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Defendants seek dismissal of suit filed by chess champ Polgar
By Marlena Hartz | Avalanche-Journal

Sunday, September 28, 2008
Story last updated at 9/28/2008 - 2:19 am

Checkmate? Not quite, but a chess suit filed in Lubbock is moving

Defendants in a lawsuit filed by the founder of Texas Tech's chess
institute want a federal judge to dismiss the case, they indicated on

Founder Susan Polgar's claims are too vague to be considered in the
courts, defendants argue in documents submitted Friday to U.S.
District Judge Sam Cummings. If the judge doesn't dismiss the case,
defendants want Polgar to more clearly plead her case, their lawyers

Polgar has accused the U.S. Chess Federation and some of its
associates of conspiring to destroy her career. She claims high-
ranking federation members and ex-member Sam Sloan used the Internet
and media outlets, including The Avalanche-Journal, to defame and
slander her because they are jealous of her success.

She originally filed her lawsuit in a Lubbock district court in
August, but the case was moved to the federal court system at the
request of the defendants, who wanted it be moved because they live in
various U.S. locales, records show.

Defendants argue her suit should be dismissed because it fails to
factually show how she was harmed.

Polgar's court troubles started last October when Sloan accused her
and het husband, Paul Truong, of posting thousands of obscene Internet
messages in his name, leading to his election loss. He filed a $20
million lawsuit against the couple and the federation in New York in

Truong has repeatedly denied his claims, and a New York judge recently
dismissed the ex-member's lawsuit.

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

In July, 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. The Lubbock request
followed one filed earlier in San Francisco.

So far, the chess couple hasn't responded to the subpoena, according
to court records.

"If they were truly innocent, one would have thought that Susan Polgar
and Paul Truong would have cooperated and/or better cooperated in the
investigation of the claims and in defense of the claims being made by
Sam Sloan," the federation's dismissal request reads.

Polgar, who was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, is seeking $25
million in damages through her suit.

The chess celebrity moved to Lubbock from New York last summer to
start the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence at Texas Tech.

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