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Chess Champ: Peace Not a Game of Black and White

October 15, 1996
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Arriving in Israel this week, world chess champion Gary Kasparov offered Middle East leaders some advice for their peacemaking efforts.

Rather than always trying to win, he said, Israelis and Palestinians should recognize that a draw is a respectable outcome.

Kasparov was in Israel this week to open the finals of the Israeli chess tournament and to participate in Jerusalem 3000 celebrations.

He was also to attend the opening of the Ramat Gan chess center, an institute being formed under his tutelage to help Israeli youths hone their skills in the game.

During his stay, Kasparov was expected to play simultaneous exhibition matches against some public officials and leading chess competitors, including Trade and Commerce Minister Natan Sharansky.

Kasparov was also scheduled to meet during the week with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Education Minister Zevulun Hammer, though not over the chess board.

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