Czech Extraliga: Moravska Slavia and Frydek Mistek lead

by André Schulz
12/19/2023 – Rounds three and four of the Czech Extraliga were affected by the European Rapid Chess and Blitz Championships, which took place at the same time. Many players participated there and some league matches had to be postponed. But Moravska Slavia and Frydek Mistek played and took the lead in the league. | Photo: Brno's chess ambassador Inna Puhajkova made the first move at the board of Boris Gelfand and Anton Korobov. | Photos: Vladimir Jagr

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Chess cup cake

Moravska Slavia and Frydek Mistek seized the opportunity to take the lead, at least temporarily, in the absence of Novy Bor, the Extra League's undisputed top team.

The round is about to begin

In the third round on Saturday, Moravska Slavia, where multiple World Championship candidate and 2012 World Championship runner-up Boris Gelfand plays top board, defeated SK Slavoj Poruba 5-3. In a hard-fought match, Gelfand, Tomas Polak and Jan Malek scored the winning points for the Brno team. Richard Biolek jr. was the only player who won for Slavoj Poruba.

Frydek Mistek with Anton Korobov on board one came to a close 4.5:3.5 against Sigil Fund Pardubice.

On Sunday, Moravska Slavia and Frydek Mistek drew 4:4, with Vitaliy Bernadskiy (Frydek Mistek) defeating the Dutchman Erwin l'Ami, who has been playing for Brno since this season, in the duel at board two. The top match between Korobov and Gelfand ended in a draw.

Erwin l'Ami

Korobov (left) and Gelfand analyse

Marcin Krzyzanowski also scored for Frydek Mistek against Bartlomiej Heberla on board three, as did Petr Gnojek on board seven against Jakub Roubalík. However, the men from Brno equalised with wins from Jan Krejci on board four, Vojtech Straka on board six and Jakub Kusa on board 8 to make the final score 4:4.

Jan Krejci

A few years ago, team captain Michal Vavra was able to win Inna Puhajkova as a supporter for the Moravska Slavia team, which he sponsors.

Under observation

The sports journalist and presenter regularly attends Moravska Slavia's home matches, watching the games and motivating the players.

Inna Puhajkova

International arbiter Katerina Simackova and Michal Vavra

Moravia Brno plays its home games at a bowling centre, where you can also play outdoor golf. The mild winter weather invited to visit the greens. 

Vlastimil Chladek, chess sponsor and owner of the bowling center, Inna Puhajková, and Michal Vávra during a visit of the golf court.

Team building


Rk. SNo Team Games   +    =    -   TB1   TB2   TB3 
1 Šachový klub Moravská Slavia 10
2 BŠŠ Frýdek-Místek 10
3 Slavia Kroměříž 7
4 Sigil Fund Pardubice 6
5 1. Novoborský ŠK 6
6 ŠK Slavoj Poruba 4
7 INGEM - ŠK Líně 4
8 Šachy Hošťálková 3
9 Výstaviště Lysá nad Labem 3
10 ŠK Dopravní podnik Praha 3
11 ŠK Zikuda Turnov 1
12 ŠŠ Vávra a Černoušek Unichess 0



André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.