Match Hou Yifan vs David Navara starts on Tuesday

6/11/2013 – It is a special CEZ event, pitting former women's world champion Hou Yifan against top Czech GM David Navara. Before the start of the four-game match the 19-year-old Chinese GM took a tour of Prague with her mother and gave a simultaneous exhibition against 20 opponents – which she won with a 19:1 score, conceding just two (diplomatic?) draws. Big pictorial report.

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The CEZ Chess Trophy 2013 pits the world's number two female player, 19-year-old Chinese GM Hou Yifan, against the best Czech GM David Navara. Hou Yifan was the Women's World Chess Champion in years 2010-2012 and is the current challenger for the title.

The four games match between Hou and Navara will take place from Tuesday, June 11th until Friday, June 14th at the Michna Palace in Prague. The games start at 4 p.m. local time on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and will be played with 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30 second increment for each move. All games will be broadcast live and commented by GM Robert Cvek.

Simultaneous exhibition by Hou Yifan

The festival started with a special exhibition in the Gallery 1 in Štepánská...

... a twenty-board simul givben by Hou Yifan two days before her match against Navara

The Chinese GM showed her class by scoring a 19:1 victory, with 18 wins and two draws

The only victims that escaped relatively unscathed were the mayor of Prague
Oldrich Lomecký (above) and Erste Bank CR's data warehouse analyst Jan Spousta.

Analysing the game afterwards (with GM Vlastimil Hort in a blue jacket watching)

Mother and daughter: Wang Qian and Hou Yifan

Yifan at the gate of Prague Castle, whose history stretches back to the 9th century

From the Castle she has a splendid view of the old city

In Golden Street within the grounds of Prague Castle

At the famous Toy Museum, the second largest exposition of toys in the world

Mother and daughter in the St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague


The games will be broadcast live on the official web site and on the chess server If you are not a member you can download a free Playchess client there and get immediate access. You can also use ChessBase 12 or any of our Fritz compatible chess programs.

Topics: Hou Yifan, Navara, Prague
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