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This is a post for those who don't understand why I am boycotting FIDE's decision.
I think it's unacceptable to host a WOMEN'S World Championship in a place where women do not have basic fundamental rights and are treated as second-class citizens.
For those saying that I don't know anything about Iran: I have received the most support and gratitude from the people of Iran, who are facing this situation every day.
Thank you My Stealthy Freedom for sharing my interview.
A post shared by Nazi Paikidze-Barnes (@nazipaiki) on As one of the most successful women to ever play the male-dominated game of chess, Nazi Paikidze is used to having her moves watched closely.
Her latest has drawn international attention: Paikidze announced last week that she will boycott February’s Women's World Chess Championship in Iran because the players will have to wear hijabs.
Paikidze’s decision will deprive the tournament of one of the game’s brightest stars and biggest draws — the U. champion who once told a magazine she would “do everything I can to help more girls get into chess.” Islamic coverings for women in public — required in Iran and some other nations such as Saudi Arabia — have increasingly become a target for both protests and struggles over Muslim identity.
“But, I know that a lot of Iranian women are bravely protesting this forced law daily and risking a lot by doing so.
That’s why I will NOT wear a hijab and support women's oppression.” Paikidze also launched a campaign on demanding that the World Chess Federation reconsider Iran as a host for the women’s championship.
“These issues reach far beyond the chess world,” the petition says.
“While there has been social progress in Iran, women’s rights remain severely restricted.
This is more than one event; it is a fight for women’s rights.” The petition has been signed by more than 3,000 people. Mitra Hejazipour, a woman grandmaster (WGM) and the 2015 Asian continental women’s champion, said a boycott would be a setback for female sport in Iran.“This is going to be the biggest sporting event women in Iran have ever seen; we haven’t been able to host any world championship in other sporting fields for women in the past,” Hejazipour, 23, told the Guardian. These games are important for women in Iran; it’s an opportunity for us to show our strength.” [The age-old war between Muslim clerics and chess players] According to CNN, Iran was the only country that submitted a proposal to host the event. In a statement on its website, the WCF said: "It is not a [federation] regulation or requirement to wear a hijab during the event.” The statement says the organization does require participants to “respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure that they do not offend.” The statement said the Iranian Chess Federation had successfully organized another event in February, with no complaints.A WCF spokeswoman told CNN there were no objections from any of the 150 national federations, including the U. Paikidze was born in Russia and raised in Tbilisi, Georgia, where chess was part of her elementary school curriculum, according to her biography. (i Net - UMBC’s Digital Signage Studio/i Net - UMBC's Digital Signage Studio) The game that made Paikidze famous has deep roots in Iran, by some accounts dating back to the 6th century Persian empire, according to The Washington Post’s Ishaan Tharoor.She began winning national tournaments and competing for international youth championships. chess championship in 2015 and became champion a year later. She’s an international master and a woman grandmaster, is one of the top 100 active female players in the world and ranks fourth in the United States, according to the WCF. The game became deeply embedded in Persian culture and literary production.