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Carlsen Collects Another Chess Victory

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 04.29.2015 | 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.

Every Chess Game Tells a Story

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.24.2015 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Most people who don't play chess believe that the checkmate ends the game. They may not know they can also lose by overstepping the time limit or by resigning - something unheard of in other sports such as football, basketball or hockey.

40 Years of Spectacular Chess

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 03.08.2015 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

In 1975, the organizers of the traditional chess tournament in the Dutch coastal town of Wijk aan Zee inaugurated a prize for the most spectacular game. They expected breathtaking encounters, griping contests, and some glamour and charm.

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.

Chess in the Time of War

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 10.22.2014 | 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...

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.

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.

Where to Go for Romance and Health in the British Virgin Islands

Alison Lewis | Posted 10.08.2013 | Travel
Alison Lewis

If you're looking for a place to completely disconnect and rejuvenate in a healthier way, put this destination on your list. With no televisions in rooms and Wi-Fi located only in the rooms and restaurants -- not common areas -- you can unwind completely here.

Chess: Remembering Robert Byrne (1928-2013)

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 06.15.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

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.

Chasing Chess Legacy -- Fischer, Kasparov, Polgar, Nimzowitsch

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.08.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

One day the world's top-rated chess player Magnus Carlsen will sit down and write about his games. This is what the great players do, but not yet. At 21, he is too young to be distracted by that on the way to become the world champion.

Magnus Carlsen Breaks Kasparov's Record at the London Chess Classic

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 02.12.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

On Monday, the Norwegian chess superstar Magnus Carlsen, 22, won the London Chess Classic in grand style, breaking Garry Kasparov's 13-year-old rating record by 10 points. "Pretty cool," Magnus described the biggest achievement of his chess career.

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?

Magnus Carlsen Storms New York's Chess Scene

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 11.05.2012 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

They could barely reach the other side of the chessboard, but playing against the world's top-rated grandmaster Magnus Carlsen was a thrilling experience for many New York kids.

Famed Sports Painter LeRoy Neiman Dies

AP | Posted 08.20.2012 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — In a June 21 story about the death of artist LeRoy Neiman, The Associated Press incorrectly reported the amount of money Neiman had ...

The Great London Chess Debate

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 02.19.2012 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

2011-12-20-Screenshot20111220at12.05.54PM.pngThe former world champion Vladimir Kramnik won the London Chess Classic, a tournament that brought the English capital close to its former glory.

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.

Page One, The Other F Word, Bobby Fischer: New Docs Worth a Look

Linda Flanagan | Posted 08.28.2011 | Entertainment
Linda Flanagan

Aging punk rockers and the New York Times might not seem to have much in common, but staying afloat in a rapidly changing digital world is a theme sha...

Bobby Fischer: Against the World, and Against Me

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.31.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Last Tuesday, Bryant Park was a chess fest. Young and old, seasoned and novice players sat head in hands contemplating plastic pieces on the checkered mats. You could hear a pawn drop.

Chess History: From Bobby Fischer to Hikaru Nakamura

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.07.2012 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The 2011 U.S. Chess Championship begins today at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, Mo., with 16 players, including the defending champion Gata Kamsky, the 1996 world championship challenger.

New and Old Chess Champions

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

As we enter the new decade, the chess world is ruled by a middle-aged man and a teenage girl. A twenty-something phenom presides over the world's ratings and a new book recalling one of the greatest chess magicians has been published recently.

Norway's Magnus Carlsen Fights and Wins in London Chess Classic

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Who actually won this tournament? Magnus Carlsen doesn't have to worry. According to the rules set up by the London organizers, the 20-year-old grandmaster from Norway finished first and will collect 50,000 Euros for his efforts.