If you denied someone chess, the only possible objection to be made would be: “What are you, some kind of Chess Nazi?”
And the answer would be: “Yes.”
The best-ranked female chess player in the United States has said she would rather sacrifice her career than submit to demands to wear a hijab at the next world championship.
Nazi Paikidze, the reigning US Women’s Chess Champion, swore to boycott the 2017 contest, which is being held in Iran and will have an enforced Islamic dress code.
Paikidze admitted that the decision will harm her career, but said that doing the bidding of an oppressive regime in order to compete is not a price worth paying.
In an interview with the founder of My Stealthy Freedom, a campaign against Iran’s hijab laws, she said: “I will NOT wear a hijab and support women’s oppression. Even if it means missing one of the most important competitions of my career.”
Nazí Nodarovna Paikidze (Georgian: ნაზი პაიკიძე; Russian: Нази Нодаровна Паикидзе; [nɐˈzi pɐiˈkʲidzʲe], born 27 October 1993) is a Georgian-American chess player who holds the FIDE titles of International Master (IM) and Woman Grandmaster (WGM). She was twice world youth girls’ champion and three-time European youth girls’ champion in her age category. She is the 2016 U.S. women’s champion. She is also Nazí Paikidze-Barnes.