leaving many world class players behind, including two former world champions Vishy Anand and Vladimir Kramnik.

September Chess

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

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.

Vladimir Kramnik Triumphs at the Chess World Cup in Norway

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 11.05.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

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.

Tired Chess Brains in China

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 09.18.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

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.

Boris Gelfand Leaves All Chess Greats Behind in Moscow

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 08.27.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

At the age of 45, the Israeli grandmaster Boris Gelfand should not be winning major chess tournaments ahead of young talented players and world champions. But sometimes age doesn't matter.

Chess Art Under Alekhine's Watchful Eye

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 07.10.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

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."

Magnus Carlsen Plays Vishy Anand for the World Chess Title

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 06.07.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

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.

Amazing Chess Brilliancy of Vishy Anand

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 03.20.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

"It could easily be one of my best games," said the world champion Vishy Anand after he brilliantly defeated the Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian in the fourth round of the traditional Tata Steel Chess Tournament in the Dutch coastal town of Wijk aan Zee this week.

What Is the Best Age for Chess?

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 01.09.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The careers of top chess players last 25 years or even longer. They can challenge the world's best already as teenagers and can continue for six, seven decades until they turn into ageless warriors. At what point do they play the best? What is the optimal age for success in chess?

Viswanathan Anand Retains World Chess Title

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 07.30.2012 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

"I am relieved," Vishy Anand said shortly after his victory against the challenger, Boris Gelfand of Israel, in the World Chess Championship. "The match was so even."

It's Anand vs. Gelfand for the World Chess Crown

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 07.25.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Gelfand's match against Anand could be interesting. Both players have vast opening knowledge, strive for initiative, can defend well and love to play dynamic chess. It could be the last time players over forty play for the championship.

Chess Champ Kamsky Marches On

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 07.11.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Levon Aronian's opponent in the Candidates Final for the world chess title was supposed to be the Bulgarian grandmaster Veselin Topalov. But both grandmasters are gone now, having lost the Candidates quarterfinal matches.

A Nimble Chess Artist

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The former U.S. champion Hikaru Nakamura is fast. The quicker the pace on the chessboard, the more he seems to enjoy playing.