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GM David Navara (2722)

NavaraDavid Navara (26 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 and Judit Polgar. His highest world rank was the 13th place (from 1 January to 30 June 2007), now he is occupying the 22nd place (ELO 2722).

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.

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 and younger brother. Among his hobbies belong reading sociological literature and watching historical documentaries. He is not interested in sport, except the chess, of course.

GM Sergei Movsesian (2716)

MovsesianSergei Movsesian (32 years) was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, and since 1994 he has been living permanently in the Czech Republic. Currently Sergey represents Armenia and in the world ranking he is located on the 29th place (ELO 2716), his highest rank ever was 10th place in the world (early 2009).

His greatest achievements include reaching the quarterfinals on the World Championship in 1999 in Las Vegas, winning the Blitz European Championship in 2002, in the same year then silver medal on the European Championship in rapid chess and in 2008 winning the silver medal on the European Championship in Plovdiv. Due to his convincing victory in the B tournament in Wijk aan Zee in 2008, Sergei got the opportunity to participate in the major supertournament in 2009. He shared the second to fourth place there, behind the winner Karjakin and with the same number of points as Aronian and Radjabov.

In 2007 he won the strongest tournament of the Czech and Czechoslovak history - Czech Coal Carlsbad Chess Tournament, held in Karlovy Vary on the anniversary of 100 years since the first international tournament in the Czech lands was held. In the Carlsbad tournament participated even three players with former ELO rating above 2700 - Alexei Shirov, Vladimir Akopian and Ruslan Ponomariov.

Sergei speaks fluently eight languages. He lives in Prague with his girlfriend Julie Kochetkova and likes reading (favourite author is Stephen King) and being an active fan of the ice-hockey club Pardubice.

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