We salute this principled female chess champion who did the right thing by refusing to wear an oppressive hijab as a touring professional just to pander to irrational local customs.
Nazi Paikidze 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 writes in her Instagram post.
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.