Cez Chess Trophy: Navara beats Movsesian 3.5-2.5

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Cez Chess trophy: Navara beats Movsesian 3.5-2.5This year's Cez Chess Trophy was a 6-game match between David Navara and Sergey Movsesian. The match was held June 13-19 in Prague and was won 3.5-2.5 by Navara. There were many side activities, including a simul by World Champion Vishy Anand, and Anatoly Karpov also paid a visit. Big pictorial report.

The annual chess festival in Prague had a very special guest this year: Vishy Anand. After his match with Alexei Shirov in León the World Champion travelled from Spain to the Czech Republic to join the activities and to give a simul against 30 opponents. Anand also performed the drawing of lots and the first move in the match between local star David Navara and Sergey Movsesian (Armenia).

The Cez Chess Trophy 2011 festival was held from 12 to 19 June in the Michna Palace in Prague. Besides the Navara-Movsesian match, which was commented upon by Czech GM Lubomir Kavalek, there were more reasons to visit the festival: lectures by Lubomir Kavalek, Yochanan Afek and Vitezslav Houska, a quiz by Vlastimil Hort, the already mentioned simul by Anand but also one by GM Jan Smejkal, the launch of a book about Karel Opocensky and a chess philately exhibition - on the occasion of the festival a special post-stamp was issued.

Below you'll find the games between Navara and Movsesian and many photos which we were allowed to republish from the excellent gallery. It's pretty clear that organizer Pavel Matocha again managed to create a wonderful chess festival. It's a pity we had to miss it, but also good to see that the chess tradition in the Czech Republic is much alive.

Game viewer

Game viewer by ChessTempo


Chairman of the Prague Chess Society Pavel Matocha and Viswanathan Anand on the Charles Bridge

Pavel Matocha showing Prague's landmarks to Anand

Pavel Matocha showing Prague's landmarks to Anand

The simul of Viswanathan Anand in Michna Palace

The simul of Viswanathan Anand in Michna Palace...

which drew lots of attention

...which drew lots of attention


Two World Champions - Anatoly Karpov also visited the festival


Old friends: Vlastimil Hort, Lubomir Kavalek, Anatoly Karpov and Bessel Kok


A chess quiz with the best quiz master you can imagine: Vlastimil Hort


The room packed with spectators


Vishy Anand making the first move in the match between Navara (r.) and Movsesian


Sergey Movsesian and David Navara


Viswanathan Anand and Lubomir Kavalek commenting on the game...


...also watched by many spectators


A post-mortem between the players


Yochanan Afek giving a lecture on studies; arbiter Pavel Votruba translating


Another simul, by Czech GM Jan Smejkal


An auction of chess books in Michna Palaca with Bretislav Modr on the left


But the main attraction was of course the match between David Navara...


...and Sergey Movsesian, who now plays under the Armenian flag


The trophy...


...won by Navara, who joked: 'This is the last moment when the trophy is intact.'

Photos © Cez Chess Trophy


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