Gideon Japhet Memorial with Gelfand vs Svidler

7/23/2014 – The Second Gideon Japhet Memorial is taking place in Jerusalem, from July 16-24, consisting of three Opens and an Amateur Group, with a prize fund of 12,000 Euros (US $16,000). In addition there is an eight-game Rapid match between local hero Boris Gelfand and Russian GM Peter Svidler. After the first half we bring you the games and wonderful video analyis by the players.

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Gideon Japhet Memorial Open Chess Tournament 2014

The Second Gideon Japhet Memorial Open Chess Tournament is taking place in Jerusalem, from July 16-24, 2014. It consists of three Opens and an Amateur Group. The nine-round Open A is for player rated 2000 or above; the seven-round Opens B and C for players rated 1800 to 2200 and for players with ratings up to 1900; and the five-round Amateurs for unrated players. Rate of play is 40 moves in 90 minutes, then the rest of the game in 30 minutes, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting at the first move. The prize fund is 55,000 NIS (New Israli Sheqels = 12,000 Euros or US $16,000).

The playing hall in the Hebrew University Secondary School, Rupin Road 1, Jerusalem

Spectators in the balconies, with many young chess enthusiasts

Gideon Japhet, 1928-2013

Attorney Gideon Japhet was born and raised in Jerusalem. He was a passionate lover of chess and sports. His parents were Rosa Braz and Chaim Japhet, who was among the founders of social welfare in Israel and the deputy of Henrietta Szold.

After graduating from the Gymnasia Rehavia, Jerusalem’s first modern Jewish high school, Gideon served as a Noter in Kfar Szold, protecting the Jewish population in the Galilee. He was an active member of the Haganah, was arrested by the British and imprisoned in the Kishle, and released when the British departed following the declaration of the State of Israel. He fought in the battles for Jerusalem in the War of Independence in the Moriah Battalion, took part in accompanying the convoys to Jerusalem and commanded a mortar crew.

After the war he studied law at the Sorbonne in Paris and established a law office in Jerusalem, which operated and thrived for over fifty years. He was also the first Jewish lawyer who represented the Arab community in East Jerusalem and the West Bank after the Six Day War.

Gideon was a well-known and beloved figure in Jerusalem. His dramatic appearances in court and eloquent biblical language were memorable. Chess was chief among his hobbies and the love for chess, which spanned over seventy years, was passed on by him with devotion to his children and grandchildren. Chess and sports, for the development of a healthy mind in a healthy body, were in his mind the winning combination for a full and happy life. He devoted many hours each day to them and gathered around him many soul mates and fans. Throughout the years he took part in marathons and half-marathon, and even at the age of 80 he participated in the veteran race for ten km. He was very proud that he was the only player who achieved a draw in a simultaneous chess game in Jerusalem against grandmaster Alexander Huzman, to which he was invited as the oldest player.

This tournament, which aims to promote chess in Israel, is dedicated to preserving the memory of Gideon Japhet, to continue his path and perpetuate his legacy.

Gelfand-Svidler Rapid match

The event is also host to a series of eight Rapid Chess games between local hero Boris Gelfand and Russian GM Peter Svidler, with two games per day on Sunday, 20.7 (15:30 - 18:00), Monday, 21.7 (14:00 - 16:30), Wednesday, 23.7 (14:00 - 16:30) and Thursday, 24.7 (11:00 - 14:00).

The Gelfand-Svidler match is now at mid-point, with four of the eight games have been played. Svidler leads 2.5:1.5, having won the third game with black. The games resume today and can be watched on Wednesday and Thursday on the official web site and on Playchess.

The following four videos include interviews with Gelfand and Svidler following each of their games, with full game analysis. Videos one and three begin with some fun questions and anecdotes which will be of interest to chess enthusiasts who want to learn more about these two great grandmasters. We have put the games on a JavaScript board below each video.

[Event "Gelfand-Svidler Rapid 2014"] [Site "Jerusalem ISR"] [Date "2014.07.20"] [Round "1"] [White "Gelfand, Boris"] [Black "Svidler, Peter"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A41"] [WhiteElo "2753"] [BlackElo "2751"] [PlyCount "80"] [EventDate "2014.07.20"] 1. d4 d6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 f5 4. g3 Bg7 5. Bg2 Nf6 6. O-O O-O 7. Nc3 Qe8 8. Re1 Qf7 9. e4 fxe4 10. Ng5 Qxc4 11. Ngxe4 Nxe4 12. Rxe4 Qf7 13. Rf4 Bf6 14. Nd5 g5 15. Rf3 c6 16. Nc7 Bg4 17. Nxa8 Na6 18. d5 c5 19. Rxf6 Qxf6 20. Qd2 h6 21. f4 gxf4 22. Qxf4 Qxf4 23. Bxf4 Rxa8 24. Re1 Re8 25. Bxd6 Kf7 26. Bf4 h5 27. d6 Nb4 28. Rf1 Ke6 29. Bxb7 Nd3 30. Bc6 Rg8 31. dxe7 Kxe7 32. Be3 h4 33. Be4 c4 34. Bxa7 hxg3 35. hxg3 Be2 36. Rf5 Rxg3+ 37. Kh2 Rg4 38. Bd5 Rh4+ 39. Kg3 Rg4+ 40. Kh2 Rh4+ 1/2-1/2


[Event "Gelfand-Svidler Rapid 2014"] [Site "Jerusalem ISR"] [Date "2014.07.20"] [Round "2"] [White "Svidler, Peter"] [Black "Gelfand, Boris"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A10"] [WhiteElo "2751"] [BlackElo "2753"] [PlyCount "78"] [EventDate "2014.07.20"] 1. c4 g6 2. e4 e5 3. d4 Nf6 4. Nf3 exd4 5. e5 Ne4 6. Qxd4 Bb4+ 7. Nbd2 Nxd2 8. Bxd2 Nc6 9. Qf4 Bxd2+ 10. Qxd2 Qe7 11. O-O-O b6 12. Qc3 Qb4 13. Qxb4 Nxb4 14. a3 Nc6 15. c5 Bb7 16. Bc4 Nd8 17. Bb5 Bc6 18. Bxc6 dxc6 19. Ng5 Ne6 20. Nxe6 fxe6 21. Rd2 Rd8 22. Rhd1 Rd5 23. cxb6 axb6 24. f4 Ke7 25. a4 Rf8 26. g3 Ra8 27. b3 b5 28. axb5 Rxd2 29. Rxd2 cxb5 30. Rc2 Kd7 31. Kb2 h5 32. Rc5 c6 33. Rc2 Kc7 34. Rd2 c5 35. Rd6 Re8 36. Kc3 Re7 37. Ra6 Kb7 38. Rd6 Kc7 39. Ra6 Kb7 1/2-1/2

[Event "Gelfand-Svidler Rapid 2014"] [Site "Jerusalem ISR"] [Date "2014.07.21"] [Round "3"] [White "Gelfand, Boris"] [Black "Svidler, Peter"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E60"] [WhiteElo "2753"] [BlackElo "2751"] [PlyCount "98"] [EventDate "2014.07.20"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 c5 5. Nf3 Qa5+ 6. Nc3 Ne4 7. Qd3 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Nc5 9. Qd1 Nc6 10. e3 Ne6 11. O-O O-O 12. Nxe6 dxe6 13. Bd2 Rd8 14. Qe2 Qb6 15. Rab1 Bd7 16. b4 Rac8 17. c5 Qc7 18. Rfd1 Be8 19. Be1 Rxd1 20. Qxd1 Ne5 21. Qe2 Bc6 22. Rd1 Bxg2 23. Kxg2 b6 24. cxb6 axb6 25. a4 h5 26. e4 Qb7 27. a5 bxa5 28. bxa5 Nc4 29. Rb1 Qa8 30. Na4 Bd4 31. Nb6 Nxb6 32. axb6 Rb8 33. f3 Rxb6 34. Rxb6 Bxb6 35. Bf2 Bxf2 36. Qxf2 e5 37. Qc5 Qa2+ 38. Kg1 Qa1+ 39. Kg2 Qb2+ 40. Kh3 Qe2 41. Qxe5 Qf1+ 42. Kh4 Qxf3 43. Qf4 Qxf4+ 44. gxf4 Kg7 45. e5 Kh6 46. Kg3 g5 47. f5 e6 48. fxe6 fxe6 49. Kf3 g4+ 0-1

[Event "Gelfand-Svidler Rapid 2014"] [Site "Jerusalem ISR"] [Date "2014.07.21"] [Round "4"] [White "Svidler, Peter"] [Black "Gelfand, Boris"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E60"] [WhiteElo "2751"] [BlackElo "2753"] [PlyCount "66"] [EventDate "2014.07.20"] 1. c4 g6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. e3 O-O 5. Be2 c5 6. d5 d6 7. Nc3 e6 8. O-O Re8 9. Nd2 Na6 10. dxe6 Bxe6 11. e4 Nb4 12. Nb3 Nc6 13. Bf4 Nd4 14. Nxd4 cxd4 15. Nb5 Nxe4 16. Bd3 Bd7 17. Nxd6 Nxd6 18. Bxd6 Bc6 19. Bf4 Qf6 20. Qd2 Be4 21. Bg3 Qc6 22. Bxe4 Rxe4 23. f3 Re6 24. Rac1 Rae8 25. Rfe1 Rxe1+ 26. Bxe1 d3 27. Qxd3 Bxb2 28. Rb1 Bf6 29. Bf2 b6 30. h3 Rd8 31. Qa3 Qxc4 32. Qxa7 Qc2 33. Qxb6 Qxa2 1/2-1/2

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kuritovGM kuritovGM 7/23/2014 08:44
dr.genial, it's a rapid rating, not standard... 7/23/2014 07:42
since when svidler got 2793?