June 12, 2014 10:55

Nakamura Beats Navara 3.5-0.5 in Prague

Hikaru Nakamura won his match with David Navara convincingly. The final score was 3.5-0.5 in favor of the American, who started with two wins, got into trouble but drew the third and then finished with another win. Nakamura clinched the Cez Chess Trophy in Prague in a four-game match.

Games 3 and 4 were played on Monday and Tuesday - see our report on the first match here. The final, 3.5-0.5 score, was perhaps not a perfect reflection of the players' chances in this match, because Navara came quite close to a win in the third game.

Repeating the 6.h3 King's Indian, the Czech number one got a promising position when Nakamura “forgot” the move ...Bd7 before playing ...f5. About four times Navara could have played a more forceful move, while in the game he only kept a slight edge in the ending and Nakamura managed to hold it.

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Navara and Nakamura just before the game

But in game four the roles were reversed again, and it was Nakamura who was dealing the cards. Right from the opening, a 6.Qc2 Semi-Slav, White held an advantage, despite the symmetrical pawn structure. While the American was developing his pieces to natural squares, Navara couldn't find a good setup. He did make some good practical choices, like giving an Exchange and then even his queen, but in the long run the Czech couldn't hold his fortress.

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A laptop-assisted and well attended post-mortem/press conference

With these four games Nakamura won 12.2 rating points according to the live ratings website, and he climbed to #5 in the world, passing Anand & Kramnik.

Match score

Name Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 Pts Perf
Nakamura, Hikaru 2775 1 1 ½ 1 3.5 3062
Navara, David 2724 0 0 ½ 0 0.5 2437
Clinching the trophyxxx

Photos © Anežka Kružíková courtesy of the Prague Chess Society. | Games via TWIC.


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Anonymous's picture

weird comment of nakamura after giri blundered against Karjakin. can someone explain ?

Anonymous's picture

" After what Giri did to Grischuk in the blitz, he totally deserved to lose today! " Nakamura

Anonymous's picture

Apparently Grishuk claimed a draw when they had played more than 50 moves without piece exchange nor pawn move, but somehow Giri won in the end, on move 156.

Anon's picture

The endgame was indeed extremely drawish but AFAIK Grishuk didn't claim a draw but asked the arbiter if the 50 moves were already completed. Of course the arbiter couldn't answer this question and Grishuk seemingly didn't want to risk the penalty of a false claim. It was clear from the live video that Grishuk was slightly pissed off and then he soon made a terrible blunder.

observer's picture

Giri likes to show off by intentionally draging out drawish games.

observer's picture

Still at it s3? I thought you said you were disappearing for a week.

Anonymous's picture

he looks happy with his little cup

Born's picture
Webbimio's picture

I think chessvibes should delete the previous insulting and discriminatory comment.

Ron's picture

Many underestimate Naka! They only see a Blitzer and a crazy unsound but tricky attacker, bust he also has a feeling for classical chess: building slowly pressure n than converting. A great chess talent! 4 sure a top 10 guy, even more!

dave p's picture

A future world champion! (I just want to get the global blood boiling...)

Anonymous's picture

And Navara takes another beating in a match, hehe.

Witkacy's picture

How much money did Naka get for this ?

CarlsenIsBoring's picture

#.5-0.5 against any 2700+ GM is fantastic. Naka back in the top 5 , Carlsen Blundering a won position away and almost losing, and Aronian blowing a win all on the same day! AND the World Cup begins today. It doesn't get much better for a Chess and Football fanatic!

CarlsenIsBoring's picture

3.5-0.5, that is.

PircAlert's picture

Didn't I tell Nakamura is all time greatest talent next only to Anand?? ;)

Anonymous's picture

Nakamura, Unstoppable ... In Prague

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