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Alik Gershon
Number of games in database: 161
Years covered: 1992 to 2008
Last FIDE rating: 2469
Highest rating achieved in database: 2558
Overall record: +65 -36 =60 (59.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (15) 
    E92 E94 E90
 Queen's Gambit Declined (9) 
    D31 D35 D36 D37
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D97 D92
 Slav (7) 
    D15 D10 D17
 Semi-Slav (6) 
    D43 D44
 Sicilian (6) 
    B27 B45 B40 B47 B33
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (36) 
    B62 B63 B64 B57 B56
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (14) 
    B62 B63 B64
 Queen's Indian (13) 
    E12 E15 E14
 Nimzo Indian (9) 
    E46 E20 E55 E58 E32
 English, 1 c4 c5 (8) 
    A33 A36 A32
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    A46 E00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Gershon vs B Kantsler, 2004 1-0
   A Gershon vs Timman, 2001 1-0
   N Skalkotas vs A Gershon, 2005 0-1
   A Gershon vs P Stefanek, 1992 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Israeli Championship (2004)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1995 WYCC (open) U-16 by gauer

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(born Jun-03-1980, 35 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality Israel)

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Grandmaster. He was the World Under-14 champion in 1994 and World Under-16 champion in 1996. Israeli champion in 2000 (=Boris Avrukh). The Guinness Book of Records certified his simultaneous exhibition against 523 opponents as being the largest ever by one player. The result, breaking Iranian GM Morteza Mahjoob 's 2009 world record, was 454 wins 58 draws and 11 losses. The exhibition started on 21 October 2010 and finished the next morning.* This record stood for only a few months until February 2011 before Iranian GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami in turn broke the record.


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 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 161  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. V Malakhov vs A Gershon  ½-½54 1992 Wch U12B83 Sicilian
2. A Gershon vs P Stefanek  1-022 1992 Ch World (cadets) (under 12)C29 Vienna Gambit
3. Sutovsky vs A Gershon  1-048 1993 Tel AvivB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
4. A Gershon vs Sadvakasov  0-150 1993 Wch U14B40 Sicilian
5. A Gershon vs V Malakhov  0-151 1993 Wch U14B27 Sicilian
6. Bagirov vs A Gershon  1-040 1994 Berliner SommerA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
7. Kasparov vs A Gershon  1-046 1994 Clock simulA10 English
8. A Gershon vs L Vajda  1-037 1994 WYFWC Szeged B14(8)C50 Giuoco Piano
9. A Gershon vs F Jenni  ½-½50 1995 Ch World (cadets) (under 16)C52 Evans Gambit
10. A Gershon vs P Simacek  1-023 1995 Ch World (cadets) (under 16)C55 Two Knights Defense
11. Lou Meng vs A Gershon 0-128 1995 Wch U16A57 Benko Gambit
12. R Watfe vs A Gershon  0-129 1995 Wch U16B23 Sicilian, Closed
13. A Gershon vs J Klovans  ½-½43 1996 It (open)C55 Two Knights Defense
14. Kasimdzhanov vs A Gershon  1-032 1997 Wch U20A43 Old Benoni
15. Sutovsky vs A Gershon  1-055 1998 NY OpenB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
16. Oral vs A Gershon  ½-½25 1998 Karl Wagner mem 5thB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
17. Bacrot vs A Gershon  ½-½23 1999 Mermaid Beach ClubE12 Queen's Indian
18. A Gershon vs Chandler  1-038 1999 Mermaid Beach ClubD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
19. A Gershon vs Pelletier  1-032 1999 Mermaid Beach ClubD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. A Gershon vs Pinter  0-172 2000 Stadt Casino opE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
21. A Gershon vs D Solak  ½-½53 2000 World JuniorB42 Sicilian, Kan
22. Sutovsky vs A Gershon  1-047 2000 ISR-chTA08 King's Indian Attack
23. N Illijin vs A Gershon  0-139 2000 Stadt Casino opB42 Sicilian, Kan
24. A Gershon vs N Kabanov  1-066 2000 World JuniorE92 King's Indian
25. A Gershon vs G Mateuta  1-040 2000 World JuniorA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-03-08  BIDMONFA: Alik Gershon


Oct-15-10  ketchuplover: Good luck on your world record chess simul attempt.
Oct-22-10  Whitehat1963: Cool! Gershon sets world record with his 19-hour simul exhibit.

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  wordfunph: “Hopefully all our wars against Iran will be on the chessboard.”

congrats GM Gershon!

Oct-24-10  ketchuplover: ditto!
Nov-11-10  jmi: "Bending the rules".... *cough cough*

"According to regulations, all players had to be registered members of the local chess association who reached a certain level of playing. However, Yedioth Ahronoth discovered that some 300 of the 525 players were school children, transported to the event on special buses.

Most of the children were not members of the chess association, and some supposedly learned the rules of chess only a day before the competition. Some of the students who were approached by Yedioth Ahronoth were unable to answer fundamental questions about chess.

On top of it, chess officials reportedly made sure that high-level chess players do not participate in the event. Notably, Gershon needed to win more than 80% of the games in order to break the record."

Nov-12-10  eyalbd: The record is Kosher

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  GrahamClayton: I liked Gershon's comment just before the exhibition - "I will get into the Guinness Book of Records either as the record breaker or the first person to drop dead while giving a simul."
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