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Chess Gems From Zurich

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 04.25.2015 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The Zurich Chess Challenge was a festive six-grandmaster extravaganza played this month in the posh Savoy hotel. The American grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura benefitted from the last-minute change in the rules and blitzed his way to win the title.

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.

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.

Mozarts of Chess

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 04.24.2012 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The moniker "Mozart of Chess" occurred to me when I was looking for a subhead for Magnus's great game against Sipke Ernst in Wijk aan Zee in 2004.

The Most Treacherous Defense in Chess

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 12.05.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Those who play the Grunfeld defense know that it can turn into a nightmare in an instant. But the defense also brings them bright moments, tempts them again and again, and they cannot live without it.

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.