Lubomir Kavalek, a chess grandmaster who fled Czechoslovakia after the 1968 Soviet invasion and, after moving to the United States, became a three-time national champion, died on Monday at his home in Reston, Va. His wife, Irena Kavalek, said the cause was cancer. From the mid-1960s until about 1980, Mr. Kavalek (pronounced kuv-AH-lick) was consistently among the best chess players in the world, winning more than a dozen major international tournaments. Mr. Kavalek was playing in a tournament in Poland in August 1968 when the Soviet tanks rolled into Czechoslovakia to put down the rising tide of political liberalization and dissent. As soon as the tournament was over, they drove back to Prague, where Mr. Kavalek paused only to gather a few things.
Source: International New York Times January 22, 2021 21:00 UTC