Ivanchuk beats Navara 5.5-2.5

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CEZ 2009In the Cez Chess Trophy rapid match Ivanchuk beat Navara 5.5-2.5. The Czech grandmaster started the second half with a win, but then lost two more games. The last ended in a draw.

From May 27 to 31 Ivanchuk and Navara played an eight-game rapid match at the Best Western Kampa hotel in Prague. The match was the main attraction of the chess festival CEZ CHESS TROPHY 2009, organized by the Prague Chess Society. The festival was held in a partnership with the capital city Prague.

At half time Ivanchuk was leading with 3-1 but then Navara, who had already been close to winning in game 4, won his first game with White in a g3 Gr?ºnfeld - quite an impressive victory! In game 6 Ivanchuk went for an Exchange Ruy Lopez and in the 5...Qf6 line White got a small plus after exchanging on d6, leaving Black with a backward d-pawn. Combining pressure on the d-file and attacking on the kingside, Ivanchuk decided the game in his favour. Improving upon game 5, Ivanchuk then quite easily won his last Black game in another g3 Gr?ºnfeld and the last game was quite an interesting draw in a Sicilian.

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Vassily Ivanchuk, back to his usual standard of play



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David Navara gaining some more experience, and saving his honour with one nice victory in the match



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The spectators enjoying the games and commentary by GM Kavalek in a beautiful venue



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Czech President Vaclav Klaus overlooks the boards of his sons Jan and Vaclav, who both drew their games in a simul against Kavalek



Photos © Vladimir Jagr, more here.

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