Iranian Grandmaster Ehsan Ghaem Maghami was expelled from an international chess tournament after refusing to play Ehud Sachar, an Israeli.

Maghamiwas refused to play Sachar, his scheduled opponent in the fourth round of the Corsica Masters championship, for political reasons.

Leo Battesti, the tournament's organizer, told AFP that, "Politics has no place in competition at this level. I was forced to expel Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, who unfortunately refused to change his mind."

More than 800 players from 30 countries participated in the tournament, according to AFP, including about 40 Grandmasters and International Masters.

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