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Svidler vs. Navara – ČEZ CHESS TROPHY 2012

GM Peter Svidler (2741)

SvidlerPeter Svidler (36 years) is the winner of the World Cup 2011 and 6 times winner of Russia championship. He has represented Russia regularly in olympiads (5 gold medals), world championships and important international tournaments. In 2006 Peter Svidler was among the world top 4 players together with Garri Kasparov, Veselin Topalov and Viswanathan Anand.

Grandmaster Svidler lives in St. Petersbourg with his wife Olga and two sons. He is fan of cricket.

GM David Navara (2706)

NavaraDavid Navara (27 years) has been for many years and still is the best chess player in the Czech Republic. He regularly represents his land on the chess Olympiads or international tournaments. During the annual festivals of the Prague Chess Society he played matches against Anatoly Karpov, Viktor Kortchnoi, Vladimir Kramnik, Nigel Short, Boris Gelfand, Alexei Shirov, Vassily Ivanchuk, Judit Polgar and Sergei Movsesian. His highest world rank was the 13th place (from 1 January to 30 June 2007), now he is occupying the 38-th place (ELO 2706).

In January 2007 he played his first supertournament (Corus 2007 in Wijk aan Zee), where he managed to draw with former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik, contemporary World Champion Viswanathan Anand and with Veselin Topalov. He even beat last year's world leader in ELO rating Magnus Carlsen. In summer 2007 he won the prestigious tournament in rapid chess in Mainz, Germany, in which participated 762 chess players from all around the world, including the Grandmasters of the top ten. On the European Individual Championship in Budva he shared the first to eleventh place, qualifying for the World Cup.

In 2011 he played very successfully in the World Cup (finishing between the last 8 players). In January 2012 he didn´t play well in the supertournament in Wijk aan Zee but he achieved the victory against the tournament winner and the world number 2 player Levon Aronian.

After graduation at secondary school, David Navara successfully passed exams at four universities and decided to study the Logic on the Philosophical Faculty of the Charles University in Prague, which he finished in 2010. He is single, lives with his parents. Among his hobbies belong reading sociological literature and watching historical documentaries. He is not interested in sport, except the chess, of course.

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