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Kavalek, Lubomir

Lubomir Kavalek, born Aug 9, 1943, was the winner of an international tournament (Caracas) representing the United States without ever setting foot in the U.S. at the time.  Grandmaster (1965) who won the Czech championship in 1962 at the age of 19, and won it again in 1968.  He earned the International Master  in early 1965 and then the Grandmaster title 7 months later.  He won or tied in the US Championship in 1972, 1973, and 1978.  In 1979 he dislocated his knee while playing tennis and had to withdraw from the Interzonal.  He speaks 7 languages.  He writes a chess column for the Washington Post.  Kavalek left Czechoslovakia after the Soviet invasion ion 1968.  He settled in the United States in 1970.  He was inducted in the US Chess Hall of Fame in 2001. 

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