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We Did It: Israel Beat Guiness Record and Iran... in Chess

At 6 a.m. it was over. Israeli chess champ played simultaneously against 525 players and won 86% to break world record held by an Iranian player.
By Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 10/21/2010, 5:12 PM / Last Update: 10/21/2010, 11:38 PM

Yoni Kempinski

This is the story:

Five hundred twenty five chess experts gathered in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv Thursday to play against Israeli chess champion Alik Gershon. Gershon was attempting to set a new world's record for simultaneous chess game playing, a record currently held by Iranian champion Morteza Mahjoob. In order to beat Mahjoob's record, Gershon had to win more than 80% of the games he played in a period of 18 hours. All contestants had been ranked by the Israel Chess Federation.

Arutz Sheva TV attended the event, which is being sponsored by the Federation and the Jewish Agency. A representative from the Guinness Book of World Records was on hand to record and certify the results.
 
At 6 a.m. it was over. Gershon had beaten 454 of his 525 opponents for a victory rate of 86%. Another 58 games ended in a tie, Gershon lost 11 games, and 2 players withdrew from the competition.
 
WE DID IT!