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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...

Viktor Kochnoi: Fighting The Soviet System To Play Better Chess

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.11.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

His childhood was harsh; his career difficult. But he spent almost half of his life in the West, able to taste liberty even before the Soviet Union fell. Viktor Korchnoi is one more reminder of the manifold injustices of totalitarian communism.

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.

Every Chess Game Tells a Story

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.24.2015 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Most people who don't play chess believe that the checkmate ends the game. They may not know they can also lose by overstepping the time limit or by resigning - something unheard of in other sports such as football, basketball or hockey.

Chess Gems From Zurich

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 04.25.2015 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The Zurich Chess Challenge was a festive six-grandmaster extravaganza played this month in the posh Savoy hotel. The American grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura benefitted from the last-minute change in the rules and blitzed his way to win the title.

The New York Times and Chess

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 01.03.2015 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

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

Chess: Remembering Robert Byrne (1928-2013)

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 06.15.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Robert Byrne, a prolific chess writer and one of the strongest U.S. grandmasters, died Friday, April 12, 2013, a few days before his 85th birthday.

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 in Clouds of Smoke

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 04.17.2012 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Chess is the only sport where smoking was not only possible; it was quite common. For some mental athletes, such as the late world chess champion Mikhail Tal or the legendary grandmaster Viktor Korchnoi, performing without cigarettes was unthinkable.