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The Chess Phoenix Rises Again

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 12.19.2014 | 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

The Beauty of Chess Tricks

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 01.27.2013 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

If tricks were not allowed in chess, the game would be boring. For the last two centuries they were the jewels of chess played in European coffee houses and they were in big demand.

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.

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...

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.

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.

Pitching a Perfect Chess Game

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 10.21.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

"There is no perfect game in chess," Bobby Fischer said. After all, we are human and we make mistakes. But according to Tibor Karolyi, Anatoly Karpov came close to playing a mistake-free game at the 1974 chess olympiad in Nice, France.

Texas Tech Wins Final Four of Chess

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 06.04.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

You don't see spectacular hoops and dunks and scoring is not done in twos or threes. No chest-pounding, no cheerleaders. And yet, the Final Four in college chess could be a dramatic experience.

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.