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Carlsen Wins Bilbao Chess Masters

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 07.25.2016 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Carlsen won four games, one more than all his opponents combined. He started slowly. For the first time he lost to Hikaru Nakamura in a tournament with the classical time limit. He wowed to play sharper and with a string of three victories catapulted himself into the lead and never relinquished it. His last victory came against Anish Giri, whom he has never beaten in the classical tournaments before.

Carlsen Leads and Quits Grand Chess Tour

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 07.02.2016 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Magnus Carlsen leads the Grand Chess Tour after the speed events in Paris and the Belgian town of Leuven. But the world chess champion will not be aro...

Grand Ambitions for Chess

Dylan Loeb McClain | Posted 06.16.2016 | Sports
Dylan Loeb McClain

A reception near the Arc de Triomphe organized by Vivendi, a big sponsor of the Paris Grand Chess Tour. Credit: Vivendi S.A., Grand Chess Tour Magnus...

Immortal Chess Blitz Game

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.02.2016 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Wesley So won a spectacular blitz game at the Ultimate Blitz Challenge in the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis last Friday. It was power chess with hard to see threats and surprising sacrifices.

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.

America's #2 Chess Player Just Messed Up Big-Time

Zach Young | Posted 03.18.2016 | Sports
Zach Young

Nakamura reached out his hand and gripped his king. Suddenly, his hand trembled and he yanked it backwards. "He touched the king! He touched the king!" Gasped the official commentators, grandmasters Evgeny Miroshnichenko and Alexandra Kosteniuk. "He needs to move it!"

Carlsen Wins Grand Chess Tour

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 12.19.2015 | 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.

Chess Feasts in Europe and America

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 10.16.2015 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The world chess champion Magnus Carlsen came to Berlin this month to defend his other two world titles: in the rapid and blitz play. The Norwegian grandmaster succeeded marvelously in the three-day rapid event, finishing undefeated and scoring 11.5 points in 15 games.

Karjakin Lifts the Chess World Cup

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 10.05.2015 | 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 09.09.2015 | 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.

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.

Topalov on Top of Norway Chess 2015

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 06.20.2016 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

In the first round Carlsen lost on time in a winning position against Veselin Topalov. The 40-year-old Bulgarian grandmaster turned this lucky break into first place with a string of victories reminiscent of his triumph at the world championship tournament in San Luis in 2005. In the last round Topalov held Vishy Anand, 45, to a draw.

Can America Return to Chess Glory?

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 06.05.2016 | 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.

Nakamura and Krush Capture U.S. Chess Titles

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 06.15.2015 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The 2015 U.S. Chess Championships in Saint Louis, Missouri, ended last Sunday as expected: the top-rated grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura won his 4th U.S. title. On the women's side, Irina Krush defended the title, her seventh. But it was not that simple.

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.

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 and Nakamura Win Strong Chess Events

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 07.20.2015 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The year 2015 is very young and the world chess champion Magnus Carlsen has already won two strong tournaments -- in Wijk aan Zee in January and in the German resort Baden-Baden this week.

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.

The Chess Phoenix Rises Again

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 02.17.2015 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Vishy Anand could be the Phoenix of Chess. Many times down, but never out. Again and again he rises up to snatch another tournament triumph, another world championship.

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.

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 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 i...