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   Navara David GM - ELO 2708  (27 Marzo 1985) CZE 
Navara David

Nato a Praga, gioca a scacchi da quando aveva sei anni. Annovera tra i suoi insegnanti Maestri come Ludek Pachman e Vlastimil Jansa. Ottiene numerosi successi a livello giovanile ed a 14 anni ¨¨ gi¨¤ Maestro Internazionale. Nel 2002, tre giorni prima del suo 17¡ã compleanno conquista il titolo di Grande Maestro. L¡¯anno successivo vince il suo primo torneo internazionale a Polanica Zdroj (Polonia). E¡¯ campione della Repubblica Ceca nel 2004 e nel 2005 ed ¨¨ attuale campione in carica (8,5/9 nell'Open di Ostrava) Sesto al Campionato Europeo individuale di Antalya nel 2004 e 1¡ã ex-aequo (7¡ã per spareggio tecnico) al Campionato Europeo individuale di Budva (Montenegro) nel 2009. Partecipa alle 37esime Olimpiadi di Torino piazzandosi con la squadra della Repubblica Ceca all¡¯11¡ã posto; buona la sua prestazione individuale in prima scacchiera (8,5/12). Nel 2007 si impone con 9.5 su 11 nell¡¯open Ordix (gioco rapid), spuntandola per spareggio tecnico sul georgiano Mikhail Mchedlishvili e sull'indiano Krishnan Sasikiran. Seconda partecipazione al torneo di Capodanno di Reggio Emilia dove fu 7¡ã nell'edizione 2007-2008, quella del Giubileo. Attualmente ¨¨ 34¡ã al mondo con i suoi 2708 punti Elo.

Born in Prague (former Czechoslovakia, now Czech Republic) in 1985, he started playing chess at the age of 6. Among his chess coaches he counted Masters of the calibre of GM Lud¨§k Pachman, IM Josef Pribyl and GM Vlastimil Jansa. After several excellent results in youth tournaments (bronze medallist in the 1997 World Youth Championship, Under 12 category, in Cannes, and silver medallist in the 1998 edition, Under 14 category, in Oropesa del Mar), by the age of 14 he had already graduated International Master, and in 2002, three days before his 17th birthday, he received the Grand Master title. His first important achievement was at the 2001 European Team Championship in Leon, with a score of 7/9 and a performance of 2775 Elo points. In 2003 Navara won his first international tournament in Polanica Zdr¨®j (Poland). In 2004 he achieved his first Czech Republic national title, that he would win again the following year. Then, in May of this year Navara achieved the third title in the Ostrava tournament with the score of 8.5/9 and a performance of 2916 Elo points. Again in 2004, he scored sixth (from the 14th place of the initial ranking) in the European Individual Championship in Antalya. In 2005 Navara qualified to play in the World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, but he was eliminated at the first round. In 2006, at the 37th Olympiad in Turin, Navara played on first board with the Czech Republic national team, contributing with his excellent individual performance (8,5/12) to his team's 11th place. The year 2007 was a memorable one for Navara. He started off participating in January in his first Corus Tournaments' Group A, in replacement of GM Morozevich: with a balanced 6.5/13, which included important wins on GMs Ponomariov and Carlsen and valuable draws against GMs Kramnik and Topalov, he closed at an honourable 7th place. Then, in a 6-games match in Prague, he defeated the English GM Nigel Short by 4,5/1,5. In August he then won the gigantic (762 players!) Rapid play ¡°Ordix Open¡± in Mainz with 9.5/11, getting the upper hand by tie-break on Georgian GM Mikhail Mchedlishvili and Indian GM Krishnan Sasikiran. In September he grabbed the third place in the Karlovy Vary tournament, half a point behind the winners GM Ponomariov and Movsesian. In October he achieved another excellent result (6/9) playing on second board in the Czech national team at the European Team Championship in Crete. Finally, around the turn of the year he participated to his first Torneo di Capodanno, in the prestigious Jubilee Edition, closing 7th with the score of 3/8. He will then play in the Torneo di Capodanno in Reggio Emilia for the second time. David Navara studies Logic at the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University in Prague, and is currently 34th in the FIDE Ranking List with 2708 Elo points.

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