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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.

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.

Long Live the Chess King

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 09.21.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Every year since 2005, the picturesque Slovak town of Banska Stiavnica stages a game of living chess. It is a powerful, almost mystical, spectacle with human chess pieces dressed into medieval costumes and armed with spears and swords.

Aronian Wins the Last Amber Chess Tourney

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Levon Aronian won the Amber tournament in Monaco this month. He will be known as the last winner. After twenty years, the combined blindfold and rapid chess event, featuring the world's top players, comes to a halt.