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Chess Triumphs, Stumbles and Embarrassments

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 02.09.2017 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Two American grandmasters won the first major chess events of 2017. Wesley So triumphed in the traditional Dutch tournament in Wijk aan Zee and Hikaru...

Chess Champions and Their Queens

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 01.17.2017 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

When Magnus Carlsen sacrificed his Queen against the Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin last month in New York, it won him not only the world title ma...

Nailed To The Chessboard For 50 Years

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 12.20.2016 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Bobby Fischer became the youngest grandmaster in 1958 at the age of 15. When he faced Boris Spassky in Santa Monica in 1966 under Jacqueline Piatigors...

Is Magnus Carlsen A Chess Artist?

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 12.07.2016 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Magnus Carlsen became known to the world as a chess artist. Nearly 13 years ago he began a sparkling attacking victory in a Dutch tournament with sacr...

Birthday Present: Magnus Carlsen Retains The World Chess Title In Style

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 11.30.2016 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Breaking news: On his 26th birthday, the world chess champion Magnus Carlsen won the World Championship match against Sergey Karjakin of Russia in Ne...

The Business of Chess

A.J. Steigman | Posted 11.22.2016 | Business
A.J. Steigman

The players were in a good mood for the Opening Press Conference. Photo Source: Sasha Lytvyn, Agon Limited. The World Chess Championship has finally...

Countdown to the World Chess Championship

A.J. Steigman | Posted 11.01.2016 | Business
A.J. Steigman

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen is in good spirits before the World Chess Championship that will be taking place in NYC. Photo Source: Agon Limite...

Honoring Chess Beauty

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 10.14.2016 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The world champion Misha Tal (1936-1992) was to chess what the saxophonist Charlie Parker was to jazz. Both flying high with no barriers, no limits to...

U.S. Chess Team Wins Olympic Gold in Baku

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 09.18.2016 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The golden U.S. team from right: Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Ray Robson, Samuel Shankland, Captain John Donaldson, Hikaru Nakamura, coach Alex Lenderm...

Historic Site Selected for the World Chess Championship Match

Dylan Loeb McClain | Posted 08.09.2016 | Sports
Dylan Loeb McClain

A rendering of the Fulton Market building in the South Street Seaport Agon, the company that owns the commercial rights to organize the World Chess C...

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...

A New Generation Fights for the World Chess Championship

Dylan Loeb McClain | Posted 05.12.2016 | Sports
Dylan Loeb McClain

When Magnus Carlsen, the reigning World Champion from Norway, and Sergey Karjakin, his Russian challenger, face off in the title match this November i...

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.

The Dance of Chess Kings

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 02.02.2017 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

What does Carlsen have in common with sport superstars Lionel Messi, Jaromir Jagr or Stephen Curry? They all seem unstoppable. Everybody knows they are going to score, but not many are able to prevent it.

Great Chess Minds Think Alike: Carlsen Wins in Qatar

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 12.29.2016 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The world chess champion Magnus Carlsen finished the year with a victory at the Qatar Masters Open in Doha on Tuesday.

Carlsen Wins Grand Chess Tour

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 12.18.2016 | 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.

The Ups and Downs of Chess Champions

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 11.11.2016 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

In the ratings war, the world chess champion Magnus Carlsen, 24, and the top Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian, 33, looked like brothers in arms, occupying the first two places for some years. But this year they both hit the wall.

Chess Feasts in Europe and America

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 10.13.2016 | 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 10.02.2016 | 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 09.03.2016 | 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.

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 09.15.2016 | 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.