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David Navara
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Number of games in database: 2,005
Years covered: 1993 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2719 (2707 rapid, 2737 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2751

Overall record: +648 -284 =638 (61.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 435 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (201) 
    B47 B90 B32 B33 B30
 Ruy Lopez (111) 
    C78 C65 C84 C91 C67
 French Defense (74) 
    C05 C07 C03 C10 C09
 French Tarrasch (59) 
    C05 C07 C03 C09 C04
 Queen's Gambit Declined (54) 
    D35 D31 D37 D38 D30
 King's Indian (50) 
    E60 E90 E62 E63 E61
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (254) 
    B90 B46 B40 B84 B50
 Grunfeld (109) 
    D85 D86 D76 D78 D70
 Caro-Kann (72) 
    B12 B18 B13 B10 B11
 Ruy Lopez (70) 
    C84 C65 C67 C95 C91
 Sicilian Najdorf (70) 
    B90 B91 B99 B94 B92
 Queen's Indian (54) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14 E19
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   I Cheparinov vs Navara, 2007 0-1
   Navara vs Sasikiran, 2009 1-0
   Navara vs J Helbich, 1998 1-0
   Navara vs R Wojtaszek, 2015 1-0
   Navara vs A Dergatschova-Daus, 2007 1-0
   Navara vs Z Ruzicka, 1997 1-0
   Navara vs Svidler, 2006 1-0
   Navara vs Z Kozul, 2006 1-0
   Aronian vs Navara, 2012 0-1
   Navara vs Ganguly, 2011 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Ordix Open (2007)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Tata Steel Group B (2011)
   European Individual Championship (2015)
   Tata Steel Challengers (2015)
   MrDodgy Invitational (2020)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   Ordix Open (2009)
   European Individual Championship (2014)
   Champions Showdown (2019)
   World Cup (2011)
   European Individual Championship (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

   🏆 MrDodgy Invitational
   Navara vs A Giri (Jun-14-20) 0-1, blitz
   Navara vs A Giri (Jun-14-20) 0-1, blitz
   A Giri vs Navara (Jun-14-20) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   Navara vs A Giri (Jun-14-20) 0-1, blitz
   A Giri vs Navara (Jun-14-20) 1/2-1/2, blitz

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(born Mar-27-1985, 35 years old) Czech Republic

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IM (1999); GM (2002); Czech Champion (2004, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2019).

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 Championship (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 Championship (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 Challengers (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. Novoborskı 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: 2019-07-24 10:24:20

 page 1 of 81; games 1-25 of 2,005  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Hajek vs Navara  0-1451993CZE Czechia-ch U12A17 English
2. Navara vs M Voracek  1-0381993CZE Czechia-ch U12C47 Four Knights
3. Navara vs T Vanek  ½-½301993CZE Czechia-ch U12C47 Four Knights
4. Navara vs J Soukup  1-0391993CZE Czechia-ch U12C48 Four Knights
5. Navara vs Radek Kaderka 1-0461993CZE Czechia-ch U12C47 Four Knights
6. J Jirka vs Navara  0-1411993CZE Czechia-ch U12B72 Sicilian, Dragon
7. P Stehno vs Navara 1-0171993CZE Czechia-ch U12C30 King's Gambit Declined
8. Navara vs B Kukovec  ½-½411994Wch U10B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
9. Chen Jing vs Navara  1-0581994Wch U10C10 French
10. S Karthick vs Navara  1-0271994Wch U10B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
11. Navara vs N Danilov 1-0381994Wch U10C47 Four Knights
12. Emir Ardic vs Navara  0-1211994Wch U10C02 French, Advance
13. Navara vs A Fama  ½-½661994Wch U10B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. V Bhat vs Navara  1-0341994Wch U10C02 French, Advance
15. Navara vs J Werle 1-0251994Wch U10B89 Sicilian
16. Navara vs D Rybansky 1-0321994Wch U10C05 French, Tarrasch
17. Navara vs R Hlavac  1-0611995Frydek Mistek op-BB33 Sicilian
18. M Vondracek vs Navara  1-0491995CZE-chT2a 9596A02 Bird's Opening
19. P Zavesicky vs Navara 0-1341995Frydek Mistek op-BD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
20. Navara vs G Livshits  1-0441995EU-ch U10B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
21. F Lasek vs Navara 0-1331995Plzen op U18D00 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Gyula Chrobak vs Navara  ½-½481995Frydek Mistek op-BB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
23. Martin Sekac vs Navara  0-1361995Frydek Mistek op-BB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
24. G Antal vs Navara  1-0231995EU-ch U10B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
25. G Hitzgerova vs Navara 1-0451995Plzen op U18B58 Sicilian
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Jul-25-06  notyetagm: <Honza Cervenka> So, any idea what Navara's current unofficial ELO is?

He seems to be on the same kind of tear that Aronian was, going up, up, and up the rating charts.

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  Honza Cervenka: <notyetagm> I think that David's potential is world's top ten but I don't think that he is already near the top. He lacks any significant experiences from super GM events (he played only some games against world's elite players on Olympiads or other team events and a few games in exhibitions usually sponsored by Czech Eurotel - he played for example with Korchnoi, Shirov and Karpov) and he has still quite many weaker spots, especially in opening play. But all that can change rapidly now when he has broken 2700 level.
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  Honza Cervenka: <sponsored by Czech Eurotel> Or CEZ or other great Czech corporation.:-)
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  Honza Cervenka: Todays six top board pairings in Pardubice, i.e. on-line games:

<Board 1>

White: No.18. IM (Viacheslav) V Zakhartsov (RUS) 4,5/5

Black: No.49 IM Grzegorz Gajewski (POL) 5/5

<Board 2>

White: No.28. GM Andrei Kovalev (BLR) 4,5/5

Black: No.1. GM David Navara (CZE) 4,5/5

<Board 3>

White: No.2. GM Evgeny Najer (RUS) 4/5

Black: No.5 GM Evgeny Tomashevsky (RUS) 4,5/5

<Board 4>

White: No.38. GM Stanislav Novikov (RUS) 4/5

Black: No.3. GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek (POL) 4/5

<Board 5>

White: No.6. GM Vladislav Borovikov (UKR) 4/5

Black: No.41. IM Daniel Hausrath (GER) 4/5

<Board 6>

White: No.8. GM Vlastimil Babula (CZE) 4/5

Black: No.43. IM Robert Cvek (CZE) 43 4/5

Other pairings see at:

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  Honza Cervenka: Btw, Kovalev is 1.e4 enthusiast. I think that Sicilian in game with Navara is almost inevitable. Also Najer vs Tomashevsky can be good show and personally I am curious on performance of young Gajewski who plays very well in Pardubice till now.
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  Gypsy: <Honza Cervenka: David just won the game with Evdokimov ...> To my a rather superficial look at this game, the N+Ps endgame of this encounter is very tactical and fascinating. Probably worth checking out, when it comes on-line -- that is, by those of us who like such things.
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  Honza Cervenka: <Gypsy> Yes, I saw the game on-line and it was great fun. In this kind of positions David is very powerful.
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  Honza Cervenka: What the hell had happened in Navara's game today? I don't understand it.

Andrei Kovalev vs David Navara

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e6 7. O-O Be7 8. f4 Qc7 9. Kh1 O-O 10. Bf3 Nc6 11. g4 Re8 12. g5 Nd7 13. a4 Bf8 14. Bg2 Nxd4 15. Qxd4 b6 16. Qf2 Bb7 17. Be3 Bc6 18. f5 exf5 19. exf5 Ne5 20. Bd4 Nc4 21. Bd5 Rac8 22. Qg2 Ne3 23. Bxe3 Rxe3 24. g6 Kh8 25. gxf7 Re5 26. Rae1 Bxd5 27. Nxd5 Qxf7 28. Rxe5 dxe5 29. Nxb6 Rb8 30. Qc6 Rxb6

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According to official site in this position a draw was agreed. Navara had 1h 21 mins against Kovalev's 19 mins. Why this should be a draw? I can't see it. In fact, last move of black 30...Rb8xNb6 won a piece as 31.Qxb6 is bad for 31...Qd5+ 32.Kg1 Bc5+ winning the Queen. Am I missing something here? Is the result correct?

Jul-26-06  notyetagm: <HC> Good analysis of Navara's nice tactic. Looks like a win to me.
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  Honza Cervenka: Maybe the draw was agreed before 30.Qc6 and this was a post mortem line but it can be also an error of official site.
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  Honza Cervenka: <it can be also an error of official site> I hope, it is. (Sorry, Mr. Kovalev.):-D
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  Honza Cervenka: Btw, Novikov won in lovely tactical battle against Wojtaszek. It is really a game worth to look at.:-)
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  Gypsy: Well, the incogruent result to the Kovalev-Navara game persists. And it has now been used for pairings of the round number seven.
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  Honza Cervenka: <Well, the incogruent result to the Kovalev-Navara game persists. And it has now been used for pairings of the round number seven.> So the finish shown in on-line display had to be post mortem (maybe a show for public to demonstrate that white cannot keep the plus Pawn, 30.a5 Bb4 seems to be an alternative which leads to a retake of Pawn by black).
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  Honza Cervenka: Well, David won against Zakhartsov today. Once again it was a lively play full of pretty little tactical tricks which made together very consequent positional game.:-)

As it was the only decided game on top six boards David now shares the lead with Gajewski.

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  Honza Cervenka: David as black plays Benoni against Gajewski. He clearly wants to win today. There will be a fight in that game.
Jul-28-06  Mameluk: Being back I am glad seeing Navara doing well again, especially after seeing his crazy performance in rapid. On the other hand I am disappointed how Laznicka plays, (to many friends here, Sergei knows why he is not playing) and I am definitely amazed by Kulhanek:)

I don´t think Navara is as strong as top 15 players, he is just in very good form and it has to stop someday. Besides Russian training or French sponsorship he lacks experience. Some players are simply inivited to top tournaments since their childhood, and some have to break 2750 first:-/

Maybe he is playing Benoni for a draw, like against Nikolic in World Cup:)

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  Honza Cervenka: Gajewski (though in excellent form) is not Nikolic and there are safer methods to play for draw than Benoni.:-)

But the game doesn't look like a cakewalk for black just now.

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  Honza Cervenka: <I am disappointed how Laznicka plays> To play in home town is not easy.
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  Honza Cervenka: But I have to say that Laznicka's game against Oleksienko in the 3rd round was really awful.:-(
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  Gypsy: <I don´t think Navara is as strong as top 15 players...> Maybe he is, let's wait and see. He certainly is second to none in tactical imagination.
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  Gypsy: I do not want to jump the gun, but Gajewski does seem toast.
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  Gypsy: I did jump the gun, it now looks like a drawn endgame. (Even theoretically drawn endgame.)
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  Honza Cervenka: Well, Navara only drew today but Gajewski played well. Babula has beaten Hausrath after a blunder in move 31, Stocek was completely outplayed by Oleksienko in classic style and somewhat old-fashioned line of Berlin RL (nice game though a little bit one-sided), Kulhanek lost to Potkin and Haba drew with Tomashevsky. Kovalev vs Grachev was very good fight which a little bit prematurely ended as a draw (in highly interesting but quite unclear position).
Jul-28-06  Mameluk: Well, a few news from Czech Open. Today I spoke to 2nd Czech prodigy and he told me, that all moves of Kovalev-Navara game were right. I don´t want to speak about details as I was not witness of the game, but simply Navara felt very bad during the game, which caused that his behaviour was even crazier than usually, and he felt he could distract his opponent( probably not himself) and this victory would not be fair and gave a draw 1 move before expected resignation of his opponent. I did not ask more, because we were not talking about mere mortal, but about David.

Tomorrow he must win with white against Novikov, should not be impossible. Today´s beauty was Babula´s game with his crazy( or drugged?) queen on b8.

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