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David Navara
Photo copyright © 2008 Farid Khayrulin, courtesy of Zahir Ahmadov  
Number of games in database: 2,086
Years covered: 1993 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2719 (2707 rapid, 2737 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2751

Overall record: +678 -290 =669 (61.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 449 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (213) 
    B47 B90 B32 B33 B45
 Ruy Lopez (118) 
    C78 C65 C84 C80 C67
 French Defense (74) 
    C05 C07 C03 C10 C09
 French Tarrasch (59) 
    C05 C07 C03 C09 C04
 Queen's Gambit Declined (56) 
    D35 D31 D37 D38 D30
 King's Indian (51) 
    E60 E90 E63 E62 E61
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (260) 
    B90 B40 B46 B84 B50
 Grunfeld (111) 
    D85 D86 D78 D76 D70
 Ruy Lopez (76) 
    C65 C84 C67 C95 C91
 Sicilian Najdorf (75) 
    B90 B94 B91 B99 B92
 Caro-Kann (72) 
    B12 B18 B13 B10 B11
 Queen's Indian (57) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14 E19
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   I Cheparinov vs Navara, 2007 0-1
   Navara vs Sasikiran, 2009 1-0
   Navara vs J Helbich, 1998 1-0
   Navara vs Wojtaszek, 2015 1-0
   Navara vs A Dergatschova-Daus, 2007 1-0
   Navara vs Z Ruzicka, 1997 1-0
   Aronian vs Navara, 2012 0-1
   Navara vs Svidler, 2006 1-0
   Navara vs Z Kozul, 2006 1-0
   Navara vs Ganguly, 2011 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Ordix Open (2007)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2012)
   Tata Steel Group B (2011)
   Tata Steel Challengers (2015)
   MrDodgy Invitational (2020)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)
   European Championship (2004)
   Ordix Open (2009)
   European Championship (2009)
   European Championship (2014)
   Champions Showdown (2019)
   World Cup (2011)
   Turin Olympiad (2006)
   World Cup (2009)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Navara's most famous wins by Miguel Medina
   Navara's most famous wins by slomarko
   2000 WYCC (open) U-18 by gauer
   Czech Team on Chess Olympiad 2010 by Honza Cervenka
   1997 WYCC (open) U-12 by gauer

   🏆 European Team Championship
   J Christiansen vs Navara (Nov-21-21) 1/2-1/2
   Navara vs H S Gretarsson (Nov-20-21) 1-0
   Mads Andersen vs Navara (Nov-19-21) 1/2-1/2
   Navara vs Duda (Nov-18-21) 1/2-1/2
   Navara vs Mikhalevski (Nov-16-21) 1/2-1/2

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(born Mar-27-1985, 36 years old) Czech Republic

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IM (1999); GM (2002); Czech Champion (2004, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2019).

Born in Prague, Grandmaster David Navara has been playing chess since he was six and became a grandmaster in 2002, six days before his seventeenth birthday. Numerous coaches have helped shape his talents, including Josef Pribyl, Ludek Pachman, and Vlastimil Jansa.


<Youth> He won the championships of the Czech Republic in his age category in 1993-95.

<National> In 2004, he won the Czech championship for the first time scoring 8/11 in a field of 8 strong grandmasters. In 2005 he shared 1st place in the Czech championship with Jiri Stocek. Won the Czech Championship in 2010. In May 2012, he won the Czech Championship for the fourth time. He won the Czech Championship for the fifth time in May 2013 with a round to spare, possibly two as the tiebreakers were in his favour, his final score being an extremely dominant 8/9, 2.5 points clear of the runner up. In May 2015, he won the Czech Championship for the sixth time, on this occasion with a round to spare.

<Continental> He scored a relatively meagre 7/11 in the 13th European Individual Championship (2012). He scored 7/10 in the European Individual Championship (2013) (failing to qualify for the 2013 World Cup). He placed second in the European Individual Championship (2015) (EICC), half a point behind Evgeny Najer. This would have qualified him for the World Cup 2015 had he not already qualified for that event in last year's EICC. He placed equal second at the European Individual Championship (2014), scoring 8/11 and qualifying for the 2015 World Cup.

<World> In 2008 Navara was announced as a participant in the inaugural FIDE Grand Prix cycle, as the nominee of the host city of Karlovy Vary. He qualified for the World Cup (2011) via his rating, and defeated Russian GM Nikolai Kabanov in the first round, US GM Alexander Onischuk in the second, and Ukrainian GMs Alexander Moiseenko and Yaroslav Zherebukh in the third and fourth rounds, but lost his quarter final contest with Russian GM Alexander Grischuk. He was a President's nominee to the World Cup (2013), where he defeated Sandro Mareco in the first round, but lost to Norwegian GM Jon Ludvig Hammer in the second round, and so was eliminated from the event. At the World Cup (2015), he played and defeated the Israeli champion Tamir Nabaty in the first round to progress through to the second round where he lost to Azeri GM Gadir Guseinov to be eliminated from the event.


In early 2011, he came in =3rd in the category 18 Reggio Emilia (2010). In March 2012, he placed equal second (third on tiebreak) at the Reykjavik Open (2012). Navara started 2013 with =5th, his 7.5/10 being a half point behind the co-leaders at Tradewise Gibraltar (2013), and followed up with a somewhat mediocre 7/10 at the Reykjavik Open (2013). He scored outright first with 8/9 at the Ostravsky konik 2014 - FIDE Open A In Czechia, a point and a half clear of the field.

Navara started 2015 with a strong showing at the Tata Steel Challengers (2015) event, scoring 10/13 and placing outright second, half a point behind the winner Wei Yi. He placed =3rd alongside Michael Adams at the category 19 Biel (2015) tournament, behind Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Radoslaw Wojtaszek respectively.

Team Events

<Olympiad> He hit his stride during the Chess Olympiad (2012), playing board 2 for the Czech Republic and winning individual gold with a stunning score of 9.5/11, racking up a TPR of 2869.

<National Representative> His first great achievement was at the 2001 European Team Championship in Leon, where he scored 7 out of 9 points (performance rating: 2775).

<National and Continental Leagues> In 2011-12 he also played for 1. Novoborský ŠK in the Czech Extraliga, helping his team to first place with a personal scored of 8.5/10 (+7 =3) against a strong field of 7 GMs and 3 IMs. In 2012, he played in the French Top 12 League, in the Greek League and in the Polish Extraliga. Although he scored 8.5/11 in the 2012/13 season in the Czech Extraliga, it was insufficient to help his team AD Mahrla Praha above 11th (out of 12) place. In October 2013, he played top board for G-Team Novy Bor, scoring 4.5/7 and helping his team to win the European Club Cup (2013). Navara played top board for SV Mülheim Nord in the 2013-14 Bundesliga, his team placing second out of a field of 16. He is playing second board for this team in the 2014-15 Bundesliga. He also played in the last 4 rounds (19-22) for Jiangsu in the Chinese League 2014, helping his team to win gold.


He lost 3-1 in the Cez Trophy: Navara - Svidler (2012). In June 2013, he drew the match Navara vs Yifan Hou, 2013, drawing all four classical games; however, after drawing the blitz tiebreakers 1-1 he lost the Armageddon blitz tiebreaker. He lost the Cez Trophy Navara - Nakamura Match (2014) by 3.5-0.5. In June 2015, he lost the So - Navara Match (2015) by 1-3 (-2 =2).

Rapid and Blitz

He finished 2014 with =1st with 11/13 at the Czech Blitz Championship, a strong 8.5/13 at the European Rapid Championship and a spectacular first place with 19/22 (2 clear of the field) at the European Blitz Championship.

Rating and Ranking

Navara's peak rating to date 2751 in May 2015 (when he was ranked world #14), while his peak ranking was world #13 in October 2006 when he was rated 2725.

Sources and References

Wikipedia article: David Navara; live rating:

Last updated: 2019-07-24 10:24:20

 page 1 of 84; games 1-25 of 2,087  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Jirka vs Navara  0-1411993CZE Czechia-ch U12B72 Sicilian, Dragon
2. Navara vs Radek Kaderka 1-0461993CZE Czechia-ch U12C47 Four Knights
3. Navara vs J Soukup  1-0391993CZE Czechia-ch U12C48 Four Knights
4. Navara vs T Vanek  ½-½301993CZE Czechia-ch U12C47 Four Knights
5. Navara vs M Voracek  1-0381993CZE Czechia-ch U12C47 Four Knights
6. P Stehno vs Navara 1-0171993CZE Czechia-ch U12C30 King's Gambit Declined
7. L Hajek vs Navara  0-1451993CZE Czechia-ch U12A17 English
8. Navara vs B Kukovec  ½-½411994Wch U10B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
9. Emir Ardic vs Navara  0-1211994Wch U10C02 French, Advance
10. S Karthick vs Navara  1-0271994Wch U10B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
11. Navara vs N Danilov 1-0381994Wch U10C47 Four Knights
12. Chen Jing vs Navara  1-0581994Wch U10C10 French
13. Navara vs A Fama  ½-½661994Wch U10B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. V Bhat vs Navara  1-0341994Wch U10C02 French, Advance
15. Navara vs J Werle 1-0251994Wch U10B89 Sicilian
16. Navara vs D Rybansky 1-0321994Wch U10C05 French, Tarrasch
17. M Vondracek vs Navara  1-0491995CZE-chT2a 9596A02 Bird's Opening
18. Navara vs G Livshits  1-0441995EU-ch U10B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
19. G Antal vs Navara  1-0231995EU-ch U10B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
20. Navara vs I Cheparinov  0-1291995EU-ch U10C71 Ruy Lopez
21. M Szablewski vs Navara  0-1421995EU-ch U10B50 Sicilian
22. Navara vs S Mahtesian 1-0261995EU-ch U10B86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
23. A Riazantsev vs Navara  1-0471995EU-ch U10D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Navara vs C Jeitz  1-0241995EU-ch U10C41 Philidor Defense
25. N Shikov vs Navara  0-1401995EU-ch U10A03 Bird's Opening
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  Troller: < I was traveling through the eastern Europe and I encountered a check who believed finnish people are from Mongolia.>

It may not be entirely true, but there is some point to the notion. Finnish and Estonian are related to Magyar (Hungarian), and these are the only major languages in Europe that are not even European, in fact not even Indo-European. Instead they belong to the Finno-Ugric or Uralic language family. The name "Hungary" of course has something to do with the Huns, and we all know they came from somewhere in the Siberian steppes.

However, etymologists have established that Uralic languages belong principally in Northern Siberia and around the Urals, so "Mongolia" might be a stretch.

As for Navara, I do not think such notions have any influence on his career; if not a WC contender, he is certainly an elite GM. I believe he suffers from Aspberger's Syndrome, but regardless in my opinion he has done very well chesswise. Much better than me in any case.

Aug-31-16  Virgil A: GM Navara is a racist because of a smart czech you believe to be racist? And this could be the reason why Navara is not at the very top? I've been to Prague for a week. Czechs can be rough in their ways. Did not experience racism. Education is free over there.
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  keypusher: <Virgil A: GM Navara is a racist because of a smart czech you believe to be racist? And this could be the reason why Navara is not at the very top? >

Strange notion that racism is an impediment to chess skill, given Bobby Fischer.

Also, Ilkka, you think it's an insult to Finns to say they're descended from the Mongolians? I dunno, that seems pretty racist. Are Mongolians not good enough?

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  MissScarlett: Given that Jews are arguably the most racist people in recorded history, one could opine that Fischer's anti-semitism was actually a manifestation of anti-racism. I can't recall anything Fischer said/wrote in private or public that was disparaging about blacks, Asians, Hispanics, etc.

<Dear Pal, how are you? Thanks for your letter several months back. Since then I’ve continued my studies of the Jewish World conspiracy. Just a month ago I read a book called Natures Eternal Religion by Ben Klassen ... The book shows that Christianity itself is just a Jewish hoax and one more Jewish tool for their conquest of the world. It is completely out of harmony with the Eternal Laws of Nature. Well you should read the book – it explains everything – it’s about 500 pages. Unfortunately the author is an extreme racist and this somewhat spoils the book.>

Dec-03-16  Mr. V: I love Ivanchuk, Anand, Kramnik, Kamsky, Carlsen, Svidler, and many other chess players for their skill and artistry. However, David Navara is truly my chess hero. As someone who works with people with disabilities, I find Navara to be a profound inspiration. He is a blessing to our chess world and a living monument.
Jul-10-17  diagonal: David Navara won the national Czech Championship in 2017 (played in swiss system), achieving a new record of 8 national titles.
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  ketchuplover: Down goes Kasparov! (yesterday)
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  MissScarlett: <"Ah! By my word! there is something singular about you," said he: "you have the air of a little nonnette; quaint, quiet, grave, and simple, as you sit with your hands before you, and your eyes generally bent on the carpet...>
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  ketchuplover: 15 languages! we are not worthy in any language
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  ketchuplover: Down goes Yi!
Apr-11-18  anandrulez: Svidler said David Navara is probably one of most polite GM's he has ever played with. Apparently, when Jan Gustaffson offered a draw to David Navara, Navara politely said "If you don't mind too much, I would like to continue!". The game finally ended in a draw and Navara apologized! Nice video
Apr-27-18  Whitehat1963: Having a rough tournament at minus four, being treated like a punching bag. Well, I’ve never thought he belongs in top-tier tournaments anyway. He’s proving me right. I doubt he’ll get many more invites to tournaments like this one.
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  ketchuplover: Liren vs. Navara commences tomorrow. Good chess to both combatants!
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  ketchuplover: Forgot about Liren's injury. Sorry.
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  wordfunph: Navara - So

good luck, David!

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  Penguincw: Navara may not be playing at Tata Steel, but he's the last player still perfect at Gibraltar Masters (2019), with 4/4.

For Round 5, he'll draw 3rd seed Wesley So with white. So was the highest seed to remain perfect through 3 rounds. (Navara is 6th seed overall)

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  Penguincw: Navara finished Gibraltar with 7/10, in a massive tie for 6th. He drew his 5th round game.

He was still tied for 1st up 'til the penultimate 9th round, when he lost to the eventual winner, Artemiev.

Mar-27-19  Ironmanth: Happy birthday to "a real gentleman" and a terrific fighter on the international circuit. Many more and best of success, Grandmaster David Navara!
Mar-27-19  yesnomaybeidontknow: Happy Birthday, David!
Very best wishes for your future career.
Jul-24-19  Eastfrisian: He was also champion of his country in 2014, 2017 and 2019.
Oct-19-19  Bobby Fiske: David debuted in Banter Blitz yesterday, streaming live for the first time in his life. This is so funny. He is talking in all languages, making jokes and even singing (terribly) a Beatles song. Such a nice and gifted person! Watch the "show" on YouTube:
Mar-28-20  Ironmanth: Belated happy birthday, Grandmaster. So appreciate your deep play as well as your "gentleman warrior" respectful approach to our beloved game! Stay well, sir.
May-29-20  siamesedream: David wrote the book:

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  MissScarlett: David Navara: #whitesquaresmatter
Sep-01-20  diagonal: Navara obtained his tenth national title:
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