Lubomir (Lubosh) Kavalek (Czech: Lubomír Kaválek, August 9, 1943 - January 18, 2021)

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Lubomir (Lubosh) Kavalek (Czech: Lubomír Kaválek, August 9, 1943 - January 18, 2021)

Post by John Upham » Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:56 am

It has been reported that Lubomir (Lubosh) Kavalek has passed away. :cry:


More to follow from many sources no doubt...

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He played at the Alexander Memorial in 1975. Not sure if he played in the UK other than that.

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Re: Lubomir (Lubosh) Kavalek (Czech: Lubomír Kaválek, August 9, 1943 - January 18, 2021)

Post by Simon Rogers » Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:21 pm

Not heard of him but sad news none the less.
Thanks John for informing us.
Looked at the Wikipedia entry.
I couldn't find a link to England though.

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Re: Lubomir (Lubosh) Kavalek (Czech: Lubomír Kaválek, August 9, 1943 - January 18, 2021)

Post by John Upham » Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:32 pm

Simon Rogers wrote:
Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:21 pm
Not heard of him but sad news none the less.
Thanks John for informing us.
Looked at the Wikipedia entry.
I couldn't find a link to England though.
Apologies for repeating myself but
He played at the Alexander Memorial in 1975. Not sure if he played in the UK other than that.
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Re: Lubomir (Lubosh) Kavalek (Czech: Lubomír Kaválek, August 9, 1943 - January 18, 2021)

Post by Simon Rogers » Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:36 pm

John Upham wrote:
Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:32 pm
Simon Rogers wrote:
Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:21 pm
Not heard of him but sad news none the less.
Thanks John for informing us.
Looked at the Wikipedia entry.
I couldn't find a link to England though.
Apologies for repeating myself but
He played at the Teeside International in 1975. Not sure if he played in the UK other than that.
Sorry John missed that. I was reading a newspaper article about Queen at the same time.
What about William Lombardy any links to England?

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Re: Lubomir (Lubosh) Kavalek (Czech: Lubomír Kaválek, August 9, 1943 - January 18, 2021)

Post by John Upham » Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:49 pm

Simon Rogers wrote:
Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:36 pm
What about William Lombardy any links to England?
WL played in the same Alexander Memorial as LK. That was it AFAIK.
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Re: Lubomir (Lubosh) Kavalek (Czech: Lubomír Kaválek, August 9, 1943 - January 18, 2021)

Post by Ian Thompson » Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:53 pm

Simon Rogers wrote:
Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:21 pm
I couldn't find a link to England though.
Acting as Nigel Short's second is an obvious link.

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Re: Lubomir (Lubosh) Kavalek (Czech: Lubomír Kaválek, August 9, 1943 - January 18, 2021)

Post by Leonard Barden » Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:56 pm

iSLINGTON OPEN 21-23 November 1969

1 Hans Ree 5.5/6
2-7 LUBOSH KAVALEK, David Levy, Leonard Barden, Max Fuller, George Botterill, Peter Lee 5/6.

The game Kavalek v Barden took place in round 4 or 5. We had both dropped half a point, so Lubosh needed a win to stay in contention for first. I was Black in a Richter-Rauser Sicilian where around move 10 he fell for a version of the cheapo Nxe4 winning a pawn due to Bxd8 Nxd2.

With bitter memories of previous occasions when I had had strong positions against GMs and messed up, I made Nxe4, offered a draw, then departed the board. Lubosh thought and chainsmoked for nearly an hour, then accepted my offer. In the post-mortem analysis it was clear that he had seen far more than me and that I would probably have perished in the complications.

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Re: Lubomir (Lubosh) Kavalek (Czech: Lubomír Kaválek, August 9, 1943 - January 18, 2021)

Post by Roger de Coverly » Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:59 pm

Simon Rogers wrote:
Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:21 pm
Not heard of him but sad news none the less.
As well as being Nigel Short's second in the Candidates matches prior to the 1993 match, he was also one of the higher profile defectors from the Soviet bloc, leaving after the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia.

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Re: Lubomir (Lubosh) Kavalek (Czech: Lubomír Kaválek, August 9, 1943 - January 18, 2021)

Post by John Saunders » Tue Jan 19, 2021 1:19 pm

Leonard's draw with Lubosh...



I was very sad to hear the news of Lubosh's passing. Though I never met him in the flesh, I worked closely with him for 11 years whilst I was editor of BCM. He couldn't have been easier to get on with - he was unfailingly generous, down to earth and helpful. RIP.
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Re: Lubomir (Lubosh) Kavalek (Czech: Lubomír Kaválek, August 9, 1943 - January 18, 2021)

Post by John Upham » Tue Jan 19, 2021 1:46 pm

I could be wrong but I think LK "left" the Short camp (during the 1993 match) following the second loss with Black against the 8.a4 Anti-Marshall. He did, however, spend much time with Milos Forman in the bar according to Dominic Lawson. Nigel then continued with Robert Hubner and Jon Speelman.

LK was NSs second for the first 3 or 4 games of the match therefore.
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Re: Lubomir (Lubosh) Kavalek (Czech: Lubomír Kaválek, August 9, 1943 - January 18, 2021)

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Tue Jan 19, 2021 2:07 pm

Simon Rogers wrote:
Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:21 pm
Not heard of him
This is.......slightly surprising.

Look up his 1962 win against Gufeld - you are in for a treat.
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Re: Lubomir (Lubosh) Kavalek (Czech: Lubomír Kaválek, August 9, 1943 - January 18, 2021)

Post by Simon Rogers » Tue Jan 19, 2021 3:07 pm

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Tue Jan 19, 2021 2:07 pm
Simon Rogers wrote:
Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:21 pm
Not heard of him
This is.......slightly surprising.

Look up his 1962 win against Gufeld - you are in for a treat.
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Re: Lubomir (Lubosh) Kavalek (Czech: Lubomír Kaválek, August 9, 1943 - January 18, 2021)

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:25 pm

His other "amazing" game was actually a draw against Portisch (Wijk aan Zee 1975)

Gave up his Q for a minor piece and not much else, but was arguably never indisputably lost.

(people with Speelman's - very good - anthology of memorable encounters from the 1970s may recall it)
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