Ben Purton wrote:Why have people brought this up.
Is what I want to know, is it of great shock that this occurs.
I mean seriously guys, this issue is one which is well documented, like the silent non pairing of any state of Islam V Israel is truly pathetic. I cannot think of one of the Israeli team who would refuse to play another Islamic country. But this silent rule still occurs
Alex Holowczak wrote:Reading the FIDE member nations list, Saudi Arabia and Oman are not members. This will probably be why they don't play at Olympiads.
Apart from big blobs of Africa, a few of the smaller West Indies nations, the only other place not to be a member of FIDE is North Korea.
Matt Mackenzie wrote:They play (like China and Japan) their own form of chess, of course
Matt Mackenzie wrote:Is there a list of members (or, to be more precise, non-members) readily available?
Matt Mackenzie wrote:Wonder when Kosovo will be allowed to join though..........
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