Former Women’s World Champion Maia Chiburdanidze

Report: Georgian chess team won’t play in Russia

ASSOCIATED PRESS
11:23 a.m. August 15, 2008

MOSCOW – The Interfax news agency says the women’s national chess team in Georgia is refusing to play in the World Women’s Chess Championship because it will be held in Russia.

The team’s refusal stems from the conflict between Georgia and Russia over the breakaway region of South Ossetia.

Interfax quoted Maya Lomineishvili, a member of the team, as saying it is not boycotting the championship, but rather refusing to play in Russia.

The tournament is scheduled to begin in two weeks in Nalchik, Russia, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the South Ossetian border.

Boris Kutin, president of the European Chess Federation, says on the event’s Web site that he cannot see an alternative to holding the event as planned.

Source: http://www.signonsandiego.com/

Here is the original protest letter by the Georgian women.

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