logo_tekklandThe introductory tour of players from the 35 nations that will compete in the 2015 European Team Chess Championship continues.

It is worth mentioning that the participating nations have until October 12th to confirm the exact team lists with all names; the player lists might change until that date.

Today we introduce the Czech teams.

The Czech Republic is using its strongest players, as the five team members of the open team are all in the top 6 highest-rated players of the country! GM David Navara (2728), the highest rated player, is leading the open team. Navara needs no introduction, as he is a world-renowned Grand master. He has won the Czech Chess Championship at least six times and has played twice in the World Chess Cup, many Olympiads and super-tournaments, such as Wijk aan Zee.

The woman team is as well heavily bolstered with the country’s strongest female players, as all the players are members of the top 10 highest-rated in the country. The team is led by WIM Kristýna Havlíková (2335) who has accumulated a great deal of experience playing for her country, despite her young age. Kristýna has played in three Chess Olympiads (2010-2014) and two previous European team Championships (2011-2013).

 

The open team

  1. GM David Navara (2728)
  2. GM Viktor Laznicka (2676)
  3. GM Zbynek Hracek (2613)
  4. GM Vlastimil Babula (2554)
  5. GM Jiri Stoeck (2562)

Captain: GM Vlastimil Jansa

Women team:

  1. WIM Kristyna Havlikova (2335)
  2. WIM Tereza Olsarova (2298)
  3. WGM Olga Sikorova (2228)
  4. WGM Karolina Olsarova (2230)
  5. WGM Eva Kulovana (2213)

Captain: GM Petr Haba

We wish our Czech friends best of luck in the championship!

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