Lubomir Kavalek 1943-2021

Grandmaster Lubomir Kavalek died Jan. 18, according to a tweet by GM Ian Rogers. Kavalek won the Czech championship in 1962 and 1968, and the US championship in 1972, 1973, and 1978. He played on seven US Olympiad teams, and medaled six times. In 1974, he was among the world’s top 10 players. In 1976, […]

Eade Foundation Accepting Applications for Its $1000 Arthur Award through Jan. 30

    The Eade Foundation, which aims to “enhance chess literacy and chess excellence”, accepts essays applying for its annual Arthur Award through Jan. 30, 2021.     According to The Eade Foundation, the $1,000 Arthur Award “recognizes players who strive for chess excellence and [work] towards goals consistent with the Eade Foundation’s mission”, which it describes as “building […]

GM Gelfand Throws Shade at Tweeple

      I much dislike the common social media phrase: “Shared without comment”, because that is a comment, and usually implied agreement. IM Kavutskiy thought GM Gelfand “roasted half of #chesstwitter” in his Technical Decision Making in Chess. Rather than share without comment, I agree: Yeah, this is a jeer:       Black will win in the long run. […]

On the Inordinate Number of Fischer-Sozin Najdorfs in That TV Series

      Mr. Shaibel was a horrible chess teacher, whose first lessons for Elizabeth Harmon used all 32 units. We don’t begin with 2x2x2x2x2, we begin with 2 + 2.       Despite Mr. Shaibel’s teachings, Harmon beat Burgov at the end, and they all lived happily ever after. Except for real-life chess teachers meeting parents who think their […]

Adapt or Die

      Chess Life editor John Hartmann said during the New Formats for Chess Journalism panel at the ChessTech conference Dec. 6: “Adapt or die.”       Hartmann was talking about the evolution of content and style in Chess Life as the magazine tries to keep a seat at the table with live streams and short videos.       The Chess […]