Battles rage on and off the chess board

Source: MGN Online

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge has refused to block three websites from showing moves almost as they occur at the World Chess Championship in New York.

Organizers of the $1 million, 12-game tournament had sued to stop the practice. U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero said Thursday he wasn't persuaded tournament organizers could prove their case.

Current champion Magnus Carlsen, of Norway, and Sergey Karjakin, of Russia, are competing in the tournament, which begins Friday in Manhattan.

The lawsuit had sought to block three websites from publicizing moves until after each game. It also sought $4.5 million in damages. The defendants were Chessgames Services LLC, E-Learning Ltd. and Logical Thinking Ltd.

World Chess CEO Ilya Merenzon says he felt the websites had taken his product hostage.

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