update deskBoycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS)

Despite boycott call, chess teams in Israel for world championship

The World Chess Federation did not deign to respond to a letter demanding the tournament be moved from Jerusalem.

Credit: Chess.com.
Credit: Chess.com.

In a blow to the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, all 11 foreign national teams will compete for the World Team Championship alongside Israel in Jerusalem beginning on Sunday.

The World Chess Federation (FIDA) did not even react to a letter demanding that the competition be relocated from Jerusalem.

The BDS organization posted an open letter requesting that FIDA move the tournament from “occupied east Jerusalem.”

“We are writing from the Palestinian Chess Forum of the Shatila Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon to urge the International Chess Federation not to hold the 2022 World Team Championship in occupied East Jerusalem or anywhere under the control of Israel’s regime of military occupation and apartheid,” stated the letter.

Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, India, South Africa, China, Spain, France, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Poland, and the world’s top-ranked country, the United States, will participate.

The time control for each match at the Dan Jerusalem Hotel will be 45 minutes for the whole game, with an increment of 10 seconds per move starting from move 1. The tournament will continue until Friday.

The Israel team will be captained by Ilana David and include Maxim Rodshtein, Tamir Nabaty, Avital Boruchovsky, Ilia Smirin, Evgeny Postny and Ori Kobo.

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