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Carlsen's Trifecta and Tal's Magic

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 06.27.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

After the world chess champion Magnus Carlsen collected two more world titles last week in Dubai, winning the FIDE Rapid and Blitz championships, new comparisons were inevitable. Now he might be compared to a horse or a long distance runner, I thought.

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?

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.

Kasparov in Zadar

Jeanne Oliver | Posted 05.06.2014 | Travel
Jeanne Oliver

Mrs. Kudrun was excited. The petite, middle-aged director of the Hotel Kolovare in Zadar pulled me aside. "Sprov! Chisspipple!" she hissed, pointing...

Chess Triumphs and Blunders

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 04.07.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Magnus Carlsen won the Zurich Chess Challenge, the first tournament he played as the world champion. It was an amazing event, a chess triathlon, with the superstars showing their skills in blitz, rapid and classic chess, the latter being the most important.

Baseline Chess, Hedgehog and Magnus Carlsen

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 03.15.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The title of the world champion is a frequent topic of conversations about chess and bringing in Magnus Carlsen is inevitable these days. But did Carlsen do anything unique to win the title?

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.

Lila Shapiro

Chess Master Garry Kasparov On Russia's Anti-Gay Laws, An Olympics Boycott And How You Can Help

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 09.05.2013 | Gay Voices

Since his retirement, Garry Kasparov, the Russian chess master who held the title of world chess champion for 15 years, has become one of Russian Pres...

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.

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.

Russia's New Exiles

Daniel Alan Kennedy | Posted 08.13.2013 | World
Daniel Alan Kennedy

Post-Soviet Russia has, by and large, avoided such heavy-handed tactics. However, the latest string of high-profile emigrants suggests the Kremlin may be turning the screws on previously untouchable figures.

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."

Chasing Chess Legacy -- Fischer, Kasparov, Polgar, Nimzowitsch

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.08.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

One day the world's top-rated chess player Magnus Carlsen will sit down and write about his games. This is what the great players do, but not yet. At 21, he is too young to be distracted by that on the way to become the world champion.

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).

Magnus Carlsen Breaks Kasparov's Record at the London Chess Classic

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 02.12.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

On Monday, the Norwegian chess superstar Magnus Carlsen, 22, won the London Chess Classic in grand style, breaking Garry Kasparov's 13-year-old rating record by 10 points. "Pretty cool," Magnus described the biggest achievement of his chess career.

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?

The 10 Smartest People In The World

SuperScholar.org | Posted 08.27.2012 | Education

Judging how smart a person is can be a very subjective matter. Does their IQ score make them the smartest? Or is it more about accomplishments? The de...

Chess: Heavy Lifting

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 10.24.2012 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Plagiarism was in the news lately and chess has its own champions. They use other people's material without attribution and present it as their own. To put it less elegantly, the offenders blatantly, unscrupulously and dishonestly steal work from other authors.

Pussy Riot, A Chess Champ And Putin

AP | Posted 08.20.2012 | World

MOSCOW -- Russian opposition leader and chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov has been called for questioning after a police officer accused him of biting ...

Chess Winners Win Slowly

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 10.10.2012 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Chess players don't move like the Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. They advance to the finish line with a steady, deliberate pace. Chess events take days, weeks and sometimes months to finish. What the best chess players have in common with Bolt is the enormous will to win.

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.