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There are only few attractive chess performances for non-chess players in the world. For example blindfold chess games or live chess. Performance in Strelecky ostrov (Prague) at Saturday 4th June 2016 (3:00 p.m.) will be combination of both. Come see on this performance of fighting live chess pieces at big chessboard (12 metres). This game will play the best Czech player David Navara against the best junior in the world Richard Rapport (Hungary). Both grandmasters will play with covered eyes within the frame of CEZ CHESS TROPHY festival. Performance of live chess pieces from Banska Stiavnica in Prague is supported by International Visegrad Fund within the frame of V LIVE 4 CHESS project.

Jan-Krzysztof Duda

Jan-Krzysztof Duda was born (26 April 1998) in Krakow (Poland) and learnt to play chess at the age of five. He achieved grandmaster title in 2013 at the age of 15 years and 21 days, becoming the second youngest grandmaster in the world after Wei Yi at the time.

Duda won the World Youth Chess Championship in the under-10 category in 2008. In 2012 he won the Polish under-18 championship in Solina and the European U14 championship in Prague. In the same year he tied for first with Jan Krejci in the Olomouc Chess Summer tournament. In April 2013, he came first in the First Saturday GM tournament in Budapest. Duda took part as a FIDE president nominee in the Chess World Cup 2013, where was eliminated in the first round by Vassily Ivanchuk.

In August 2014, Duda played for the Polish team at the Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway, scoring 8.5/11 on board three. In December 2014, he won the European Rapid Chess Championship and took silver in the European Blitz Chess Championship, both held in Wrocław, Poland.

In 2015, Duda won 2nd board at French Team Championship, won the Lake Sevan round-robin tournament in Martuni, Armenia and was 2nd at U20 World Chess Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. His peak rating was 2663 (december 2015).

One of the Grandmasters who will come to Banska Stiavnica (July 13, 2019) will play the traditional blind spot on the square with live pieces, will be Sergei Movsesian. Sergei has been the winner of this fight nine times (2005-2008, 2013 and 2015-2018), when he gradually overcame these grandmasters: Igor Stohl, David Navara, Zbynek Hracek, Peter Michalik, 2x Jan Markos (2008 and 2013), Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Milan Pacher and Lubomir Ftacnik. In 2009, his duel with Viktor Laznicka interrupted the unfavorable weather and in 2010 suffered the first defeat in Stiavnica, when starred Hikaru Nakamura from the USA. In 2012, Zoltan Almasi, the Hungarian Grandmaster, was in charge of his strength, but for a few weeks, he had a great revenge. At the Istanbul Chess Olympiad, Sergei won the gold medal with the Armenian team. In the decisive part of the last round of the Olympics, Sergei defeated Zoltan Almasi. In 2014, the superstar Richards Rapport was on top of Sergei's strength, who, after a blindly draw, overtook Sergey in the blitz game. Sergei is the icon of the event, and in 2019 he will play a traditional simultaneous play on the square.

Sergei Movsesian was born on 3.11.1978 and grew up as an Armenian in Georgia, he learned how to play chess at 4 years old. As a 15 year old he moved to Czech republic, where to this day he currently resides. In 2002 he gained a Slovak citizenship and was by far the strongest player in Slovakia. Since 2011 he represents his ancestors, Armenia, whilst maintaining his Slovak citizenship.
In 1999 he managed to get into the quarter-finals of the world championship in Las Vegas. He has won a wide range of strong tournaments like: Sarajevo (2002 and 2007), St. Petersburg (2007), Karlove Vary (2007), and many others. He played in the Slovak championship twice (2002 and 2007) and on both occasions he came out on top. In the European championship in Plovdiv (2008) he won bronze. During the world team championship in China (2011) he won a gold medal, that same year he also won the European club cup (playing for St. Petersburg). Next year (2012) he won gold medal in the Chess Olympiad (Istanbul). He has achieved strong results in Fischer chess where in the world championship (Mainz 2009) he won third place.
His peak rating was in the January 2009 Fide rating list where he had 2751, a rating that entitled him to be in the world top ten. Sergei is a polyglot, he speaks 9 languages: English, German, Russian, Serbio-Croatian, Czech, Polish, Armenian, Georgian, and of course Slovak.