U.S. Chess Champion Says She Would Rather Skip Championship Held In Iran Than Wear A Hijab
Chess is a game of strategy. Most of those strategies are confined to the playing of the game itself. But the World Championships are being held in Iran this year, and that has some chess masters planning ahead.
Take Nazi Paikidze-Barnes. The U.S. chess champion has been making waves ahead of the Iranian event by saying she won’t conform to Iran’s mandate that women players must wear hijabs while competing in the games.
Paikidze-Barnes doesn’t feel compelled to embrace Iran’s religious customs. She’s not Muslim, and doesn’t see why chess players invited into Iran should be forced to don the garments that symbolize what many see as Islamic oppression of women.
The championship will take place on February in Tehran. Iranian law mandates that women wear hijabs. Paikidze-Barnes has announced that she will skip the competition before she conforms to the country’s strict fashion regulations.