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|Sep-06-11|| ||Domdaniel: It's nice to see both Navara and Moiseenko get a special 'fair play' award from the local governor. David - what a mensch - looked acutely embarrassed by it ... insisting that he only did what was right and that getting a reward was never on his mind.|
And it's been amusing to see opinion divide between those (like me) who think his sporting behavior was inspirational, and those who see it as the mark of a 'sap' or a 'sucker'.
But, uh, on the other hand ... if Moiseenko had the same values should he not have *refused* the draw and insisted on resigning?
After you, Claude. No, after you.
I suppose "in fairness" you can't give a Fair Play award to just one of the players. And you really can't forget the eventual loser. That wouldn't be, well, *fair*, now, would it?
An analogous situation arose during a recent cricket test between India and England -- the English batsman walked off when it was time for the traditional 'tea' break, without waiting for the umpire's permission. This technically allowed India to put him out, but after a quick team meeting they decided not to.
Of course they were playing in England, where the natives have a habit of rioting.
|Sep-07-11|| ||coolchess1: David is a credit to the great game of chess. Man of great character and showed what that means to him in a crunch position. Wishing all the best to David in this world cup and also for future events.|
|Sep-07-11|| ||twinlark: Reminds me of the sportsmanship shown by former Australian wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist who had a habit of "walking" if he thought he has out, eg: to a snick behind, even if the umpire didn't pick it up.|
Same sort of division of opinion: great sportsmanship or sap? Depends on your point of view and your values, most likely.
|Sep-12-11|| ||Korifej: Good example off fair play.Some top player can use lessons from David|
|Sep-12-11|| ||kellmano: I think Navara is so cool:
His voice is brilliant.
|Sep-12-11|| ||voyager39: Wonderful sportsmanship from David Navara. Shipov elaborates upon it...|
|Oct-10-11|| ||wordfunph: lifted from the book Reggio Emilia 2007-08 by Mihail Marin & Yuri Garrett..|
<As for David (Navara), everyone at the Astoria was struck by his gentle manner and his willingness to discuss his games with anybody, from his opponent to the most humble patzer.>
|Jan-14-12|| ||Penguincw: Navara off too an ok start at Tata by holding Topalov to a draw. Next opponent: Gelfand (with white).|
|Jan-21-12|| ||Penguincw: Navara, terrible start at Tata. First 7 rounds, 1.5/7!|
|Jan-24-12|| ||Whitehat1963: Sorry, but I've never been impressed with Navara's results among the truly elite players. I don't think his name belongs in the Tata Steel tournament roster for Group A.|
|Jan-24-12|| ||tamar: <Whitehat1963> Navara earned his place by tying for first in the B group last year.|
His name belongs.
|Jan-24-12|| ||Whitehat1963: Fair enough, but his results speak for themselves.|
|Jan-26-12|| ||Honza Cervenka: <Whitehat1963: Fair enough, but his results speak for themselves.> He simply has a bad tournament. Everybody can be out of shape sometimes. I know David personally for some twelve years and it is no secret that he sometimes is unable to concentrate on the play and then he plays much bellow his real potential making a lot of absurd and silly mistakes in the process. But if he has his day, he can tear apart anybody in the world. Unfortunately, this year's Tata Steel tournament looks like the "shining" example of his not so good days up to now.|
|Jan-26-12|| ||King Death: < Honza Cervenka: <Whitehat1963: Fair enough, but his results speak for themselves.> He simply has a bad tournament. Everybody can be out of shape sometimes...>|
In this kind of super strong event it's easy to be off just a little and have everybody turn on you like a pack of wolves.
There's been a bunch of talk about how Navara doesn't belong in this event and so forth but he's a very strong player and somebody will have to finish last. This time it may be him (or maybe not).
|Jan-26-12|| ||bronkenstein: David earned the right to play TATA A fair and square . He reminds me of Chucky , psychologically unstable a bit, maybe early defeat(s) destroyed his confidence . We all know Ivanchuk could easily be close to Navara instead of solo second had he just lost one of the games from the first rounds , he would insta-degrade to 2500 mode.|
PS this discussion reminds me of that old `Gandalf the unworthy` tune ... why should players play ,just let the fans vote instead =)
|Jan-28-12|| ||drnooo: extremely interesting comment by honza
of course what he says can apply to anyone anywhere, even Alekhine said, the difference between me and another master is not much but what diff there is is very great indeed with Navara, is probably magnified after all Spassky was one of the laziest players of the soviets ever, but had he worked harder, he might have lost interest in this silly game altogether
|Jan-28-12|| ||Olavi: I was reminded of this case http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail... in the last worldcup. I would just point out that according to reports, Navara touched his king accidentally, not deliberately, and therefore Moiseenko never had a case for enforcing the touchee rule. So Navara simply gifted the halfpoint at the end!|
Whether that makes it even more sportsmanlike or rather a show of excessive nerves and (completely unnecessary) fear of appearing dishonourable...?
|Feb-19-12|| ||Penguincw: Looks like Navara is playing in the Reykjavik Open 2012.|
|Mar-09-12|| ||Penguincw: Navara off to a perfect start (4/4) at the Reykjavik Open (2012). In Round 5, he has white against David Navara, who also has a perfect start. |
Although he shed 11 points at Tata Steel (2012), he is the biggest gainer this rating season, so far. He has won a whopping 22 points in just 19 games. The closest are Andrei Volokitin and Lazaro Bruzon, and they "only" gained 8.
Also, he entered Iceland with an unofficial rating of 2714.
Lastly, tomorrow, facing Sokolov (2664), he has white and will obviously try to win. A loss would sink him to 2716, a draw 2721, and a win would make him jump to 2726, and be clearly the best one so far.
|Mar-13-12|| ||Penguincw: Overall, with a +5 score at the Reykjavik Open (2012), it helped him add 4.8 rating points to his name.|
If the rating list were to be published right now, he would be at 25th place and be rated 2719 (with a three-tenths of his rating discarded). A 19 rating improvement. Also he played 24 games so far this rating season, which is like 2 games everyday!
Nearest competitor for most gained is Lazaro Bruzon, who improved by 11. Most games is Radoslaw Wojtaszek, who played 15.
Next is former world challenger, Peter Leko, who is at 2720 on the dot.
|Mar-27-12|| ||Penguincw: Happy Birthday David Navara! Today, he faces Vlad-Cristian Jianu (2497) with white. A win gains 2.7 rating points, to raise his points to 2704.9, otherwise he's out to the super-grandmaster club. Good luck!|
|Sep-07-12|| ||yesnomaybeidontknow: David Navara +6 in the Chess Olympiad 2012! Go David!!|
|Sep-08-12|| ||Gypsy: Now, after 10 rounds at the Olympiad completed, Navara stands at +7 =3 -0, 85%, 2847 TPR.|
|Sep-09-12|| ||Honza Cervenka: David's +8=3-0 on the 2nd board is pretty amazing result, especially if one takes into consideration his poor form in the first half of this year.|
|Sep-09-12|| ||Gypsy: Navara at the 2012 Chess Olympiad: 9.5/11, 86.4%, 2869 TPR; most points overall; second highest TPR overall (1st Mamediarov); gold on Board 2.|
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