Čez Chess Trophy: Svidler vs Navara 1-0 Thanks to Passive Rook

The traditional Čez Chess Trophy is being held in Prague with David Navara facing Peter Svidler – the Russian grandmaster and World Cup 2011 winner. Every year Czech Republic’s strongest grandmaster David Navara gets the opportunity to gain more experience by playing a match against a world class player. Former opponents include Vassily Ivanchuk, Vladimir Kramnik and Judit Polgar, and this year Navara faces the winner of the World Cup 2011 and 6-times Russian champion Peter Svidler. The duo drew their first game, but Navara lost to Svidler thanks (rather no thanks) to a passive rook. Check out the chess game.

Svidler, Peter – Navara, David

Result: 1-0
Site: Prague CZE
Date: 2012.06.21

[…] 1.e4 e5 2.¤f3 ¤c6 3.¥b5 ¤f6 4.d3 ¥c5 5.c3 O-O 6.O-O d6 7.¤bd2 a6 8.¥xc6 bxc6 9.¦e1 ¦e8 10.h3 ¥b6 11.¤f1 h6 12.¤g3 ¥e6 13.¥e3 ¥xe3 14.¦xe3 c5 15.£c2 ¤d7 16.d4 cxd4 17.cxd4 exd4 18.¤xd4 a5 19.b3 ¤c5 20.¦d1 ¥d7 21.e5 dxe5 22.¤f3 ¤b7 23.¤xe5 ¤d6 24.a4 ¥e6 25.£c3 £g5 26.¤f3 £d8 27.¤d4 ¢h8 28.¤h5 £g5 29.¤xe6 ¦xe6 30.¦xe6 fxe6 31.£xc7 £xh5 32.£xd6 £e2 33.£d3 £xd3 34.¦xd3 ¦c8 35.¦e3 ¦c1+ 36.¢h2 ¦c2 37.f3 ¦c6 38.¦e5 ¦a6 39.¢g3 ¢g8 40.¢f4 ¢f7 41.¦b5 ¢f6 42.h4 ¦a8 43.g4 ¦a7 44.¢e4 g5 45.hxg5+ hxg5 46.¢d4 ¦d7+ 47.¢c4 ¦a7 48.b4 axb4 49.¢xb4 ¢e7 50.¦xg5 ¢d6 51.a5 ¦f7 52.a6 ¢c6 53.¦a5 ¦f4+ 54.¢c3 ¦xf3+ 55.¢d2

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