Navara beats Short 7-3 in CEZ Trophy

by ChessBase
9/3/2007 – The CEZ Chess Trophy 2007, August 30 to Sept 2nd, had two ten-game rapid chess matches: former world championship challenger Nigel Short took on top Czech grandmaster David Navara; and chess legend Jan Timman faced the top female Czech player Jana Jackova. Six games were in regular chess, four in Fischer Random Chess (with shuffled pieces). Illustrated report.

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CEZ Chess Trophy 2007:
Navara beats Short, Timman outplayed Jackova

Report by Pavel Matocha

The CEZ Chess Trophy 2007, which took place from August 30 to September 2nd, was organised in Prague (Czech Republic) by civic association Prague Chess Society. It took place in the beautiful Best Western Kampa Hotel, with four players competing in the ten games matches (six rapid games and four Fischer random).

The best Czech player, GM David Navara, played against British GM Nigel Short, former world championship challenger. At the same time the best Czech woman player, IM Jana Jackova, played against Dutch chess legend GM Jan Timman. In the final standings David Navara beat Nigel Short 7.0–3.0, and Jan Timman defeated Jana Jackova 7.5–2.5. In the normal rapid chess games the scores were as follows:

The CEZ Chess Trophy finished on Sunday with a simultaneous exhibition by Nigel Short against 30 opponents (most of them will be top managers from Czech republic).

The press conference before the CEZ Chess Trophy 2007. From the left: Pavel Matocha (organiser), IM Jana Jackova, GM Jan Timman, IM Pavel Votruba (arbiter), GM Nigel Short and GM David Navara.

The setup: Jackova vs Timman and Navara vs Short on the stage in Prague

The audience could follow the games on giant plasma screens

Czech GM Lubos Kavalek, now based in USA, comments for the audience

IM Jana Jackova, Czech Republic, vs GM Jan Timman, Netherlands

Czech GM David Navara, 22, rated 2656 and ranked as number 54 in the world. In the April 2007 FIDE rankigs Navara was 2720 and the world's number 14. He shed most of his points in league games.

Lubos Kavalek discusses the event with winners Jan Timman and David Navara

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