As chess fans may have heard, legendary GM Lubomir “Lubosh” Kavalek passed away this week at the age of 77. GM Kavalek was a fierce, attacking player, who at his rating peak, was a top 10 player in the world. He was two-time winner of the Czechoslovak National Championship, and after emigrating from Czechoslovakia, he went on to become US National Champion three times as well.
Unfortunately, I never got the chance to interview GM Kavalek, but Fred Wilson has given me permission to share with you all a long audio interview that he did with GM Kavalek. The interview took place on September 10, 2003. In this conversation, they cover many of the highlights of GM Kavalek’s illustrious career as a player, trainer, and author. They discuss Kavalek’s beginnings in chess, and his work helping with the World Championship matches of Bobby Fischer (against Spassky in 1972), and assisting GM Nigel Short against Kasparov in 1993. In listening to this interview, I was struck by the wit and personality of GM Kavalek.
You can read on for brief timestamps, but of course you should listen to the entire interview with this chess legend!
02:45- GM Lubomir Kavalek discusses his beginnings in the chess world,, and his experiences with some of the other great Czech and US players of his generation.
17:00- What chess books influenced Lubosh?
23:30- He talks about working as the second of Nigel Short in the 1990s.
53:00- Question from Alex Baburin. Did chess help him adapt when he immigrated to Virginia?
58:00- What was his most pleasant and worst tournament?
1:02:15- What are his thoughts on quick draws?
1:10:00- How to optimize one’s time in preparation for a tournament?
1:11:00- Are there any plans for a book about his best games?
1:22:00- What was it like to play against Bobby Fischer?
1:24:00- What was GM Kavalek’s role in working with Fischer in the 1972 World Championship Match against GM Boris Spassky?
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