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Polgar targets national chess group, associates in lawsuit
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Story last updated at 8/12/2008 - 1:43 am

Susan Polgar made a move, but not in the game that gave her fame.

The chess champion has accused a national chess corporation and some
of its associates of conspiring to destroy her career and, possibly,
the Texas Tech chess institute that bears her name.

She filed a lawsuit Aug. 7 in a Lubbock district court against the
United States Chess Federation, Inc., and 14 other associates and

A winner of multiple Olympic medals in chess, Polgar claims certain
federation members have used the Internet and media outlets, including
The Avalanche-Journal, to defame and slander her because they are
jealous of her success.

Polgar moved to Lubbock last year to establish the Susan Polgar
Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) at Tech.

"Despite all her successes, there are others who strive for nothing
more than to ruin Polgar's career and business relationships and to
see her fail," the suit reads.

"Because she is a woman and of foreign descent (the USCF) has long
harbored ill will and jealously toward Polgar and more recently, the
SPICE program."

Polgar was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary.

Several federation board members and the federation's lawyer, Karl
Kronenberger, are named in the suit, in which Polgar seeks $25 million
in damages. So is Sam Sloan, an ex-federation board member who lost
his seat in the same election in which Polgar and her husband, Paul
Troung, won seats on the board.

Sloan has accused the couple of posting thousand of obscene Internet
messages in his name, leading to his election loss. He filed a $20
million lawsuit against them and the federation in New York in

Truong has denied his claims.

Polgar's suit comes on the heels of the federation's attempt to
subpoena her and her husband.

Last month, the federation filed a court request in Lubbock to obtain
computer records and testimony from the couple. The federation wants
to determine if they leaked confidential e-mails from its board
sometime in June, according to court documents. It's also
investigating Sloan's claims.

The A-J on Monday could not reach Polgar or individuals named in her

Messages left on Polgar's cell phone and at the office of federation
executive director, Bill Hall, who is named in Polgar's suit, were not

A woman who answered Sloan's phone on Monday said he was not home.

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