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Friday, December 23, 2011

GM Lubomir Kavalek on 'Chess Player Vaclav Havel'

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Hi everyone,

Here is a very readable article from The Huffington Post. Grandmaster Lubomir Kavalek has written a very nice tribute to Vaclav Havel who passed away recently.

President Vaclav Havel died last Sunday and the sad news spread quickly. The Czechs lost one of their best statesmen - a good, modest man who was respected throughout the world. Thousands walked on Wednesday behind his casket from the center of Prague, across the Charles Bridge to the Prague Castle. Czech and foreign dignitaries will pay their last respects to Havel at a funeral ceremony in the St. Vitus cathedral on Friday.

Havel became perhaps the only head of state who played - and won - an actual chess game during a ceremonial opening of a chess tournament. It happened in Prague in 1990 and here is the account I wrote around that time...

Go on, you cannot resist reading the full article! Enjoy.

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