There was a tournie to crown a Women's World Champion that just ended last week. The new champion is Tan Zhongyi, who won the 64-player knockout-style event. The previous champion--Hou Yifan, whose protest at an open tournie was the genesis of this thread--didn't show, because she was protesting AGAIN:
The most significant omission was a compatriot of Tan’s — Hou Yifan of China, the top-ranked woman in the world, who was the reigning titleholder before the tournament began. In an interview, Hou said that she did not play in protest of the format because it is not a good way to determine the world champion. She believes that only a long match, like the one that was played in New York City last November for the overall title, is the way to demonstrate who is the strongest player in the world. In a knockout tournament, she said, just one error can send a player home, but in a long match, players have a chance to recover.
Okay, I guess. I'm not sure here protest has any legs, though. I don't think enough people care about that angle.
But other women players boycotted this tournie--which was held in Tehran--for a very different reason:
Some of the world’s top players boycotted the competition because of a requirement that all women in Iran, including the players, wear a headscarf. The most notable were Anna Muzychuk’s sister, Mariya, who is a former Women’s World Champion; Nazi Paikidze, the reigning United States Women’s Champion; Irina Krush, a seven-time U.S. Women’s Champion; and Carolina Lujan, an Argentinian international master.
The Wolrd Chess Federation (FIDE) is in charge of these tournaments. WTF is it doing, allowing this sort of thing to happen? Imo, the above rule should have disqualified Iran as a host country right off the bat.
A leading Iranian chess player, barred from her country’s team after refusing to wear a headscarf, will now compete for the United States.
Dorsa Derakhshani, 19, who was born in Tehran, was forbidden from playing by the Iranian chess federation following the Gibraltar chess festival in January, said US Chess, the national governing body for competitions and player rankings. She did not wear a hijab during the event.
And some other fallout from Gibraltar:
A few weeks after the Gibraltar competition, the Iranian chess federation announced it was banning Derakhshani for not wearing a hijab. It also banned her brother, who had played an Israeli entrant in Gibraltar, US Chess said.
An Iranian teenage chess player banned by the authorities in his homeland for playing an Israeli has been accepted to play under the English flag.
Borna Derakhshani, 15, will now be able to play in international events after making a personal appeal to the English Chess Federation.
That's some effed-up shit, imo. Iran banned him from playing chess because in an international tournie, the opponent he happened to get was an Israeli and he had the audacity to actually play the match (as opposed to forfeiting it, I guess).