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GM Hikaru Nakamura (2772)

NakamuraGM Hikaru Nakamura (26-years-old) was the No. 3 player in the world ranking (to the 1st of January 2014), he has been one of the world´s top ten for few previous years and he is the best chessplayer of USA. In June 2014, he will be the main guest of ČEZ CHESS TROPHY 2014 festival.

Hikaru Nakamura was born the 9th of December 1987 in Hirakata town in Japanese prefecture Osaka to a Japanese father and American mother, but when he was 2-years-old, he moved to USA with his mother and his older brother. As a 7-years-old, he started to play chess under the lead of his step-father, FIDE master of Srí Lanka and famous chess teacher Sunil Weeramantry. He was improving very quickly and aged 15 years and 79 days, he became the youngest GM of USA, even 3 months earlier than the legendary Bobby Fischer. His most outstanding result was the victory at Wijk aan Zee tournament in 2011, when he left behind all the world leaders headed by Carlsen, Anand, Aronjan and Kramnik. Nakamura is considered to be an agressive player with the exceptional fantasy, fast hand and amazing will for victory.

The book about GM Nakamura with several tens of extensively commented most interesting games of his carrier (Fighting Chess with Hikaru Nakamura), published by Olms publishing house, can be ordered via email (, or bought in the Michna Palace during the chess festival ČEZ CHESS TROPHY 2014 (from 6th until 10th of June). You can read more about the book here.

GM David Navara (2706)

NavaraDavid Navara (29-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 the 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, Peter Svidler and Hou Yifan. On FIDE rating list was highly ranked as the No. 13 player of the world (January 1st - June 30th 2007), now he is the No. 42 (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.

Last year he finished a manuscript of the book My chess world, which will be got out by Prague Chess Society in September 2014. 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. The book will be published in the Czech language.

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