Israeli chess grand master Boris Gelfand achieved one of the most highly regarded triumphs of Israeli chess on Monday, when he took home the grand prize in the Chess World Cup competition in the Russian city of Khanty Mansiysk.
Gelfand, 41, defeated former world champion Ruslan Pnomariov of Ukraine in the finals tie-breaker with a score of 7-5. This achievement gives Gelfand, who is ranked sixth in the world, a ticket to compete for the world champion title along with the eight best players in the world in 2010.
Some 128 top chess players competed for the title along with Gelfand in the Chess World Cup, most of the participants also carrying the title of 'grand master.'
Gelfand had twice participated in duels in 1993 and in 1996. He reached the semi-finals the second time, where he lost to former world champion and one of the world's best players, Anatoly Karpov.
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