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David Navara could not beat Mammadova at Reykjavik

David Navara

David Navara

The upsets continue in the Reykjavik Open. The third seeded player, Czech GM David Navara, drew his game against Azerbaijani WGM Gulnar Mammadova, whose rating is 300+ points lower.

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The game started with a Sicilian Defense where Navara, playing Black, chose to avoid the very main lines in order to try to outplay his opponent slowly in a positional struggle. However, Mammadova demonstrated that she was well prepared and played actively. The Azerbaijani had a slight advantage throughout the game, but Navara proved to be a good defender and simplified the position to a drawn 4 v 3 rook endgame.

Another surprise was the victory of Ukrainian IM Bogdan Borsos (226o) over the Chinese GM Xiu Deshun (2530).  The 46 year-old Ukrainian profited from a blunder made by the Chinese on move 30.

The recent winner of the International Blitz Championship in Paris, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, is also having trouble to get a win today. His opponent, IM Bjorn Thorfinnsson, has taken the game to an opposite-colored bishops endgame. The French super-GM will have to work hard and get lucky to get a full point in this round.

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