(TEL AVIV, Israel) -- A new world record has been set by an Israeli chess grandmaster.
For 20 straight hours, Alik Gershon toiled above the rows of chess boards set up in Tel Aviv's Yitzhak Rabin Square. He played 523 simultaneous games, winning 454 of them - an 86 percent success rate. In the process, Gershon broke the old world record for simultaneous chess games, set by an Iranian.
"Of course the record of the Iranian grandmaster [Morteza] Mahjoob is very respectful," Gershon said. "It demands ... a lot of effort to break it."
Among those on hand was former Knesset member Natan Sharansky.
"Here we have almost 1,000 young children, Jews and Arabs from the North and from the South, citizens of Israel, who came to play chess and no doubt it will help a lot to make this game more popular."
The Iranians are expected to try to better the new mark.
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