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David Navara
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Number of games in database: 1,771
Years covered: 1993 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2740 (2751 rapid, 2712 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2751

Overall record: +601 -257 =570 (62.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 343 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (182) 
    B47 B33 B90 B43 B32
 Ruy Lopez (95) 
    C78 C65 C91 C95 C92
 French Defense (72) 
    C07 C05 C03 C06 C10
 French Tarrasch (57) 
    C07 C05 C03 C06 C09
 King's Indian (49) 
    E60 E90 E62 E63 E61
 Queen's Gambit Declined (43) 
    D37 D31 D35 D30 D38
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (240) 
    B90 B40 B46 B84 B53
 Grunfeld (106) 
    D85 D86 D70 D76 D73
 Sicilian Najdorf (62) 
    B90 B99 B91 B94 B95
 Ruy Lopez (62) 
    C88 C65 C67 C95 C84
 Caro-Kann (54) 
    B12 B18 B13 B10 B11
 English (49) 
    A15 A16 A14 A17 A13
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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 Z Ruzicka, 1997 1-0
   Navara vs A Dergatschova-Daus, 2007 1-0
   Navara vs Svidler, 2006 1-0
   Navara vs Ganguly, 2011 1-0
   Navara vs Timman, 2007 1-0
   Navara vs Wei Yi, 2015 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Ordix Open (2007)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   European Individual Championship (2015)
   Tata Steel Group B (2011)
   Tata Steel Group B (2015)
   European Individual Championship (2016)
   Ordix Open (2009)
   European Individual Championships (2014)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)
   World Cup (2011)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   World Cup (2009)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   Bundesliga 2016/17 (2016)

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

   🏆 Bundesliga 2017/18
   L Mons vs Navara (Feb-24-18) 1/2-1/2
   B D Deac vs Navara (Feb-01-18) 1/2-1/2
   Navara vs G Oparin (Jan-31-18) 1/2-1/2
   P Tregubov vs Navara (Jan-30-18) 1/2-1/2
   Navara vs A Gupta (Jan-29-18) 1/2-1/2

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(born Mar-27-1985, 32 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: 2016-08-05 19:43:12

 page 1 of 71; games 1-25 of 1,772  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Navara vs M Voracek  1-0381993CZE Czechia-ch U12C47 Four Knights
2. Navara vs T Vanek  ½-½301993CZE Czechia-ch U12C47 Four Knights
3. Navara vs J Soukup  1-0391993CZE Czechia-ch U12C48 Four Knights
4. Navara vs Radek Kaderka 1-0461993CZE Czechia-ch U12C47 Four Knights
5. J Jirka vs Navara  0-1411993CZE Czechia-ch U12B72 Sicilian, Dragon
6. L Hajek vs Navara  0-1451993CZE Czechia-ch U12A17 English
7. P Stehno vs Navara 1-0171993CZE Czechia-ch U12C30 King's Gambit Declined
8. Chen Jing vs Navara  1-0581994Wch U10C10 French
9. Navara vs D Rybansky 1-0321994Wch U10C05 French, Tarrasch
10. Navara vs A Fama  ½-½661994Wch U10B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. S Karthick vs Navara  1-0271994Wch U10B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
12. Navara vs N Danilov  1-0381994Wch U10C47 Four Knights
13. Navara vs J Werle 1-0251994Wch U10B89 Sicilian
14. Emir Ardic vs Navara  0-1211994Wch U10C02 French, Advance
15. V Bhat vs Navara  1-0341994Wch U10C02 French, Advance
16. Navara vs B Kukovec  ½-½411994Wch U10B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
17. M Vondracek vs Navara  1-0491995CZE-chT2a 9596A02 Bird's Opening
18. P Zavesicky vs Navara 0-1341995Frydek Mistek op-BD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
19. Navara vs G Livshits  1-0441995EU-ch U10B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
20. F Lasek vs Navara 0-1331995Plzen op U18D00 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Gyula Chrobak vs Navara  ½-½481995Frydek Mistek op-BB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
22. Martin Sekac vs Navara  0-1361995Frydek Mistek op-BB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
23. G Antal vs Navara  1-0231995EU-ch U10B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
24. G Hitzgerova vs Navara 1-0451995Plzen op U18B58 Sicilian
25. M Bartel vs Navara  0-1271995EU-ch U10C11 French
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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.
May-11-16  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
Jun-03-16  sonia91: Today the <Čez Chess Trophy 2016> starts in Prague. This year Navara faces Richard Rapport in the 14th edition of the annual event (match Navara vs a world class player; his Wikipedia page lists all his opponents of the previous editions). Curiously (for advertising purposes, I suppose) the organisers call Rapport the "World Junior Champion" (actually he is the top junior player in the world, while the actual world junior champion is Mikhail Antipov).

Jul-05-16  spysfi: Totaly cushed in the caro today by Mastrovasilis (2600)

1. e4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. Nc3 a6 4. d4 Bg4 5. h3 Bh5 6. g4 Bg6 7. Ne5 Bxe4 8. Nxe4 dxe4 9. c3 e6 10. Qb3 Qc8 11. Bg2 Nf6 12. g5 Nfd7 13. Nc4 b5 14. Ne3 Nb6 15. Bxe4 Ra7 16. Bd2 g6 17. O-O-O N8d7 18. h4 c5 19. Kb1 Bg7 20. h5 cxd4 21. cxd4 Bxd4 22. Bb4 Nc5 23. Qc2 Bxe3 24. fxe3 Nxe4 25. Qxe4 Rg8 26. hxg6 hxg6 27. Qd4 Nd5 28. Qxa7 Nxb4 29. Rc1 Qd7 30. Qb8+ Ke7 31. Qxg8 Qd3+ 32. Ka1 Qb1+ 33. Kxb1 1-0

Aug-30-16  Ilkka Salonen: I was traveling through the eastern Europe and I encountered a check who believed finnish people are from Mongolia. I kind of formed this belief that the czechs are the most smart but most racist of the slavic people. I wonder if that is the reason Navara has never made it to the very top. He is still young, of course.
Aug-31-16  Troller: < I was traveling through the eastern Europe and I encountered a check who believed finnish people are from Mongolia.>

It may not be entirely true, but there is some point to the notion. Finnish and Estonian are related to Magyar (Hungarian), and these are the only major languages in Europe that are not even European, in fact not even Indo-European. Instead they belong to the Finno-Ugric or Uralic language family. The name "Hungary" of course has something to do with the Huns, and we all know they came from somewhere in the Siberian steppes.

However, etymologists have established that Uralic languages belong principally in Northern Siberia and around the Urals, so "Mongolia" might be a stretch.

As for Navara, I do not think such notions have any influence on his career; if not a WC contender, he is certainly an elite GM. I believe he suffers from Aspberger's Syndrome, but regardless in my opinion he has done very well chesswise. Much better than me in any case.

Aug-31-16  Virgil A: GM Navara is a racist because of a smart czech you believe to be racist? And this could be the reason why Navara is not at the very top? I've been to Prague for a week. Czechs can be rough in their ways. Did not experience racism. Education is free over there.
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  keypusher: <Virgil A: GM Navara is a racist because of a smart czech you believe to be racist? And this could be the reason why Navara is not at the very top? >

Strange notion that racism is an impediment to chess skill, given Bobby Fischer.

Also, Ilkka, you think it's an insult to Finns to say they're descended from the Mongolians? I dunno, that seems pretty racist. Are Mongolians not good enough?

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  MissScarlett: Given that Jews are arguably the most racist people in recorded history, one could opine that Fischer's anti-semitism was actually a manifestation of anti-racism. I can't recall anything Fischer said/wrote in private or public that was disparaging about blacks, Asians, Hispanics, etc.

<Dear Pal, how are you? Thanks for your letter several months back. Since then I’ve continued my studies of the Jewish World conspiracy. Just a month ago I read a book called Natures Eternal Religion by Ben Klassen ... The book shows that Christianity itself is just a Jewish hoax and one more Jewish tool for their conquest of the world. It is completely out of harmony with the Eternal Laws of Nature. Well you should read the book – it explains everything – it’s about 500 pages. Unfortunately the author is an extreme racist and this somewhat spoils the book.>

Dec-03-16  Mr. V: I love Ivanchuk, Anand, Kramnik, Kamsky, Carlsen, Svidler, and many other chess players for their skill and artistry. However, David Navara is truly my chess hero. As someone who works with people with disabilities, I find Navara to be a profound inspiration. He is a blessing to our chess world and a living monument.
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  diagonal: David Navara won the national Czech Championship in 2017 (played in swiss system), achieving a new record of 8 national titles.
Aug-17-17  ketchuplover: Down goes Kasparov! (yesterday)
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  MissScarlett: <"Ah! By my word! there is something singular about you," said he: "you have the air of a little nonnette; quaint, quiet, grave, and simple, as you sit with your hands before you, and your eyes generally bent on the carpet...>
Dec-05-17  ketchuplover: 15 languages! we are not worthy in any language
Jan-01-18  ketchuplover: Down goes Yi!
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