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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.

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.

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...

When Bobby Fischer Played Chess Like Misha Tal

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 01.30.2012 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Reckless sacrifices were not his style, but for one day, one game and one moment in 1959 Bobby Fischer threw caution to the wind, went va banque and played like Mikhail Tal.