October 03, 2017

Iranian chess player is banned after refusing to wear hijab, swaps to US

StaffRebel Columnist

A female chess player who stood up to Iran's strict Islamic dress code is castling to the US.

Dorsa Derakhshani was banned from the Iranian national team after she attended an international competition without wearing an Islamic hijab. According to The Telegraph, the event in question was the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess tournament in February.

At the same event, her brother was banned after a computer matched him up against Israeli grandmaster Alexander Huzman. Iran has a history of refusing to let its “athletes” compete against Israelis.

Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh, president of Iran's chess federation announced that the two were banned from playing for Iran. Now, Dorsa has switched to the US Chess Federation.

This isn't the first time a chess player has protested the hijab. Last year we covered the story of US Chess Champion, Nazi Paikidze who refused to wear a hijab in Iran and decided not to attend the world championship held there.

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commented 2017-10-04 15:28:39 -0400
Littlepotato would probably toss her in the clink for islamophobia.
commented 2017-10-03 20:54:33 -0400
Jerry Raketti probably many of them feel the same but fear speaking or acting out.
commented 2017-10-03 18:33:40 -0400
Methinks’ Dorsa Derakhshani speaks for the Majority of Decent Iranians.
commented 2017-10-03 17:02:54 -0400
I wish her well!
commented 2017-10-03 16:42:49 -0400
Since 9/11 – IN THE NAME OF ISLAM (SATAN): 34,142 Attacks, 219,960 Killed, 301,050 Injured that we know of

The Vegas attack is not included in the above numbers because whether or not it’s Islamic in nature is still uncertain.

“Christians are the worst part of Canadian Society”, Justin Trudeau, Debate Post, March 28, 2017
commented 2017-10-03 15:11:07 -0400
She is one smart lady .
commented 2017-10-03 14:54:31 -0400
There is not one word in the Quran that states that a female has to wear head covering.

Source, Brian Spencer.