Thursday, November 02, 2006

Michael Roiz

GM Michael Roiz is young Israeli player rated 2611 FIDE. I was watching his 2 0 min games against GM Goran Kosanovic and he amazed me with brilliant Queen sacrifice. I asked Michael if he saw the entire combination up to the mate and he replied it was only one of the lines he calculated! Incredible. He spent about 25 sec for 14...a4, maybe best defence for Kosanovic was 18. Qc2 Bf5 19. Qc8 Rc8 20. Kd2. See also Michael Roiz vs Rybka.

GM Goran Kosanovic - GM Michael Roiz
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bc4 Bd7 7. Bb3 Nxd4 8. Qxd4 g6 9. Bg5 Bg7 10. O-O-O O-O 11. Qd2 a5 12. e5 Ne8 13. exd6 Nxd6 14. Nd5 a4

15. Nxe7+ Qxe7 16. Bxe7 axb3 17. cxb3 Rfc8+ 18. Kb1 Bf5+ 19. Ka1 Rxa2+ 20. Kxa2 Ra8+ 0-1

Here is Michael's biography, in his own words:
Was born in Russia, learned to play chess at the age of 7, at the age of 9 became 2nd in Russia under 10. In 1995 moved to Israel and became IM in 1999, at the age of 16. 4 years later, in 2003, became a GM. My best tournament achievements are:

1-3 in Ashdod op 2004; 1-6 in Zurich op 2004; 2-4 with Gurevich and Golod with 7/9 in Saint Vincent op 2004; 3-5 with 8/10 in Benasque op 2005. The winner of several blitz and rapid tournaments, like in Biel 2006. A member of Israel national team in Plovdiv 2003, (silver medal for a team); Calvia ol 2004 and Beer-Sheva World Teams championship 2005. In 2005 qualified to the World Cup in Khanty-Manssijsk 2005,but lost to Motylev 0.5-1.5.

Update: Michael Roiz is currently sharing 1nd place in the 15th category Gorenje 2007 with one round to go. Direct duel against co-leader Suat Atalik in the last round will determinate the winner.

Michael Roiz interview

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