Nakamura Beats Navara 3.5-0.5 in Prague

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 6/12/14, 1:54 AM.

Hikaru Nakamura won his match with David Navara convincingly. The final score was 3.5-0.5 in favor of the American, who started with two wins, got into trouble but drew the third and then finished with another win. Nakamura clinched the Cez Chess Trophy in Prague in a four-game match.

Games 3 and 4 were played on Monday and Tuesday - see our report on the first match here. The final, 3.5-0.5 score, was perhaps not a perfect reflection of the players' chances in this match, because Navara came quite close to a win in the third game. 

Repeating the 6.h3 King's Indian, the Czech number one got a promising position when Nakamura “forgot” the move ...Bd7 before playing ...f5. About four times Navara could have played a more forceful move, while in the game he only kept a slight edge in the ending and Nakamura managed to hold it.

Navara and Nakamura just before the game

But in game four the roles were reversed again, and it was Nakamura who was dealing the cards. Right from the opening, a 6.Qc2 Semi-Slav, White held an advantage, despite the symmetrical pawn structure. While the American was developing his pieces to natural squares, Navara couldn't find a good setup. He did make some good practical choices, like giving an Exchange and then even his queen, but in the long run the Czech couldn't hold his fortress.

A laptop-assisted and well attended post-mortem/press conference

With these four games Nakamura won 12.2 rating points according to the live ratings website, and he climbed to #5 in the world, passing Anand & Kramnik.

Match score

Name Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 Pts Perf
Nakamura, Hikaru 2775 1 1 ½ 1 3.5 3062
Navara, David 2724 0 0 ½ 0 0.5 2437
Clinching the trophyxxx

Photos © Anežka Kružíková courtesy of the Prague Chess Society. | Games via TWIC.

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  • 2 years ago


    Hikaru is my 'go to guy' whenever I study the Kings Indian. There are so many gems to be found among his games. I really enjoyed the puzzle format to play through the Round 3 game as well. It got me more involved in the game and I remembered many more of the moves the second time through after reading the notes. Best wishes to both Nakamura and Navara and thank you for giving us this match. Smile

  • 2 years ago


    Matches are Naka's forte.  He may want to pursue 3 more of these matches.  Line up a few sponsors, get FIDE onboard, and try to reach 2800.  He should reach #2 in the world.  Study endgames and transition from middle game to endgame.  He has an 8 yr window to do this, while he still can. 

  • 2 years ago


    It was a very one sided match...

  • 2 years ago


    We want more such matches! :D

  • 2 years ago


    Great work Naka! 

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