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Carlsen Leads and Quits Grand Chess Tour

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 07.02.2016 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Magnus Carlsen leads the Grand Chess Tour after the speed events in Paris and the Belgian town of Leuven. But the world chess champion will not be aro...

Grand Ambitions for Chess

Dylan Loeb McClain | Posted 06.16.2016 | Sports
Dylan Loeb McClain

A reception near the Arc de Triomphe organized by Vivendi, a big sponsor of the Paris Grand Chess Tour. Credit: Vivendi S.A., Grand Chess Tour Magnus...

Immortal Chess Blitz Game

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.02.2016 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Wesley So won a spectacular blitz game at the Ultimate Blitz Challenge in the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis last Friday. It was power chess with hard to see threats and surprising sacrifices.

Great Chess Minds Think Alike: Carlsen Wins in Qatar

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 12.29.2015 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The world chess champion Magnus Carlsen finished the year with a victory at the Qatar Masters Open in Doha on Tuesday.

The Ups and Downs of Chess Champions

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 11.26.2015 | 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.

Chess Feasts in Europe and America

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 10.16.2015 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The world chess champion Magnus Carlsen came to Berlin this month to defend his other two world titles: in the rapid and blitz play. The Norwegian grandmaster succeeded marvelously in the three-day rapid event, finishing undefeated and scoring 11.5 points in 15 games.

Brilliant Start of Chess Summer

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 07.05.2016 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Fabiano Caruana's outstanding victory at the Dortmund tournament, a U.S. rating record and a magnificent king's hunt by the Chinese wizard Wei Yi marked the first days of summer.

Carlsen Collects Another Chess Victory

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 06.29.2015 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The world chess champion Magnus Carlsen, 24, scored another amazing victory with 7 points in 9 games at the Gashimov Memorial tournament in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. The Norwegian grandmaster finished a full point ahead of the former world champion Vishy Anand.

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 Chess Phoenix Rises Again

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 02.17.2015 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Vishy Anand could be the Phoenix of Chess. Many times down, but never out. Again and again he rises up to snatch another tournament triumph, another world championship.

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.

Anand to Face Carlsen for the World Chess Title Again

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.28.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

At 44, Vishy Anand continues to raise eyebrows. After he lost the world championship match to Magnus Carlsen last year, his critics were merciless: his play was too timid, he made too many draws, he was too old, he was done, he didn't have a chance, he shouldn't have even tried to play in the Candidates tournament. Anand proved them wrong.

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.

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 -- World Chess Champion

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 01.25.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Magnus Carlsen is the new world chess champion, having defeated the titleholder Vishy Anand of India in 10 games with the score 6.5-3.5. The 22-year old Norwegian grandmaster has now won everything there is to win in chess.

The Towering Defense That Shaped Chess History

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The Super Bowls, Stanley Cups, World Cups and World Chess Championships are usually won with good defense. Which defense is going to decide the upcoming world championship match between Vishy Anand and Magnus Carlsen?

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.

Vladimir Kramnik Triumphs at the Chess World Cup in Norway

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 11.05.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Torn between playing with his young kids in France and playing chess in Norway, Vladimir Kramnik, 38, made a choice that paid off. The former world champion won the 2013 FIDE Chess World Cup in Tromsø and collected $96,000.

Boris Gelfand Leaves All Chess Greats Behind in Moscow

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 08.27.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

At the age of 45, the Israeli grandmaster Boris Gelfand should not be winning major chess tournaments ahead of young talented players and world champions. But sometimes age doesn't matter.

Chess Art Under Alekhine's Watchful Eye

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 07.10.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Every few years somebody discovers the French-American artist Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), connects him with chess and quotes him:"While all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists."

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.

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.