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Carlsen Wins Dutch Chess Fest

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 03.31.2015 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Rising young stars, falling legends, deflated chess computers, clumsy soccer games, brilliant attacks, a commentator faux-pas, chess hungry spectators, windy beaches -- all this was present during the Tata Steel traditional chess tournament (Jan. 9-25) in the coastal Dutch town of Wijk aan Zee, one of the major chess events of 2015.

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.

Carlsen Closer to Chess Crown, Azerbaijan Best in Europe

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 01.25.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

India is paying tribute to two great sportsmen. Sachin Tendulkar, 40, known as "God of Cricket," will retire after his last test match that started on Thursday. The world chess champion Vishy Anand, 43, is defending his title against Magnus Carlsen, 22, in his home city of Chennai.

The Towering Defense That Shaped Chess History

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The Super Bowls, Stanley Cups, World Cups and World Chess Championships are usually won with good defense. Which defense is going to decide the upcoming world championship match between Vishy Anand and Magnus Carlsen?

Mighty Underdogs of the European Chess Club Cup

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 12.25.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Sporting fans love long shots and unexpected triumphs. The first and the last European Chess Club Cups provide proof.

Armenia Wins Chess Olympic Gold in Turkey

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 11.12.2012 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

On Sunday, Armenia won the gold medal at the 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul. It is their third Olympic gold overall. They also finished first at the World Team Championship last year in Ningbo, China.

Chipmunk Chess

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 03.24.2012 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Six moves into the game Hikaru Nakamura-David Navara, the top-rated American grandmaster dented his position with a strange pawn move. He didn't create a crater, but the gap was big enough for a little chipmunk.

The Hand of God in Chess?

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 11.07.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Like in any sport, there are chess players who try to win at all costs, bending the rules in their favor. But there are also noble chess warriors who believe in decency and fair-play.

Hikaru Nakamura's Great Chess Triumph

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

On the day the Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open in Melbourne, the American chess grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, 23, achieved the best success of his life.

Chess Robots By The Sea

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Are chess players becoming robots by repeating moves approved at home by their computers?