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May 31, 2012 2:26 pm

Israeli Chess Grandmaster Loses and Wins at Same Time

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Fox News/AP – Israel’s latest cultural hero is neither the usual army general nor a sexy celebrity — he’s a bespectacled 43-year-old Belarus-born chess grandmaster.

Israelis have been riveted by Boris Gelfand’s three-week battle for world chess supremacy. Despite coming up just short this week, losing in a sudden-death round, his efforts have attracted new fans and drawn attention to Israel as a surprising chess powerhouse.

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