Russian oleh with a stellar chess resume arrives in Israel, foregoes living in the mainstream cities, and instead moves to sleepy Beersheva. 35 years and thousands of students later, the city has the highest per capita number of chess grand masters in the world and Israel is ranked 6th in the world in chess. Why did he choose the little desert town of Beersheva? Because he believed in David Ben Gurion’s dream of giving bloom to the Negev Desert.
“For every 20, 000 inhabitants we have a grand master”
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