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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.

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.

Armenia Wins Chess Olympic Gold in Turkey

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 11.12.2012 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

On Sunday, Armenia won the gold medal at the 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul. It is their third Olympic gold overall. They also finished first at the World Team Championship last year in Ningbo, China.

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.

Magnus Carlsen Wins Strong Chess Tourney in Moscow

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 08.18.2012 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Top-rated Magnus Carlsen won the 7th Tal Memorial in Moscow, one of the strongest chess tournaments of the year. The Norwegian grandmaster was the only undefeated player in a field of 10 world-class players.

The Most Treacherous Defense in Chess

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 12.05.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Those who play the Grunfeld defense know that it can turn into a nightmare in an instant. But the defense also brings them bright moments, tempts them again and again, and they cannot live without it.

Chess World Cup: Peter Svidler All the Way

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 11.21.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

It was the most amazing move of the 2011 Chess World Cup, a wonderful coup de grâce you don't see every day. And it could have been enough to play it, go home and enjoy it for years to come. But it was not all Peter Svidler had done at the World Cup this month.

The Hand of God in Chess?

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 11.07.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Like in any sport, there are chess players who try to win at all costs, bending the rules in their favor. But there are also noble chess warriors who believe in decency and fair-play.

It's Anand vs. Gelfand for the World Chess Crown

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 07.25.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Gelfand's match against Anand could be interesting. Both players have vast opening knowledge, strive for initiative, can defend well and love to play dynamic chess. It could be the last time players over forty play for the championship.

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.