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The New York Times and Chess

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 11.03.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Make no mistake about it: every time a newspaper cuts a chess column, chess loses.

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.

The Adventures of Soviet Chess Patriarch Mikhail Botvinnik

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.14.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Chess players around him had disappeared, having been executed or sent to gulags, but he lived. Mikhail Botvinnik (1911-1995) survived because he made himself indispensable.

Baseline Chess, Hedgehog and Magnus Carlsen

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 03.15.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The title of the world champion is a frequent topic of conversations about chess and bringing in Magnus Carlsen is inevitable these days. But did Carlsen do anything unique to win the title?

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.

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?

Chess Legend Svetozar Gligoric Dies

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 10.15.2012 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Svetozar Gligoric, the legendary Serbian grandmaster, died in Belgrade on August 14 at the age of 89. He was one of the world's leading chess players of the 20th century, a fearless competitor and a true gentleman. His chess career spanned 70 years.

Chess Legend Turns to Music

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

He was one of the world's leading chess players in the 1950s and 1960s and the Yugoslav player of the 20th century. After nearly seven decades playing chess, the legendary grandmaster Svetozar Gligoric turned to music.

Hikaru Nakamura's Great Chess Triumph

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

On the day the Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open in Melbourne, the American chess grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, 23, achieved the best success of his life.

Chess Champion's Class Act

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Vishy Anand is the most versatile world chess champion. After all, he won world championships in classical matches, knockouts, rapids and blitz and dominated the advanced chess in which players are able to consult the computers.

Almost Human Chess Machines

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Precision, mistake-free play and machine-like calculations were the highest accolades for the top chess players. Nowadays, it seems to be the other way around.