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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.

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.

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.

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.

The Most Treacherous Defense in Chess

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 12.05.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Those who play the Grunfeld defense know that it can turn into a nightmare in an instant. But the defense also brings them bright moments, tempts them again and again, and they cannot live without it.

Norway's Magnus Carlsen Fights and Wins in London Chess Classic

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Who actually won this tournament? Magnus Carlsen doesn't have to worry. According to the rules set up by the London organizers, the 20-year-old grandmaster from Norway finished first and will collect 50,000 Euros for his efforts.

Fooling the Gullible Chess World

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Identity theft in chess is rather common. Sometimes a full chapter is lifted from a book, other times a player claims credit for a single move that wasn't his. Here is one such story.