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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.

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.

The Road to Chess Mastery

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.25.2012 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

How much do you have to know to become a strong chess player? According to Russian folklore you have to know 300 chess positions to become a grandmaster, but nobody knows what exactly these positions are.

Chess in Clouds of Smoke

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 04.17.2012 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Chess is the only sport where smoking was not only possible; it was quite common. For some mental athletes, such as the late world chess champion Mikhail Tal or the legendary grandmaster Viktor Korchnoi, performing without cigarettes was unthinkable.