Israel vanquishes Iran … on the chess board

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iol wld ISRAEL-IRAN-CHESS Oct 22 pic AFP An Israeli chess player waits for Grandmaster Alik Gershon.

Tel Aviv -

An Israeli chess grandmaster took the Guinness record for simultaneous chess games from the Jewish state's arch-foe Iran on Friday after a marathon 19-hour match against 520 players.

A Guinness representative confirmed the new record on Israeli army radio.

Alik Gershon, 30, won 86 percent of the games he played against amateurs in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square. He needed to win at least 80 percent to seal the record, which previously stood at 500 simultaneous games.

The tournament began under the blazing midday sun on Thursday with Gershon shaking hands with every single player as he walked along rows of tables lined with chess boards.

Training for the event, which continued through the night and into Friday morning, was purely physical and included a lot of jogging and swimming, the former Israeli champion said.

“There are a lot of kilometres to walk and you have to stay focused,” he said, noting that his Iranian rival Morteza Mahjoob walked 40km to secure his record.

Mahjoob set the current record in August 2009 in a feat which took him 18 hours and with less than five seconds for each move.

“Hopefully all our wars against Iran will be on the chess board,” said a smiling Gershon. “For such wars, I am prepared.”

In the real world of geo-politics, Iran and Israel are arch-enemies.

Along with the United States and other powers, Israel accuses Iran of using its nuclear energy programme to hide efforts to produce an atomic bomb, a charge Tehran vehemently denies.

And Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is notorious for his oft-repeated denials of the Nazi Holocaust and for saying that the Jewish state will one day be wiped off the map. - Sapa-AFP


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Dink, wrote

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11:12am on 22 October 2010
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JR- Wait till the zionazis start WW3 and you’re paying R25 for a litre of petrol. If you have friends or family in Israel I hope they are amoung the hopefully small number of dead caused by that conflict so you can learn a lesson about the pain and suffering that warmongering, colonialism and fascism causes.

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JR, wrote

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10:19am on 22 October 2010
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Dink you stink. Go Israel!!!!

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Dink, wrote

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10:07am on 22 October 2010
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I think it's sad that IOL and SAPA are now conduits for Israeli propaganda and that the sloppy hacks that work for these organisations still mindlessly repeat pro-war distortions like the imaginary "wipe of the map" statement that was never made. Even a report about chess has to repeat these tired lies.

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