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David Navara
Number of games in database: 1,341
Years covered: 1993 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2736 (2644 rapid, 2798 blitz)
Overall record: +520 -227 =477 (62.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      117 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (157) 
    B47 B32 B92 B33 B43
 Ruy Lopez (73) 
    C78 C95 C88 C91 C80
 French Defense (58) 
    C07 C03 C06 C05 C10
 French Tarrasch (47) 
    C07 C03 C06 C05 C09
 King's Indian (34) 
    E63 E60 E90 E62 E61
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (34) 
    C95 C88 C91 C96 C92
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (202) 
    B90 B40 B46 B84 B80
 Grunfeld (98) 
    D85 D86 D70 D73 D76
 Ruy Lopez (58) 
    C88 C65 C95 C67 C84
 Sicilian Najdorf (44) 
    B90 B99 B92 B95 B94
 English (42) 
    A15 A16 A17 A14 A10
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (40) 
    C88 C95 C84 C92 C91
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   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 Svidler, 2006 1-0
   Navara vs Timman, 2007 1-0
   Navara vs A Dergatschova-Daus, 2007 1-0
   Navara vs Z Ruzicka, 1997 1-0
   Navara vs Korchnoi, 2008 1-0
   Navara vs Wei Yi, 2015 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Ordix Open (2007)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Czech Championships (2005)
   Tata Steel (Group B) (2015)
   Tata Steel (Group B) (2011)
   European Individual Championship (2015)
   Ordix Open (2009)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)
   World Cup (2011)
   European Individual Championships (2014)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   European Club Cup (2014)
   World Cup (2009)
   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
   Benoni 2001-2006, players 2650 and above by cybermarauder

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(born Mar-27-1985, 29 years old) Czech Republic

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IM (1999); GM (2002); 5-time Czech Champion.

Born in Prague, Grandmaster David Navara has been playing chess since he was six. Numerous coaches helped shape his talents, including Josef Pribyl, Ludek Pachman, and Vlastimil Jansa.

He won the championships of the Czech Republic in his age category in 1993-95, but his first great achievement was at the 2001 European Team Championship in Leon, where he scored 7 out of 9 points (performance rating: 2775). He became a grandmaster in 2002, six days before his seventeenth birthday. 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. 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. Won the Czech Championship in 2010. In early 2011, he came in =3rd in the category 18 Reggio Emilia (2010). 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.

In March 2012, he came =2nd (3rd on tiebreak) at the Reykjavik Open (2012) and scored a relatively meagre 7/11 in the 13th European Individual Championship (2012). 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 May 2012, he won the Czech Championship for the fourth time. However, he had a bad run in the French Top 12 competition, which combined with his 3-1 loss in the Cez Trophy: Navara - Svidler (2012), reduced his rating by 26 points. Subsequently he made up some lost ground by performing well at the Greek team championships in June and 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. His subsequent 3/3 in rounds 4-6 of the Polish Extraliga have restored his fortunes to pre-slump levels he enjoyed 12 months previously.

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). 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. He scored 7/10 in the European Individual Championships (2013) (failing to qualify for the 2013 World Cup) and went on to win 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 2nd. 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 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. 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). He placed =2nd at the European Individual Championships (2014), scoring 8/11 and qualifying for the 2015 World Cup. Since then 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 but lost a match to Nakamura by 3.5-0.5 (Cez Trophy). 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.

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 followed up with style by placing 2nd 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.

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.

As at 1 March 2015, Navara's rating was 2736, his peak rating so far, remaining the top player in the Czech republic. He is also #22 in the world. His peak ranking was world #13 in October 2006 when he was rated 2725. His rapid rating is 2644 (<#100) while his blitz rating is 2798 (world #9).

Wikipedia article: David Navara; live rating:

Last updated 9 Mar 2015

 page 1 of 54; games 1-25 of 1,341  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. L Hajek vs Navara  0-145 1993 CZE Czechia-ch U12A17 English
5. P Stehno vs Navara 1-017 1993 CZE Czechia-ch U12C30 King's Gambit Declined
6. J Jirka vs Navara  0-141 1993 CZE Czechia-ch U12B72 Sicilian, Dragon
7. Navara vs M Voracek  1-038 1993 CZE Czechia-ch U12C47 Four Knights
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 R Hlavac  1-061 1995 Frydek Mistek op-BB33 Sicilian
18. G Hitzgerova vs Navara 1-045 1995 Plzen op U18B58 Sicilian
19. A Riazantsev vs Navara  1-047 1995 EU-ch U10D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Martin Sekac vs Navara  0-136 1995 Frydek Mistek op-BB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
21. M Pinc vs Navara  1-052 1995 Plzen op U18D26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
22. Navara vs S Mahtesian  1-026 1995 EU-ch U10B86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
23. Gyula Chrobak vs Navara  ½-½48 1995 Frydek Mistek op-BB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
24. Navara vs T Duran  0-148 1995 Plzen op U18B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
25. Navara vs G Livshits  1-044 1995 EU-ch U10B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
 page 1 of 54; games 1-25 of 1,341  PGN Download
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  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 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...?

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  Penguincw: Looks like Navara is playing in the Reykjavik Open 2012.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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!!
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  Gypsy: Now, after 10 rounds at the Olympiad completed, Navara stands at +7 =3 -0, 85%, 2847 TPR.
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  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.
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  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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  twinlark: He's just won the Czech Championship for the 5th time. Well done, GM Navara.
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  Cemoblanca: Great guy this Navara!

All the best for you and yours! :)

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  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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