Tourney structure: match consisting of 4 games
Players: Peter Svidler and David Navara
Time control: 90 minutes/40 moves + 30 minutes + 30 seconds/move starting with the first move
Game start: 16:00
Rest day: June 22 - simuls by Svidler and Navara
From June 22-24, the Czech Chess Trophy took place, with a match between the top Czech player, David Navara (2706) and six-time Russian champion, Peter Svidler (2741). The match consisted of four classical games including a pair of simuls and lectures held during the rest day on June 22nd.
Peter Svidler won the match by 3-1 with wins in games two and three.
The event was held in the town hall (Malostranská Beseda)
The drawing of lots was done with these pieces in a bag
David was clearly the luckier of the two
Organizer Pavel Matocha officially start game one of the match
The post office issued a special edition post mark, which could be purchased at the
venue. Only 111 postcards were to be stamped with this special post mark.
Grandmasters Robert Cvek and Ján Markoš commented the games for spectators
Spectators could choose between the commentator area...
... or watch the players up close with the screens displaying the board position and time.
The organizer Pavel Matocha and IM Yochanan Afek, in blue, who lectured on tactical
They had people giving out flyers to advertise the event
GM Ján Markoš lectured on positions that eluded chess engines such as Rybka and Fritz
On the rest day both participants also gave simuls
They were well-attended and in picturesque locales
Eventually the number of players surviving dwindled down
David Navara also gave a simul
Svidler also enjoyed his trip to visit Prague Castle
One could easily imagine spending the entire day in this room alone, admiring the artwork
Sadly for the Czech fans, Svidler won the match decisively
Once the game was over, the post-mortem could get very cozy
David Navara went for broke in game three to try and equalize the score
Pictures by Anežka Kružíková and Pavel Matocha