Michael Roiz is a Chess Grandmaster from Israel with Elo ratings exceeding 2500 from FIDE, making him one of the best Israeli chess players of all time.
Last Updated: August 12, 2022
Full Name: Michael Roiz
Title: Grandmaster (2003)
International Master (2000)
Place of birth: Russia
Born: October 12, 1983
World ranking: 284
Michael Roiz is Israel’s chess Grandmaster. Roiz was born on October 12th, 1983 in Saratov, Russia. In 1995, Roiz changed his citizenship to be an Israeli national and was awarded the title of Grandmaster in 2003 and the title of International Master in 2000. As of August 2022, Roiz’s FIDE rating was 2579 while his Peak rating was 2680 as of July 2008 making him rank 40th globally. Roiz is also a chess coach for many students both beginners and professional Grandmasters. As a chess trainer, he analyses students’ games, and identifies and informs them of their weaknesses. Roiz helps the trainees improve openings, and learn classical games, and endgames.
Michael Roiz began competing in chess at the age of 7 years. When Roiz attained 9 years, Roiz participated in the Under-10 National Tournament and came 2nd overall. In 1995, Roiz changed his citizenship to be an Israeli national. Roiz faced a fierce encounter at the 2004 Ashdod Op event but managed to share the top spot with Leonid Gofshtein, both with a score of 6.5 points. Roiz beat elite players like Evgeniy Najer, Alexander Huzman, Victor Mikhalevski, and Lev Psakhis who all shared 3rd to 6th place. At the Zurich Op in 2004, Roiz together with five others shared first place.
Furthermore, at the Saint Vincent op in 2004, Roiz split 2nd to 4th place with Mikhail Gurevich and Vitali Golod with a score of 7 points out of 9 games. Roiz engaged also in the Benasque op in 2005 and shared 3rd to 5th place with a score of 8 points out of 10 games. Roiz achieved first place together with Suat Atalik in 2007 at the Gorenje Valievo Championship and shared 2nd to 3rd spot with Radoslaw Wojtaszek at the 2009 Lublin op.
The Grandmaster also played in several Blitz and Rapid championships attaining victory in most of them. For instance, Roiz was victorious at the 2006 Biel championship and split 5th place at the 2007 Gilbraltar Masters behind Grandmasters Emil Sutovsky, Alexander Areshchenko, Hikaru Nakamura, and Vladimir Akopian. Still, in 2007 at the 16th Monarch Assurance Isle of Man International Tournament, Roiz shared 1st to 6th position with Bartel Mateusz, Zahar Efimenko, Mikhail Kobalia, Vitali Golod, and Mateusz Bartel.
Additionally, as a member of the Israeli main squad, they won a silver medal in Plovdiv in 2003. Together with the national team in 2004 at Calvia, they emerged victorious at the 36th Chess Olympiad and also at the Beer-Sheva World Team Chess tournament in 2005. Roiz advanced to the 2005 World Cup held in Khanty-Mansiysk but was eliminated by Alexander Motyley after attaining a point less than him.
In 2008, Roiz competed at the Israeli Chess Championship, a competition played each year in Israel. Extensively, Michael Roiz has since played a total of 723 games between 1998 and 2021. In those games, he managed 189 wins, 355 draws, and 61 losses accumulating an overall score of 60.6 percent. in addition, Roiz played with both Black and White pieces in various openings. He played with white pieces in openings including; Reti System-46 games, King’s Indian-39 games, Slav-31 games, Queen’s Pawn Game- 31 games, English- 30 games, and Queen’s Gambit Declined- 28 games. He played with Black pieces in openings like Sicilian- 44 games, Ruy Lopez- 36 games, French Defense-32 games, Caro-Kann- 29 games, Grunfeld 27 games, and French- 21 games.
Michael Roiz engaged in some competitive tournaments most recently including:
The TCh-ISR 2022- Roiz faced a total of 106 participants in the tournament on January 14th, 2022 in Israel. The players’ average Elo rating was 2391 and they cumulatively played 288 games. In the tournament, Roiz did not make it to the top 10 as elite players like Bronstein- the tournament’s winner with a score of 6.5points. Nabaty Tamir, Postny Evgeny, Tzidkiya Yeshaayahu, and Rozen Eytan shared the 2nd to 5th place with a leveled score of 6.0 points.
36th ECC Open 2021- the tournament was held on September 18th, 2021 in Macedonia. The total number of games played was 797 with 263 competitors having an Elo average of 2301. First place was shared by four competitors with a score of 6.0 points and among them included; GM Predke Alexandr, FM Storme Isak, FM Thorn Eric, and Eriksson Lennarth. Unfortunately, Roiz did not make it to the top 20 of the competition after scoring.
Online Olympiad Top DivC 2021: played online on September 9th, 2021, the tournament featured 108 players with an Elo average of 2354 who played out 270 games. In the event, GM Andrey Asipenko emerged victorious with a score of 6.5 points, while GM Luca Jr Moroni and WGM Sarah Papp shared the runners-up place both scoring 6.0 points, WGM Laura Rogule coming 4th with a score of 5.5 points and GM Valentina Gunina, IM Ana Matnadze, IM Leya Garifullina, and WFM Candela Be Francisco Guecamburu splitting 5th position.
The TCh-ISR 2021- the event took place on April 22nd, 2021 and it comprised 100 competitors with an average Elo rating of 2408. However, Roiz failed to make it to the top 10 in the final performance with GM Smirin Ilia attaining a performance score of 8.0 points to emerge the winner.
Notable Tournament achievements
- Shared first to third place in Ashdod op in 2004
- Shared first to sixth place at the Zurich op in 2004
- Shared top place with Suat Atalik in the Gorenje closed Valjevo tournament in 2007
- Split second place with Yuriy Kuzubov in Trieste 2010
- Emerged victorious in several Blitz and Rapid Championships including the Oberwart Blitz in 2005, Biel Rapid in 2006, and Biel Blitz in 2010 and 2014.
- Competed for the Israeli Senior squad in various tournaments and made personal excellence; placed first on third board in the 2007 European team’s tournament held in Crete and became silver medalists with his team at the 2008 chess Olympiad in Drezden.
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