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Topalov on Top of Norway Chess 2015

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 06.26.2015 | 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.

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 04.12.2015 | 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.

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.

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...

Anand to Face Carlsen for the World Chess Title Again

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.28.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

At 44, Vishy Anand continues to raise eyebrows. After he lost the world championship match to Magnus Carlsen last year, his critics were merciless: his play was too timid, he made too many draws, he was too old, he was done, he didn't have a chance, he shouldn't have even tried to play in the Candidates tournament. Anand proved them wrong.

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.

Hikaru Nakamura Conquers London Chess Classic

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 03.15.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Last Sunday, the top American grandmaster won the London Chess Classic, a rapid chess competition, leaving many world class players behind, including two former world champions Vishy Anand and Vladimir Kramnik.

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.

September Chess

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

September was a great month for chess. The world's top-rated chess player Magnus Carlsen played his first official tournament in America, his last event before the world championship match against the titleholder Vishy Anand in November.

Vladimir Kramnik Triumphs at the Chess World Cup in Norway

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 11.05.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Torn between playing with his young kids in France and playing chess in Norway, Vladimir Kramnik, 38, made a choice that paid off. The former world champion won the 2013 FIDE Chess World Cup in Tromsø and collected $96,000.

Boris Gelfand Leaves All Chess Greats Behind in Moscow

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 08.27.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

At the age of 45, the Israeli grandmaster Boris Gelfand should not be winning major chess tournaments ahead of young talented players and world champions. But sometimes age doesn't matter.

Karjakin Wins Norway Chess 2013, Edges Carlsen and Nakamura

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 07.21.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Magnus Carlsen, the world's top-rated chess player, is expected to win every tournament he enters. The Norway Chess 2013 Super Tournament was tailored for him as a tribute to his previous successes.

Chess Art Under Alekhine's Watchful Eye

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 07.10.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Every few years somebody discovers the French-American artist Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), connects him with chess and quotes him:"While all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists."

Magnus Carlsen Plays Vishy Anand for the World Chess Title

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 06.07.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The world's top-rated chess player Magnus Carlsen of Norway qualified from the Candidates tournament in London to challenge the reigning champion Vishy Anand of India in the world championship match in the fall of this year.

Magnus Carlsen Eyeing the World Chess Title

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 04.02.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

After triumphing in two major tournaments, in London in December and in Wijk aan Zee in January, Magnus Carlsen is a clear favorite to win the eight-player Candidates event in London (March 15-April 1).

Amazing Chess Brilliancy of Vishy Anand

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 03.20.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

"It could easily be one of my best games," said the world champion Vishy Anand after he brilliantly defeated the Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian in the fourth round of the traditional Tata Steel Chess Tournament in the Dutch coastal town of Wijk aan Zee this week.

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?

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.

Chess Champ Hou Yifan in the Limelight

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 04.04.2012 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Levon Aronian's brilliant victory at the prestigious Tata Steel tournament in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands, would normally be the topic of our conversation. But it was a young Chinese girl, Hou Yifan, 17, who stole the limelight.

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 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.