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Cez Trophy: Navara - Svidler Match

Peter Svidler3/4(+2 -0 =2)[games]
David Navara1/4(+0 -2 =2)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Navara vs Svidler ½-½352012Cez Trophy: Navara - SvidlerB27 Sicilian
2. Svidler vs Navara 1-0552012Cez Trophy: Navara - SvidlerC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
3. Navara vs Svidler 0-1412012Cez Trophy: Navara - SvidlerD85 Grunfeld
4. Svidler vs Navara  ½-½282012Cez Trophy: Navara - SvidlerA17 English
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Jun-23-12  Beholder: <LoveThatJoker: Entertaining game thus far (16. Ng5).>

Looks a bit scary from the black side, but the computer is not impressed with white's attack and gives about -0.5 eval.

Jun-23-12  LoveThatJoker: <Beholder> Thanks for providing the eval. As I said just now, it's an entertaining one thus far (usually Svidler games are).


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  Honza Cervenka: Svidler won the simul 22:0 though my club colleague Igor Nemec was very close to win in his game according to news on official website.
Jun-23-12  waustad: Svidler is deciding whether to take the perp draw.
Jun-23-12  waustad: He says no! This is a very interesting game with both kings in jeopardy.
Jun-23-12  Beholder: 36. Rc1 was a big mistake according to the engine, of course in human games it's an extremely difficult position to play.
Jun-23-12  Beholder: ...yet Svidler finds all the best moves so far!! In fact, he is winning.
Jun-23-12  Beholder: And Navara resigns, faced with mate.

Navara,David (2700) - Svidler,Peter (2744) [D90]
CEZ Chess Trophy 2012 Prague (3), 23.06.2012

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Qb3 Nb6 6.d4 Bg7 7.e4 Bg4 8.Bb5+ c6 9.Ng5 0-0 10.Be2 Bxe2 11.Nxe2 e5 12.Qh3 h6 13.Nf3 exd4 14.Bxh6 Re8 15.0-0-0 c5 16.Ng5 Qd7 17.Qh4 f6 18.Bxg7 Qxg7 19.Nh3 Nc6 20.Rd3 g5 21.Qh5 Rxe4 22.f4 Qf7 23.Ng3 Qc4+ 24.Rc3 dxc3 25.Qg6+ Kf8 26.Qxf6+ Ke8 27.Qg6+ Kd7 28.Qxe4 cxb2+ 29.Kb1 Re8 30.Rd1+ Nd4 31.Qxb7+ Kd8 32.Qb8+ Kd7 33.Qb7+ Kd8 34.Qb8+ Nc8 35.Qxb2 Re6 36.Rc1 Qa4 37.Ka1 Rb6 38.Qd2 Nd6 39.Rc3 Nc4 40.Qd3 Qb4 41.Rb3 Qe1+ 0-1

The mate is 42.Rb1 Rxb1+ 43.Qxb1 Nc2#

Jun-23-12  siamesedream: This time Goliath won.
Jun-23-12  Beholder: By the way, with 2.5 points out of 4, the match is already won for Svidler. I hope they will still play the 4th game.
Jun-23-12  Beholder: There's a nice photo gallery on the official site:

Jun-23-12  waustad: Who is the guy with the purple mohawk? He's in pictures for every Czech event.
Jun-23-12  Beholder: <waustad: Who is the guy with the purple mohawk? He's in pictures for every Czech event.>

Pavel Matocha

Jun-23-12  siamesedream: Chessboxing:

Jun-23-12  LoveThatJoker: Congratulations to GM Svidler for winning the 2012 Cez Trophy!

A well-fought match!


Jun-24-12  mrbasso: <36. Rc1 was a big mistake according to the engine, of course in human games it's an extremely difficult position to play.>

It's not an extremely difficult position to play, it's a lost position to play. Computer evaluations mean nothing in this cases. The alternative was simply a lost endgame.

Of course the human player does not go into the lost endgame and prefers to hope for a mistake of his opponent.

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  Honza Cervenka: Fourth game online can be seen right now at
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  Honza Cervenka: No fireworks today:

[Event "CEZ CHESS TROPHY 2012"]
[Site "Prague"]
[Date "2012.06.24"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Svidler, Peter"]
[Black "Navara, David"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A17"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 b6 5. a3 Bxc3 6. Qxc3 Bb7 7. b4 O-O 8. Bb2 d6 9. e3 e5 10. Be2 Ne4 11. Qc2 Ng5 12. Qf5 Nxf3+ 13. Bxf3 Bxf3 14. Qxf3 Nd7 15. Qc6 Nf6 16. f4 Qd7 17. Qxd7 Nxd7 18. fxe5 Nxe5 19. Bxe5 dxe5 20. Ke2 Rfd8 21. Rhc1 Rd6 22. c5 Rh6 23. cxb6 cxb6 24. h3 Rg6 25. Kf2 Rf6+ 26. Ke2 Rg6 27. Kf2 Rf6+ 28. Ke2 Rg6 1/2-1/2

Jun-24-12  visayanbraindoctor: <Beholder> Thanks for the info.

Nice games, and congrats to both players. I hope there will be more matches between top GMs in the future. This is chess the old-fashioned way, one on one.

Jun-24-12  twinlark: 3-1 as I predicted. Congratulations to Svidler and commiserations to Navara who is having a really tough time of it.
Jun-25-12  Beholder: <twinlark: 3-1 as I predicted. Congratulations to Svidler and commiserations to Navara who is having a really tough time of it.>

I don't think Navara needs commiserations. He obviously knew who he was up against when he agreed to the match, and also knew their personal score, which was also heavily in Peter's favor.

Navara already did the same thing before, playing a match with Kramnik, and also got mauled badly.

I think he makes a point of playing the strongest available opposition, being not afraid to lose, and learning from the best.

I think Navara deserves high praise for that.

Jun-25-12  twinlark: <Beholder>

I agree. But apart from his match with Svidler, he's been having a lousy run the last few months. He's fallen way below 2700 in the live ratings and is not far from falling out of the top 100.

He's a great player, and very likeable and idiosyncratic. So I hope he sees an uptick in his fortune very soon.

Jun-25-12  Beholder: <twinlark> The way I see it, Navara is a younger, Czech version of Ivanchuk (no disrespect meant, I like Ivanchuk).

So, huge up and down swings in perfomance might be quite normal for him.

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  Honza Cervenka: David is apparently struggling with bad form this year. Tata (with one bright exception in the game against Aronian) was pretty bad tournament for him, and Plovdiv was even more tragic in some way. In one of the last columns at his blog David wrote that he has no idea why major negative turns in the form are occuring to him time to time, and I am wondering too. But during watching of this match I have noticed that he played some of moves in critical phase of the game very quickly, and that his decisions in such a case were not always optimal. 28.Bg2 in the first game and double trade of Pawns on d4 in the game 2 were good examples of it. Also a blunder in clock simul game against Vojtech Straka was unnecessarily blitzed in situation where he had still almost 40 mins against opponent's less that 10.
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  Eyal: A few years ago, after beating him in 27 moves (Navara vs Short, 2009), Nigel Short made this comment about Navara: <David is a very erratic player; when he's good he's absolutely brilliant, but when he's bad... He tends to calculate everything, and what it means is that when you're in bad form, things can go spectacularly wrong - sometimes you have to be a little more pragmatic.>
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