Tech chess star removed from national organization

Chess champion and Texas Tech chess institute founder Susan Polgar's U.S. Chess Federation membership was revoked Friday.

The organization's board of directors revoked her membership and her husband Paul Truong's membership Friday in Indianapolis, Truong said. Polgar and Truong were elected members of the federation, each holding the title of board member-at-large, according to the federation's Web site.

Truong said he believes the board's actions were in response to Polgar's still-pending federal lawsuits in Texas, California and Illinois against associates of the federation.

"These same people that revoked our memberships are the same people that we're suing in California and Texas and Illinois," he said.

In the suit filed in the court of U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings, Polgar alleges some high-ranking federation associates conspired to use the Internet and media outlets, including The Avalanche-Journal, to defame and slander her because they are jealous of her success.

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