Intimate conversation with Sarah KS Iranian Women Chess Champion
number of the world’s leading women chess players have announced they won't attend the upcoming World Chess Championship in the Islamic Republic of Iran, because there they would be forced to wear a hijab. American chess star Nazi Paikidze incited controversy by letting go her opportunity to win a world title.
Controversy began in late September, after Iran was assigned the right to host the Women’s World Chess Championship. "I think it's unacceptable to host a women's World Championship in a place where women do not have basic fundamental rights and are treated as second-class citizens." Paikidze declared on Instagram. Her call for a boycott evoked mixed comments. World Chess Federation FIDE reacted with the usual platitudes that women should respect cultural differences in other countries.
What then with women rights? Are they not to be respected? That FIDE assigned the World Championship to Iran without paying attention to discrimination of women only vindicates Islamists in their conviction.