In Memory of Lubomir Kavalek

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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[Event “USA-ch/Zonal”]

[Site “Estes Park USA”]

[Date “1986.??.??”]

[Round “?”]

[White “Lubomir Kavalek”]

[WhiteElo “?”]

[Black “Walter Shawn Browne”]

[BlackElo “?”]

[Result “1-0”]

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


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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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