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ČEZ Chess Trophy 2015

CCT2015-banner80-ENThe traditional ČEZ Chess Trophy 2015 Festival is scheduled to take place from 12-16th June, 2015 at the marvelous Michna Palace on Kampa Island, in Prague, the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic.

The highlight of the festival is a match of four games between World #14 David Navara (2751) and World #9 Wesley So (2778).

The games between the best Czech Grandmaster and the second seed USA player will be followed closely on with triple engine analysis. Every round will start at 16:00 CET.

The prestigious event will be inaugurated on 12th June with a simultaneous exhibition delivered by the ninth best player in the world Wesley So.

David Navara will launch his book “Můj šachový svět” (“My chess world”) one our prior to the start of the first round (June 13, at 15:00 CET).

Many chess activities will be organized through the festival.
June 14, 15:00 CET: Peter Kral will present his chess pieces exhibition
June 15, 15:00 CET: Mark Dvoretsky will deliver a lecture “Endgame with heavy pieces”
June 16, 15:00 CET: Robert Cvek will talk about “Turning centre game to advantageous endgame”


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More about the playing venue: 
Michna Palace or also the Palace of Michna from Vacínov, newly known as Tyršův dům, is a pretentious Baroque palace, located in the south part of the Lesser Town, on the borderline of Újezd and Karmelitská Street. Nowadays, it is a residency of The Sokol Movement and of Faculty of the Physical Education and Sport of Charles University.

At the end of the 16th century, a Renaissance folly was originally built here, whose owners changed quite often and each one of them made various construction works and additional changes. The folly therefore turned into a Renaissance villa with a large garden, which became a property of an imperial courtly official, Paul Michna from Vacínov, in 1623. He rebuilt the villa completely in the Baroque style and turned it into a huge palace. In the second half of the 17th century, it was purchased by the Schwarzenbergs and from the second half of the 18th century the palace was used by the army, up to the end of the First World War, when it was classified as a ruin, due to its poor state. In 1923, the ruins of Michna Palace were purchased from the City of Prague by The Sokol Movement and the palace was rebuilt into its current state.

Michna Palace has already hosted the World Chess Champions Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik, the best female chess-player of all times Judit Polgár, the chess legends Vlastimil Hort, Lubomír Kaválek and Jan Smejkal and many more world GMs during the previous editions of the ČEZ CHESS TROPHY festival.

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