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2013 Israel Championship in Acre/Akko

4/18/2013 – It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited sites in the country, with a population is 46,000 (72 percent Jewish, 28 percent Arab). This year's national championship was held in the Palm Beach Hotel in Akko and was won by GM Tamir Nabaty. We bring you pictures, games and analysis, plus a video report by Aleksander Nesterovsky that includes interviews with the players.
 

Israel Championship 2013

The Israel Championship took place from April 6th to 14th, 2013. It was won by GM Tamir Nabaty with 6.5/9 points, half a point more than his nearest rivals. Olga Vasiliev won the women's event with 7.0/9 points.

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Akko (or English Acre) is a city in the Western Galilee region of northern Israel at the northern extremity of Haifa Bay. Acre is one of the oldest continuously inhabited sites in the country. The population is 46,000, of which 72 percent is Jewish and 28 percent Arab.

A view from the Palm Beach Hotel in Akko

WFM Yulia Shvaiger explaining why she played in the open ("men's") section

The winner and new Israeli Champion in the video interview

Chess players on the tennis court in Akko Palm Beach

Israel Chess Championship 2013, Akko/Acre

Filmed and edited by Aleksander Nesterovsky, using a GO Pro Hero3 camera

Here's the game warmly recommended by chief arbiter Alon Cohen Revivo at the start of the interview:

[Event "ch-ISR 2013"] [Site "Acre ISR"] [Date "2013.04.06"] [Round "1.7"] [White "Birnboim, Nathan"] [Black "Nabaty, Tamir"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D02"] [WhiteElo "2370"] [BlackElo "2564"] [PlyCount "153"] [EventDate "2013.04.06"] 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nbd2 c5 4. e3 e6 5. c3 b6 6. Bb5+ Bd7 7. Bd3 Nc6 8. O-O Be7 9. a3 O-O 10. Ne5 Nxe5 11. dxe5 Ne8 12. Qh5 f5 13. f4 Nc7 14. Qe2 Qe8 15. b3 Rd8 16. Bb2 Bb5 17. Bxb5 Nxb5 18. Nf3 Qc6 19. Rfc1 Nc7 20. a4 Qb7 21. Ba3 a5 22. Rd1 Rd7 23. Ra2 Rfd8 24. Rad2 b5 25. Ra2 b4 26. cxb4 axb4 27. Bc1 Qa6 28. Qxa6 Nxa6 29. Rc2 Rc7 30. Bb2 c4 31. Bd4 Rdc8 32. Rdc1 c3 33. Kf2 Nb8 34. Bb6 Rb7 35. Bd4 Bd8 36. Ke2 Kf7 37. Kd3 Nc6 38. Re2 Na5 39. Rb1 h6 40. h3 g5 41. g4 Kg6 42. gxf5+ exf5 43. Rg2 Kh5 44. Kc2 Rg7 45. Rbg1 Rc6 46. Ne1 Be7 47. Nd3 Rcg6 48. fxg5 Rxg5 49. Nf4+ Kh4 50. e6 Rg8 51. e4 Rxg2+ 52. Nxg2+ Rxg2+ 53. Rxg2 dxe4 54. Rg7 Nc6 55. Be3 Kxh3 56. a5 Bd6 57. a6 f4 58. a7 fxe3 59. a8=Q e2 60. Rg1 Nd4+ 61. Kb1 Nf3 62. Rh1+ Kg3 63. Qd5 Be7 64. Qd7 Bg5 65. e7 e1=Q+ 66. Rxe1 Nxe1 67. Qd6+ Bf4 68. Qg6+ Bg5 69. Qxg5+ hxg5 70. e8=Q Kf3 71. Qh5+ g4 72. Qh1+ Kf2 73. Qxe4 g3 74. Qd4+ Ke2 75. Qe5+ Kf2 76. Qd4+ Ke2 77. Qe5+ 1/2-1/2

Two interesting endgames analysed by GM Karsten Müller

[Event "ch-ISR 2013"] [Site "Acre ISR"] [Date "2013.04.08"] [Round "3.3"] [White "Zoler, Dan"] [Black "Postny, Evgeny"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D16"] [WhiteElo "2553"] [BlackElo "2635"] [PlyCount "130"] [EventDate "2013.04.06"] [Source "Chess Today"] [SourceDate "2013.04.13"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 e6 6. e3 c5 7. Bxc4 Nc6 8. O-O Be7 9. Qe2 cxd4 10. exd4 O-O 11. Rd1 Nd5 12. h4 Ncb4 13. h5 h6 14. a5 Bd7 15. Ne5 Bc6 16. Ne4 Nf6 17. Nxc6 bxc6 18. Nc5 Nfd5 19. Nb3 Bg5 20. g3 Bxc1 21. Rdxc1 Rb8 22. Qf3 Qe7 23. Bf1 Rfd8 24. Rc5 Nf6 25. Bg2 Rxd4 26. Nxd4 Qxc5 27. Nxc6 Nxc6 28. Qxc6 Qd4 29. Qc3 Qxc3 30. bxc3 Nxh5 31. a6 Nf6 32. Bb7 Kf8 33. c4 Ke7 34. c5 Kd7 35. Kf1 Kc7 36. Ke2 Nd7 37. Ra5 g5 38. Rb5 g4 39. Ke3 Ne5 40. Kf4 f6 41. Ke3 Nf7 42. Kf4 h5 43. Rb1 Nd8 44. c6 Nf7 45. Rh1 Rh8 46. Ke4 Nd6+ 47. Kd4 h4 48. gxh4 Rxh4 49. Rg1 Nf7 50. Ke3 Ne5 51. f4 Nc4+ 52. Kd4 Nd6 53. Re1 g3 54. Ke3 e5 55. Kf3 Rxf4+ 56. Kxg3 Nf5+ 57. Kg2 e4 58. Ba8 e3 59. Rb1 Rf2+ 60. Kg1 {Postny's passed pawns Rook and knight can form a dangerous attacking combination, when they coordinate well:} Nd4 61. Rb7+ (61. Kh1 $6 Nf3 62. Rb7+ Kd6 63. Rh7 e2 $19) 61... Kc8 $1 ({Against} 61... Kxc6 $2 {White can defend with} 62. Rb3+ Kd6 63. Rxe3) 62. Rh7 Nf3+ 63. Kh1 Rh2+ $3 {Postny's point} (63... Rc2 $2 {runs into} 64. Bb7+ Kd8 (64... Kb8 $4 65. c7+ Rxc7 66. Rh8+ Rc8 67. Rxc8#) 65. c7+ Rxc7 66. Rh8+ Ke7 67. Bxf3 $11) 64. Rxh2 Nxh2 65. Kg2 $5 (65. Kxh2 {is met by} e2 $19) 65... Kc7 $1 {A beautiful final move! White's bishop is imprisoned so that Postny's passed pawns will decide the day. } ({Of course not} 65... e2 $4 66. Kf2 $11) 0-1

 

[Event "ch-ISR 2013"] [Site "Acre ISR"] [Date "2013.04.12"] [Round "7.4"] [White "Avrukh, Boris"] [Black "Golod, Vitali"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E06"] [WhiteElo "2572"] [BlackElo "2573"] [PlyCount "137"] [EventDate "2013.04.06"] [Source "Chess Today"] [SourceDate "2013.04.13"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. g3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. Qc2 a6 7. Nbd2 Nbd7 8. O-O c5 9. cxd5 Nxd5 10. e4 Nb4 11. Qc3 cxd4 12. Nxd4 Ne5 13. a3 Nbc6 14. Nxc6 Nxc6 15. e5 Qd4 16. Nc4 Qxc3 17. bxc3 Rb8 18. Rb1 Bd7 19. Rd1 Rfd8 20. Be3 Be8 21. Bb6 Rxd1+ 22. Rxd1 f6 23. f4 fxe5 24. fxe5 Bd8 25. Bc5 Bc7 26. Bd6 Rc8 27. a4 Bb8 28. Bxb8 Rxb8 29. a5 Kf8 30. Rb1 Ke7 31. Kf2 Kd8 32. Be4 h6 33. Ke3 Kc7 34. g4 Rd8 35. Rf1 Kd7 36. Rb1 Rb8 37. Bxc6+ Kxc6 38. Nd6 Bd7 39. Rb6+ Kc7 40. Ne4 Bc6 41. Nc5 Re8 42. Rb4 Bd5 43. c4 Bc6 44. Rb2 Re7 45. h4 Kc8 {Avrukh's attack In endgames with rook and knight against rook and bishop the knight wants control to have time for his slow manovers:} 46. Rd2 $1 {White has a large most probably winning advantage as Black has no real counterplay and the weaknesses on b7 and e6 will be exploited sooner or later.} Rf7 {Golod activates his rook as passive defense also will not hold, e.g.} (46... Be8 47. Rd6 Bf7 48. Rb6 Bg8 49. Kd4 Bf7 50. g5 hxg5 51. hxg5 g6 52. Rb1 Be8 53. Rf1 Bf7 54. Ne4 $18) 47. Nxe6 Bd7 48. Rd6 Re7 ({White is just too active in the rook ending after} 48... Bxe6 49. Rxe6 {for example:} Rc7 50. Kd4 Rf7 51. Kd5 Rf4 52. Re8+ Kd7 53. Rb8 Rxg4 54. e6+ Kc7 55. Ra8 $18) 49. Nc5 Bxg4 (49... Rxe5+ $6 {is met by} 50. Kd4 Re7 51. Rxd7 Rxd7+ 52. Nxd7 Kxd7 53. Kd5 {and White wins the pawn ending:} g5 54. h5 Kc7 55. Kc5 Kd7 56. Kb6 Kc8 57. c5 Kb8 58. c6 bxc6 59. Kxc6 Ka7 60. Kc7 Ka8 61. Kb6 $18) 50. Kf4 Be2 (50... Rc7 51. Rd5 Be2 (51... Bh3 52. e6 $18) 52. Ne6 Rxc4+ (52... Rd7 53. Ke4 Bxc4 54. Rc5+ $18) 53. Ke3 $18 ) (50... Bh3 51. e6 Bf1 52. Rd4 Kc7 53. Ke5 Bh3 54. Rd6 $18) 51. Na4 Rf7+ 52. Ke3 Bg4 (52... Bxc4 $4 53. Nb6+ $18) 53. Nb6+ Kb8 54. Nd5 Rd7 55. Kf4 Bh3 ( 55... Rxd6 56. exd6 Bh3 57. h5 Kc8 58. c5 Kd7 59. Ne3 Ke6 60. Kg3 $18) 56. c5 Be6 57. Nb4 Rf7+ (57... Rxd6 58. cxd6 Kc8 59. Nd3 $18) (57... Re7 58. Ke4 Kc7 59. c6 bxc6 60. Nxa6+ Kc8 61. Rxc6+ $18) 58. Ke4 Bf5+ 59. Kd5 Bg4 (59... Bc8 60. e6 Rf5+ (60... Rf1 61. Ke5 Re1+ 62. Kf5 g5 63. hxg5 hxg5 64. Nd5 g4 65. Rd8 Rxe6 66. Rxc8+ Kxc8 67. Kxe6 g3 68. Nf4 $18) 61. Kd4 Rf4+ 62. Ke3 Rxb4 (62... Rf5 63. Nd3 Rf6 64. e7 $18) 63. e7 Rb1 64. Kd2 Rb2+ 65. Kd3 Rb3+ 66. Kd4 Rb4+ 67. Kd5 $18) 60. e6 $1 {Avrukh breaks the line of defense.} Rf5+ 61. Kd4 Rf4+ 62. Kc3 Re4 ({White's king escapes after} 62... Rf3+ {with} 63. Kd2 Rf2+ 64. Kd3 Rf3+ 65. Ke4 Rb3 (65... Rf1 66. e7 Re1+ 67. Kf4 Rxe7 68. Nd5 $18) 66. Nd5 Bf3+ 67. Ke5 Bxd5 68. Kxd5 Rd3+ 69. Ke4 Rxd6 70. cxd6 Kc8 71. h5 $18) 63. Nd5 b5 (63... Rxe6 {runs into the mating attack} 64. Rd8+ Ka7 65. Nb6 $18) (63... Bxe6 64. Rd8+ Ka7 65. Nb6 $18) 64. e7 b4+ 65. Kb2 (65. Nxb4 {wins as well.}) 65... Bh5 (65... Bf3 66. Rd8+ Kb7 67. e8=Q Rxe8 68. Rxe8 Bxd5 69. Re7+ Kc6 70. Rxg7 Kxc5 71. Rg6 $18) 66. c6 Re2+ 67. Kb3 Bf7 68. c7+ Kb7 69. Rb6+ 1-0

Open section top final ranking (after nine rounds)

Rk. Ti. Name Rtg Pts TB 
1 GM Nabaty Tamir 2564 6.5 40.5
2 GM Smirin Ilia 2663 6.0 44.0
3 GM Mikhalevski Victor 2530 6.0 43.0
4 GM Avrukh Boris 2572 6.0 43.0
5 GM Postny Evgeny 2635 5.5 45.0
6 GM Rodshtein Maxim 2639 5.5 43.5
7 GM Golod Vitali 2573 5.5 41.5
8 GM Roiz Michael 2623 5.5 38.0
9 IM Raznikov Danny 2488 5.0 40.5
10 GM Soffer Ram 2516 5.0 40.0
11 GM Kantsler Boris 2427 5.0 36.0
12 GM Zoler Dan 2553 5.0 35.0
13 FM Axelrod Arie 2328 5.0 33.5
14 GM Greenfeld Alon 2545 4.5 40.5
15 GM Gofshtein Leonid 2457 4.5 38.0
16 Judkovsky Yair 2355 4.5 37.5
17 IM Berkovich Mark 2364 4.5 37.5
18 IM Boruchovsky Avital   2445 4.5 36.5
19 FM Givon Asaf 2407 4.5 36.0
20 GM Baron Tal 2473 4.5 34.0

Women's section final standings


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