'Huge Effort' Underway to Include Israelis in Saudi-hosted Chess Tournament
If visas are issued, this would be the first time that Saudi Arabia publicly hosts Israelis
Haaretz and Reuters Nov 27, 2017 8:02 PM
The World Chess Federation is undertaking a "huge effort" to include Israeli players in a speed chess championship hosted by Saudi Arabia next month, the federation said on Monday.
Seven Israeli players hoping to attend the championship on December 26-30 have submitted visa requests, FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos told Reuters.
Should their visas be granted, it would mark the first time Saudi Arabia has publicly hosted Israelis. Saudi Arabia does not recognize Israel and there are no formal ties between the two countries.