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Talk of the Universe: Ganguly in conversation with David Navara

by Shahid Ahmed - 12/08/2020

David Navara is Czech no.1 and World no.27 at the moment. He is also known as one of the most humble and nicest grandmasters in the world. He is also a good friend of Harikrishna and lives just two floors apart in the same building in Prague. He was latest guest on Surya Sekhar Ganguly's talk show In Conversation with. We get to know about how Navara started his journey in chess, his first coach, when he played against Kasparov for the first time, his favorite chess and non-chess books and many more things. He also analyzes few selected game of his and shares his thoughts. Apart from that, he also answers many questions asked by the audience. Photo: Surya's youtube channel.

The Humble Gentleman - David Navara

David Navara is a Czech no.1 and he is a very good friend of Harikrishna as both of them currently live in Prague, Czech Republic just two floors apart in the same building. Many people know that Navara knows a lot of languages, according to him, it is something between four and eight. We are all aware of the humbleness of Navara, in this two part episode we get to know a lot of things which most of us are unaware of.

Czech no.1 David Navara

"I played my first tournament at the age of seven, it was sort of a birthday present"

David Navara as a six (left) and seven (right) year old kid | Photo: Surya's stream

Can you identify all the GMs in the photo?

Navara with his first personal coach GM Luděk Pachman

David Navara having fun during one of the training camp with Novy Bor Chess Club

Navara wearing tie during tournaments

Top photos when you google David Navara

Navara playing a tournament on a roof with his neighbor and good friend Harikrishna

Daredevil Navara

Here are the positions which were discussed in Episode 15

Navara - Wojtaszek, Biel 2015

White to play

Navara - Grachev, Budva 2019

White to play

Navara - Simacek, Teplice 2002

White to play

Navara - Helbich, Olomouc 1998

White to play

Cheparinov - Navara, Heraklion 2007

Black to play

Vitiugov - Navara, Hamburg 2019

Black to play

Navara - Nepomniachtchi, Jerusalem 2015

White to play

Replay the games

Episode 15

In Conversation with - Episode 15: David Navara - 'The Bold King' | Video: Surya Sekhar Ganguly

Navara answers and analyzes

In the second part, Navara answered a lot of questions asked by the audience. He answered, "It is possible to be a good person and strong chess player at the same time." when he was asked about being a good person or a strong chess player, which one matters more to him. He also answered on bouncing back, chess books he likes by John Nunn, Jan Timman and Mihail Marin. Among non-chess authors he likes Agatha Christie and Czech writer Karel Čapek. He answered many questions asked by the audience even after analyzing various best games of his.

Navara gets up while shaking hands with his opponent

Navara finds Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual to be great

Navara liked A Gentleman in Moscow a lot | Photo: Amazon IN

Here are the following positions which were discussed in this episode

Navara - Korneev, France 2007

White to play

Navara - Caruana, Reggio Emilia 2010

White to play

Wojtaszek - Navara, Wijk aan Zee 2011

Black to play

Navara - Buhmann, Belfort 2012

White to play

Navara - Grischuk, Tromsø Olympiad 2014

White to play

Navara - Leko, Biel 2017

White to play

Pichot - Navara, Gibraltar 2020

White to play

Navara - Ivanchuk, Batumi 2019

White to play

Replay the games

Episode 16

In Conversation with Episode 16: David Navara - 'Ask David'  | Video: Surya Sekhar Ganguly


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