Netanya Masters

The very latest International round up of English news.
Nick Burrows
Posts: 948
Joined: Sat Aug 14, 2010 12:15 pm

Netanya Masters

Post by Nick Burrows » Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:03 am


Ian Thompson
Posts: 2054
Joined: Wed Jul 02, 2008 4:31 pm
Location: Awbridge, Hampshire

Re: Netanya Masters

Post by Ian Thompson » Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:34 am

Nick Burrows wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:03 am
starring Luke McShane.
As the 5th seed (according to the organiser's list), or the 4th seed (according to chess-results.com), I'm not sure I'd agree with that.

Leonard Barden
Posts: 1451
Joined: Wed Dec 24, 2008 11:21 am

Re: Netanya Masters

Post by Leonard Barden » Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:23 pm

McSHANE WINS in round 1 with Black in 31 moves! Opponent Maxim Rodshtein blunders big time in a level position. Quick draws in Gelfand v Dubov and Svidler v Dominguez Perez and the other two still going, so our Brit currently leading the field.

Leonard Barden
Posts: 1451
Joined: Wed Dec 24, 2008 11:21 am

Re: Netanya Masters

Post by Leonard Barden » Mon Jun 24, 2019 4:58 pm

Luke was the clear leader after round one since all the other four games were drawn.

He is going for it again this afternoon as White in a Catalan against Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine, sacrificing the exchange for a pawn, a pawn centre and the bishop pair. The evaluation briefly went to +1 but it's now back to level.

https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2019-ne ... anov_Pavel

I think this is Luke's first individual elite tournament outside England since the 2012 Tal Memorial where he was a wildcard chosen by public vote but was only run out of first place by Carlsen in the final round.

Leonard Barden
Posts: 1451
Joined: Wed Dec 24, 2008 11:21 am

Re: Netanya Masters

Post by Leonard Barden » Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:18 pm

Luke wins again! It was an error-strewn game and the eventual ending should have been drawn, but Eljanov couldn't handle Luke's united passers.

McShane 2/2; Leinier Dominguez (top seed, USA) and Tamir Nabaty (Israel) 1.5.

Next up: Nabaty v McShane.

Nick Burrows
Posts: 948
Joined: Sat Aug 14, 2010 12:15 pm

Re: Netanya Masters

Post by Nick Burrows » Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:49 pm

Leonard Barden wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:18 pm
It was an error-strewn game and the eventual ending should have been drawn, but Eljanov couldn't handle Luke's united passers.
I was following it with a decent engine, and on the whole the game was well played by both, until the final error from Elijanov. I don't know about elsewhere but the 'house' engine on Chess24 is atrocious and regularly gives a misleading assessment.

Leonard Barden
Posts: 1451
Joined: Wed Dec 24, 2008 11:21 am

Re: Netanya Masters

Post by Leonard Barden » Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:07 pm

Luke got crushed in round 3 in 25 moves:

https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2019-ne ... ane_Luke_J

Nick Burrows
Posts: 948
Joined: Sat Aug 14, 2010 12:15 pm

Re: Netanya Masters

Post by Nick Burrows » Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:29 pm

Awful time management from Luke in this game.

Paul Cooksey
Posts: 385
Joined: Fri Oct 21, 2016 4:15 pm

Re: Netanya Masters

Post by Paul Cooksey » Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:49 pm

I suppose Luke must have missed the idea of g4 when he decided to grab e5. Long think, wrong think, arguably. But not a game where time trouble was relevant really.

Nick Burrows
Posts: 948
Joined: Sat Aug 14, 2010 12:15 pm

Re: Netanya Masters

Post by Nick Burrows » Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:28 pm

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:49 pm
But not a game where time trouble was relevant really.
He had 8 mins plus left after 14 moves played. Surely that makes holding a difficult position near impossible.

Paul Cooksey
Posts: 385
Joined: Fri Oct 21, 2016 4:15 pm

Re: Netanya Masters

Post by Paul Cooksey » Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:02 pm

The position after move 14 looks more than difficult to me, I'd guess most GMs would take the ok position the computer finds after Bg7 with 8 plus increment rather than the game line with an hour and 8. A lot of GMs are willing to get into severe time trouble in bad positions.

I suppose Luke has regrets about losing such a game. But I suspect they are that he did not find all the defensive resources, rather than that he did not play the moves he found faster.

Roger de Coverly
Posts: 17941
Joined: Tue Apr 15, 2008 2:51 pm

Re: Netanya Masters

Post by Roger de Coverly » Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:41 pm

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:02 pm
The position after move 14 looks more than difficult to me
I wouldn't be happy at move 3



Either 3 .. c5 or 3 .. d5 to avoid defending a Pirc.

Leonard Barden
Posts: 1451
Joined: Wed Dec 24, 2008 11:21 am

Re: Netanya Masters

Post by Leonard Barden » Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:47 pm

Nobody here following this since last Tuesday, but big moment right now for Luke, whose Bxh6 sac has exposed top seed and tournament leader Dominguez's king and is showing +3 on the engine.

Mick Norris
Posts: 7372
Joined: Tue Apr 17, 2007 10:12 am
Location: Bolton, Greater Manchester
Contact:

Re: Netanya Masters

Post by Mick Norris » Sun Jun 30, 2019 5:33 pm

McShane, Luke J vs Dominguez Perez, Leinier

Any postings on here represent my personal views and should not be taken as representative of the Manchester Chess Federation www.manchesterchess.co.uk

Leonard Barden
Posts: 1451
Joined: Wed Dec 24, 2008 11:21 am

Re: Netanya Masters

Post by Leonard Barden » Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:10 pm

Assuming unfinished games go as the engine predicts, scores with three rounds to go will be

Dominguez 4.5/7; McShane, Smirin, Gelfand and Dubov 4.

Post Reply