Wednesday, October 5, 2016

You rock, Nazi Paikidze ( and what's up with that first name, girl?)

The reigning US Chess Champion has decided not to attend the world championship in Iran because she'd be forced to wear a hijab.
“I will NOT wear a hijab and support women’s oppression. Even if it means missing one of the most important competitions of my career,” Nazi Paikidze said.

In an Instagram post, Paikdze made her decision very clear. “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. For those saying that I don't know anything about Iran: I have received the most support and gratitude from the people of Iran, who are facing this situation every day.


  1. I agree with Ms. Paikdze. Why would anyone hold a competition in IRAN?

    Speaking for myself: I would fly over Iran with a load of bombs, but don't see any other circumstances why I'd want to go there.

  2. God Bless this fine young woman!