Israel Excluded from Saudi-Hosted Match, Chess Federation Says

(Reuters) Seven Israeli players have been denied visas to participate in a speed chess championship hosted by Saudi Arabia on Dec. 26-30, Israel Gelfer, vice president of the Athens-based World Chess Federation (FIDE), said on Sunday. Israel Chess Federation Spokesman Lior Aizenberg said, "The event is not a world championship if they prevent chess players from several countries from taking part." Aizenberg said FIDE should ensure Israeli players could compete in international events.

2017-12-25 00:00:00

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