1981 United States Chess Championship and Zonal Qualifier (Score Sheet)

Author: Kavalek, Lubomir (Lubosh) (1943- ) and James Edward Tarjan signed

Publisher: United States Chess Federation

Location: South Bend

Year: 1981



1 page. Octavo (8 1/2" x 5 1/2") Original hand written score of the game in round four between Lubomir Kavalek (white) and James Tarjan in Kavalek's hand with the results a 35 move draw. Signed by both contestants.

The 1981 United States Championship resulted in tie for first Seirawan, Browne (9); tie for third thru fifth Christiansen, Kavalek, and Reshevsky (8 1/2); sixth Shamkovich (7 1/2); seventh and eight Peters and Byrne (7); ninth Lein (6 1/2); tenth thru twelfth Alburt, Tarjan and Kogan (6); thirteenth Benjamin (5 1/2); fourteenth and fifteenth Fedorowicz and Kudrin (5)

Lubomir (Lubosh) Kavalek (Czech: Lubomír Kaválek, born August 9, 1943) is a noted Czech-American chess player. He was awarded both the International Master and International Grandmaster titles by FIDE in 1965. Kavalek was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic). He won the championship of Czechoslovakia in 1962 and 1968. When Soviet tanks rolled into Prague in August 1968, Kavalek was playing in Akiba Rubinstein Memorial in Poland, in which he finished second. Kavalek, who had always hated Communism, decided to defect to the West rather than return to Soviet-dominated Czechoslovakia. He bought several crates of vodka with his winnings, used them to bribe the border guards, and drove to West Germany. In 1970, he moved to Washington, D.C., later becoming a United States citizen. Kavalek played in nine Olympiads (three times on the top board, twice on the second board for the U.S. team), winning five bronze medals. Kavalek is a brilliant and imaginative tactician. He was co-winner of the 1973 U.S. Chess Championship with John Grefe, and won it outright in 1978, finishing with an undefeated 10-4 record, a full point ahead of James Tarjan. Also in 1978, Kavalek won a match against the world-class Swedish grandmaster Ulf Andersson by the impressive score of 6.5 to 3.5. Kavalek won the West German Championship in 1981. He was editor-in-chief of chess publishing for RHM Press in New York from 1973 to 1986. He has been the chess columnist for the Washington Post since 1986. Serving as the Executive Director of the Grandmasters Association, Kavalek organized the first World Cup series in 1988-1989. Kavalek had a notable coaching career, working with Yasser Seirawan and Robert Hübner. Kavalek also served as British grandmaster Nigel Short's trainer in Short's successful matches against former world champion Anatoly Karpov and Dutch grandmaster Jan Timman, leading up to Short's 1993 world championship match against Garry Kasparov. Short fired Kavalek shortly after the beginning of the latter match, which Kasparov won decisively. Short and Kavalek later wrote articles for chess magazines criticizing each other. Kavalek ranked among the top 100 players in the world continuously from the end of 1962 until September 1988, peaking at number 25 in 1973, when he achieved his peak ELO rating of 2626. Remarkably, he again reached top-100 status in 1998, and retained it until he retired from active play in 1999 with a rating of 2594, number 95 in the world.


In very good condition.

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