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Netanya Masters Tournament

Boris Gelfand5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Leinier Dominguez Perez5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Pavel Eljanov5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Daniil Dubov5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Maxim Rodshtein4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Peter Svidler4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Ilia Smirin4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Luke McShane4/9(+3 -4 =2)[games]
Tamir Nabaty4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Evgeny Postny2.5/9(+1 -5 =3)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Netanya Masters (2019)

The Netanya Masters was a 10-player round-robin tournament taking place from 23 June to 2 July 2019 in Netanya, Israel. Players received 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one. (1)

Boris Gelfand won on tie-break ahead of Leinier Dominguez Perez, both with 5.5/9.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 Gelfand 2676 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 5½ 2 Dominguez 2760 ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 1 1 5½ 3 Eljanov 2655 ½ ½ * 1 0 ½ 1 0 1 ½ 5 4 Dubov 2700 ½ ½ 0 * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 5 5 Rodshtein 2685 ½ 0 1 0 * 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 4½ 6 Svidler 2737 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * 0 1 ½ 1 4½ 7 Smirin 2594 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 * ½ ½ 1 4½ 8 McShane 2688 0 1 1 ½ 1 0 ½ * 0 0 4 9 Nabaty 2678 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 * 1 4 10 Postny 2601 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 1 0 * 2½

Category: XVIII (2677). Chief arbiter: Almog Burstein

The Netanya Open 2019 was won by Mikhail Antipov with 7.5/9 (

Official site: Pairings/results: ChessBase: TWIC:

(1) chess24:

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Gelfand vs Dubov  ½-½212019Netanya MastersA14 English
2. Svidler vs L Dominguez  ½-½192019Netanya MastersA06 Reti Opening
3. M Rodshtein vs McShane 0-1312019Netanya MastersA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
4. Eljanov vs E Postny  ½-½382019Netanya MastersC77 Ruy Lopez
5. T Nabaty vs Smirin  ½-½762019Netanya MastersA48 King's Indian
6. L Dominguez vs M Rodshtein  1-0292019Netanya MastersC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
7. Gelfand vs Svidler  ½-½262019Netanya MastersA15 English
8. Dubov vs Smirin  ½-½472019Netanya MastersC45 Scotch Game
9. E Postny vs T Nabaty 0-1492019Netanya MastersD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. McShane vs Eljanov 1-0672019Netanya MastersA14 English
11. Svidler vs Dubov  ½-½212019Netanya MastersB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
12. T Nabaty vs McShane 1-0252019Netanya MastersA48 King's Indian
13. Eljanov vs L Dominguez  ½-½282019Netanya MastersC50 Giuoco Piano
14. M Rodshtein vs Gelfand  ½-½632019Netanya MastersA36 English
15. Smirin vs E Postny  1-0512019Netanya MastersB12 Caro-Kann Defense
16. L Dominguez vs T Nabaty  1-0602019Netanya MastersC70 Ruy Lopez
17. McShane vs Smirin  ½-½482019Netanya MastersB40 Sicilian
18. Svidler vs M Rodshtein  0-1382019Netanya MastersA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
19. Dubov vs E Postny  1-0382019Netanya MastersD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
20. Gelfand vs Eljanov  ½-½292019Netanya MastersE17 Queen's Indian
21. E Postny vs McShane  1-0882019Netanya MastersE00 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Smirin vs L Dominguez  ½-½102019Netanya MastersC67 Ruy Lopez
23. T Nabaty vs Gelfand  ½-½602019Netanya MastersA46 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Eljanov vs Svidler  ½-½512019Netanya MastersA48 King's Indian
25. M Rodshtein vs Dubov 0-1422019Netanya MastersD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-24-19  diagonal: The city of Netanya already hosted an Invitational series, starting back in the 1960s, known most famously is the edition from 1968 when Bobby Fischer won: Netanya (1968).

<Netanya Masters 2019> presents an even stronger round robin invitational Tournament: Ten players of which five are reputed world class players and the other five are form the Israeli top ones, meaning from the hosting nation, in traditional style.

The invited participants in order of Elo in FIDE June list 2019:

<GM Leinier Dominguez Perez USA, 2760 Elo, ranked no. 11 and top seeded

GM Peter Svidler RUS, 2737 Elo
GM Daniil Dubov RUS, 2700 Elo
GM Luke McShane ENG
GM Maxim Rodshtein ISR
GM Tamir Nabaty ISR
GM Boris Gelfand ISR
GM Pavel Eljanov UKR
GM Evgeny Postny ISR
GM Ilya Smirin ISR>

At the moment, McShane (former 2700+), Rodshtein (former 2700+), Nabaty, and Gelfand (longtime 2700+) are close to the notorious 2700 Elo border..

The total prize fund in the Masters is 100 thousands US dollars. The first prize is 25, 000 US dollars.

The Open tournament will be held simultaneously with the Masters’ event, at the same venue.

<Around 140 players had registered for the Open event. Top seeded is Korobov (former 2700+), followed by Kuzubov, both from Ukraine, both currently close to 2700 Elo as well.>

Player portraits:

Live coverage:

After two rounds, 'Lucky Luke' is leading with two wins!

Thanks at <Annie K.> for acting promptly and Chessgames for featuring this tournament.

Jun-29-19  sonia91: I think this is the first strong tournament (held with standard time control) in Israel since the European Individual Championship (2015) in Jerusalem.
Jul-01-19  botvinnik64: Dominguez has white tomorrow against Gelfand in the last round.
Jul-02-19  SChesshevsky: Svidler finally gets a win. Hoping to finish strong and get 50%.
Jul-02-19  botvinnik64: Draw on the top board - Gelfand wins on tie breaks!
Jul-02-19  dwavechess: I think one of the best performances by a 51 years old in recent times
Jul-02-19  PhilFeeley: It's good to see Gelfand doing well again. He and Anand should keep going.
Jul-03-19  diagonal: Nice to see Gelfand (born in 1968) still winning a major international event, congrats for this fine win!

Gelfand was also the only one to go the distance at <Netanya Masters> without a defeat.

Mikhail Antipov, former World Junior Champion (2015) is clear first in the <Netanya Open>.

The next big chess meeting in Israel will be this December, the fourth and last leg of the FIDE Grand Prix series 2019, held in Tel Aviv.

The FIDE GP is a knock-out elimination where in every tournament 16 grandmasters fight for the spots in the following Candidate's Tournament 2020 to evaluate the next Challenger of Champion Carlsen.

Each round consists of two games with classical time control, and a series of tie-breaks (rapid, blitz, and Armageddon) in case of a tie, combined with a highly sophisticated points and bonus points system..

1st leg: May 16th – 30th - Moscow, Russia (played, Nepo won the final against Grischuk)

2nd leg: July 11th – 25th - Jurmala/Riga, Latvia

3rd leg: November 4th – 18th - Hamburg, Germany

4th leg: December 10th – 24th - Tel-Aviv, Israel

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