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GM David Navara (2706)

NavaraDavid Navara (28-years-old) has been the best chess-player of the Czech Republic for many years. He regularly represents on chess and international tournaments, during annual festivals of Prague Chess Society had already played matches with Anatoly Karpov, Viktor Kortchnoi, Vladimir Kramnik, Nigel Short, Boris Gelfand, Alexei Shirov, Vasily Ivanchuk, Judit Polgar, Sergey Movsesian and Peter Svidler. On FIDE rating list was highly ranked as the No. 13 player in the world (January 1st - June 30th 2007), now he is the No. 37 (ELO 2706).

He played his first supertournament in January 2007 (Corus 2007 in Wijk aan Zee), where he managed to draw with the black pieces with the current World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik and with the current No. 1 player in the world and contemporary World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand, and with the recent No. 1 player Veselin Topalov, and beat the contemporary No. 1 player Magnus Carlsen. In the summer 2007 he won a prestigious tournament in rapid chess in Mainz (Germany), where 762 chess-players of all over the world started, including several GMs from Top 10. He shared the 1st to 11th place on EICC in Budva and so he qualified for the World Chess Cup.

In 2011 he played very successfully on World Chess Cup, where he fought into the best 8. In January 2012, he wasn’t so successful on supertournament in Wijk aan Zee, but he managed to beat the winner of the tournament and the No. 2 player of the world Levon Aronian with the black pieces.

After the graduation on secondary grammar school, David Navara successfully passed the entrance exams at four universities and chose the study of logic on Faculty of Arts on Charles University, which he finished in year 2010. He is single, he lives at home with parents. His hobby is sociological literature. He likes watching historical documents on TV. Sport, except chess (if chess is a sport), was never one of his interests.

He is writing an interesting blog, followed by thousands of readers.

This spring he has finished a manuscript of the book My chess world, which will be got out by Prague Chess Society in September 2013. In the book, the readers will find 51 games of GM Navara, which he commented himself, and also his autobiography and many more other interesting texts not only about the chess world.

GM Hou Yifan (2617)

YifanHou Yifan (19-years-old) is the Women's World Chess Champion from years 2010 – 2012 and also the youngest player in history, which obtained this title (she was 16-years-old), and the youngest female player to hold the title GM. In 2006 she became the youngest player participating the Women's World Championship and the Chess Olympiad.

In the most recent FIDE rating list, Hou Yifan (ELO 2617) is ranked as the No. 1 girl player in the world, the No. 2 female player and the No. 11 junior player.

She started playing chess regularly at the age of 6, but was already fascinated with the game when she was 3 years old. In 1999, her father engaged a chess mentor, IM Tong Yuanming, for his 5-year-old daughter. Tong later said that Hou was an unusual talent, showing "strong confidence, distinguished memory, calculating ability and fast reaction."

In 2003, Hou Yifan played against the chief coach of the Chinese National men's and women's chess teams, Ye Jiangchuan, for the first time. That year, she became the youngest member of the national team and won the first place at the World Youth Championship for girls under age 10. In June 2007, she became China's youngest ever national champion.

Hou Yifan is studying international relations at Beijing University and her favorite chess-player is Bobby Fischer.

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