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Indian team pulls out of World Cadet Chess Championship over security concerns amid Israel-Hamas standoff

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The Indian team has pulled out of the World Cadet Chess Championship scheduled to start at Sharm el Sheikh from tomorrow. This is in the wake of the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, fearing it could jeopardise the safety of the players and officials.

As many as 39 players from India were supposed to compete in the tournament, the venue of which is less than 400 kms from the Israel border. The competition will be held in the under-12, 10, and 8 categories from 14th to 23rd October.

The All India Chess Federation has also requested the world body FIDE to postpone the tournament, keeping in mind the tense situation in Gaza.

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