Russians’ legal claim rejected

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An attempt by the Russian chess organization to try to claim compensation from the organizers of the Chess Olympiad in Tromsø was rejected by a local court on Tuesday. The Russians had sued the organizers for nearly NOK 1.3 million, over alleged costs related to their women’s team’s failure to file their Olympiad application to participate on time.

The Russians claimed they were hit with extra costs when the women initially were disqualified from participation in the Chess Olympiad because they hadn’t applied by the deadline for participation.

The local court (Nord-Troms tingrett) ruled the claim as groundless on Tuesday afternoon, much to the relief of the organizers. “The ruling was as we’d expected,” said their defense attorney Trond Skogly. “At the same time, it was good to get this settled in court.”

The court also ordered the Russians to pay legal costs of NOK 123,500. staff