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Chess and Israeli politics aren't much alike in Gary Kasparov's world.

"The difference between chess and politics is that in chess the aim is to win, while in the complex politics of the Middle East, a draw is the ideal result," he told reporters Tuesday.

Kasparov was in Israel to announce his participation in a chess competition in May as part of Israel's 50th anniversary celebration.

"I have always been sympathetic with the struggle of the Jewish people for independence," said Kasparov, whose late father was Jewish.

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