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World Chess Federation supports right of Israelis to compete in all tournaments
January 24, 2019
Israeli officials praised the Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE-World Chess Federation) for relocating the World Blitz and Rapid Championship in December from Saudi Arabia to Russia, after the Saudis barred Israelis from competing.
FIDE cancels chess contest in Riyadh after legal action
December 2, 2018
Israelis were denied visas to participate in a Saudi Arabia tournament last year and sought assurances that it would not be repeated this year.
Israelis barred from Saudi chess tournament demand action from world chess body
November 7, 2018
Israeli chess grandmaster Ilya Smirin and former spokesperson for the Israeli Chess Federation Lior Aizenberg have written to FIDE requesting financial compensation and seeking assurances that it will not allow host countries to perpetrate such discrimination against Israelis.
Banning Israeli 7-year-old, Tunisia may lose right to host world chess tournaments
July 30, 2018
Tunisia may lose the right to host world chess championships after refusing to grant a visa to a little Israeli girl, Liel Levitan, for the 2019 World Schools Chess Championship.