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.