Girl, 12, wearing ‘seductive dress’ ousted from chess tourney

According to Malay Mail Online, the girl, the reigning district chess champion, was knocked out of the second round of the tournament after the director allegedly made a remark about the girl’s dress to the chief arbiter.

In an April 27 Facebook posting, Kaushal Khandar, the girl’s chess coach, said the young chess champion “felt harassed and humiliated” after the tournament director deemed her garb – a knee-length red and black striped dress – “seductive” and a “temptation from a certain angle, far, far away.”

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A spokesperson for the Malaysian Chess Federation told Malay Mail Online the incident is currently under investigation and will take action once a report comes out.  

A 12-year-old girl was ousted from a Malaysian youth chess tournament after her attire was deemed too risque by an event official.

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Khandar said event officials told the girl and her mother to find a pair of long slacks. The chess coach demanded a public apologies from officials and threatened legal action.

“We found this statement completely out of line,” Khandar said.
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The competitor reportedly withdrew from the competition because she couldn’t find a suitable replacement outfit for the next round. The chief arbiter told the girl her clothing violated the tournament’s dress code.