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‘I will NOT wear a hijab’: U.S. chess star refuses to attend world championships in Iran


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i-will-not-wear-a-hijab-u-s-chess-star-refuses-to-attend-world-championships-in-iranWashington Post:

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.

October 6 2016


As one of the most successful women to ever play the male-dominated game of chess, Nazi Paikidze is used to having her moves watched closely.


Her latest has drawn international attention: Paikidze announced last week that she will boycott February’s Women's World Chess Championship in Iran because the players will have to wear hijabs.


Paikidze’s decision will deprive the tournament of one of the game’s brightest stars and biggest draws — the U.S. champion who once told a magazine she would “do everything I can to help more girls get into chess.”




“Some consider a hijab part of culture,” Paikidze said in an Instagram post announcing her decision. “But, I know that a lot of Iranian women are bravely protesting this forced law daily and risking a lot by doing so. That’s why I will NOT wear a hijab and support women's oppression.”


Paikidze also launched a campaign on Change.org demanding that the World Chess Federation reconsider Iran as a host for the women’s championship.


“These issues reach far beyond the chess world,” the petition says. “While there has been social progress in Iran, women’s rights remain severely restricted. This is more than one event; it is a fight for women’s rights.”






H/T Jonah Goldberg

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