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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.

Magnus Carlsen and a Parade of Chess Champions

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 01.31.2015 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The world chess champion Magnus Carlsen turned 24 last Sunday and had many reasons to celebrate: it was the most fruitful year of his young chess career.

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.

China Wins Gold at Chess Olympiad in Norway

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 10.14.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The young Chinese team won the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway. They became the only undefeated team among 176 participating countries, winning eight matches and tying three, scoring 19 points.

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.

Mighty Underdogs of the European Chess Club Cup

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 12.25.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Sporting fans love long shots and unexpected triumphs. The first and the last European Chess Club Cups provide proof.

September Chess

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

September was a great month for chess. The world's top-rated chess player Magnus Carlsen played his first official tournament in America, his last event before the world championship match against the titleholder Vishy Anand in November.

Tired Chess Brains in China

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 09.18.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Saved from collapse by the rich Russian sponsors, the FIDE Grand Prix moved to China this month for its fifth leg. Some of the world class chess players came to Beijing tired from the previous hectic schedule.

Chess: The Game of Tension

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 08.07.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

On June 2, on his 39th birthday, Gata Kamsky defeated Russia's Alexander Morozevich at the FIDE Grand Prix tournament in Thessaloniki, Greece.

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.

Magnus Carlsen Storms New York's Chess Scene

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 11.05.2012 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

They could barely reach the other side of the chessboard, but playing against the world's top-rated grandmaster Magnus Carlsen was a thrilling experience for many New York kids.

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, Jazz and Hockey Legends in Prague

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 09.02.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

2011-07-03-Screenshot20110703at4.55.19PM.jpg World chess champion Vishy Anand visited Prague shortly before Czech president Vaclav Klaus celebrated his 70th birthday with a jazz concert at the Prague castle.

Chess Champ Kamsky Marches On

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 07.11.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Levon Aronian's opponent in the Candidates Final for the world chess title was supposed to be the Bulgarian grandmaster Veselin Topalov. But both grandmasters are gone now, having lost the Candidates quarterfinal matches.

Aronian Wins the Last Amber Chess Tourney

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Levon Aronian won the Amber tournament in Monaco this month. He will be known as the last winner. After twenty years, the combined blindfold and rapid chess event, featuring the world's top players, comes to a halt.