The chess tournaments in the 20th Maccabiah will be held on July 5-14 in Dan hotel, Jerusalem. Chess games are the part of Maccabiah games since 1935. In this edition of the Chess Events of Maccabiah games, there are 6 different tournaments with participation of more than 150 players coming from 16 different countries. The chess event consist of 4 closed tournaments (2 grandmaster groups and 2 international master groups) and one open tournament.
The Blitz tournament freshened the Maccabiah games. In a competition of 37 players GM Alexander Moiseenko from Ukraine became the winner of the event with 9 points out of 11 games with the whole point ahead of the silver GM Georg Meier from Germany. The third place went to WIM Svetlana Bezgodova from Russia who surprised the competitors and took bronze with 7.5 points.
On the 11th July, Natan Sharansky played simul against 20 participants of Maccabiah open competition. The simul exhibition lasted 3 hours and attracted quite a few viewers. Saransky won 17 games and drew 3, against Jacob Berman (South Africa), Michael Volodarsky and Dan Zrihan.
The Maccabiah is the world’s largest Jewish athletic competition in the tradition and values of Maccabi, emphasizing the centrality of the State of Israel in the life of the Jewish people. The Maccabiah takes place every four (4) years in Israel – “the Jewish Olympics” as they are often called, are Maccabi World Union’s largest and most famous enterprise. Around 10 thousands sportsmen from 80 countries are taking part in about 3000 competitions in 46 different sports all over the country.