September 17, 2017

Chess dress code scandal gets it wrong: Prohibit cleavage, not shorts

David MenziesMission Specialist

The World Cup of Chess was rocked by scandal recently when Montreal’s Anton Kovalyov stormed out of the $1.6 million tournament just before his third-round match, following a heated argument with one of the event’s organizers.

The 25 year old showed up for his match wearing plaid shorts, which an official found inappropriate.

The Ukrainian-born Kovalyov forfeited his match with an Israeli opponent after claiming he had been racially abused, "bullied," "treated like garbage," and even called a “gypsy.”

Actually, I think Kovalyov has a good case for an appeal for several reasons, not the least of which is that a player’s pants can’t be seen through a table.

I will go to bat for the dress code stipulation implemented by the chess world body back in 2012, the no-cleavage rule, enacted after female players showed up for matches with male opponents while wearing tops with plunging necklines.

That’s cheating, ladies.

A chess grandmaster might be brilliant, but cleavage makes for a distraction that must be banned.

Even a terrorist’s weapons of mass destruction are no match for women’s weapons of mass distraction.

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commented 2017-09-18 16:02:03 -0400
Sometimes, I will stop and watch chess players in the park, seems like they have the right idea.
commented 2017-09-18 15:37:57 -0400
Tammie I use to like Chess. I even joined the Toronto Chess club for a while and won my high school championships in my senior years but some of the craziness of the characters I found a bit amusing and a bit unsettling.
commented 2017-09-18 13:00:57 -0400
Edward, life is strange sometimes!
commented 2017-09-18 11:51:52 -0400
Tammie: I saw an interesting list somewhere on the net last night detailing some of the crazy antics by chess players over the years. Even Bobby Fisher tore up his hotel room looking for hidden microphones.
commented 2017-09-18 09:52:48 -0400
I read this very interesting report, and a well written open letter from Vladimir Drkulec President, Chess Federation of Canada to FIDE
commented 2017-09-18 01:29:13 -0400
Did they come to play chess or did they come to whine… The ability to focus and concentrate separates the crybaby’s who win when conditions are absolutely perfect and in their favour and must remain that way compared to the grinders who can take victory from less than perfect environment regardless of distraction.!! The better player is one that could win under any circumstances after all it’s not a physical game it’s a cerebral one .
commented 2017-09-18 00:36:22 -0400
Menzies should show up wearing a pair of those x-ray vision glasses he bought from the back page of comic books looking like a life sized Sea Monkey with his unique form of super powers.
commented 2017-09-18 00:27:18 -0400
That will be the first time David Menzies hears hey David the game is down below not up here.
commented 2017-09-18 00:23:54 -0400
My parents taught me to play when I was a kid and I developed a love for the game in my youth. I also had a fascination/fear of some of the characters involved in the game. The antics employed by the dedicated left me wondering if some had gone full en passant from genius to insanity with accusations of wearing sunglasses to receive secret messages from the Soviet government. My history teacher wrote me notes to get me out of class to help him “grade papers” while he violently tapped his fingers on the desk trying to throw me off my game. Another of my colleagues stroked the tumble weed that hung off his chin repetitively as he stared at me through his greasy hair, his oily visage shining through as he trashed talked non-stop on road less travelled ( that being his own victory). Of all the chess greats probably the best player ever didn’t disappoint. Paul Morphy was so good he could play 8 players blind folded and win, remembering what each board looked like in his mind. He is reported to suffer with paranoia of being followed.
commented 2017-09-18 00:06:52 -0400
Just open your shirt and show your hairy chest. No matter the reaction you even the playing field. If you happen to have moobs you’re off to the races.
commented 2017-09-17 16:15:25 -0400
Those of us lucky enough to have great boobs can use them however we want. If you don’t like it, tough titties. I’d even have a little finger puppet hidden in there that I could pop out in case the opponent wasn’t distracted enough. Prove it’s there.

As far as dress code…how stupid. It’s not a beauty pageant or even a debate tournament, they’re playing chess. As long as their smell doesn’t offend people, they don’t have body lice, and they aren’t showing their genitals, who cares?
commented 2017-09-17 15:20:34 -0400

I agree with you on this one. Need to mark the calendar that the impossible happened.
commented 2017-09-17 14:21:30 -0400
“A chess grandmaster might be brilliant, but cleavage makes for a distraction that must be banned.”

If you’re distracted by them, that’s your problem. If you’re a creep, the problem is that you’re a creep, not how your opponent is dressed.

Next up, some sore loser pouting because he “got distracted” by the zit on his opponent’s forehead.
commented 2017-09-17 14:20:45 -0400
Shorts or long pants; unbuttoned top or loose fitting turtleneck. None of this matters until the cultural appropriation of chess is prohibited and play restricted to only those from the Indian sub-continent, who will be expected to play the game in traditional 6th century garb.
commented 2017-09-17 13:58:38 -0400
Puts a whole new perspective on some chess moves.
commented 2017-09-17 12:21:55 -0400
What’s up Dave – the last few articles you seem to have a mammary obsession.
commented 2017-09-17 11:18:41 -0400
Appropriate attire is one thing. Burkas are another.