40th Anniversary of the Beer-Sheba Chess Club

5/28/2013 – The Beer Sheba chess club, the largest in Israel, is celebrating its foundation four decades ago, crowning a history rich in activities and achievements. To commemorate, it is organizing a strong rapid round-robin tournament with local and guest grandmasters. As a result of its very active program and fine leadership, the city claims the highest grandmaster per capita in the world.

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40th Anniversary of the Beer-Sheba Chess Club

The Beer Sheba chess club, the largest in Israel, is celebrating its foundation four decades ago, crowning a history rich in activities and achievements.

The club was founded by Eliyahu Levant, a trainer and arbiter, after he emigrated from St. Petersburg (Leningrad at the time) to Israel in 1973. Under his guidance and leadership, the club has garnered more than twenty national league titles. Its dynamic youth programs have led to a number of masters and grandmasters who have won titles and later became prominent members of the Israeli teams. The result is that the ratio of grandmasters per capita is the highest in the world, with one in 20 thousand.

Local GM Boris Avrukh faces the number two Czech Viktor Laznicka

To commemorate the event, a round-robin rapid tournament, played at the rate of 25 minutes and ten seconds increment, will be held with eight top Israeli players and four guests. They will fight for a prizefund of $20 thousand over the course of three days. The games can be followed live on both the official site and Playchess.

After six rounds, Alexander Huzman and Evgeny Alekseev lead with 4.5/6.

Evgeny Alekseev is co-leader with 4.5/6

Here is Alekseev's win over Boris Avrukh in round five:

[Event "40 Yrs Beer Sheva CC"] [Site "Beer Sheva ISR"] [Date "2013.05.27"] [Round "5"] [White "Alekseev, Evgeny"] [Black "Avrukh, Boris"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C77"] [WhiteElo "2700"] [BlackElo "2576"] [PlyCount "83"] [EventDate "2013.05.26"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. d3 b5 6. Bb3 Bc5 7. Nc3 d6 8. Nd5 h6 9. c3 Rb8 10. O-O O-O 11. Be3 Bxe3 12. Nxf6+ Qxf6 13. fxe3 Na5 14. Bc2 c5 15. b4 Nb7 16. Bb3 Qe7 17. Qe1 Be6 18. Nh4 g6 $2 {An oversight that allows White} (18... Qg5 {was better.}) 19. Nf5 $1 {Classic but effective.} gxf5 { Black doesn't really have any choice in the matter.} (19... Qg5 {fails to} 20. h4 Qd8 (20... Qh5 {loses the queen to} 21. Bd1) 21. Bxe6 fxe6 22. Nxh6+) 20. exf5 Kh7 {Forced.} ({The threat was} 20... Bxb3 21. f6 $1 {winning the queen since Black has no way to defend against Qg3+ and Qg7 mate otherwise.}) 21. fxe6 fxe6 22. Qg3 Rg8 23. Qh3 {attacking e6.} d5 24. e4 c4 25. Bc2 d4 {Black is trying hard to mix it up, but his exposed king and White's well-coordinated pieces are becoming too much to handle.} 26. cxd4 exd4 27. e5 {Threatening a nasty discovered check with the bishop, so} c3 {is forced.} 28. Rf6 Qg7 {Black is hoping to get a moment to catch his breath, but so far no such luck.} 29. g3 Nd8 30. Raf1 (30. Qh4 {was stronger, grabbing the d4 pawn and removing the only obstacle that is preventing the bishop from launching its missiles.} Rb7 ( 30... Nc6 $2 31. Qe4+ Kh8 32. Qxc6) 31. Qxd4) 30... Qg5 31. R1f4 Rg6 {This is classic defensive technique. Black is trying to alleviate the pressure by exchanging off some of the pieces attacking it.} 32. Rxg6 Qxg6 33. Rxd4 Nf7 34. Rf4 Nxe5 35. Qg2 {The idea is simple: protect Bc2 so that d4 can be played with deadly effect.} Qg7 36. d4+ Ng6 37. Rg4 Kh8 38. Kh1 {Not absolutely necessary, but White does not want to allow Black even a spite check on d4.} Rd8 39. Rxg6 Qf8 40. Rg4 Qf6 41. Rf4 Qg7 42. Qe4 1-0

Current standings after six rounds:


The games are being broadcast live on the official web site and on the chess server Playchess.com. If you are not a member you can download a free Playchess client there and get immediate access. You can also use ChessBase 12 or any of our Fritz compatible chess programs.

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