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The New York Times and Chess

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 11.03.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Make no mistake about it: every time a newspaper cuts a chess column, chess loses.

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.

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?

Chess History: From Bobby Fischer to Hikaru Nakamura

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.07.2012 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The 2011 U.S. Chess Championship begins today at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, Mo., with 16 players, including the defending champion Gata Kamsky, the 1996 world championship challenger.