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David Navara
Number of games in database: 1,494
Years covered: 1993 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2726 (2728 rapid, 2754 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2751
Overall record: +546 -241 =515 (61.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      192 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (172) 
    B47 B90 B32 B92 B33
 Ruy Lopez (77) 
    C78 C95 C88 C65 C91
 French Defense (61) 
    C07 C03 C05 C10 C06
 French Tarrasch (48) 
    C07 C03 C05 C06 C09
 King's Indian (38) 
    E90 E63 E60 E62 E61
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (35) 
    C95 C88 C91 C96 C92
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (208) 
    B90 B40 B46 B84 B53
 Grunfeld (103) 
    D85 D86 D70 D73 D76
 Ruy Lopez (60) 
    C88 C65 C67 C95 C84
 Sicilian Najdorf (48) 
    B90 B99 B92 B95 B91
 English (47) 
    A15 A16 A17 A14 A13
 Queen's Indian (41) 
    E12 E15 E17 E14 E19
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Navara vs R Wojtaszek, 2015 1-0
   I Cheparinov vs Navara, 2007 0-1
   Navara vs J Helbich, 1998 1-0
   Navara vs Sasikiran, 2009 1-0
   Navara vs Ganguly, 2011 1-0
   Navara vs A Dergatschova-Daus, 2007 1-0
   Navara vs Svidler, 2006 1-0
   Navara vs Timman, 2007 1-0
   Navara vs Z Ruzicka, 1997 1-0
   Navara vs Wei Yi, 2015 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Ordix Open (2007)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   5th Lausanne Young Masters (2004)
   Tata Steel Group B (2011)
   Tata Steel Group B (2015)
   European Individual Championship (2015)
   Ordix Open (2009)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)
   World Cup (2011)
   European Individual Championships (2014)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   World Cup (2009)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Navara's most famous wins by slomarko
   2000 WYCC (open) U-18 by gauer
   Czech Team on Chess Olympiad 2010 by Honza Cervenka
   1997 WYCC (open) U-12 by gauer
   1994 WYCC (open) U-10 by gauer
   Benoni 2001-2006, players 2650 and above by cybermarauder

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(born Mar-27-1985, 31 years old) Czech Republic

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IM (1999); GM (2002); 6-time Czech Champion (2004, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015).

Born in Prague, Grandmaster David Navara has been playing chess since he was six and became a grandmaster in 2002, six days before his seventeenth birthday. Numerous coaches have helped shape his talents, including Josef Pribyl, Ludek Pachman, and Vlastimil Jansa.


<Youth> He won the championships of the Czech Republic in his age category in 1993-95.

<National> In 2004, he won the Czech championship for the first time scoring 8/11 in a field of 8 strong grandmasters. In 2005 he shared 1st place in the Czech championship with Jiri Stocek. Won the Czech Championship in 2010. In May 2012, he won the Czech Championship for the fourth time. He won the Czech Championship for the fifth time in May 2013 with a round to spare, possibly two as the tiebreakers were in his favour, his final score being an extremely dominant 8/9, 2.5 points clear of the runner up. In May 2015, he won the Czech Championship for the sixth time, on this occasion with a round to spare.

<Continental> He scored a relatively meagre 7/11 in the 13th European Individual Championship (2012). He scored 7/10 in the European Individual Championships (2013) (failing to qualify for the 2013 World Cup). He placed second in the European Individual Championship (2015) (EICC), half a point behind Evgeny Najer. This would have qualified him for the World Cup 2015 had he not already qualified for that event in last year's EICC. He placed equal second at the European Individual Championships (2014), scoring 8/11 and qualifying for the 2015 World Cup.

<World> In 2008 Navara was announced as a participant in the inaugural FIDE Grand Prix cycle, as the nominee of the host city of Karlovy Vary. He qualified for the World Cup (2011) via his rating, and defeated Russian GM Nikolai Kabanov in the first round, US GM Alexander Onischuk in the second, and Ukrainian GMs Alexander Moiseenko and Yaroslav Zherebukh in the third and fourth rounds, but lost his quarter final contest with Russian GM Alexander Grischuk. He was a President's nominee to the World Cup (2013), where he defeated Sandro Mareco in the first round, but lost to Norwegian GM Jon Ludvig Hammer in the second round, and so was eliminated from the event. At the World Cup (2015), he played and defeated the Israeli champion Tamir Nabaty in the first round to progress through to the second round where he lost to Azeri GM Gadir Guseinov to be eliminated from the event.


In early 2011, he came in =3rd in the category 18 Reggio Emilia (2010). In March 2012, he placed equal second (third on tiebreak) at the Reykjavik Open (2012). Navara started 2013 with =5th, his 7.5/10 being a half point behind the co-leaders at Tradewise Gibraltar (2013), and followed up with a somewhat mediocre 7/10 at the Reykjavik Open (2013). He scored outright first with 8/9 at the Ostravsky konik 2014 - FIDE Open A In Czechia, a point and a half clear of the field.

Navara started 2015 with a strong showing at the Tata Steel Group B (2015) event, scoring 10/13 and placing outright second, half a point behind the winner Wei Yi. He placed =3rd alongside Michael Adams at the category 19 Biel (2015) tournament, behind Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Radoslaw Wojtaszek respectively.

Team Events

<Olympiad> He hit his stride during the Chess Olympiad (2012), playing board 2 for the Czech Republic and winning individual gold with a stunning score of 9.5/11, racking up a TPR of 2869.

<National Representative> His first great achievement was at the 2001 European Team Championship in Leon, where he scored 7 out of 9 points (performance rating: 2775).

<National and Continental Leagues> In 2011-12 he also played for 1. Novoborský ŠK in the Czech Extraliga, helping his team to first place with a personal scored of 8.5/10 (+7 =3) against a strong field of 7 GMs and 3 IMs. In 2012, he played in the French Top 12 League, in the Greek League and in the Polish Extraliga. Although he scored 8.5/11 in the 2012/13 season in the Czech Extraliga, it was insufficient to help his team AD Mahrla Praha above 11th (out of 12) place. In October 2013, he played top board for G-Team Novy Bor, scoring 4.5/7 and helping his team to win the European Club Cup (2013). Navara played top board for SV Mülheim Nord in the 2013-14 Bundesliga, his team placing second out of a field of 16. He is playing second board for this team in the 2014-15 Bundesliga. He also played in the last 4 rounds (19-22) for Jiangsu in the Chinese League 2014, helping his team to win gold.


He lost 3-1 in the Cez Trophy: Navara - Svidler (2012). In June 2013, he drew the match Navara vs Yifan Hou, 2013, drawing all four classical games; however, after drawing the blitz tiebreakers 1-1 he lost the Armageddon blitz tiebreaker. He lost the Cez Trophy Navara - Nakamura Match (2014) by 3.5-0.5. In June 2015, he lost the So - Navara Match (2015) by 1-3 (-2 =2).

Rapid and Blitz

He finished 2014 with =1st with 11/13 at the Czech Blitz Championship, a strong 8.5/13 at the European Rapid Championship and a spectacular first place with 19/22 (2 clear of the field) at the European Blitz Championship.

Rating and Ranking

Navara's peak rating to date 2751 in May 2015 (when he was ranked world #14), while his peak ranking was world #13 in October 2006 when he was rated 2725.

Sources and References

Wikipedia article: David Navara; live rating:

Last updated 15 September 2015

 page 1 of 60; games 1-25 of 1,494  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Navara vs T Vanek  ½-½30 1993 CZE Czechia-ch U12C47 Four Knights
2. Navara vs J Soukup  1-039 1993 CZE Czechia-ch U12C48 Four Knights
3. Navara vs Radek Kaderka 1-046 1993 CZE Czechia-ch U12C47 Four Knights
4. P Stehno vs Navara 1-017 1993 CZE Czechia-ch U12C30 King's Gambit Declined
5. J Jirka vs Navara  0-141 1993 CZE Czechia-ch U12B72 Sicilian, Dragon
6. Navara vs M Voracek  1-038 1993 CZE Czechia-ch U12C47 Four Knights
7. L Hajek vs Navara  0-145 1993 CZE Czechia-ch U12A17 English
8. Navara vs J Werle 1-025 1994 Wch U10B89 Sicilian
9. Navara vs N Danilov  1-038 1994 Wch U10C47 Four Knights
10. V Bhat vs Navara  1-034 1994 Wch U10C02 French, Advance
11. Emir Ardic vs Navara  0-121 1994 Wch U10C02 French, Advance
12. Navara vs B Kukovec  ½-½41 1994 Wch U10B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
13. Navara vs D Rybansky  1-032 1994 Wch U10C05 French, Tarrasch
14. Chen Jing vs Navara  1-058 1994 Wch U10C10 French
15. S Karthick vs Navara  1-027 1994 Wch U10B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
16. Navara vs A Fama  ½-½66 1994 Wch U10B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. Navara vs C Jeitz  1-024 1995 EU-ch U10C41 Philidor Defense
18. Navara vs R Hlavac  1-061 1995 Frydek Mistek op-BB33 Sicilian
19. G Hitzgerova vs Navara 1-045 1995 Plzen op U18B58 Sicilian
20. A Riazantsev vs Navara  1-047 1995 EU-ch U10D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Martin Sekac vs Navara  0-136 1995 Frydek Mistek op-BB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
22. M Pinc vs Navara  1-052 1995 Plzen op U18D26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
23. Navara vs S Mahtesian  1-026 1995 EU-ch U10B86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
24. Gyula Chrobak vs Navara  ½-½48 1995 Frydek Mistek op-BB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
25. Navara vs T Duran  0-148 1995 Plzen op U18B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
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Jun-14-13  Cemoblanca: Great guy this Navara!

All the best for you and yours! :)

Oct-05-13  Karpova: Q: Who is the most courteous person you have played?

Elisabeth: <I am sure I have played many courteous people but no one extraordinary that way. If I could give a prize to the most courteous person in the chess world, I would give it to David Navara. He greets everyone, usually in their own language, which is not only very respectful but sweet and charming too. I think most super grandmasters at his level wouldn’t even bother to ask lower ranked players how they are or how they played. David is exceptional that way.>

Kingpin, October 4, 2013, <Elisabeth Paehtz: 20 Questions>,

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  waustad: He is leading a tournament that I think is the Czech championship by 1.5 points going into the final round. He's at 7.6/8 so far.
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  waustad: Oops. Obviously I meant 7.5 not 7.6.
Aug-10-14  Mr. V: Beat Grischuk in the Olympiad: Navara vs Grischuk, 2014
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  Penguincw: Great tournament by Navara at David Navara. After participating in Group A in 2013, not participating at all in 2014, and getting "relegated" this year, he's making it clear he wants to return to the Masters group, with his undefeated +7 performance. Unfortunately, he finished in 2nd to Wei Yi, but definitely gave him a run for his money.
Feb-12-15  floydAkash: <Penguincw> I think Navara should still be invited to participate in the "A" group. Wei Yi and Navara earned it.
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  Penguincw: I agree. Normally the 1st place winner is guaranteed to be invited, but the 2nd place finisher is invited anyway. It happened this year with Saric and Jobava.
Feb-24-15  Troller: Along with Nikita Vitiugov David is top seed in the European Open Championships that begin today in Israel. As always, World Cup tickets draw a large host of strong players just below the elite; this year, Eljanov, Nepomniachtchi, Vallejo Pons, Bacrot all start with an elo +2700. Another 25 players have 2650+, among them Inarkiev and Howell.

I believe 1st round pairings were supposed to have happened yesterday, but at the time of writing chess-results still do not have them:

Games start at 15:00 local time (13:00 GMT) and can be followed live at the official site ( or chessbomb.

Feb-24-15  Troller: Pairings are up.

Rui Damaso is the unlucky player at 2451 who is highest seed to fall into lower seed bracket and faces Navara on top board in rd 1.

In general, this round looks like slaughter of course; smallest rating gaps can be found on top boards, around board 40 the gap has grown to ~400 pts, and this just increases further down.

Mar-12-15  Whitehat1963: Climbing quickly in the ratings, but if he starts getting invites to the highest-level tournaments, I think we'll see an immediate and precipitous drop in his Elo. Navara simply has no business playing at those levels. He's definitely a second-tier super-GM, which is a strange statement to make, but it's true nevertheless. And it speaks volumes about just how crowded it is among the 2700-plus level players these days. How long before we have 50 or 60 players rated above 2700? Not very long.
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  TheFocus: <In particular there’s one very important quality which isn’t always mentioned, but which lies on the surface: intelligence, in the broadest meaning of the word. People in chess are educated but, nevertheless, I think even among elite chess players there are few true intellectuals. That’s because they devote a great deal of time to chess and favor chess ahead of other forms of activity. - David Navara.
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  cro777: Navara has just won his 7th Czech Championship.

The event took place from 15-23rd May in Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic.

Navara - So match (4 classical games), the main event of the ČEZ CHESS TROPHY 2015 chess festival, takes place between 13 and 16 June in Prague. 1st game of the match starts on Saturday, June 13th at 16:00 local time.

The festival will also include the launch of David Navara’s book “Můj šachový svět” (My Chess World).

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  Penguincw: Yeah, congrats to Navara for winning his 7th Czech Championship.

It wasn't really hard, as he was undefeated +5 (7/9) against 2523 opposition. He did lose 0.3 rating points, but that's equivalent to nothing.

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  cro777: The traditional ČEZ Chess Trophy 2015 Festival in Prague, Czech Republic, is approaching. In this year's edition the main guest of the festival is Wesley So. The event will begin with a Wesley So simul on Friday (June 12th).

The highlight of the festival is a 4 games match between David Navara and Wesley So. The first game starts on Saturday (June 13th) at 16:00 local time.

One our prior to the start of the first game David Navara will launch his book “Můj šachový svět” (“My chess world”). This book, published by the Prague Chess Society, features Navara's 51 most interesting games with commentary, his autobiography, observations and experiences from chess tournaments, matches and leagues, and also the grandmaster’s own poems.

In the last year's edition Nakamura defeated Navara 3.5-0.5.

ČEZ (České Energetické Závody) Group is a conglomerate of 96 companies, 72 of them in the Czech Republic. It is involved in the electricity generation, trade, distribution and heat, as well as coal mining.

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  cro777: At the ČEZ Chess Trophy 2008, Navara met Kramnik in a 8 rapid games match.

A documentary school film about Navara you can find here

Jan-20-16  epistle: You cannot afford to lose David. Remember what awaits you if you lose: THE KISS.
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  tamar: The Pride and Sorrow of Czechs!
Jan-24-16  ndg2: Seeing this docu on Vimeo I think David is something like the Ludwig Wittgenstein of chess.
Jan-24-16  ndg2: David's diploma thesis in logic (2010) as download:
Jan-24-16  epistle: He could be a character in a Twilight sequel
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  diagonal: Happy birthday, King David :)
Navara vs R Wojtaszek, 2015

Disclaimer: Winners of the Czech Championship

The Czech Chess Union and Czech chess press count all Czech and Czechoslovak titles together, with the resulting ranking as follows:

• 7 titles: David Navara (2005-2015)
• 7 titles: Luděk Pachman (1946–1966)
• 6 titles: Vlastimil Hort (1969–1977)
• 5 titles: Ľubomír Ftáčnik (1981–1989)

• 3 titles:
Oldřich Duras (1905–1911),
Karel Opočenský (1927–1938),
Miroslav Filip (1950–1954),
Vlastimil Jansa (1964–1984),
Jan Smejkal (1973–1986)

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, David Navara.
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  waustad: He's the highest rated player in the European Individual Championships, which start tomorrow in Kosovo.
May-12-16  cbpatzer: Currently playing on board 1 in the EICC
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