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Lubomir Kavalek
Kavalek 
GM Lubomir Kavalek in 1980. 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
 
Number of games in database: 1,011
Years covered: 1958 to 1998
Last FIDE rating: 2527
Highest rating achieved in database: 2600

Overall record: +297 -186 =522 (55.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 6 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (100) 
    B42 B96 B47 B83 B80
 Ruy Lopez (84) 
    C95 C93 C72 C81 C92
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (51) 
    C95 C93 C92 C90 C96
 Caro-Kann (34) 
    B17 B14 B19 B15 B18
 King's Indian (32) 
    E69 E90 E80 E63 E60
 French Defense (26) 
    C19 C16 C02 C11 C18
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (121) 
    B93 B83 B43 B90 B98
 King's Indian (73) 
    E92 E62 E67 E80 E98
 Sicilian Najdorf (44) 
    B93 B90 B98 B97 B92
 Ruy Lopez (33) 
    C95 C87 C69 C67 C92
 English (28) 
    A15 A10 A16
 Reti System (23) 
    A04 A05
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Gufeld vs Kavalek, 1962 0-1
   Kavalek vs E Formanek, 1970 1-0
   Kavalek vs Matulovic, 1966 1-0
   Kavalek vs Khodos, 1965 1-0
   Gheorghiu vs Kavalek, 1969 0-1
   Portisch vs Kavalek, 1975 1/2-1/2
   Kavalek vs W Pietzsch, 1967 1-0
   Kavalek vs Fischer, 1967 1/2-1/2
   Kavalek vs Karpov, 1970 1-0
   Sajtar vs Kavalek, 1965 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championship (1973)
   Andersson - Kavalek (1978)
   US Championship (1972)
   Lone Pine (1973)
   Manila (1973)
   Hoogovens (1975)
   Manila Interzonal (1976)
   Montreal (1979)
   Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1980)
   Sousse Interzonal (1967)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1975 by suenteus po 147
   Manila 1973 by Tabanus
   Amsterdam IBM 1977 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1970 by suenteus po 147
   Amsterdam IBM 1969 by suenteus po 147
   US Championship 1978 by suenteus po 147
   US Championship 1972 by Phony Benoni
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1982 by suenteus po 147

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LUBOMIR KAVALEK
(born Aug-09-1943, 74 years old) Czech Republic (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Lubomir Kavalek was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He was awarded both the IM and GM titles in 1965. He's been Czech Champion in 1962 and 1968, was US Champion in 1972 http://graeme.50webs.com/chesschamp... sharing the first place with Byrne and Reshevsky 1973 http://graeme.50webs.com/chesschamp... (jointly with John Alan Grefe) and 1978 http://graeme.50webs.com/chesschamp... and West German Champion in 1981. More recently he helped Nigel Short in his World title bid in 1993 against Garry Kasparov.

Current blog at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lubom...

Kavalek was the chess columnist for the Washington Post for 23 years, until that paper discontinued its chess column in January 2010. His columns are archived at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dy... and http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dy....

Wikipedia article: Lubomir Kavalek

Last updated: 2017-09-20 04:39:14

 page 1 of 41; games 1-25 of 1,011  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kavalek vs Z Rutka  0-1321958CSR-ch sfA57 Benko Gambit
2. F Blatny vs Kavalek 1-0291959Cerveny KostelecB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
3. F Zita vs Kavalek  ½-½411959Cerveny KostelecA04 Reti Opening
4. J Marsalek vs Kavalek 1-0571959Cerveny KostelecA45 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Kavalek vs M Herink  ½-½521959Cerveny KostelecC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
6. Kavalek vs Jansa  0-1291959Cerveny KostelecB02 Alekhine's Defense
7. Kavalek vs J Fabian  1-0481959Cerveny KostelecC02 French, Advance
8. Kavalek vs J Rejfir ½-½401959Cerveny KostelecB41 Sicilian, Kan
9. Kavalek vs Gurgenidze  0-1371960WchT U26 07thB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
10. I Szabo vs Kavalek  ½-½311960WchT U26 07thB42 Sicilian, Kan
11. Kavalek vs S Momo  1-0651960WchT U26 07thC77 Ruy Lopez
12. Tan Hoan Liong vs Kavalek  1-0381960WchT U26 07thC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
13. Kavalek vs T Rakic  0-1331960WchT U26 07thE61 King's Indian
14. N Radev vs Kavalek  0-1381960WchT U26 07thE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
15. Kavalek vs R Weinstein  0-1501960WchT U26 07thB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. M van Hoorne vs Kavalek  0-1361960WchT U26 07thB20 Sicilian
17. Kavalek vs G Kvist  ½-½241960WchT U26 07thC02 French, Advance
18. J Tabor vs Kavalek  0-1331960WchT U26 07thB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
19. Ake Olsson vs Kavalek  ½-½471960WchT U26 07thB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
20. Kavalek vs F Baumbach  1-0331960WchT U26 07thB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
21. Opocensky vs Kavalek  0-1311961CSR-chB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
22. Kavalek vs Jansa  ½-½481961CSR-chE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
23. J Trapl vs Kavalek  1-0331961CSR-chA53 Old Indian
24. J Marsalek vs Kavalek  ½-½161961CSR-chD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
25. Kavalek vs Ujtelky 0-1231961CSR-chA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
 page 1 of 41; games 1-25 of 1,011  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Feb-20-14  Shams: <JB> Well, that's not entirely unreasonable but of course that should have been discussed prior to his being hired.

Did he respond at all to the charge that he stopped working? Because if he just glossed over that, I'm ready to call the fight right now.

Feb-20-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jim Bartle: No, he certainly said he kept working.

Here's a nasty back-and-forth between the two from 2005:

http://en.chessbase.com/post/kavale...-

Feb-20-14  Shams: <JB> I'm keen to read that, but your link isn't happening for me.
Feb-20-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jim Bartle: Try "short kavalek "inside chess"" in Google, it was the first one for me: "Short : I am not dead."
Feb-20-14  Shams: Thanks. Adding a hyphen to the end of the URL you link to repairs it.
Feb-20-14  RedShield: <Kavalek had a streak of genius s bit like Bronstein's.>

Neither was bald, either. They both just had one hell of a parting.

Feb-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: It was Short and Kavalek that had the parting.
Feb-21-14  RookFile: <Kavalek: His recent claim that I did not contribute any original ideas sounds strange; he certainly did not tell me that at the time. Moreover, it now seems like the fewer ideas I had, the more money he wanted to pay me. >

End of story, as far as I'm concerned. Anybody who has spent 5 minutes with Short knows that he wouldn't agree to pay money unless it was worthwhile to him.

Feb-21-14  Shams: <RookFile> <Anybody who has spent 5 minutes with Short knows that he wouldn't agree to pay money unless it was worthwhile to him.>

As opposed to other GMs who would happily flush money down the drain?

Feb-21-14  RedShield: As far as opening preparation went, it's hard to see that Nigel had any cause for complaint; this was the one area in which he was more than a match for Garry.
Feb-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: I can remember playing through most of the games in the 1993 match and Nigel certainly obtained a number of excellent positions. I'm not sure why but somehow he just wasn't able to capitalize on many of them.
Feb-21-14  RedShield: After the openings, the gods have placed the middle game.
May-07-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <I met with similar fate (as Martina Navritalova) after I left Czechoslovakia in 1968. Chess tournaments in which I participated were not reported or appeared without my name. The same year Martina left, a book of chess puzzles by two Czech grandmasters, Vlastimil Hort and Vlastimil Jansa, was published in Prague. The publisher Olympia printed 18,000 copies and when it was done, some censors discovered my name attached to one of the games. They did something unbelievable: they cut out the page with my name, printed a new one without my name and glued it back in the book. They did it page by page, book by book 18,000 times> - Lubosh Kavalek.
May-07-15  RookFile: <Shams: As opposed to other GMs who would happily flush money down the drain? >

Illogical, grasshopper. You overlook the possibility of simply not paying money, and doing the work yourself.

May-10-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <There is no physical punishment in chess; suffering goes on inside the mind. You defend a bad position for hours, you suffer. You lose, you suffer like in any other sport. Suffering euphoria comes when the opponent blunders in a winning position, but it is undeserved> - Lubomir Kavalek.
Aug-09-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  PawnSac: < Jim Bartle: I don't remember the details. But Kavalek definitely thought he should have the biggest voice in what openings were chosen.

Shams: <JB> Well, that's not entirely unreasonable but of course that should have been discussed prior to his being hired. >

When you choose a second for a major match like that, its too late to build a new opening repertoire. A player chooses openings that produce positions that result in the type of positions he handles well. The idea is to strengthen one's handling of the openings he already has experience with, searching for nuances and refinements deeper in his existing opening knowledge. You can't just jump into all new lines in which you have had no practical OTB experience, because when you are out of book or facing unclear positions, instinct supports analysis. The last thing you would want is to be in completely uncharted waters solving problems for which your opponent is prepared. That would put you in continual time trouble. If i was selecting a 2nd it would be a player that prefers many of the openings i play, but has a different style or handling, so as to introduce new ideas or insights, or possibly find stuff that I have not considered, or overlooked in the lines i already play.

Aug-09-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  saffuna: I certainly agree with that. As I remember, Short and Kavalek prepared the Marshall as the major defense against 1. e4, then Kasparov played anti-Marshall variations.
Aug-09-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Lubomir Kavalek.

Player of the Day

Aug-09-16  Howard: His birthday is the same as mine, though he's quite a bit older.
Dec-18-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  saffuna: Kavalek discusses the beginning of his career and great games of Petrosian and Fischer: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lubom...
Dec-18-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Respect to the guy; he's been lunching out on boring stories of glory days for forty long years.
Dec-19-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: I wonder why Kavalek says that Matulovic defeated Fischer in a match? He didn't.

Euwe was the only player to defeat Fischer in a match.

Jun-22-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: He has not written a column for the Huffington Post in over 4 months - is he OK?
Aug-09-17  Ironmanth: Happy birthday, Grandmaster Lubosh. Have appreciated your columns for many years.
Aug-09-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: His last column was 2/9 - hope he is Ok
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