This Iran chess player switches to US because she refused to wear a hijab

chess player banned from the Iranian national women’s team for attending an international competition without wearing a headscarf has joined the US team.

Dorsa Derakhshani

Dorsa Derakhshani refused to wear the hijab, during the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess tournament in February, and joined the U.S. national team.

Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran has required women to wear the hijab in public places.

Dorsa’s registration has been altered on the world governing body Fide’s website and the switch to the United States Chess Federation.

Dorsa will join Nazi Paikidze-Barnes, the former US champion, who refused to participate in the Women’s World Chess Championship held in Tehran, Iran, in February to protest against the country’s hijab law that makes it mandatory for all women to wear hijab in public places.




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