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Magnus Carlsen and a Parade of Chess Champions

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 12.01.2014 | 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.

Chess Champions in America

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 07.27.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The center of professional chess in America is Saint Louis, Missouri. For the last six years the U.S. championship was held at the local Chess Club and Scholastic Center. With Nakamura absent this year, all eyes were on Gata Kamsky, the defending champion and the oldest participant. Could he still defend the title at the age of 39?

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."

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?

Women in Chess: A Few Tales

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 07.06.2012 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Lurking in the background, hiding their identity, they seem mysterious, magical, beautiful. At first, they observed the game from a distance, but as centuries went by, women were drawn closer to the chessboard.

The Road to Chess Mastery

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.25.2012 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

How much do you have to know to become a strong chess player? According to Russian folklore you have to know 300 chess positions to become a grandmaster, but nobody knows what exactly these positions are.

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.

The Man With Too Much Chess Talent

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

At 68, Dragoljub Velimirovic doesn't seem to slow down. Still teasing and provoking, he took part in the Czech Coal Match last month and was awarded a magnificent glass trophy for his entertaining play.