Girl forced to quit chess tournament due to 'seductive' dress
A girl was forced to quit competing in a chess championship in Malaysia after the tournament director deemed her dress too "seductive."
The girl's coach, Kaushal Khandha, wrote on Facebook on Thursday that his student was playing in the National Scholastic Chess Championship in Putrajaya when she was unexpectedly interrupted.
Khandhar wrote that the director and head judge of the tournament stopped the 12-year-old girl during a game and said her knee-length dress violated the dress code.
"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,'" Khandhar wrote on Facebook.
The judge later apologized for the incident, but not before the student was forced to withdraw from the tournament because she could not find a new dress before the next round started.
"We found this statement completely out of line!" Khandhar wrote, adding that the girl felt "harassed and humiliated" by the incident.
The World Chess Federation (FIDE) Laws of Chess' dress code requires participants to have a "dignified appearance." Students did not receive specific dress code guidelines before the competition.
The coach said on Facebook that he demanded a public apology from the tournament director.
"In the event we do not receive a public apology in the next five days, we shall have no choice but to resort to legal proceedings," Khandhar said.