The Weekly Show: Czech Championships

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9/1/2020 – In his weekly show IM Lawrence Trent talks about what has been going on in the chess world. Lawrence focuses on the Czech Championships, more specifically in a win by eventual champion David Navara, who obtained his tenth national title in Pilsen. | Lawrence’s show is available at 17:00 UTC (19:00 CEST, 13:00 EDT) on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here. | Photo: Official site

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Navara wins, again

Last week the Czech National Championships were held as over-the-board tournaments in Pilsen, without face masks nor Plexiglas walls. For a tenth time in his career, David Navara won the tournament, this time with an impressive 7½ out of 9 score. The Czech number one finished undefeated, collecting six wins and three draws.

After we published our report on the championship, the ever-friendly Navara contacted us letting us know that his last-round opponent, Karel Malinowsky, showed up to play but left the playing hall after a dispute (as reported by André Schulz, it had to do with Malinowsky having a notebook in the playing hall), thus giving Navara the full point. David wrote:

That is of course a pity, but I was as surprised as everybody else and was ready to play with white for a win. Even a draw would have finally been enough for me, but it was not so clear originally.

Nevertheless, let us take a look at Navara’s win in round 7, who showed precise play to defeat Peter Michalik with the white pieces. With a number of captures available, how would you continue here with White? 


Try your own moves!

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