Reports: Israel Team Denied Saudi Visas to Play in Chess Tournament

Norway's Magnus Carlsen (L) moves his rook during his game against Cuba's Leinier Dominguez during the Men's Blitz tournament part of the FIDE World Chess Rapid & Blitz Championships 2016, in Doha December 29, 2016
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The Times of Israel reports: After apparently being barred from participating in a tournament in Saudi Arabia, the Israel Chess Federation is refusing to concede it has been checkmated in its bid to make history.

After apparently being barred from participating in a tournament in Saudi Arabia, the Israel Chess Federation is refusing to concede it has been checkmated in its bid to make history.

“Even now, despite the fact that the world tournament in Riyadh begins on Tuesday, we hope and believe that FIDE (the World Chess Federation)… and the Saudis will reach an agreement regarding the participation of the Israeli chess players,” Israel Chess Federation spokesperson Lior Aizenberg said in a message.

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