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The Beauty of Chess Tricks

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 01.27.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

If tricks were not allowed in chess, the game would be boring. For the last two centuries they were the jewels of chess played in European coffee houses and they were in big demand.

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?

Mozarts of Chess

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 04.24.2012 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The moniker "Mozart of Chess" occurred to me when I was looking for a subhead for Magnus's great game against Sipke Ernst in Wijk aan Zee in 2004.

Chess Puzzles: The Art of Zugzwang

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

What does it mean being in zugzwang? In simple terms, you have to move and you don't want to. Every move you make leads to a worse position and often to an outright disaster.