USA's Fabiano Caruana (right) and Norway's Magnus Carlsen (left) during round 12 of the World Chess Championship Final REUTERS/Paul Childs/File Photo
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A World Chess Federation tournament has been moved from Saudi Arabia to Russia after concerns over Israeli players being barred, the federation announced Tuesday.Israeli players backed by a New York-based NGO, The Lawfare Project, were threatening legal action over not being allowed to play in Saudi Arabia, which has no diplomatic ties with the Jewish state.In December 2017, the Israel Chess Federation said it was seeking compensation from the organizers of last year's World Rapid and Blitz Championships, also in Saudi Arabia, after the Gulf state refused to issue visas for its players.
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