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Netanya-A 1968
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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The fourth international chess tournament organized by the Netanya chess club in the capital city of the Sharon Plain, Israel (a popular seaside resort twenty miles north of Tel Aviv) was held from June 16th to July 1st, 1968. The tournament commemorated the 20th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel. Five grandmasters, five international masters, and four chess masters were invited to compete in the round robin event. Among the notable foreign participants were Bobby Fischer from the United States, Daniel Yanofsky from Canada, Hans Ree from the Netherlands, and Victor Ciocaltea from Romania. Two of Israel's strongest players, Yair Kraidman and Moshe Czerniak, also participated along the with best and most promising of Israel's chess talent. Fischer's presence was especially notable because he had turned down participating in the 1968 US Championship (running concurrently with this event) because the organizers had failed to meet his conditions for attendance such as the issues of prize money and playing conditions in the venue. Fischer found better welcome in Israel where, among other things, the tradition of observing the Sabbath from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown was shared by Fischer's faith in the Church of God. Some have speculated that his attendance at this event over the US Championship was intended to show that he was not unreasonable and more than willing to play, so long as his conditions were met beforehand. Whatever his reasons, Fischer blew away the competition in what would become typical fashion for him: he finished undefeated with ten wins and three draws, three and a half points ahead of the shared seconds.

The final standings and crosstable:

1st Fischer 11.5/13 * = 1 1 1 1 = = 1 1 1 1 1 1

=2nd Yanofsky 8/13 = * = 0 1 = 1 1 = = 1 = = =

=2nd Czerniak 8/13 0 = * 1 1 = = = 1 = = 0 1 1

=4th Hamann 7/13 0 1 0 * 0 1 0 1 0 1 = = 1 1

=4th Kagan 7/13 0 0 0 1 * = = 1 1 = 1 = 0 1

6th Ciocaltea 6.5/13 0 = = 0 = * 1 = 0 = = = 1 1

=7th Kraidman 6/13 = 0 = 1 = 0 * = 0 1 0 = = 1

=7th Porath 6/13 = 0 = 0 0 = = * 1 = = = 1 =

=7th Geller 6/13 0 = 0 1 0 1 1 0 * 0 1 1 = 0

=7th Domnitz 6/13 0 = = 0 = = 0 = 1 * = 1 0 1

11th Troianescu 5.5/13 0 0 = = 0 = 1 = 0 = * 1 0 1

=12th Aloni 5/13 0 = 1 = = = = = 0 0 0 * 1 0

=12th Ree 5/13 0 = 0 0 1 0 = 0 = 1 1 0 * =

14th Bernstein 3.5/13 0 = 0 0 0 0 0 = 1 0 0 1 = *

*special thanks to <jessicafischerqueen> for the finishing touches on the historical content of this collection.

Round One, June 17th
Y Bernstein vs O Troianescu, 1968 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 43 moves, 0-1

V Ciocaltea vs Kraidman, 1968
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 37 moves, 1-0

Z Domnitz vs M Czerniak, 1968
(B06) Robatsch, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Fischer vs S Hamann, 1968 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 32 moves, 1-0

Y Porat vs U Geller, 1968
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 39 moves, 1-0

Ree vs S Kagan, 1968
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 73 moves, 1-0

Yanofsky vs I Aloni, 1968
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, June 18th
M Czerniak vs V Ciocaltea, 1968 
(B56) Sicilian, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

U Geller vs I Aloni, 1968 
(A04) Reti Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

S Hamann vs Yanofsky, 1968
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

S Kagan vs Y Bernstein, 1968 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

Kraidman vs Fischer, 1968 
(A79) Benoni, Classical, 11.f3, 80 moves, 1/2-1/2

Y Porat vs Ree, 1968
(A57) Benko Gambit, 27 moves, 1-0

O Troianescu vs Z Domnitz, 1968
(E61) King's Indian, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, June 19th
I Aloni vs S Hamann, 1968
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Y Bernstein vs Y Porat, 1968
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

V Ciocaltea vs O Troianescu, 1968
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Z Domnitz vs S Kagan, 1968
(B32) Sicilian, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Fischer vs M Czerniak, 1968 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 47 moves, 1-0

Ree vs U Geller, 1968
(C00) French Defense, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Yanofsky vs Kraidman, 1968
(E84) King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line, 67 moves, 1-0

Round Four, June 20th
M Czerniak vs Yanofsky, 1968
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

U Geller vs S Hamann, 1968
(A10) English, 56 moves, 1-0

S Kagan vs V Ciocaltea, 1968
(A10) English, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kraidman vs I Aloni, 1968
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Y Porat vs Z Domnitz, 1968
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ree vs Y Bernstein, 1968
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

O Troianescu vs Fischer, 1968 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 41 moves, 0-1

Round Five, June 22nd
I Aloni vs M Czerniak, 1968
(E92) King's Indian, 69 moves, 1-0

Y Bernstein vs U Geller, 1968
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 40 moves, 1-0

V Ciocaltea vs Y Porat, 1968
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Z Domnitz vs Ree, 1968
(B74) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 39 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs S Kagan, 1968 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 34 moves, 1-0

S Hamann vs Kraidman, 1968
(A79) Benoni, Classical, 11.f3, 36 moves, 0-1

Yanofsky vs O Troianescu, 1968
(C10) French, 35 moves, 1-0

Round Six, June 23rd
Y Porat vs Fischer, 1968 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ree vs V Ciocaltea, 1968 
(E92) King's Indian, 38 moves, 0-1

Y Bernstein vs Z Domnitz, 1968
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 57 moves, 0-1

S Kagan vs Yanofsky, 1968 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 52 moves, 0-1

M Czerniak vs S Hamann, 1968
(B20) Sicilian, 27 moves, 1-0

O Troianescu vs I Aloni, 1968
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 50 moves, 1-0

U Geller vs Kraidman, 1968
(A16) English, 42 moves, 1-0

Round Seven, June 24th
Yanofsky vs Y Porat, 1968
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 33 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Ree, 1968 
(C81) Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

V Ciocaltea vs Y Bernstein, 1968
(B27) Sicilian, 24 moves, 1-0

Z Domnitz vs U Geller, 1968
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 47 moves, 1-0

I Aloni vs S Kagan, 1968
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Hamann vs O Troianescu, 1968
(A25) English, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kraidman vs M Czerniak, 1968
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, June 25th
Y Porat vs I Aloni, 1968
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ree vs Yanofsky, 1968
(A15) English, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Y Bernstein vs Fischer, 1968 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 25 moves, 0-1

Z Domnitz vs V Ciocaltea, 1968
(C74) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Kagan vs S Hamann, 1968
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 38 moves, 1-0

O Troianescu vs Kraidman, 1968
(C85) Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD), 86 moves, 1-0

U Geller vs M Czerniak, 1968
(A13) English, 40 moves, 0-1

Round Nine, June 26th
S Hamann vs Y Porat, 1968
(D09) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3, 33 moves, 1-0

I Aloni vs Ree, 1968
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 40 moves, 1-0

Yanofsky vs Y Bernstein, 1968
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Fischer vs Z Domnitz, 1968 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 23 moves, 1-0

V Ciocaltea vs U Geller, 1968 
(C25) Vienna, 27 moves, 0-1

Kraidman vs S Kagan, 1968
(B32) Sicilian, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Czerniak vs O Troianescu, 1968
(C47) Four Knights, 68 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, June 27th
Y Porat vs Kraidman, 1968
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ree vs S Hamann, 1968
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 0-1

Y Bernstein vs I Aloni, 1968
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 45 moves, 1-0

Z Domnitz vs Yanofsky, 1968
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

V Ciocaltea vs Fischer, 1968 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 31 moves, 0-1

S Kagan vs M Czerniak, 1968
(C00) French Defense, 44 moves, 0-1

U Geller vs O Troianescu, 1968
(A36) English, 70 moves, 1-0

Round Eleven, June 29th
M Czerniak vs Y Porat, 1968
(C45) Scotch Game, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kraidman vs Ree, 1968 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Hamann vs Y Bernstein, 1968
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 45 moves, 1-0

I Aloni vs Z Domnitz, 1968
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 50 moves, 0-1

Yanofsky vs V Ciocaltea, 1968
(A56) Benoni Defense, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Fischer vs U Geller, 1968 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 32 moves, 1-0

O Troianescu vs S Kagan, 1968
(A03) Bird's Opening, 45 moves, 0-1

Round Twelve, June 30th
Y Porat vs O Troianescu, 1968 
(A44) Old Benoni Defense, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ree vs M Czerniak, 1968
(A13) English, 82 moves, 0-1

Y Bernstein vs Kraidman, 1968
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 38 moves, 0-1

Z Domnitz vs S Hamann, 1968
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 23 moves, 0-1

V Ciocaltea vs I Aloni, 1968
(B06) Robatsch, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Fischer vs Yanofsky, 1968 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

U Geller vs S Kagan, 1968
(A10) English, 66 moves, 0-1

Round Thirteen, July 1st
S Kagan vs Y Porat, 1968
(C00) French Defense, 35 moves, 1-0

O Troianescu vs Ree, 1968 
(B07) Pirc, 38 moves, 0-1

M Czerniak vs Y Bernstein, 1968
(E14) Queen's Indian, 47 moves, 1-0

Kraidman vs Z Domnitz, 1968
(E12) Queen's Indian, 39 moves, 1-0

S Hamann vs V Ciocaltea, 1968
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 47 moves, 1-0

I Aloni vs Fischer, 1968 
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 44 moves, 0-1

Yanofsky vs U Geller, 1968
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

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