Gee…just when it appeared that Saudi-Israeli relations were progressing so well. Apparently, when it doesn’t involve making deals for Israeli military protection against the growing threat from the Iranian regime, the Saudis want nothing to do with any Israelis.
Independent With just weeks to go before the start of the World Blitz and Rapid Championship in Riyadh, organizers confirmed that they were switching the venue to Russia instead.
But the Lawfare Project, a nonprofit legal advocacy group that represents Israeli chess players, said that the decision came after it had pressured the association to act. The group said in a statement The Fédération lnternationale des Échecs’ (FIDE) had failed to enforce policies that reject “discriminatory treatment for national, political, racial, social or religious reasons or on account of gender”.