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Chessgate debunked: Mueller finds no collusion in Trump-FIDE ‘ties’

David R. Sands The Washington TimesMay 27, 2019

Talk about burying the lede or at least the footnote.

The “mainstream media” may be afraid to report it, but we can reliably pass on here that chess played a major cameo role in special counsel Robert Mueller’s magisterial/hopelessly biased report/witch hunt into the Trump-Russiagate scandal/hoax. (Hey, chessplayers watch both Fox and MSNBC.)

Specifically, according to Page 150 of the report, Mueller’s team looked into whether the Kremlin tried to use the November 2016 world title match in New York City between Magnus Carlsen and Russia’s own Sergey Karjakin to reach out to then-President-elect Trump. The report reveals that former FIDE chief Kirsan Ilyumzhinov at one point approached the Trump Organization about hosting the match at Trump Tower. (FIDE eventually went with Manhattan’s South Street Seaport.)

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