Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my daily chess musing for January 20, 2021.
The chess world lost a on January 18th, Lubomir Kavalek. Lubomir Kavalek was a true gentleman and a scholar. His chess was of the highest calibre, his writing profound and his mannerisms kind. I met “Lubosh”, as he preferred to be addressed, just once, and the conversation that ensued remains as one of my fondest chess memories. Rather than embark on an impossible task to summarize his life in short video format, I will refer you to an article he penned in the Huffington Post titles “Nailed to the Chessboard.” His writing was superb and that article is a master work.
In addition, to celebrate his brilliant chess career, I will present to you one puzzle from his taken from a game he played against another friend of mine who passed away recently, Grandmaster Walter Browne.
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[Site “Estes Park USA”]
[White “Lubomir Kavalek”]
[Black “Walter Shawn Browne”]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c3 g6 3.Bg5 Bg7 4.Nd2 d5 5.Ngf3 O-O 6.e3 b6 7.b4 Bb7 8.Be2 Nbd7
9.O-O Ne4 10.Nxe4 dxe4 11.Nd2 h6 12.Bh4 g5 13.Bg3 f5 14.f3 f4 15.Bf2 exf3
16.Bxf3 Bxf3 17.Nxf3 fxe3 18.Bxe3 e5 19.Qb3+ Kh8 20.Qe6 Qc8 21.Rae1 Re8 22.Qg6
e4 23.Nxg5 hxg5 24.Rf7