Female Chess Champion Skips Tournament Over Host's Hijab Requirement
Nazi Paikidze says she's boycotting the 2017 women's chess championships in Iran because of the country's hijab requirement.By Grant Suneson | October 6, 2016
In football, wearing the wrong color clothing can get you fined. But the dress code for the Women's World Chess Championship is even stricter — and it's led at least one player to boycott the tournament.
The reigning women's U.S. chess champion Nazi Paikidze says she won't attend the 2017 world championship because it's being hosted in Iran, a country that requires women to wear hijabs.
The World Chess Federation said in a statement that while the federation doesn't require participants to wear hijabs, it does require participants to follow local laws and customs.