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David Navara vs Wei Yi
Tata Steel Challengers (2015), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-15
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Penguincw: Nice to see the top 2 seeds play right down to the bitter end; nice job by Wei Yi to hold the ending.
Jan-15-15  kellmano: Yes a great game. Very sharp battle with interesting imbalances throughout. Nice final move from Navara too.
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  Honza Cervenka: 31.Qe5! instead of 31.Kf2(?) consolidates white's defense, and with extra piece he should win easily. Of course, then 31...Ra6 with threat to pin the Queen fails for simple 32.Qb8+ Kg7 33.Bb2+ etc.

It is quite interesting to see David to play this line with white pieces, he could be rather expected to play it with black (like in Le Quang Liem vs Navara, 2012) as it is a pet line of his mentor Vlasta Jansa and very long time ago it was a favourit line of Jansa's own mentor (and mentor of some other Czech players like Lubos Kavalek or Vlasta Hort) Emil Richter (see C Kottnauer vs E Richter, 1942 for old classics).

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