The Amateur Eye – 20th Maccabiah Games

Joseph Zeltsan, a New Yorker, wins first chess gold ever for the USA at games that celebrate Jewish athletes titled the 20th Maccabiah Games.  This international Jewish multi-sport event, featured 10,000 athletes from over 80 countries.

In the summer of 2017, 1000 plus athletes from the USA traveled to Israel to compete in the 3rd largest sporting event in the world.  Six juniors played in Haifa along with 3 at   Jerusalem.

Taking the silver medal was Ezra Paul Chambers of Burundi and bronze by Daniel Savchenko of Germany.

The US group also included Simona Nayberg from California, Eiten Genger and Kevin Ordet from Florida, Rose Dreizen from New York, Max Weinstein from New Jersey–all with good scoring.

The Open event attracted a number players who all finished with good scores. David Wyde, Iris Kokish and Jeremy Glassman–all challenging the top places.

The games and whole event was celebrated by camaraderie within and across teams.

(Contributed by US Coach David Lazarus. for Chess Life.)

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