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Israel to Try to Break Record for Chess Games

Israel attempts to break Iran’s record.

By: News Staff

Published: October 20th, 2010 in News » Israel

Israel to Try to Break Record for Chess Games

Israel will attempt to break the world record for simultaneous chess games, currently held by Iran.

The opening ceremony will be held Thursday at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv. The Jewish Agency and the Israel Chess Federation are sponsoring the one-day event, which will include many new immigrants from the Former Soviet Union (FSU).

The current world record for simultaneous chess games is held by Iran, with 500 games, one player simultaneously playing against all 500. Grandmaster Alik Gershon, former Israeli champion and European youth champion, is to play more than 500 games on Thursday.

At the same time, the Jewish Agency is sponsoring an evening event of culture and entertainment marking the contribution of FSU olim to Israeli culture

According to Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency Executive: “The Aliyah from the FSU has significantly contributed to the strength of Israeli society and to the country’s development in the spheres of the economy, higher education, science, culture and, of course, sport.

There is no better expression of this contribution than Israel’s recent achievements in the world of chess, having won third place in the Chess Olympics. There is no doubt that Israel needs the human resources that aliyah brings. The Jewish Agency will continue to help build Israeli society by bringing new immigrants from all around the world.”

Grandmaster Alik Gershon, 30 years old, was born in Dnepropetrovsk in the Ukraine. He began to learn chess at age 2 and by 5 was already competing. In 1990, upon the opening of the gates of the FSU, Alik immigrated to Israel and became Israeli youth champion.

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