In this Nov. 15, 2012 photo, elderly immigrants from the former Soviet Union play chess in a public park in the northern Israeli city of Haifa. Chess is a popular sport in Israel's Russian-speaking ... more 
In this Nov. 15, 2012 photo, elderly immigrants from the former Soviet Union play chess in a public park in the northern Israeli city of Haifa. Chess is a popular sport in Israel's Russian-speaking community, and the world's second-best chess master, Belarusian-born Boris Gelfand, lives in Israel. Israel has one of the world’s largest Russian-speaking communities outside the former Soviet Union, and the immigrants’ tenacious clinging to their old way of life has transformed the Jewish state. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Oded Balilty
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