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Yochanan Afek

Carlsen Closer to Chess Crown, Azerbaijan Best in Europe

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 01.25.2014 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

India is paying tribute to two great sportsmen. Sachin Tendulkar, 40, known as "God of Cricket," will retire after his last test match that started on Thursday. The world chess champion Vishy Anand, 43, is defending his title against Magnus Carlsen, 22, in his home city of Chennai.

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.

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.

Afek's Chess Puzzles

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 09.10.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The first Yochanan Afek composition I saw made a great impression on me. With very little material on the chess board, Afek creates a fascinating study with amazing knight leaps.