‘Forcing Hijabs On International Competitors’

“Nazi Paikidze, a US chess champion, declared that she will boycott the world championship in Iran because she thinks nobody can force her to wear a hijab and thinks it’s against basic fundamental rights of a woman to be forced.

The 2017 contest will have a compulsory Islamic dress code


“In an ‘Instagram’ post, she shared her opinion and said it was

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“.

“She also lashed out at those who questioned her know-how of Iran saying,

“For those saying that I don’t know anything about Iran: I have received the most support and gratitude from the people of Iran, who are facing this situation every day“.

“Nazi has acknowledged that missing the championship will harm her career. She was also involved in a fierce exchange on ‘Twitter’ with Susan Polgar, head of the women’s committee of the international chess governing body, who told Nazi to address her objections to the FIDE and not on the social networking platforms.”

{FIDE are the idiots responsible for giving this competition to Iran.}

–‘US chess champion Nazi Paikidze boycotts world championship in Iran, says she won’t wear hijab’,
Sanjana Agnihotri, IndiaToday, October 10, 2016



“The U.S. Chess Federation has spoken out against female players being forced to wear hijabs at next year’s world championships in Tehran.

“Gary Walters, the U.S. organization’s president, said his board warned FIDE, the World Chess Federation, that it strongly opposes Iran’s strict Islamic dress code being imposed on its competitors.

“It follows reports that female players will face punishment if they refuse to cover up.

The U.S. women’s champion, Nazi Paikidze…launched a petition calling for FIDE to either back down, or leave the decision to competitors.

“So far, it has attracted more than 16,000 signatures.

“Several respected figures in the game also supported Paikidze’s stance, including former world champion Garry Kasparov, the British Grandmaster Nigel Short, WGM Carla Heredia and the well-known commentator and WGM Jen Shahade.

“Walters said:

“We absolutely support Nazi Paikidze. Women should not be oppressed for cultural, religious or ethnic reasons.

“U.S. Chess wholeheartedly supports Paikidze. She has taken a principled position of which we can be proud.”



Garry Kasparov
Garry Kasparov

“In a series of tweets on Friday, former multiple-time world champion Garry Kasparov expressed support for some players’ scepticism about participating in the Women’s World Chess Championship in Tehran next year and urged them to protest against FIDE’s decision…

“I fully support US chess champ Nazi Paikidze in her protest against FIDE hosting a women’s event in Iran,” Kasparov tweeted.

“In another tweet, he said:

I hope the world’s chess players, women and men, find the courage to protest FIDE’s decision. Women’s rights are human rights.”

–‘Kasparov pitches support for ‘no hijab’’,
Susan Ninan, ESPN, Oct 2, 2016


Nazi Paikidze
Nazi Paikidze

“Nazí Nodarovna Paikidze…is a Georgian-American chess player who holds the FIDE titles of International Master (IM) and Woman Grandmaster (WGM). She was twice world youth girls’ champion, and four-time European youth girls’ champion in her age category. She is the 2016 U.S. women’s champion…”


Heena Sidhu {PHOTO: Indian Express)
Heena Sidhu {PHOTO: Indian Express)

“Olympian Heena Sidhu has pulled out of the ‘Asian Airgun Shooting Championship’ in Iran due to their compulsory hijab rule for all women athletes.

Iran is infamous for forcing their culture on others in the competitions that the country hosts. Heena had reportedly withdrawn from a championship held in Iran two years back as well for the same reason.

“She had written to the ‘National Rifle Association of India’ three weeks back about her decision of withdrawing from the competition. The championship is scheduled be held in Iran’s capital Tehran in December.

“Heena confirmed the reports in her multiple tweets on Saturday. She said that she is no revolutionary but personally feels that making it mandatory for a sportsperson to wear a hijab is not in the spirit of a sport.

“She further stated that she is proud to be a sportsperson because people from different cultures, backgrounds, sexes, ideologies and religion come to compete together without any biases…”

–‘Compulsary hijab rule makes Heena Sidhu pull out of Asian Airgun championship in Iran’,
Natasha Singh, IndiaToday, October 29, 2016



This is from a previous ‘Say NO To Segregation’ post:

“In 638, six years after the death of…Muhammad, Arab conquerors under the leadership of Caliph Omari overran Persia, to spread the gospel of Islam. (A Caliph is the supreme ruler of the Muslim community in both religious and secular matters.)

“As they moved on, they brought chess {which they had learned in India} with them, spreading the game to such far-flung destinations as Spain (conquered in 711)…

“While the Muslims were clearly enthralled with the game, chess sets with pieces resembling humans and animals appeared suspect to them, probably because of a passage in the ‘Koran’ that reads:

“Believers: wine and games of chance, idols and divining arrows, are abominations devised by Satan. Avoid them, that you may prosper.”

“Sunni Muslim theologians took this ban on “idols” to include all representations of humans and animals, in forms as diverse as painting, sculpture, and chess pieces. In contrast, Shi’ite Muslims gave this a narrower interpretation, limiting the meaning to religious symbols.

“On the whole, the Sunni interpretation prevailed, and realistic-looking Indian and Persian chessmen were transformed into abstract pieces. Curiously, the prohibition against realistic representation has never been applied universally. Court culture often ignored it, as in numerous Persian works of art, even though symbolic figures became the norm on the chessboard.

“In general, Muslims held that chess was permissable as long as it was played with non-realistic pieces, did not interfere with the performance of religious duties, was not played for money, and did not lead to disputes or foul language.

“Malik, an influential eighth-century jurist and head of a Muslim theological school, took a harsher view; he is reported to have said that “there was nothing good about chess” and pronounced it ‘haram’ — an expression classifying it as forbidden and deserving punishment.

From time to time during the following centuries, a strict caliph would issue a blanket prohibition of the game and order the destruction of all sets.

“This extreme position was found in the last decades of the 20th century under the Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran, where chess was banned from 1979 to 1988; and the ‘Taliban’ in Afghanistan, who lumped chess together with movies, television, alcohol, nail polish, kites, billiards, firecrackers, and secular music.

Afghanis found enjoying these “unclean things” were subject to whipping and imprisonment. Not surprisingly, when Afghanistan was liberated from the Taliban, the first objects to be taken out of hiding were radios, musical instruments and chess sets…”

–Marilyn Yalom, “Birth of the Chess Queen (A History)”,
HarperCollins Publishers, New York (2004)

–‘Birth Of The Chess Queen’ (Nov. 9, 2014):

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