Reports | June 23, 2011 5:08

Cez Chess Trophy: Navara beats Movsesian 3.5-2.5

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.

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Game viewer by ChessTempo

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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

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Two World Champions - Anatoly Karpov also visited the festival

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

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

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The room packed with spectators

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

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Sergey Movsesian and David Navara

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

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...also watched by many spectators

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A post-mortem between the players

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

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Another simul, by Czech GM Jan Smejkal

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

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

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

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The trophy...

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

Photos © Cez Chess Trophy

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Morley's picture

How did Anand do in the simul?

unknown's picture

"World champion Viswanathan Anand played on Sunday 12 June in Michna Palace a simul against 26 opponents. He played really fast and after 2 hours and 40 minutes could the arbiter announce the result 25:1 for Viswanathan Anand. The only victory was in the hands of Petr Boleslav, editor of chess server Novoborsky, who defeated the world champion."

http://www.praguechess.cz/index.php?modul=&akce=&orderby=1611&strankovan...

me's picture

"World champion Viswanathan Anand played on Sunday 12 June in Michna Palace a simul against 26 opponents. He played really fast and after 2 hours and 40 minutes could the arbiter announce the result 25:1 for Viswanathan Anand. The only victory was in the hands of Petr Boleslav, editor of chess server Novoborsky, who defeated the world champion."

http://www.praguechess.cz/index.php?modul=&akce=&orderby=1611&strankovan...

Frits Fritschy's picture

Anyone knows where the poster comes from? Looks like a remake of a horror movie, Frankenstein vs. Dracula, or something like that.

Paul V's picture

word :)

Frits Fritschy's picture

Cryptic.

john's picture

Karpov is tireless in promoting chess, a truly great Champion. Congratulations David Navara!

Juan's picture

No doubt he should have been FIDE president in last elections.

Sumit Balan's picture

Yes,he should've been the President of FIDE,Rekthna also thinks the same !

noyb's picture

It's long past time to abandon FIDE and start a new world chess organization.

columbo's picture

how would you do that ?

ebutaljib's picture

Has been done before. Wasn't good for chess at all.

VladimirOo's picture

The quizz ! Can you ask witty Vlastimil to post the quizz on Chessvibes ?

Jan's picture

I was actually there during the last 2 games in Prague...so missed Vishy :(

The "packed" audiences weren't there either, (definitely not during the last 2 games) but it was still fun to watch. Commentary was in Czech of course, although an occasional english comment and a nice after chat with Yochanan made up for that a lot :)

Prague is an amazingly beautiful city guys. Go visit.

Arvin's picture

To him, chess is life. It is his life actually. Chess is what made him known as one of the greatest chess champions. His book, "Anatoly Karpov: Chess is my life" presents his love and passion for the game of chess. His passion continues to this day as can be seen in this report.

Excalibur's picture

Considering the fact that Karpov is a billionaire, its refreshing that he still has a great interest for the game of chess.

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