Lubomir Kavalek

Czech chess player
Lugano 1968001.jpg

Lubomir (Lubosh) Kavalek (Czech: Lubomír Kaválek, August 9, 1943 – January 18, 2021)[1] was a Czech-American chess player.

He was awarded both the International Master and International Grandmaster titles by FIDE in 1965.[2] He won two Czechoslovak and three U.S. championships,[3] and was ranked as the world's #10 player in 1974.[4][5]

Kavalek was also a chess coach, organizer, teacher, commentator, author and award-winning columnist.[6] He was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

Kavalek died on January 18, 2021 in Renton, Washington at the age of 77.[7]


  1. Sunnucks 1970, p. 253.
  2. Hooper & Whyld 1992, p. 195.
  3. "Lubomir Kavalek". World Chess Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2015-09-14.
  4. "Kavalek, Lubomir". Retrieved 2015-09-14.
  5. "FIDE May Rating List::1974". Retrieved 2015-09-14.
  6. "2006 Fred Cramer Awards for Excellence in Chess Journalism". Chess Journalists of America. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2009-12-16.
  7. Smutná zpráva. V 77 letech zemřel legendární šachista Kaválek (in Czech)