A Saudi cleric believes chess is a 'waste of time' and considers it gambling.
According to Telegraph, the news comes as a chess championship is set to take place in Mecca.
Chess association member Musa bin Thaily said that “chess activities in Saudi have prospered in recent years because the ban wasn't strictly enforced.”
However, Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh said the fatwa still applied and the fatwa has meant, for example, that bringing chess pieces into the country is formally forbidden.
He said “chess was a part of gambling”, a ''waste of time” and could interfere with prayer times.
The Telegraph adds that chess is treated like popular music - allowed as long as it is not advertised too widely.
Chess was also banned in Iran after the Islamic revolution in 1979.
The ban has nothing to do with the queen being allowed to move freely without the king's permission or the fact she isn't covered in a burka.
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