The International Chess Festival in Netanya (Israel) held with the support of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress became the strongest in the history of Israel according to the record high Netanya 2019 Masters’ average rating.
The tournament was attended by the prominent Israeli and foreign grandmasters, including Lenier Dominguez Perez (USA), Daniil Dubov (Russia) and Ilya Smirin (Israel).
Israeli GM Boris Gelfand is the winner of the Netanya 2019 Masters tournament while he was the only one to go the distance without a defeat.
“We are proud of Israeli chess players, and intend to continue supporting the Israeli Chess Federation, which is successfully developing under the leadership of Moshe Slav,” said EAJC President Mikhail Mirilashvili.
“Israeli chess players have once again demonstrated that they deserve to participate in the most prestigious world tournaments. We congratulate the winners of the tournament in Netanya - a city that has been famous for its chess traditions since the 1960s,” said Director General of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress Haim Ben-Yaakov.