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Friday, June 22, 2012

Čez Chess Trophy: Svidler Leads Against Navara 1.5-0.5

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Hi everyone,

The traditional Čez Chess Trophy is being hosted in Prague. This year, David Navara is taking on Peter Svidler. The Russian grandmaster and World Cup 2011 winner took the lead with a win in the second game on Thursday. Two more games will be played; Friday is a rest day.  The first game was a draw. 

David Navara is Czech Republic's top-rated Grandmaster David Navara and takes on another strong Grandmaster from the world once a year as part of the traditional tournament. 

He has already played Vassily Ivanchuk, Vladimir Kramnik and Judit Polgar. Rapid chess games have been played in the previous years. However, in 2012, Navara and Svidler play a match of four classical games with the FIDE time control 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for finishing the game. There is a 30 second increment for ever move as well. The sponsor is Čez Group, a conglomerate of companies involved in the electricity generation, distribution, and trade.

Venue is the Malostranská beseda in central Prague, close to the famous Charles Bridge. The match is part of a bigger festival which includes lectures given by Slovakian GM Ján Markoš, Israeli IM Yochanan Afek and Einar S. Einarsson. There's also a philatelist exposition, and on Friday both Navara and Svidler give simuls.

The first game, played on Wednesday, ended in a draw. However, Svidler won the second game. You can check out the second game with Chess King:

Čez Chess Trophy: Svidler vs Navara 1-0 Thanks to Passive Rook

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