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{UAH} This girl was banned from a chess tournament for being “too seductive,” and ugggghhhh

This girl was banned from a chess tournament for being "too seductive," and ugggghhhh   
Becca Rose
This girl was banned from a chess tournament for being © Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Agon Limited This girl was banned from a chess tournament for being "too seductive," and ugggghhhh

We've heard a lot about sexist school dress codes lately, especially with prom season in full swing. But this is a new one: At a chess tournament, a "seductive" 12-year-old girl was told she was dressed inappropriately. Yeah, you read that right. Apparently, preteens are being shamed for what they wear to play chess now. This sexist dress code story is bananas.

The news came out when a Malaysian chess coach took to Facebook to protest the way his student was treated at a recent tournament. Apparently, the middle-schooler was approached by an official and informed that her dress was "seductive" and "a temptation from a certain angle." Ugh, that sentence is so gross and creepy coming from a grown man in regards to a child! It's absolutely not okay.

Fortunately, this little girl has some adults who have her back.

It's obvious that this coach is really on the student's side here.

That's a good thing – because without other adults in power voicing why this isn't okay, nothing will change. The anonymous girl (her outfit is pictured, but her face is kept out of the frame) is apparently a chess whiz. She's the champion of her school district! According to this account, she was interrupted in the middle of her game, which her mother says threw her off for the rest of the playing time. She couldn't return to the tournament the next day because there were no local shops open in the time frame she was given to find alternate clothes.

You can't chalk this one up to cultural differences.

Even though it took place in Malaysia, you can tell from the mother and coach's responses that this isn't okay, no matter what. Frankly, the chess tournament officials involved need to be called out for this. They were sexualizing a young girl's adolescent body and, in doing so, prevented her from competing.

This student deserves her shot in the chess world just like any other player. Hopefully there is a resolution offered from the tournament hosts, because this is just wrong.


I heard the most disturbing incident from one of my student's mother.

At the National Scholastic Chess Championship 2017, in Putrajaya, one of my student, who is a 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL felt harassed and humiliated by the actions of Tournament Director and Chief Arbiter.


In the middle of Round 2, (without stopping the clocks) Chief Arbiter informs my student that the dress she wore was improper and have violated the dress code of the tournament. It was later informed (by Chief Arbiter) to my student and her mother, that the Tournament Director deemed my student's dress to be "seductive" and a "temptation from a certain angle far, far away".
We found this statement completely out of line!

Please see attached photo of what she was wearing! Completely ridiculous!

After some discussion, Chief Arbiter had conceded and apologised to my student, personally assuring her that there was nothing wrong with her attire, but due to Tournament Director's decision, he could not allow this dress to be worn by my student in the tournament. This discussion happened at around 10pm and Chief Arbiter gave them a choice to go to the mall nearby to buy a long slack for the next day 9.00am round. Due to the timing of this incident, it was impossible to get another attire in time for the 9.00am round next day, as all shops were already closed and wouldn't be open in time.

Before the morning round next day, my student's mother called Tournament Director regarding this matter, initially he had replied that he was not aware of the situation but after a brief discussion, it was realized that he knew all the details on this incident prior to this phone call. He promised to return the call upon discussion with Chief Arbiter, but this did not happen. He would further not answer or return any calls of my student's mother.

This situation had led to the inevitable decision of withdrawal from the tournament all together.

We are absolutely DIGUSTED by the treatment of Tournament Director to a 12-year-old girl and her mother. This incident has resulted in loss of time and money which was invested before, during and after the tournament on coaching, registration fees, travelling, accommodation and other incurred cost.

This bright young girl was recently the champion of her district in MSS Kuala Lumpur and has shown tremendous potential in Chess. This incident has left her extremely disturbed, and embarrassed.

I have been playing chess in Malaysia for almost 2 decades and I have never heard this type of issue ever in any tournaments in Malaysia. This should be the first and last time this kind of issue ever appears, I or anyone of us should never accept this in our Chess Community.

We demand a public apology from Tournament Director of National Scholastic Chess Championship 2017. In the event, we do not receive a public apology in the next 5 days, we shall have no choice but to resort to legal proceedings.

Kaushal Khandhar
A Malaysian Chess Player & Coach


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