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Hou Yifan

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?

Mighty Underdogs of the European Chess Club Cup

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 12.25.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Sporting fans love long shots and unexpected triumphs. The first and the last European Chess Club Cups provide proof.

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.

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.

Chess Champ Hou Yifan in the Limelight

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 04.04.2012 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Levon Aronian's brilliant victory at the prestigious Tata Steel tournament in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands, would normally be the topic of our conversation. But it was a young Chinese girl, Hou Yifan, 17, who stole the limelight.

When Bobby Fischer Played Chess Like Misha Tal

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 01.30.2012 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Reckless sacrifices were not his style, but for one day, one game and one moment in 1959 Bobby Fischer threw caution to the wind, went va banque and played like Mikhail Tal.

New and Old Chess Champions

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

As we enter the new decade, the chess world is ruled by a middle-aged man and a teenage girl. A twenty-something phenom presides over the world's ratings and a new book recalling one of the greatest chess magicians has been published recently.