Avital Pilpel


In my spare time, I am interested in chess and, in particular, chess history. I am running - for over twelve years -- a blog about Jewish chess history. The goal of this blog is to introduce the reader to the fascinating human story of how chess became an important force in the Yishuv (pre-state Jewish community) and later Israel. 

I have found the information for my historical research by speaking to many people - the players and their descendents - as well as other scholars, and doing independent research in the Zionist Archives, the National Library of Israel, the Historical Jewish Press archives, and more.